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New ASIS Officers and Directors Elected; Will Take Seats at Annual Meeting

Candy Schwartz, Pat Molholt and Ray Larson will join the ASIS Board of Directors as a result of balloting conducted over the summer. The new officers and directors will take their seats at the conclusion of the upcoming ASIS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, November 1-6.

Candy Schwartz, professor at Simmons College in Boston, was elected by the ASIS membership to serve a one-year term as president-elect before succeeding to the presidency. Schwartz ran against Judy Watson, editorial operations financial specialist at Chemical Abstracts Service.

Among her many ASIS activities since joining the organization in 1974, Schwartz has served on the Board of Directors and on numerous ASIS committees, as well as being active in both local and national chapter activities. She received the ASIS Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 1994.

Pat Molholt and Ray Larson were each elected to a three-year term as director-at-large. They were two among a four-candidate slate that also included Stuart A. Sutton, associate professor and director of the masters of library science degree program in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, and Myke Gluck, assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at Florida State University.

Molholt is assistant vice president and associate dean for scholarly resources at Columbia Health Sciences. Among her ASIS activities since joining the society a decade ago are leadership in the Upstate New York chapter, participation on awards juries and ASIS committees and service as technical program chair for an ASIS Mid-Year Meeting.

Larson, who specializes in the design and performance evaluation of information systems and the evaluation of user interaction with those systems, has been an active ASIS participant since joining the society as a student in 1978. He has served in leadership roles in SIGs and on the SIG Cabinet Steering Committee and as faculty advisor to an ASIS student chapter. He is technical program chair for the 1998 ASIS Annual Meeting. Larson was the 1992 winner of the ASIS Best JASIS Paper Award.

The three new officers and directors will take their seats on the ASIS Board of Directors at the Board meeting immediately following the end of the upcoming Annual Meeting. Michael Buckland, currently serving as president-elect, will succeed to the presidency. Debora Shaw, current president, will become immediate past president. Leaving the Board are immediate past president Clifford Lynch and directors-at-large Barbara Kwasnik and Carol Tenopir.

Annual Meeting Set to Start; Still Time to Register

The planning committees for the 1997 ASIS Annual Meeting have virtually completed their work, and they are ready to accept registrants in Washington, DC, November 1-6.

Digital Collections: Implications for Users, Funders, Developers and Maintainers will deal broadly with the emerging phenomenon of collections of digital objects — text, image, sound and multimedia — accumulated in central as well as distributed repositories or virtual collections.

The technical sessions for the meeting were selected and scheduled by the technical program committee, chaired by Joseph A. Busch, The Getty Information Institute. Committee members include Mark Rorvig, University of North Texas, contributed papers coordinator; Stephen Toney, Systems Planning, SIG session coordinator; Candy Schwartz, Simmons College, Proceedings editor; David Bearman, Archives and Museum Informatics; Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers University; Bernd Frohman, University of Western Ontario; Judy Gerber, Digital Equipment Corp.; Myke Gluck, Florida State University; and Karen M.G. Howell, University of Southern California.

Additional information about the meeting, including registration details, is available from ASIS at 301/495-0900 or on the Web at

News from ASIS Chapters

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of ASIS scheduled a look at The Information Age: Yesterday, Today, Future as its two-day fall meeting in September. Philip Bereano, Department of Technical Communications at the University of Washington, was to speak on “Information Technologies and Democratic Values.” Rick Curtis of Boeing and Andrea Bartelstein of the University of Washington were to discuss issues involved in designing training for the Internet.

The New England Chapter of ASIS (NEASIS) scheduled a look at Knowledge Management as a full-day September meeting. The meeting, featuring speakers Michael Leach, librarian in the Physics Research Library at Harvard University; Kris Liberman, Ernst & Young; Jerry Miller, Simmons College; Lisa Mitchell, Draper Laboratory; and Rudy Ruggles, Ernst & Young, was to focus on several aspects of the knowledge management, including infrastructure, technology, and corporate and academic perspectives.

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) held its annual workshop in September with a look at Expedition 2000: Scouting Out the Millennium. Featuring leaders from various information technologies, such as satellite, cable, phone and the Internet, attention was to be focused on recent innovations, their potential impact on the future and the evolution of information technologies in the years ahead.

For its September meeting, the Minnesota Chapter of ASIS, in cooperation with the Minnesota chapter of SLA, planned a look at next year's ITU Plenipotentiary Conference to be held in Minneapolis. Chris Sandberg of Lockridge Grindal Nauen & Holstein was to preview what the area could expect during the month-long conference which will bring 3500 delegates from 184 countries.

The Southern Ohio ASIS Chapter (SOASIS) planned a September meeting focused on one member’s professional experiences in a learning center in one of the former Soviet Republics. SOASIS in Tbilisi: A Librarian’s Experience Co-Directing the National Information Learning Center (NILS), featured Karen Marsh, associate librarian at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s Academic Information Technology and Libraries. Karen spent five months as co-director of NILS, a center that provides medical resources to members of the health community on a cost-recovery basis.

News about ASIS Members

Carol Hughes, formerly a member services officer for the Research Libraries Group, has been appointed head of Information, Research and Instructional Management at the University of Iowa.

José-Marie Griffiths, chief information officer and executive director of information technology, University of Michigan, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). Her term expires in the summer of 2001.

Frank Olken, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, are among the speakers expected to participate in the Conference on Scientific and Technical Data Exchange and Integration, sponsored by the U.S. National Committee for CODATA, National Research Council. Olken and Shneiderman will speak during a plenary session entitled Tearing Down the Walls: The Art and Science of Data Exchange and Integration.

Barbara J. Ford, executive director of University Library Services at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, has assumed the presidency of the American Library Association and will serve in that capacity for one year.

Robert Wedgeworth, university librarian and professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the 1997 recipient of the ALA Melvil Dewey Award. The award is given to an individual or group for recent creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.

Bonnie Lawlor, current ASIS director-at-large and senior vice president and general manager of the academic, public and government library division of UMI, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Information Industry Association.

Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, previously on the faculty of the Department of Library and Information Science, University of California at Los Angeles, has joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Washington, as an associate professor.

Karen Anspach, systems analyst at EOS International, Inc., has been appointed to the Standards Development Committee of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

Ellis Mount, Mount Data Services in Teaneck, New Jersey, is the editor of a collection of essays from 21 authors whose successes reflect the expanding opportunities for alternative careers in librarianship. Expanding Technologies – Expanding Careers: Librarianship in Transition was published by SLA.

Barbara Preschel, who served as executive director of PAIS–Public Affairs Information Service, Inc., for 13 years, has retired.

Lawrence Woods, 1985 winner of the ASIS Watson Davis Award and currently director of information systems and technology at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of the Library and Information Technology Association.

Amanda Spink, assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant under the first year of the Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE) grant program. She will receive $75,000 for a project entitled Interaction in Information Retrieval: Successive Searching by Users Over Time. In addition, she has received the University of North Texas Developing Scholars Award, a cash award given in recognition of exemplary teaching and scholarly activity by tenure track faculty.

Jian Qin, assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the recipient of a $3000 research grant from the Institute for Scientific Information for her proposal to study the differences between cognitive (citation) indexing and analytical (semantic) indexing and the impacts of these differences on citation and semantic searching.

Christine Borgman, professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of California at Los Angeles, has been appointed to the University of California’s Presidential Chair in Information Studies, which she will hold for five years. According to a news release issued by UCLA, “UC President Richard Atkinson approved establishment of the endowed chair specifically in honor of Borgman’s distinguished career and in recognition of the growing importance and interdisciplinary nature of her field.”

Linda L. Hill, research specialist with the Alexandria Digital Library Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has received the 1997 Geoscience Information Science Best Paper Award for her paper titled “Stocking the Digital Library with Georeferenced Data.” The paper was published in the Geoscience Information Proceedings, Volume 26.

Merri Beth Lavagnino, library systems director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has edited a special double issue of Library Hi Tech on "System Security in the Networked Library," Volume 15 Number 1-2 1997 (consecutive issues #57-58). ASIS members who are contributors to the issue include Clifford A. Lynch, Gregory A. McClellan and Julie A. Fore. Lavagnino also published an article "Networking and the Role of the Academic Systems Librarian: An Evolutionary Perspective" in College & Research Libraries, May 1997, Volume 58 Number 3.

Dania Bilal Meghabghab has recently accepted an assistant professor position in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. She has also the author of Automating Media Centers and Small Libraries: A Microcomputer-Based Approach, available from Libraries Unlimited.

News from ASIS Institutional Members

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved the merger of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) with the Department of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). Larry Osborne, interim dean of SLIS, says, “[T]he new alliance will help position the library and information science program to become the center for educating information professionals in Hawaii, on the mainland and throughout the Pacific region.” Stephen Itoga, ICS department chair, says, “This merger will blend the capabilities and talents of two compatible programs and create an organization well suited to addressing the demands of computer and library sciences and information technology.”


Gary Ronald Purcell, 61, professor emeritus and former director of the University of Tennessee/Knoxville School of Information Sciences, died May 6.