SIG/STI Minutes

Annual Planning Meeting, 19 November 2002, Noon

Present: Molly Moss, Ann Eagan, Ruth Fenske, Jane Duffy, Brian Gray, KT Vaughan, Deborah Helman, Julie Arnold, George Ryerson, Joan Bartlett, Gail Hodge, Penny O'Connor

Photo of planning session

Introductions were made around the table.

Molly Moss, Treasurer, reported on this year's budget.

2003 fiscal year (Oct-Sept)

Beginning Fund Balance $889

- Individuals $374 (from 187 people as of 8/02)
- Institutions $448 (from 224 as of 8/02)

Total Revenue $822
Total Expenses $0

Ending Fund Balance $1711

SIG STI has been asked to support the CHMINF-L listserv, which we have done in the past. This is at a rate of $1 per member, for a total of $187. It was unanimously agreed to continue this support.

KT Vaughan reported on the 7th quadrennial Trisociety symposium which was hosted this year in Los Angeles by SLA. $500 out of ASIST general funds was given in support. There were 75 people at the symposium, but only 2 from ASIST. The next Trisociety symposium is scheduled for 2006 and will be hosted by ASIST. We will need to think of a theme related to Chemical Information for the symposium that we host. This year's theme was Electronic Sources of Chemical Information.

KT informed us that we were one of 2 SIGs to get our annual report in on time this year.

We gave out two student awards again this year. The BIOSIS winner is Christina Finneran and the CAS winner is Philip Edwards.

KT also reminded us of the 6 panels that we had at this year's conference, and that our SIG dinner was that night, and that we'd be back in time for SIG CON.

Ann Eagan volunteered for Chair-Elect. Molly Moss was on the slate for Secretary/Treasurer. Both were elected by acclamation.

Deb Helman reported that Michael Leach (Director-at-Large and Director of the Physics Research Library and the Bernhard Kummel Library of the Geological Sciences at Harvard University) asked what our interest would be a summit about science and engineering digital libraries (for example, NSDL, etc.). The discussion was that we were interested, but it would be more interesting if it were content oriented, and not just technology-focused.

Next we brainstormed about sessions for next year's annual meeting, "Humanizing Information Technology: From Ideas to Bits and Back". Proposals for technical sessions (SIG) are due January 28, 2003. Following are some notes on the seven sessions that we thought of, including the people who volunteered to organize them.

1) Interactive roundtable discussion with end users of digital science materials (e.g. physicists, computer scientists, astronomers, etc). How they use preprint servers, etc. Might be similar to this year's plenary with a moderator asking questions, try to be more interactive. Jane Duffy

2) Subject specialized virtual reference (e.g., NASA, ASEE) Possible collaboration with SIG-CR. Julie Arnold

3) Capturing "lessons learned" from government agencies -- includes issues of knowledge management, templates, markup language, information retrieval. Possible collaboration with KM and ALP. Gail Hodge

4) Education of science librarians/informationists -- which is more important, science or librarianship? how to attract people to this segment of the profession. Possible collaboration with III, ED. KT Vaughan

5) Biological Informatics (NOT Bioinformatics) -- integration of information in ecology, natural resources and biology. Possibly an interactive poster session. Gail Hodge

6) NSDL follow-up (one year later) -- with SIG DL. Deb Helman

7) Public domain information in the sciences. Impact and stresses of
homeland security, copyright, etc. - with IFP.

Respectfully submitted, Molly Moss, Secretary SIGSTI.
31 January 2003