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Association for Information Science and Technology, 
Potomac Valley Chapter presents:

"Working Information Networks: a Tribute to Henriette Avram"

WHEN:  Thursday, April 26, 2007

TIME:  Dinner & Networking, 6:00 p.m. Program to follow (6:30pm - 8:00pm)

LOCATION: School of Engineering, Pangborn Hall, the Scullen Room, Catholic University of America

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Please join us for a retrospective presentation on women's contributions to networked information management. Beginning with the "mother of MARC", Henriette Avram, we will explore how collaborative information management has evolved over the years, and especially how women have played important roles in the development process.

* Henreitte Avram was the driving force behind the development of MARC. Beacher Wiggins and Sally McCallum will speak about Ms. Avram's vision and influence on networked information, and also about some of the less broadly known aspects of Ms. Avram.

* Gail Hodge and Nikkia Anderson will present on their experiences developing databases and other networked information solutions for federal contracts in engineering and the sciences.

* Jennifer Preece will give a brief review of work being done at CLIS by her and three women colleagues.

About the speakers…

Beacher Wiggins is the Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access at the Library of Congress. His entire library career has been at the Library of Congress, where he started as a cataloger in 1972. He has served as Director for Cataloging (1995-2002), as Acting Associate Librarian for Library Services (2002-2003), and as special assistant to Henriette Avram during her tenure as the Assistant Librarian for Collections Services (1986-1991).

Sally McCallum is the Chief of Network Development and the MARC Standards Office, and acting chief of the Integrated Library System Program Office, both at the Library of Congress. She, too, worked directly with Henriette Avram during her time at the Library of Congress.

Gail Hodge is a Senior Information Scientist with Information International Associates. She has been involved in the information industry since 1978. She joined IIa in March 1996, with primary responsibility for project management and consulting in the areas of database production, taxonomy and vocabulary development, metadata and related standards, and the application of technology to scientific and technical information management.

Nikkia Anderson is a Technical Information Specialist for Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa). She has been with IIa for 3 1/2 years. She has a BS in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a MLIS at Drexel University. She is experienced in metadata, taxonomy, and repository development. Other areas of interest include scanning, optical character recognition, and preservation.

Jennifer J. Preece is Dean of University of Maryland's College of Information Studies. Her research interests include computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction, management of online communities of practice, health, education, and knowledge. She is the author of eight books and over 150 articles. (www.clis.umd/people/preece)

There will be opportunity for Q&A with the speakers after their presentations.


Brookland station, red line. Pangborn Hall is right across the street from the Brookland Metro. Exit at the Metro on the Catholic side, cross McCormack Road, NE and walk half a block. Pangborn Hall is on the right hand side.

The Catholic University of America:


Tasty dinner with vegetarian options.



  • ASIST Members:  $15
  • Non-Members:   $20
  • CUA/UMD Lib Sci Students: $5
NOTE: Thanks to the generous support of the CUA-ASIS&T chapter, we are able to offer free attendance to the first 24 students who register. Please register as normal, and we will notify you if you are in this group.

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