ASIST 2001 Annual Meeting
   November 2-8, 2001
   J.W. Marriott Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Technical Sessions











Tuesday, November 6

9:00am Sessions


The History and Continuing Influence of the Classification Research Group

This session will look back at the groundbreaking work of the Classification Research Group (CRG) and assess the impact of their efforts on the information retrieval field today.

  • You Will Learn About
    The history of CRG
  • The relationship between the CRG and the socialist science movement, which took a strong interest in scientific documentation in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Whether the group's distinctive contribution was a collective one or the work of a number of individuals who shared some common interests

Shawne Miksa, Florida State University
The CRG and Information Retrieval Research, 195070

Ia McIlwaine, University College, London
The CRG: Its Legacy for Today

Alexander Justice, University of California, Los Angeles
The CRG as a Facet of the History of British Science

Jonathan Furner, University of California, Los Angeles
A Citation Study of the Work of the CRG


UCITA and the Information Professional

The controversial Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) is a draft state law that seeks to create a unified approach to the licensing of software and information. To date, two states — Maryland and Virginia — have passed UCITA, and it will be under consideration in many other states in the near future. Because of the law's broad scope and focus on software and information, it will have a significant impact on the information technology industry, public and private libraries, data processing service providers, publishers of statistical data, traditional print publishers, online database providers, and consumers of information. Many library organizations oppose UCITA because of its perceived potential negative impact on copyright law. In this session, speakers will provide an overview of UCITA and its potential impact.

You Will Learn About

  • The current legislative status of the law
  • What can be done about it

Yolanda Jones, Drexel University
Mary Alice Baish, American Association of Law Libraries
Jonathan Band, Morrison & Foerster


Is MARC Dead?

Machine-readable cataloging (MARC) played a key role in the transition from card catalogues to computers. But does this decades-old format still have a vital role to play today or has it been rendered obsolete by the development of HTML, XML, and SGML? In this session, speakers will debate this question and examine MARC's potential role as a building block for electronic and digital libraries.

You Will Learn About

  • The benefits of MARC
  • How MARC can evolve to serve the needs of the 21st century and beyond
  • How the integration of MARC with enabling technologies, such as SGML, could allow for the merging of print and electronic collections into a seamless environment for users

Ardis Hanson, University of South Florida
Denise Bedford, World Bank Group

Merri Beth Lavagnino, Committee on Institutional Cooperation


Technologies for Communication
(Contributed Papers)

M. Shepherd, Carolyn Watters, and Raj Kaushik, Dalhousie University
Lessons From Reading ENews for Browsing the Web: The Roles of Genre and Task

Sandra Hirsh, Palo Alto Research Library
Building a Global Corporate Library Portal: Usability Results and Design Implications

Walter Warnick, U.S. Department of Energy
The Science Information Infrastructure: An Integrated Network for Finding and Using Information about our Physical World


Knowledge Management
(Contributed Papers)

Darius Mahdjoubi, University of Texas, Austin
Knowledge Management: A Conceptual Platform for the Sharing of Ideas

Kimberly Wells and Thomas Horan, Claremont Graduate University
Discovering Actionable Knowledge about Community Telecommunications Systems: Concepts and Case Applications of Design Studio Methodology

Tuija Helokunnas and Juha Herrala, Tampere University of Technology
Knowledge Searching and Sharing on Virtual Networks

10.45am Sessions


E-Sphere: Technology, Information and the Networked Future

Technological advances are profoundly changing the world we live in and how we interact with one another. But where is all this change taking us and what will its impact be on information professionals? In this session, Dr. Joseph Pelton, director of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute and former dean of the International Space University, will explore the implications of these changes and share his view of the future in an interconnected, interdependent world where information is king. Dr. Pelton is the author of 16 books, including E-Sphere: The Rise of the World Wide Mind.

You Will Learn About

  • What jobs are at risk and what occupations will be in demand in the future
  • Guarding against telewar, infoespionage and other electronic crime
  • The best strategies for cyber management
  • How to leverage the potential of telepower and avoid the dangers of teleshock

Joseph Pelton, George Washington University

Suzie Allard, University of Kentucky


Privacy and Public Records; The Right to Know (or say 'no')

The Internet has made it much easier and faster to find and retrieve court documents and other government records that are available through open access rules. The benefits of this improved access are immeasurable for the legal system, investigative reporters, academic researchers, and the government as a whole. But there is potentially a very high price to pay. The reality is that anyone can now mine data in the public records and tailor it to suit a personal agenda. For instance, marketing firms can gather, aggregate and resell a variety of personal data with the same ease that they have harnessed e-mail addresses to produce spam.
This new accessibility also raises fears of identify theft and a long list of other privacy concerns. This session will present three diverse views on the issues surrounding access to public records.

You Will Learn About

  • Privacy issues raised by the new accessibility of public data and how these issues can be addressed
  • Media concerns about limitations on access to information
  • The perspective of the federal judiciary on access and privacy issues

Scott Lapinski, Medical College of Ohio
Frederick Russillo, Federal Judiciary
Chris Hoofnagle, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Rebecca Daugherty , Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press


Knowledge Management: Contested Grounds

Knowledge management (KM) has gained widespread acceptance in business and academic circles as a powerful tool for helping staff share information and work smarter. However, many controversies still swirl around KM, relating to issues such as approach, methodology, outcomes, and appropriate use of information and communication technologies. In this session, speakers will address these controversies headon and engage the audience in a dynamic give-and-take discussion and debate. The session will address such questions as: Who owns the design of technologies for KM and thereby 'shapes' the workplace? Is KM just a fad that allows information technology vendors to sell their products? Are performance incentives, used in many firms to encourage participation in KM initiatives, simply bribes?

You Will Learn About

  • "Contested grounds" that strike at the very nature of KM practice
  • Varying perspectives on the implications of these controversial issues for the future of KM

Claire McInerney, Rutgers University
Elisabeth Ross Davenport, Napier University
Kim Sbarcea , Ernst & Young of Australia
Ross Todd, University of Technology, Sydney


Computer Technologies for Sharing Artifacts
(Contributed Papers)

R. David Lankes, Syracuse University; and Charles McClure and Melissa Gross
Florida State University
Assessing Quality in Digital Reference Services

Michael Sanford Nilan, Jeffrey Pomerantz, and Stephen Paling, Syracuse University
Genres from the Bottom Up: What Has the Web Brought Us?

Suresh Bhavnani, Karen Draabenstott, and Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan
Towards a Unified Framework of IR Tasks and Strategies


Information Seeking/User Studies
(Contributed Papers)

Makiko Miwa, National Institute of Multimedia Education
User Situations and Multiple Levels of User Goals in Information Problem Solving Processes of AskERIC Users

HsiaoTieh Pu and Chyan Yang, National Chiao Tung University and Shih Hsin University; and ShuiLung Chuang, Academia Sinica
Exploration of Web Users' Search Interests through Automatic Subject Categorization of Query Terms

Amanda Spink and H. Cenk Ozmutlu, Pennsylvania State University
Sexually Related Information Seeking on the Web

12:00 Noon - Poster Sessions


Poster sessions

Using a Spring Embedding Algorithm to Display Term Relationships from a Medical Concept Discovery System, Larry Mongin, Indiana University, Bloomington

Graphical Table of Contents for Libraries: The Application of UDC Codes for the OPACs Subject Maps Development, Víctor Herrero-Solana

An Interactive Tool for Concept Discovery, John Fieber, Indiana University

An Open Source Model for Multimedia Information Systems, James Turner, Universite' de Montreal

Developing a Methodology for Assessing the Operational Impact of Electronic Journals in an Academic Library, Carol Hansen Montgomery, Drexel University

Assessing Interoperability in the Networked Information Retrieval Environment, Teresa Lepchenske, University of North Texas

Visualizing the Spread of Intellectual Influence: A Comparison of Co-Purchase and Co-Citation Networks Focusing on Simon's "The Sciences of the Artificial," Katherine McCain, Drexel University

Document Creators in the ETD Environment, Suzie Allard, University of Kentucky

Design Principles for Information Delivery Systems: The UCLA/PACBELL Initiative for 21st Century Literacies, Howard Besser, University of California, Los Angeles

Global vs. Restricted Search Performance: A Comparison of Database Selection Techniques in a Hierarchically Structured Environment, Jack Conrad, Thomson Legal & Regulatory

Tacit Knowledge--A Cultural Look, Reuben Torrey, Accenture

Information Dissemination in a Distributed Learning Environment: What Students Really Think, Linda Schamber, University of North Texas

Competitive Intelligence and Information Retrieval Tools: Do We Need Specific Tools for Competitive Intelligence?, Madjid Ihadjadene, University of Paris

General and Efficient Strategies for Information Retrieval, Suresh Bhavnani, University of Michigan

A Model for Understanding and Affecting Cancer Genetics Information Seeking, Suzie Allard, University of Kentucky

"Psst! Look Over Here!" Putting Electronic Resources in Historians' Cites , Suzanne Graham, University of Southern Mississippi

1:30pm Sessions


Trends in Information Retrieval Research

The sheer volume of information that librarians and other information specialists are being asked to manage seems to increase dramatically every year. To keep pace with this rising tide, industry and government researchers are continually working to develop better and more effective ways to store and retrieve information. In this session, speakers will explore some of the recent developments in information retrieval research.

You Will Learn About

  • The latest information retrieval research trends in:
  • Image/multimedia
  • Multilingual retrieval
  • Search engines
  • Geographic information and user behavior

C. Lee Giles, Pennsylvania State University
Steve Lawrence, NEC Research Institute
James Wang, Pennsylvania State University
Gouray Cai , Pennsylvania State University
Shaoyi He, Pennsylvania State University

Amanda Spink, Pennsylvania State University


Images and Text: Current Issues in Information Retrieval and Presentation

The development of communication and multimedia technologies has dramatically increased the role of images in online searching and browsing. In this session, speakers will explore issues related to the use of images in information retrieval and examine the interaction between images and text.

You Will Learn About

  • A study of image search queries performed by Internet users, which provides insights into several areas that have received little previous research attention, including search syntax, term selection, how searches are reformulated, errors in searching, granularity of searches, and how many entries are viewed
  • An analysis of text information retrieval in a visual environment, including an examination of a visual term discrimination value analysis method, which uses a document density space within a distanceanglebased visual information retrieval environment
  • A look at how images relate to their surrounding text and fulfill unique rhetorical functions in Web pages, including a detailed examination of the state of illustration on the Web in terms of frequency and physical characteristics

Corinne Jorgensen, State University of New York, Buffalo
Analysis of Image Search Queries on the Web

Jin Zhang and Dietmar Wolfram , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Term Discrimination Analysis Under the Visual Environment

Emily Marsh, University of Maryland, College Park
Rhetorical Relationships Between Images and Text in Web Pages


Information Science and Intelligence Work: Mutual History Lessons

James Bond may spend most of his time jumping out of airplanes, sipping martinis and engaging in gun battles, but real-world intelligence agents spend most of their time on the more mundane tasks of gathering and analyzing information. In reality, information science (IS) techniques are far more valuable to an agent than the latest gizmo or weapon. In this session, several former intelligence agents will explore the relationship between IS and intelligence work and the impact that IS has had on intelligence practice and work patterns.

You Will Learn About

  • What intelligence agents learned about IS on their jobs
  • How IS knowledge has contributed to their work as agents
  • What they wish they would have known about IS

Robert Taylor, former US military intelligence agent
Norman Horrocks, former British military intelligence agent
Robert Chartrand , former US military intelligence agent and policy analyst
Fred Kilgour, former US military intelligence agent
David Batty, former British military intelligence agent
Colin Burke , historian of intelligence work

Robert Williams, University of South Carolina
BenAmi Lipetz, State University of New York, Albany


Access: Internet and Communities
(Contributed Papers)

James Katz and Ronald Rice, Rutgers University; and Philip Aspden, National Academy of Sciences
The Internet, 19952000: Access, Involvement, and Expression

MaijaLeena Huotari and Mirja Ivonen, University of Tampere
University Library  A Strategic Partner in Knowledge and Information Related Processes?

Zorana Ercegovac, InfoEN Associates, University of California, Los Angeles
Accessing Engineering Global Information for Engineers: Phase Two


The Alliance: Developing an Interagency Portal for Science and Technology

The growing popularity of e-government and the widespread implementation of knowledge management initiatives have led many federal science agencies to focus on developing portals both within and across agencies, that will make it possible to integrate varied information resources into customized formats to meet the needs of particular audiences. In this session, speakers will examine this trend and provide an overview of one particular project, the Alliance.

You Will Learn About

  • Implementing a federal agency portal, including requirements, technology selection, implementation, and evaluation
  • The advantages of an interenterprise portal solution
  • Potential future directions of federal science portals

Gladys Cotter, National Biological Information Infrastructure
Walter Finch, National Technical Information Service
Eleanor Frierson, National Agricultural Library
Kurt Molholm, Defense Technical Information Center
Robert Shepanek, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Kent Smith, National Library of Medicine
Walter Warnick , U.S. Department of Energy

Bonnie Cooper Carroll, CENDI

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