MarchThe topic for the 1999 LACASIS March meeting was: Automation Support for Distributed Team Collaboration. It was held on March 23 at the Manhattan Room in Manhattan Beach, CA. Dr. Maria (Lolo) Penedo, a Technology Fellow and Senior Engineer/Scientist in the System and Information Technology Group at TRW, spoke about the Infrastructure for Collaboration among Distributed Teams Project at TRW. The project's mission is to improve the ability of dispersed teams to collaborate via semi-automated collaborative processes supported by existing technologies.
AprilLACASIS' 1999 Resume Writing Program was held April 25 at the California State University Fullerton Library. The program opened with a panel of speakers that discussed the hiring process and skills desired in several different areas of library and information science. Following the panel discussion, professionals from several different fields reviewed student resumes.
JuneThe 1999 LACASIS Business Meeting and Presentation Program was held on June 15 at the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles Times Editorial Library recently expanded the scope and services of its image archiving system to fully support the LA Times' Photo Department's image processing and production functions for the daily paper. Speaker Bill Lawrence, Database Architect for the Editorial Library of the Los Angeles Times, demonstrated the LA Times Library Image Archive and new Live Image Database, and previewed the Library's exciting Web site management tool.
SeptemberLACASIS' annual fall workshop was held on September 24 at the Industry Hills Sheraton Resort & Conference Center. The theme was Compatible Architectures - Structures for Growth. The keynote speaker was Marjorie M. K. Hlava, President, Chairman, and Founder, Access Innovations, Inc. She spoke about key concepts and trends in knowledge management. Other speakers included:
- Gary Saxer from Enfish Technology, an information management software company and producer of Enfish Tracker software, who spoke on knowledge management issues.
- Jay Nelson, President of DuoMark International, Inc. who spoke on the challenges and pitfalls involved in setting up an e-commerce web site.
- Robert Doiel is a Programmer/Analyst at the Center for Scholarly Technology, Information Services Division, University of Southern California, who spoke on the topic of multimedia and SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language).
- Christine Anderson is from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), who spoke about creating a web site that is accessible for the blind and visually impaired using MARC cataloging records.
- Joseph Busch, Vice President for Product Development at Datafusion Inc. (wrap-up speaker)
OctoberThe 1999 Contributions to Information Science Award Dinner was held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Culver City on October 27, 1999. The year's awardee was Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths. The title of her presentation was Back to the Future: Science and Theory for Information Professionals in the Next Millennium.
Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths is a well recognized information scientist, researcher, and teacher, both nationally and internationally. She has published numerous books, chapters, and articles on measurement and evaluation of information services, the economics of information, and other aspects of information science. She is currently the Chief Information Officer of the University of Michigan. She also serves as one of the commissioners for the United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) from 1997 to 2001.
DecemberThe 1999 LACASIS/SLA Holiday Meeting was held December 14 at the Athenaeum at California Institute of Technology. The speaker was Dr. Alan Kay. The topic of his talk was: The Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet.