Association for Information Science
Southern Ohio Chapter
SOASIS Annual Meeting & Awards, Young Library Tour, and
Suzie Allard

Digital Libraries: Taming the Information Frontier for Users

4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 29, 1999

William T. Young Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

The Digital Library (DL) is an evolving electronic entity that is establishing a presence as an important information resource. The DL has great appeal because its inherent design combines end-user needs with technology that has the ability to handle vast amounts of complex data. Worldwide, researchers are working to refine the DL by focusing on human-centered issues such as information seeking behavior and increased ease of human-computer interaction as well as on technological issues such as enhanced system architecture and artifact representation. Metadata schemes and metalanguages provide the technological capabilities to extend DL services to include more efficient search and retrieval, interoperability, extensibility and desktop delivery of multi-media documents. A strength of the DL is its ability to service a wide range of user communities by providing a multi-dimensional design framework that can answer the needs of heterogeneous groups. For information professionals, the DL also offers a content rich environment that increases the accessibility of knowledge across disciplinary boundaries.

Suzie Allard is a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky's College of Communications and Information Studies. Her interest in the organization, integration, and dissemination of knowledge focuses on human interaction within electronic communication and information systems. Her professional background includes 18 years as a consultant in the television industry, Vice-President and Partner at Research Frontiers Corporation, and Editor-in-chief of a magazine. Ms. Allard is an Instructor at the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, College of Communications and Information Studies, University of Kentucky.

2:30 p.m.- Tour of the Young Library
3:15 p.m.- SOASIS Board Meeting (open to all SOASIS members); Room 1-73, Young Library
4:00 p.m.- SOASIS Awards Presentations
New Charter: ASIS Student Chapter at the University of Kentucky
Suzie Allard Presentation
5:30 p.m.- Social & Dinner-- Kentucky Plate: Salad, Miniature Hot Brown and Prime Rib, two vegetables, bread, dessert and beverage.

Registration Cost: $18.00 for ASIS members and guests; $9.00 for students (Advance Registration)

RSVP by Noon, Friday, September 24, 1999 - Jim Cretsos - (513) 791-8244 -

Directions: From I-75- Take Exit 115 and bear right onto Newtown Road. (It's the first exit after I-75 and I-64 come together.) After several miles arrive at intersection with West Main Street (cemetery monument companies on both corners; YMCA far-left corner). Turn left onto Main Street. After about a mile, turn right onto Rose Street (7th light). Turn left onto Columbia (4th traffic light); the octagonal building to your right is the Young Library