Greetings from the Conference Program Chair
Dear ASIST Members and Friends:
my great pleasure to present the conference program for ASIST 2001: Information in a Networked World: Harnessing the Flow. This year's conference will take an in-depth look at the many issues raised by today's exploding
information networks and the obstacles and opportunities created by the resulting array of new products, services, technologies, and applications. We hope these sessions will open up new lines of thought and inspiration
as together we examine, reflect upon, and assess the ways these phenomena are transforming real life, real users, and real needs.
One programming innovation we are particularly proud of at this year's conference is
the introduction of poster sessions. These sessions will provide you with an excellent opportunity to hear and see exciting new research findings, promising ongoing work, and projects that are in their infancy and open
to being influenced by questions and discussion. I encourage you to attend the poster sessions on Monday and Tuesday and to interact one-on-one with the presenters.
Another exciting innovation at this year's
conference is that we will be digitally recording all of the speakers who consent. Full conference registrants will have their choice of: a CD ROM set of the 2001 Annual Meeting or electronic access to both the 2000 and
2001 Annual Meetings. This means that you will have a permanent record of the conference with audio, video, even slide presentations. So, if you see two great sessions you want to attend at the same time, no need to
worry. Attend one and view the other later! You can see a demonstration of this great new application of technology at http://www.asis.org/digiscript.html.
This year's extensive conference program encompasses 65 sessions,
including 38 Special Interest Group (SIG) programs, nine invited panels, 49 contributed papers (in 16 sessions), 34 posters, seven receptions, and two thought-provoking keynote presentations, which will serve as
appropriate "bookends" to the conference.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to the members of the Technical Program Committee who were responsible for selecting the papers and panels and giving
helpful feedback to the presenters. They are: Bob Allen, Elizabeth Aversa, Kyle Banerjee, Marcia Bates, Andrew Grove, Paul Kantor, June Lester, Pat Molholt, Doug Oard, Linda Rudell-Betts, Michael Sutton, Gretchen
Whitney, and Barbara Wildemuth. I would also like to thank Gretchen Whitney who was the main point person for the SIG sessions and Linda Rudell-Betts who organized the poster sessions.
As always, Richard Hill,
ASIST's Executive Director, was extremely helpful in working with authors submitting papers and proposals via the Community of Science (COS) Web management system. I also want to extend thanks to Kelle Gray, COS
staff member, who spent many hours working with authors and panel organizers. Lastly, Elizabeth Aversa and Cynthia Manley should be commended for their hard work on the Proceedings.
I look forward to seeing you at the
conference and to sharing the excitement as together we discover new tools, knowledge, and insights that will have a significant impact on our research and work in the year ahead
Trudi Bellardo Hahn
ASIST 2001 Conference Chair