SOASIS….on the move

Newsletter of the Southern Ohio Chapter
Association for Information Science
Volume 21, Number 2, June 2000

Inside this issue:


Chair's Message

Let's deal with Change.

Life is changing for all of us.  A close look at the lives of some of our
members would attest to that:  One of our members has moved back to the
Boston area.  Two have changed jobs.  One has changed jobs and gotten
married.  Some have earned new degrees.  Two have received scholastic
awards.  Four are to be the recipients of professional awards.  One has
celebrated the birth of a new child.  Two are soon to become fathers.  One
is about to get the dream job of his professional career.  Two have
received promotions.  One is reporting to a new boss.  Two have moved into
a new home.  One is about to move to a new home.  Another is at home,
taking care of a critically ill spouse.

Those members deal with change.  And if we take a moment to look at
ourselves, we can confirm we deal with change.  Daily.

Change and fluidity are two major characteristics of ASIS.  Those of us who
joined our Society when it was known as the American Documentation
Institute (ADI) can testify to that.  We witnessed the birth of the
Association for Information Science (ASIS) and its new beginnings:
awards, conferences, initiatives, publications, and special interest
groups, among others.

Now, we are about to witness another change: The birth of the American
Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).  

You were the agents for that change by voting (85%) to "amend the
Constitution by a vote of two-thirds of the Members of the Society" and
(69.7%) to "change the name of the Society to the Association for
Information Science and Technology."  You gave the ASIS Board of Directors
the clear mandate to enact those amendments and the Board passed them.

Such fluidity and dynamism can be found in SOASIS also.  Extended Chapter
boundaries, the birth of two new ASIS student chapters, dramatic shift in
the composition of Chapter membership, technical programs that are on the
cutting edge, and accelerated member involvement are but a few of the
ingredients that help impel SOASIS forward.  And you are, again, the agents
of change who keep  soasis …on the move.

Can we deal with Change?

Of course, we can!


Welcome New Members!

Theodore W. Baldwin
Research Associate
Chemistry/Biology Library
University of Cincinnati
[H] 519 E. 2nd Street
Newport, KY 41071
(513) 530-4046

A. Kay Bross
The Procter & Gamble Co.
2 Procter & Gamble Plaza
G.O., TN-02, Box 23
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 983-8665

Charles Conley
Student, Univ. of Kentucky
[H] 251 Simpson Avenue, #129
Lexington, KY 40504
(851) 252-5000

Melinda A. Holmes
7907 Buckeye Crescent 
Cincinnati, OH  45243

Robert Sanders  
Sword Learning Network
2400 Clermont Center Drive
Suite 202
Batavia, OH  45103
513 735-8326


New SOASIS Elections

To those of you who have sent your ballots on the recent election of SOASIS
officers, "Thank you!"

You are aware that our recent ballot did not list any candidates for the
office of chair-elect, though our Nominations & Elections Committee worked
very hard to persuade our members to become candidates for that office.
And to make matters worse, it appears that our current chair-elect--who
would have automatically assumed the top leadership position in SOASIS next
November--would be relocating this summer.  That means SOASIS would have to
do without its top two leaders next year, unless the Chapter could identify
members who were willing to fill the two offices.

Fortunately for SOASIS, there is time to remedy this unprecedented
condition.  The new SOASIS leadership does not take office until after the
ASIS annual conference in November, so there is still time to identify
candidates and hold another election.  Also, our Think Group, comprising
former SOASIS Chairpersons, is meeting on June 8 to address a variety of
SOASIS issues, including the one dealing with the identification of future
leaders for the Chapter. 

Please look for another SOASIS ballot to be coming out soon.  As always,
your prompt response would be appreciated. 


ASIS Student Chapter at the University of Kentucky (UKASIS)

On April 24 UKASIS invited Dr. Matt Kirschenbaum of the University of
Kentucky to present a program entitled The Persistence of Vision: Digital
Images in Digital Libraries.

In addition to its gorgeous Web page, mounted by Melissa Rabey, UKASIS has
now, thanks to Sean Smith, its own listserv: 

UKASIS announced that two of its ASIS student members are this year's
winners of the following awards:

Suzie Allard was awarded The University of Kentucky Presidential
Fellowship. Only 12 fellowships are awarded annually, based on a
campus-wide competition, which includes the medical school.  The fellowship
consists of a $10,000 stipend, tuition, and medical insurance.  This is the
first time the College of Communications and Information Studies has had a
Presidential Fellow.  Suzie is a doctoral candidate and instructor at the
University of Kentucky.  She is already well known in the digital libraries
circles and is a key member of the team that is spearheading the formation
of the ASIS Special Interest Group on Digital Libraries (SIG/DL).

Susan Marshall has been awarded The General Special Libraries Association
Scholarship.  The scholarship consists of a $6,000 stipend.  Up to three
wards are given each year for graduate study leading to a Master's in
Library Science.  Susan is currently an MLS student at the University of
Kentucky who is interested in corporate or medical librarianship.


Barbara J. Davis

By Jim Cretsos

There are several success stories in SOASIS.  That's because SOASIS tends
to attract information professionals who have succeeded in their careers.
Most of them have traveled a bumpy road full of twists and turns before
they could reach the pinnacle of their profession. 

That is the case of Barbara J. Davis, a member of ASIS since 1983, former
SOASIS chair and award winner, an information professional who exudes
confidence, poise, tenacity, and a high sense of professionalism.  She is
the Director of Information Services at Taft, Stettinious & Hollister, one
of Cincinnati's most prominent legal firms.

What comes to mind when you see that word?

Farragut West, a Washington, DC Metro stop on the blue or orange line?
Farragut, Pennsylvania? Farragut, Tennessee?  No, none of these.

Admiral David Farragut, of the "Damn the torpedoes--full speed ahead!"
fame?  Close.

How about a small community where women are strong, the men are good
looking and the children are above average?  No, this is not Garrison
Keillor's Lake Wobegon.  It's Farragut, Iowa, a farming community of 500
people.  And the women are strong in that Farragut town.  In a farming
community, women do necessarily everything a man does, and physical health
and the ability to work hard are admired.

You say, you can't find Farragut, Iowa on the map?  We say, you are not
looking in the right direction.  Look at the southwest corner of Iowa
toward Nebraska and Missouri, and you'll be sure to find Farragut, a
stone's throw from the wide Missouri River.

You ask, how come I've never heard of Farragut, Iowa?  And we say, you
don't read the sports pages.  Why, the girls' Faragut High School
basketball team won more championships than any high school, college or
even WBA team in this country.  Farragut High's "Admiralettes" put
Farragut, Iowa on the map.  That's stretching it a bit, of course.  We
think Barbara J. Davis put Farragut on our map, even though she did not
play basketball or any other sport at Farragut High.  But she did what she
does best: Pull for the team, whether at school, at work or in professional
activities.  Barbara is a natural leader who puts any group in the winning

What was Barbara like as a little girl?  She was a cute, thin, and tall kid
who spent her happiest times whenever she visited her grandparents on their
farm.  And she was smart enough to top the rest of her graduating class of
29 students.  But, like all the girls of that era, Barbara couldn't wait to
get out of the farm and go to college.  And off she went to the University
of Missouri to earn a degree in piano pedagogy from the Conservatory of
Music of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Though well qualified, Barbara Davis decided not to teach music after
graduating from college.  Instead, she used her degree to teach children
with special needs in a private school for a year.  After that, she spent
the next two years as a counselor in a halfway house for male recidivist
ex-convicts--a stressful and demanding job, though very rewarding at the
same time.  She moved to Boston at the urging of her many friends there,
thinking she would do similar corrections work or possibly get a master's
degree in social work.  But fate had other plans her.

When she arrived in Boston, Barbara took a secretarial job at Harvard
Divinity School to give herself time to make a career decision.  It was
there that Barbara met her husband, Arthur Dewey, a doctoral candidate at
that school. And while she worked at Harvard, Barbara attended Lesley
College in a program to use arts in elementary education.  That turned out
to be an expensive and frustrating experience that led Barbara to decide
that she couldn't stand to be educated as an educator.

All careers face times of frustration.  Those are the times when people
look for new opportunities and a sense of new direction, a turning point.
That turning point came to Barbara, after she accepted a position in the
Management Library of Arthur D. Little, Inc.  She loved that job from the
very beginning, thanks primarily to Edith, the head librarian, who
personified the best in "The Profession" and who became Barbara's mentor.
That turned into an easy decision for her to pursue an MLS at Simmons
College.  After all, Barbara Davis was married to a Dewey--Arthur, not
Melvin--so the new career choice was a natural fit.

Call it Boston's loss and Cincinnati's gain.  While Barbara was studying at
Simmons, Arthur received his doctorate from Harvard, landed a tenure track
position at Xavier University (he is now professor of theology).  He and
Barbara moved to Cincinnati, after making sure that the Queen City had a
good symphony orchestra and a winning professional baseball team.  And
Barbara continued her studies at the University of Kentucky (UK).

Motherhood temporarily interrupted Barbara's studies and pursuit of a new
career in librarianship.  She became a full-time mom of two boys, taking
classes part-time at UK.  Subsequently, she went to work part-time at the
Sycamore Branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library while
finishing the requirements for the MSLS degree and accepting a librarian
position at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister.

During her thirteen years at Taft, Barbara has sought to provide valued
services to the legal profession.  She has been instrumental in the
formation of a group of librarians that has planned and implemented the
well-known program "Inside Look for Summer Associates."  The program, now
in its fifth year, began with 31 participants from four legal firms and has
grown to include 85 summer associates from eight firms and the corporate
legal department of Procter & Gamble.  Barbara has also led the effort to
have a representative appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati
Law Library Association and to establish the Legal Research and Information
Resources Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association.  Those pivotal
efforts have helped enhance the image of local law librarians within the
legal profession.  Barbara is a member of the American Association for Law

Barbara Davis has served SOASIS in several capacities: Chair-elect, chair,
and past chair of the Chapter and chair of the awards, membership (twice),
and nominations committees.  Barbara was the 1993 recipient of SOASIS' John
Kahles Membership Award.

There is also a family life.  The Dewey family was immersed in graduations
this month.  Older son, Geoffrey Davis-Dewey, just graduated from Roger
Bacon High School, and will be attending Xavier University.  Geoff will be
studying Japanese (language and culture) but he is also interested in
computers and business.  He is active in sports and lettered in baseball
when he attended Purcell Marion for three years.  Younger son, Nicholas
Davis-Dewey, just graduated from Mercy Montessori and will be attending
Roger Bacon High School next year.  Nick plans to go out for baseball, but
he is also interested in art.  The Dewey family lives in Northside.

Knowledge management is not Barbara's only interest.  She loves to read,
especially mystery novels and biographies, but she is also interested in
art and music.  The entire family attends at least one opera a year--Geoff
saw his first opera ("Cosi Fan Tuti") when he was seven--and Barbara's
favorite opera is "The Tales of Hoffman."  But when it comes to listening
to music, Barbara leans toward jazz.  When she lived in Kansas City, she
used to attend the Kansas City Jazz Festival every year.  Ask her about her
favorite Jazz performer, and she'll tell you emphatically that she is a BIG
fan of Betty Buckley.

At a time when most information professionals struggle to meet their work
commitments, Barbara Davis has already honed her time management skills.
In addition to dealing effectively with work and family obligations,
Barbara manages to make time for SOASIS.  She is the current Chair of the
SOASIS Think Group, and wants to serve as the chair of our Chapter next
year, a second time for Barbara in that capacity.

Barbara Davis believes there is a lot of work to be done toward enhancing
the image of our profession.  She feels that those of us in the information
science field need to work hard to keep our profession viable in the
"Information Age."  She suggests this challenge will require us to be
skilled in all aspects of technology and to be able to communicate this
expertise.  "Selling ourselves and our particular skills is necessary but
difficult for many of us," she says.  But if we don't reach out and claim
our territory, someone else most surely will.

Well said by one who is in the know, someone who is on the front line,
someone who can be a mentor to each of us.

That's Barbara J. Davis, formerly of Farragut, Iowa where women are strong ….


Local Technical Meetings Survey

Below is a "top choices" summary of a recent SOASIS member survey on local
technical meetings.  Thirty SOASIS members responded to the survey.
Because members were asked to show their preferences on more than one item
under each category, the percentages shown exceed 100%.

Meeting Locations
Cincinnati- 53%
Lexington- 40%
Dayton- 27%

Meeting Time
Afternoon (after 3 p.m.) - 67%
Dinner meeting- 57%
Luncheon meeting- 20%

Meeting Day
Thursday- 57%
Wednesday- 47$
Tuesday- 37%

Maximum Amount for a Meal
$12 Dinner- 57%
$10 Luncheon- 47%
$15 Dinner- 33%

Need a ride- 7%
Can provide a ride- 63%

Types of Programs
Demonstrations of new technologies- 87%
Panel discussions on timely technical topics- 67%
Tour of information facilities- 67%

Hot Topics
User/Behavioral Organizational Implications- 70%
Knowledge Management- 67%
Distributed Searching Mgt. / Search Engines- 67%
Intellectual Property- 57%
XML, Metadata, etc.- 57%

Patricia J. Carter
Randy Burkett



BEGINNING BALANCE AS OF 1/1/00……………. $5090.08

Chapter Meetings $417.12
Chapter Rebate $202.90
Donations $150.00
Sale of Mug $5.00
Interest on Account $23.51

TOTAL…………………………………………………..  $798.53



The SOASIS Awards Committee has reviewed nominations and selected this
year's awardees.  The winners of the Outstanding Member Award, Kahles
Award, and Eyles Award will each receive a certificate or plaque and a
check for $100.  The winner of the Student Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award
will receive a certificate and a check equal to one year's ASIS student
membership dues.

On behalf of the Awards Committee, I would like to congratulate the
winners.  We hope to see them, as well as the rest of the membership, when
the awards are presented at the Chapter's annual business meeting later
this year.

Glen Horton
Chair, Awards Committee

SOASIS Outstanding Member Award:  Patricia Carter

Patricia Carter is a member of the SOASIS Programs Committee.  When
Patricia joined the Programs Committee, she took on the responsibility for
the planning and implementation of current and future SOASIS technical
programs.  She identified speakers, selected venues, secured partial
sponsorship of meetings, disseminated program announcements, and expanded
the SOASIS technical programs.  Additionally, Patricia Carter has sought to
get SOASIS to co-sponsor meetings with ACM, IEEE-CS, AITP, and SLA so as to
enhance the image of ASIS within the information community.  Additionally,
she spearheaded the SOASIS membership survey on future technical programs.
Patricia Carter's most active involvement in SOASIS, the exceptional
quality of her participation, and her timely delivery of services to the
SOASIS membership deserve recognition.  Patricia Carter is truly an
outstanding SOASIS member.

The John Kahles Membership Award:  Elna Saxton

Elna Saxton is the SOASIS Newsletter Editor and a Co-owner of the SOASIS-L.
 She is a longtime and most valued contributor to SOASIS. As co-owner of
the SOASIS-L, Elna helps maintain and moderate the Chapter's listserv.  And
as the editor of the SOASIS Newsletter, she uses graphics and creative
layouts to generate an attractive publication. Thanks to her selfless
contributions, SOASIS is one of few ASIS chapters that regularly publish a
newsletter.  Her service to the membership of SOASIS is widely recognized
through her timely and substantive newsletters.  To SOASIS members, Elna
Saxton is the voice of SOASIS.

The Heberle Eyles Leadership Award:  Glen Horton

Glen Horton wears more hats than any other SOASIS member.  He serves SOASIS
as Chair of the Awards Committee, Co-webmaster, and Chapter Representative
to OCLIS. He is responsible for the creation of and establishment of
guidelines for the "SOASIS Student Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award."
Additionally, Glen is promoting the SOASIS Awards Program more widely than
his predecessors.  As Co-webmaster, he is being instrumental in
reactivating the SOASIS Web site, making it visually more appealing and
more substantive in content.  Glen Horton is a SOASIS member who exercises
initiative in each of the offices he holds.

SOASIS Student Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award:  Karen J. McClanahan

Karen J. (Kitty) McClanahan is the Chair of the ASIS Student Chapter at the
University of Kentucky.  When Kitty learned of SOASIS' plans to establish
an ASIS student chapter at the University of Kentucky, she stepped in and
volunteered to help with the process.  And her recruitment efforts on
behalf of ASIS have become legendary.  Kitty knew intuitively that the
field of information is vast, so she recruited students from several
schools of the University of Kentucky.  Because of Kitty McClanahan's
relentless efforts, ASIS has gained 59 student members.  Such a new-member
recruitment record is and will undoubtedly remain unmatched in ASIS.  But
there is more.  Kitty solicited the necessary proxies for starting an ASIS
student chapter, helped develop that Chapter's bylaws, involved student
members as officers, planned and implemented three technical programs, and
presented a research paper at the 22nd Communications Research Symposium at
the University of Tennessee.


Data Visualization Technology, May 18, 2000

In this program, Ray Daley discussed a wide variety of current information
visualization techniques. Scientific and business visualization have had a
very useful existence for many years. Some of the methods of visualization
demonstrated were self-organizing maps, fly throughs, hierarchies, and view
based searching and faceted classification.  This presentation was very
dynamic and we experienced many live demonstrations and several videos.
Examples and live demonstrations clearly pointed out differences in
techniques. The Lexis-Nexis Hyperbolic Tree may be viewed at: .  Much of the
information was presented verbally, but the slides from the program are
available in HTML and PowerPoint formats at the following URL:  Please refer to the
following book for an excellent perspective:  "Readings in information
visualization: using vision to think," written and edited by Stuart K.
Card, Jock D. Mackinlay, Ben Shneiderman.


SOASIS Officers

Chair: James M. Cretsos 
[H] 10701 Adventure Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45242-4246
(513) 791-8244

Chair-elect: Theodore A. Morris
University of Cincinnati, AIT&L
[H] 6306 Kincaid Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213-1418
(513) 558-0177

Past Chair: Victoria Whipple
Washington-Centerville Public Library
1308 Lyons Road
Centerville, OH 45458
(937) 428-0534

Secretary: Angela Myatt
University of Cincinnati, AIT&L
231 Bethesda Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0574
(513) 558-0764

Treasurer: Megan Ann Fitzpatrick
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County 
[H] 4031 Jamestown Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(513) 281-5530

Assembly Rep.: Yvonne Michal Davis
[H] 1594 Oak Knoll Drive, #2
Cincinnati, OH 45224-2060
(513) 287-3494

Alt. Assembly Rep.: John Tebo
University of Cincinnati
Chemistry/Biology Library
203 Rieveschl Hall, ML 151
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-1494

SOASIS Committee Chairs

Yvonne Michal Davis
  Please see Assembly Rep.

Glen Horton
Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium
2181 Victory Parkway, Suite 214
Cincinnati, OH 45206-2855

Financial Auditor
Yvonne Michal Davis
  Please see Assembly Rep.

Jill Sellers
[H] 2405 Patterson Boulevard
Kettering, OH 45409
(937) 865-6800

Newsletter Editor
Elna Saxton
University of Cincinnati
Langsam Library
PO Box 210033
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0033
(513) 556-1413

Victoria Whipple
  Please see Past Chair

OhioLEARN Student Chapter Advisor
Alison H. Armstrong
University of Cincinnati Libraries
PO Box 210033, TES Dept.
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0033
(513) 556-1761

Chapter-Student Chapter Liaison
John Tebo
  Please see Alt. Assembly Rep.

Think Group
Barbara J. Davis
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
1800 Star Bank Center
425 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957
(513) 381-2838

Alison Armstrong
  Please see OhioLEARN Student Chapter Advisor
Glen Horton
  Please see Awards

Douglas Kaylor
Wright State University
Dunbar Library
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-3142