Bulletin, October/November 2011

Inside ASIS&T

New Faces to Join the ASIS&T Board of Directors
Each year at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, a new administrative year begins, and the first official order of business is the introduction of newly elected members of the ASIS&T Board of Directors. When the membership gathers in New Orleans this month, the changing of the guard will take place with the inauguration of a new president and the seating of the new president-elect and two new directors-at-large.

Positions filled through the summer balloting process are for three-year terms. Those elected are Andrew Dillon, president-elect, and Diane Neal and Jens-Erik Mai, directors-at-large.

Diane SonnenwaldAs new members take their seats, Diane Sonnenwald, elected last year as president-elect, will assume the presidency from Linda Smith, who continues on the Board for an additional year as past president.

Andrew DillonAndrew Dillon is the dean and Louis T. Yule Professor of information science at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds appointments in psychology and information risk & operations management. Formerly serving on the faculty of Indiana University and as research fellow of Loughborough University, United Kingdom, he earned his PhD in 1991 from Loughborough and a master of arts (first class) from University College Cork in 1987. He has been a member of ASIS&T since 1995 and has served as director-at-large, as editorial board member of JASIST, as program chair for both the ASIS&T Annual Meeting and the IA Summit and as member of the Publications Task Force. He also wrote a regular IA column for the Bulletin. His research and teaching interests are in human-computer interaction, reading and writing, design and creativity.

Jens-Erik MaiJens-Erik Mai is associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he previously served as vice dean and acting dean. Jens-Erik was formerly on the faculty at the Information School of the University of Washington where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction; prior to that he was a faculty member at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark. He earned his PhD in library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar and his master and bachelor degrees from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark. His research interests lie in the broad area of representation and organization of information; his current scholarship questions the conceptual foundation of classification and it seeks to establish an epistemological foundation that accepts the plurality of interpretations across communities. He teaches courses on representation of information, classification, design of controlled vocabularies and the theoretical foundation of information studies. 

Jens-Erik is past chair of SIG/Classification Research. He has chaired the Best Information Science Book Award jury twice and been a member of the SIG Cabinet Steering Committee. He has served the International Society for Knowledge Organization as executive board member and is currently consulting editor of the Knowledge Organization journal.

Diane NealDiane Neal is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and holds the permanent title of visiting scholar at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Since earning information science degrees (MS, PhD) from the University of North Texas, Diane has also held academic appointments at North Carolina Central University and Texas Woman’s University. Additionally, she has been a systems librarian and a corporate information technology professional. 

ASIS&T has been central to Diane’s career since 2001. Currently, she is the 2011 Annual Meeting’s Knowledge Organization Track chair, Webinar Task Force chair, Information Science Education Committee co-chair, a Chapter Assembly advisor, a Bulletin Advisory Board member and a New Leaders Award Mentor. She has presented at or moderated over 10 sessions at Annual Meetings and was 2008’s posters co-chair. She has multiple publications in the Bulletin and JASIST. Her ASIS&T commitment has been recognized with accolades and elected roles. In 2009, the Bulletin special section she guest edited won the Special Interest Group (SIG) Publication-of-the-Year Award. She has actively chaired two SIGs: Classification Research and Visualization, Images, & Sound. Also, she was a founding officer of the Carolinas Chapter and chaired the North Texas Student Chapter.

Leaving the Board are past president Gary Marchionini and directors Deborah Barreau and France Bouthillier.

News about ASIS&T Members
J. Stephen Downie, professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, has been named the school’s associate dean for research, replacing Allen Renear, who is stepping down to pursue further research activities. Downie will coordinate all aspects of research at GSLIS including working closely with faculty on research plans, overseeing GSLIS research centers and facilitating the development of GSLIS research strategy. Downie joined the GSLIS faculty in 1998. 

Former ASIS&T presidents Charles H. Davis and Debora Shaw are the editors of Introduction to Information Science and Technology, a new ASIS&T monograph published by Information Today. This new guide to information science and technology presents a clear, concise and approachable account of the fundamental issues, with appropriate historical and theoretical background. The book is the product of a unique scholarly collaboration which brought together more than 80 individuals with specialized expertise. They contributed drafts, reviewed and edited initial contributions, advised the contributors and tested content with their students. 

SIG/III Announces Paper Contest Winners
ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) has completed judging for its 12th International Paper Contest. The following individuals and paper titles are the winners in 2011:

First Place: Eustache Męgnigbęto, Republic of Benin, for Structure of the Reachability Social Network of Beninese Library and Information Professionals

Second Place: Muzammil Tahira, Pakistan, for What Next? New Databases, Metrics, Services or New Epistemology for Research Evaluation

Third Place: Swati Bhattacharyya, India, for Exploring the Notion of Contextual Use: A Case Study of the Use of Electronic Resources in an Indian Research Organization

Maqsood Shaheen, chair; Alma Rivera, co-chair; Fatih Oguz, co-chair; and members of the SIG/III board served as jurors for the 2011 competition.

The principal authors of each of the three winning papers will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner will be awarded a minimum of $1,500 to attend the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in New Orleans. 

Madeline HendersonMadeline Henderson
Madeline Mary (Berry) Henderson, one of the one of the foremost pioneers of chemical information science and a member of ASIS&T for over 50 years, died July 17, in Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD. She is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

She was born in Merrimac, Massachusetts, on September 3, 1922, daughter of a naval architect and registered nurse. She received her A.B. degree in chemistry from Emmanuel College in 1944. Later in life, in 1977, she received a master’s degree in public administration from American University. 

Early in her grade school education she decided she wanted to be a chemist. That love led her to a lifelong dedication to advancing the role of chemical information science. After a few years working as a lab technician, she began work as a chemical assistant in 1950 with James W. Perry, library fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Perry had several small grants to work on chemical information problems, notably his jointly edited books on the use of punched cards and the study of chemical notation systems. Over the next two years she assisted Perry in the production of two editions of the book on punched cards and a published review, in cooperation with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), of chemical notation systems. The work with IUPAC, her presentations at national meetings of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and papers published with Perry brought her national and international recognition at a very young age. With Perry, and later joined by Allen Kent, she was involved in the early developmental work on semantic factoring, telegraphic abstracts and machine literature searching. This collaboration produced many articles and resulted in a then well-known eponym in the literature at that time of Perry, Berry and Kent.

In 1955 she joined Helen Brownson at the new office of scientific documentation at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was the leader in the development of two of the most significant series describing early work in information science: Current Research and Development in Scientific Documentation and Non-conventional Technical Information Systems in Current Use. These two publications were critical to the early coalescing of research directions in information science. As she had done with her work on chemical notation systems for IUPAC, she visited most of the sites where the research and development work in information science was taking place and became one of the most knowledgeable and influential leaders in this newly developing field. 

While working on a contract in 1958 at Aberdeen Proving Ground she met and married Richard Henderson, an Army engineer. Even though she was busily shepherding four children over the next few years she continued part-time work with NSF, participated actively in ASIS&T (nee ADI and ASIS) and ACS programs and meetings and produced one of the most influential state-of-the-art reports on information systems: Cooperation, Convertibility, and Compatibility of Information Systems for the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). Her part-time editing work with NBS soon became full-time, beginning with a low-level position as data processing applications analyst and ending with her retirement in 1979 as a GS-15 section chief. These years were tremendously productive ones for her. She published 21 articles and technical reports and made many presentations at national meetings of ASIS&T and ACS on issues ranging from library automation to copyright. Her work fostering cooperation between librarians and data processing staff, particularly with the Federal Library Committee’s Task Force on Automation, greatly enhanced early work on library automation. 

She was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists in 1964 and named a Fellow of the American Associations for the Advancement of Science. She received the Watson Davis Award from ASIS&T in 1989. Almost everyone in information science knew Madeline Henderson. They knew her because of her expertise in many different areas and her ability to synthesize and cogently explain complex topics. However, they especially knew her as a kind and generous person. For more information see: Robert V. Williams, “Madeline M. Henderson: From Chemical Information Science Pioneer to Architect of the New Information Science.” Libraries and the Cultural Record 45(2), 167-184 (2010).