(ASIS '97)

ASIS Continuing Education




Friday, October 31



Delivering Databases via the World Wide Web


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


User access to databases via the Web is fast becoming a critical service of information professionals. This course will provide all the building blocks necessary for creating such access. Topics to be covered include: HTML forms, WAIS, structured query language (SQL), Open database Connectivity (ODBC), Perl and VBScripting, and the use of ActiveX. Software products, such as Tango and Cold Fusion, will be covered in detail. The actual setup of a Web/database connection will be demonstrated, step-by-step, during the class. The course will end with a discussion of security issues.


This course is for system administrators, webmasters, and other information professionals wishing to publish database information or provide access to databases using the Web/ Intranets. Participants should have computing and network experience, including DOS/Windows and/or Unix, and various utilities (ftp, Telnet, WWW, email), including HTML markup. A basic knowledge of structured query language (SQL) is assumed. Systems management and programming experience is helpful, but not necessary.


Michael R. Leach is the Head Librarian of the Physics Research Library, Harvard University, and Web Administrator for the Department of Physics, where he manages the Library's information systems and the Department's computer training lab.


Michael Kenyon is the Systems Analyst for Texas Instruments' Technical Information Management branch in the Semiconductor Group Research and Development department. At TI, he manages multiple web servers and develops applications for managing technical information via the web and other interfaces.


Thesauri for Indexing and Retrieval


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


Design and development of information retrieval thesauri are the primary focus of this workshop. Formulation of terms, relationships and other navigation mechanisms for ANSI/NISO standard thesauri are included. Specialized thesaurus management software packages are discussed and packages will be demonstrated. Since text retrieval software is increasingly important, the place of thesauri with such software is considered. Thesauri may be used for both indexing and retrieval, and with new technologies the balance of emphasis is changing to make application to retrieval more important. The impact of this change on thesaurus design will be considered.


This introductory course is designed for database developers and editors. Some knowledge of indexing is useful, but no special background is required as long as you have basic information management training.


Dr. Jessica Milstead is Principal of The JELEM Company, which consults in developing indexes and thesauri. She works with database publishers and clients on developing indexing schemes, thesauri, and end-user search tools. She has taught indexing as a faculty member and in continuing education programs. Jessica is on the Standards Development Committee of NISO and authored Thesaurus of Information Science and Librarianship (ASIS, 1994).


Saturday, November 1


Copyright in an Electronic World


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


This course will look at the current realities and implications of protection of rights in the electronic environment: the Internet and World Wide Web, CD-ROM, DAT, digital video, online, etc., and how these protections influence software publishing, information publishing and multimedia production, and other forms of electronic distribution. We will survey the thorny issues associated with intellectual property in the emerging electronic world. A unique and thought-provoking role-playing exercise will illuminate issues and interests. We will examine the history of intellectual property and give a brief tutorial on the subject with emphasis on copyright.


We will cover principles and rights, fair use guidelines and the economics of proprietary rights. We will explore the impact of patents, trademarks, trade dress and trade and international issues and concerns related to moral rights, WIPO, UNESCO and Trans-border Communication.


Mickie A. Voges is director of the Legal Information Center and an associate professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She received her MLS and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Bar. Before joining the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1990, she was director of the Law Library and associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and director of information services at the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She currently serves on the ABA Litigation Section Special Publications Committee and the ABA Intellectual Property Section Committee on New Information Technologies. Ms. Voges has written and lectured extensively on topics concerning automated legal research, intellectual property, legal issues in information science and legal issues relating to artificial intelligence.


Introduction to Computer and Network Security


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


This course will provide a broad overview of the technical and policy related security issues in computer/network environments, including: virus detection & elimination, password management, encryption/ cryptography, operating system & file-level security, the WWW/Internet (e.g. SSL, sHTTP, log monitoring, scripting, s/MIME, browser kiosks, etc.), and network security issues (e.g. firewalls, proxy servers, etc.). Specific case studies offering solutions to common security problems and challenges will be examined. Participants will receive a detailed resource workbook, including exercises, useful URLs, and a detailed bibliography. This course will be particularly useful to those information professionals new to managing information systems and technology in the library setting.


Participants should have computing and network experience, including DOS/Windows and/or Unix, and various Internet utilities (ftp, Telnet, WWW, email). Systems management experience is helpful, but not necessary.


Michael R. Leach is the Head Librarian of the Physics Research Library, Harvard University, and Web Administrator for the Department of Physics, where he manages the Library's information systems and the Department's computer training lab.


Geoffrey W. McKim is the president of MCKIM Group, Inc., an information systems consulting company. Mr. McKim manages the ASIS Web site and has designed and presented courses on Web server management. He also authored Internet Research Companion (MacMillan Computer Publishing), and teaches courses on digital libraries, computing skills, and electronic commerce at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.


Data Communications: Understanding the Basics


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


At no time in history has data communication been so prevalent or so important. It is difficult to imagine life today or a future tomorrow without effective data communication. This workshop is designed to provide the participant with a solid grounding in data communication fundamentals and to present a synopsis of current trends and future developments in data communication.


Participants will understand the distinction between analog and digital communication, parallel vs. serial transmission; switching techniques from circuit switching to cell relay switching; conductor and conductorless transmission facilities; networking concepts (Internet, intranets, LANs, private vs. public networks, client/server); communications services such as ISDN, frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM),high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (HDSL) asynchronous digital subscriber line (ADSL), SONET and cable TV use for data transmission; protocol concepts (e.g. SMTP, Telnet, FTP, WWW); languages such as SGML, HTML, Java, CGI, ActiveX; issues of security and privacy; new equipment and software for faster, more capable and easier to use data communication; and a look at the demand vs. supply side of data communication.


This workshop is not for engineers but for the lay person, and is presented in plain English with many examples and analogies from everyday life. It is intended to aid information specialists in making sound decisions about the data communication facilities and services that best serve their needs and provide a path to the future.


James E. Rush is Executive Director of PALINET, a multi-state, multi-type library cooperative serving libraries and information centers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A former ASIS president, he chaired the Regional OCLC Network Directors Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors of the National Information Standards Organization.


Introduction to Image Databases


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


This workshop will explore issues in the design, management and creation of image databases, including capture, storage, display, networking, standards, copyright and vocabulary control. Participants will learn the issues involved in creating and maintaining image databases and how to evaluate image database products. Examples will be taken from existing or prototypical image database systems used in a variety of environments. New technologies such as CD-I, CDTV and DVI will be explained.


The workshop will be primarily lecture format, liberally illustrated with slides and overhead transparencies. The workshop is aimed at the information professional with little or no knowledge of the issues involved in creating an image database. The goal is to provide an understanding of some of the complexities. Participants will gain the knowledge needed before undertaking image database projects of their own.


Howard Besser is a leading authority on image databases. He is a frequently published author on this subject and is often a speaker to both professional and commercial conferences. He has consulted for a wide range of organizations, including the Getty Art History Information Program, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Italian Association for Computing Machinery and Francis Coppola's American Zoetrope. Dr. Besser has published articles on automation of image collections in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and other publications. He has served on national committees grappling with issues of metadata for digital information and was a member of the Commission on Preservation & Access "Task Force on Digital Archiving." Dr. Besser received the 1995 award for Best Information Science Teacher from ASIS.


Harnessing New Technologies for Collaboration


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


This course will provide a sound understanding of emerging network collaboration technologies and their potential for creating a new generation of efficient, effective, distributed organizations: a) provide a framework for understanding both the technological and the social dimensions of these technologies b) show how they build upon, complement, or supersede older network tools, and c) illustrate the opportunities for enhancing old or developing new information services. Discussions include: Asynchronous vs. Synchronous collaboration; Anatomy of a collaborative application - Social interaction & networking architecture; Implementation of collaborative applications; Asynchronous communication & document sharing; the concept of Collaboratories and their role in the Next Generation Internet (NGI)... and more.


Upon completion, students will understand the underlying concepts of network collaboration, appreciate the potential of technology for changing the information and communication landscape, and be able to accurately assess the value of new products in this burgeoning field. It will enable information professionals to plan intelligently for the use of these technologies within their organizations or in creating new information services.


This course is designed for information professionals at all levels, but especially those with some involvement in or responsibility for upgrading, redesigning, or replacing their organization's information infrastructure, including its internal or its external aspects. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of Internet and Internet technologies; hands-on experience with communication tools such as e-mail, World wide web; knowledge of common network terminology (e.g. "client/server," TCP/IP, etc.) is helpful.


Micah Beck has published and taught in most applied areas of computer science, including operating systems, fault tolerance, databases, programming languages and compilers. He has been a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories, an industry consultant in technological strategy and has taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University and the University of Tennessee. Dr. Beck is currently assistant professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and faculty associate to the Java SunSITE.


Terry Moore has worked, researched and lectured in networking and information technology for more than six years, first at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, then as the director of computing and communications for the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and currently Network Services Coordinator at at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Digital Libraries: Computer Concepts & Technologies for Managing Library


Collections (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

This course will deal with digital libraries in which library materials, as opposed to bibliographic citations, are maintained in computer-processible formats for online access. As part of defining Digital Libraries, we'll explore the differences between digital libraries, electronic libraries and virtual libraries. We'll examine computer concepts and technologies for the management of library collections. Emphasis will be placed on two broad approaches to digital library implementations: storage of library materials as images and storage of library materials as text.


For each of these implementation approaches we'll identify the system components and requirements, discuss the typical work flows and the advantages and limitations of each approach. We'll also look at some examples of current real-life implementations.


We'll cover the issues and concerns involved in planning a digital implementation. The special problems associated with the conversion and storage of library materials will be examined in detail. We'll also cover various methods of estimating the costs associated with digital library implementations.


William Saffady is a professor in the School of Library and Information Science, The Palmer School, Long Island University, where he teaches courses in various aspects of information management. He is the author of over 30 books and many articles on records management, document imaging, information storage technologies, office automation, library automation and other information management topics. His most recent books include Electronic Document Imaging Systems, Optical Disks vs. Micrographics 1993 Edition and Managing Electronic Records. Two of his books, Introduction to Automation for Librarians and Micrographic Systems, are considered the standard textbooks on their subjects. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Saffady serves as an information management consultant, providing training and analytical services to corporations, government agencies and other organizations.


Introduction to SGML


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)


This workshop will present a general introduction to the problems SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) was invented to deal with, the concepts of SGML, and how it works. Participants will learn basic SGML terminology and practice, including a discussion of Document Type Definitions and how to read them. This session will also discuss the appropriateness and applicability of SGML and related standards (including the TEI) to electronic resources for libraries and librarians and will demonstrate the ways a variety of tools present SGML-encoded materials. Other topics covered may include the creation of electronic textual resources, the management of electronic resources, and the evaluation of electronic texts.


Michael R. Hahn, an SGML analyst at Information Architects, has more than 17 years of experience in MIS as an analyst, operator and instructor. Michael has written and assisted in the development of DTD suites for association newsletters, professional journals, legislative reports and digest materials.


Building the Virtual "Intranet" Knowledge Center


(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Internet tools can build a 24-hour virtual information center and the knowledge bases that a workforce needs to be successful. Join Howard McQueen to explore conceptual and proven technologies that can realize the power of the Internet within your organization as an intranet. One of the organizational benefits of a Knowledge Center is having a centralized source for access to a myriad of information resources that have been certified by in-house information professional(s) as containing appropriate, accurate and timely content. Discussions will focus on providing access to information resources, including Z39.50 catalogs, internal and external URLs, mailing lists, news filtering services, CD-ROMs and virtual-mounted databases.


Case studies will illustrate design standards (judicious use of graphics, text menus and consistent navigational aids). We'll show you how tools like CGI and JAVA can build an interactive environment, supporting reference requests and feedback, offering self-serve ready-reference FAQs and incorporating basic and advanced search tools. Usage analysis tools will help analyze use of the Knowledge Center, including what information is sought, the navigational path taken, etc.


We'll show you how to keep users on your intranet page, even after they have accessed a locally mounted CD-ROM or other application. All users need not have access to all resources through password technology and/or multi-level authentication such as a token card. Howard will present solutions for dial-in modem pools for nomadic users, including dial-in ISDN for the power users. Discover how a Web browser can be the common client over the existing WAN to deliver centralized reference/research databases branch offices. Howard will review case studies for expanding the WAN to reach remote dial-in and remote branch WAN (56K+) users. Intranets and WANs demand security; hence, the need for a corporate firewall. You'll learn why and how firewalls are playing an integral role in providing and prohibiting access to users and resources.


Prerequisites: Familiarity with LAN, WAN and Internet terminology and concepts will be very helpful.


Howard McQueen is president of McQueen Consulting, Inc., which provides Internet consulting and training services. Howard has been consulting in the field of computer automation since 1980 and has been involved with networking technology in business and with libraries since 1983. The company has training contracts with many government agencies and corporations. McQueen Consulting specializes in connecting private LANs (DOS, Windows, Macintosh and Unix workstations) to the Internet.


Sunday, November 2


Beyond HTML: Cognition, Information Design, and the Computer Interface


(9:00am - 1:00pm)

Information professionals are increasingly charged with creating and evaluating their own efforts at interface and electronic document design. The human-computer interface must be both functional and understandable to both novice and skilled users. Information professionals can engage in and promote effective hypertext design that is useful not only for content but also for understandable and appealing design elements, relying more on research and scientific inquiry and less on arbitrary taste. "Beyond HTML" will offer examples and exercises that make information professionals aware of their own visual perception and cognitive abilities and effective design principles for the creation of electronic information resources.


Beyond HTML" course is ideally suited for information professionals charged with graphic design tasks, particularly creating and adapting print and electronic documents for computer display. Attendees will (1) be introduced to complementing and competing theories of cognition and visual perception as they relate to computer interface design; (2) reorient their design considerations to computer-human interface issues and learning styles; and (3) observe both ineffective and superior HTML designs that correspond to the learning goals of the course. NOTE: HTML techniques will be discussed; HTML instruction is not part of the content of this course.


Charles J. Greenberg, the Head of Information Services for the Columbia University Health Sciences Library, received his MLS from SUNY Albany in 1981 and an MEd. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1995. Mr. Greenberg is pursuing an EdD. at Teachers College in educational uses of communications technology. During 1994-95, Mr. Greenberg was the Chair of the Educational Media & Technologies Section of the Medical Library Association. He has lectured on computer-mediated communications and health sciences Internet resources to various groups. In 1994 he served as a library consultant for the Russell Sage Foundation, and in 1995 he traveled to Hong Kong as an Internet educational consultant for the Hospital Library Authority of Hong Kong.


Finding the Right Stuff: Using and Evaluating Internet Search Engines


(9:00am - 1:00pm)

This seminar will give a brief overview of the evolution of subject access on the Internet and definition of search engine types and will go on to explore each type in depth. Discussion will focus on selecting appropriate tools for different needs, discovering search capabilities and making the most of the capabilities provided by typical representatives of the various types. Guidelines will be presented for evaluating search engine content, interface, ease of use, functionality, retrieval performance and presentation of results. Concluding remarks will present strategies for managing multiple search engine access and will look at important new trends in the world of Internet search services.


While the limited time frame means that the seminar will not feature hands-on experience, a seminar workbook will include ample materials and resources to allow participants to put knowledge to practice in their own workplaces. Examples throughout the seminar will focus on the needs of information professionals.


Candy Schwartz is professor at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science, where she teaches courses on the applications of computers in information organization and retrieval, including a new course on information services and the World Wide Web. She writes on optical information services, records management and information retrieval. Candy is active in the Association for Information Science, which named her Outstanding Information Science Teacher of the Year in 1994. Candy has an MLS from McGill University and Ph.D. in information science from Syracuse University.


Law and the Internet


(9:00am - 1:00pm)

Law and the Internet will provide an update on the legal developments with regard to the Internet use and technology. Although time does not allow an in-depth analysis of every aspect of the law that might be implicated, the following areas will be covered: intellectual property protection regimes as well as regulation of the use of intellectual property on the Internet, criminal law developments, jurisdictional issues, contract formulation and enforcement (with particular note to "cyberwrap licenses"), freedom of speech issues and developments, and defamation and other tort issues. Recent developments in statutory and case law will be discussed and presented with the primary focus on U.S. law. However, international law developments will be covered where those have great influence in a particular area.


Mickie A. Voges is director of the Legal Information Center and an associate professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She received her MLS and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Bar. Before joining the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1990, she was director of the Law Library and associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and director of information services at the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She currently serves on the ABA Litigation Section Special Publications Committee and the ABA Intellectual Property Section Committee on New Information Technologies. Ms. Voges has written and lectured extensively on topics concerning automated legal research, intellectual property, legal issues in information science and legal issues relating to artificial intelligence.


OTHER PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS


8th SIG CR Classification Research Workshop


(8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m)

The Classification Research Workshop is designed to promote the exchange of ideas among active researchers with interests in classification creation, development, management, representation, display, comparison, compatibility, theory, and application.


Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Applications such as subject analysis, natural language understanding, information retrieval, expert systems.
- Automated techniques to assist in creating classification schemes.
- Bases for semantic classes.
- Classification algorithms.
- Comparison and compatibility between classification schemes.
- Concept acquisition.
- Data structures and programming languages for classification schemes.
- Image classification.
- Inheritance and subsumption.
- Interfaces for displaying classification schemes.
- Knowledge representation schemes.
- Procedural knowledge in classification schemes.
- Reasoning with classification schemes.
- Representation and access on the Internet.
- Software for management of classification schemes.
- User-based classification strategies.
- Warrant for concepts in classification schemes.


ASIS Leadership Development Program: Meeting Facilitation


10:00 am - Noon

The ASIS Leadership Development Program imparts skills necessary both on-the-job and within ASIS. There is no fee for attendance but please notify headquarters of your intention to attend in advance. This session will focus on meeting facilitation skills, which will be useful at ASIS chapter and SIG goal-setting and program planning meetings s well as on-the-job. Some of the topics to be covered:
1) ground rules for governing group interaction;
2) techniques for starting on the right foot and ending positively and decisively;
3) Practical methods for handling emotions (particularly negative emotions) when they arise in a group context;
4) diagnostic tools for helping identify and solve problems.


Bonnie Carroll, Information International Associates


Pamoja: A Training Simulation for International Information Flow. SIG III (1:00pm - 5:30pm)


Gail Wadsworth and Wendy White, the creators of Pamoja, will facilitate this exciting simulation at the 1997 Annual Meeting of ASIS. Pamoja is a training simulation intended to raise awareness about the equity in international information flows and importance of developing a multitude of information resources. In Pamoja, players divide into teams representing countries, select roles that they will play, and create cultures. They then negotiate to get as much information from and about the other teams as possible. While there is some competition, cooperation is encouraged. Pamoja is the Swahili word for "together"; it expresses both the philosophy and the unique nature of the game. By playing Pamoja, participants can gain an understanding of:
* the global imbalances in information resources;
* the relative cost of these resources;
* some of the barriers to the flow of information to, from, and within resource-poor and resource-rich countries;
* the interdependence of information seekers and information providers at all levels of information infrastructure development; and
* ways in which different cultures interact to share information, ideas, and knowledge.


Participation in this special double session is limited.


Wendy White, National Research Council
Gail Wadsworth




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