Bulletin, April/May 2007


Inside ASIST

 

Annual Meeting 2007
ASIS&T 2007 Planned for Milwaukee

Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science is the topic that will bring information scientists and practitioners into Milwaukee this fall for the 2007 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, October 18-25. 

Web 2.0 and social computing are changing the way people use and perceive the Internet as well as the way they work and play. When users are no longer simply consumers of information and become active producers and contributors, what are the implications for information science? How are social computing and Web 2.0 trends affecting the work of information professionals? What current research and applications are shaping future directions? Information professionals from around the world will discuss and debate these and other questions about the social aspects of information, about all things 2.0 (or looking to the future) or higher.

Here are other questions that panel and paper presenters will address at ASIS&T 2007:

  • Are there significant behavioral or attitudinal changes in people’s behaviors in web 2.0? 
  • How and what should be measured in understanding web 2.0 and library 2.0 impacts? What are the metrics for ROIs? 
  • What are the underpinnings of folksonomy? How does folksonomy mesh with taxonomy? What is the role of metadata in social computing? 
  • How does information architecture affect social computing and vice versa? 
  • What are the trends in user interface design? How will interfaces evolve beyond current web-based designs as social computing grows? 
  • How might developments in computer gaming inform design for or impact learning? 
  • Is the information world getting flatter? What can we learn from perspectives outside of the United States? 
  • Is social computing creating too much information? How does web 2.0 influence the way we create, represent, organize, store, retrieve and disseminate information? 
  • How are all the new trends in social computing affecting information science education? 

Check in regularly at the ASIS&T website (www.asis.org) for updated information on the program and for registration and hotel details. 

News about ASIS&T Chapters
The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) and the Southern California Chapter of SLA held their annual joint holiday party featuring local NBC affiliate anchor and reporter Beverly White. Then the new year began with the annual LACASIS Contributions to Information Science Award meeting featuring honoree Gary Marchionini from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science. His speech, “Toward Multimedia Surrogation,” explored the nature of surrogates for digital information. 

The Potomac Valley Chapter of ASIS&T presented “Ahead of the Curve: The Future of Internet Policy and What It Means for You” as its February meeting, featuring speakers Ken Fleischmann, Stephen Hannestad and Paul Jaeger, all of the Center for Information Policy at the University of Maryland. Among the topics discussed were the Internet and global inequality; social networks and use of the Internet; social, political and intellectual forces shaping access to and use of information and technology; and ethical challenges and opportunities in Internet 2.0. The program was moderated by Trudi Bellardo Hahn, former ASIS&T president and visiting professor at CLIS.

The Northern Ohio ASIS&T chapter (NORASIST) piggybacked on a professional lecture scheduled at John Carroll University and planned an informal member get-together to precede it. Members and colleagues met for pizza and pasta before hearing Ray English, director of libraries at Oberlin College, discuss Scholarly Communication, Strategies for Change.

The New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIST) offered a GIS presentation entitled, Geographic Information Made Accessible: Google Earth and Web Mapping Tools, as its March meeting on the MIT campus. In addition to presentations by MIT’s Lisa Sweeney and Daniel Sheehan, students from Simmons GSLIS demonstrated their GIS applications.

NEASIST Announces Student Travel Award
The New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (NEASIST) has announced the availability of two awards of up to $750 each to reimburse expenses for attendance at the 2007 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Milwaukee. Applications must be received by Friday, May 25. The winner(s) will be notified by Tuesday, June 19.

The awards are for the best paper(s) in information science by student members of ASIS&T in the New England, Upstate New York or Eastern Canada regions. Students must be enrolled in an information science master's or doctoral program. Submitted papers must have been written during the 2006-2007 academic year on any topic in the field of information science. 

The following criteria apply to this competition: papers must be written in English; papers must be no more than 15-20 pages long (250-300 words per page); and the student must be the sole author.

Papers should be submitted as attachments and sent by email to beata_panagopoulos@harvard.edu. For more information, contact Beata Panagopoulos at 617-496-1775.

News from ASIS&T SIGs 
SIG/International Information Issues (III) reports that ASIS&T information sheets in two additional languages have now been posted at www.asist.org/infosheets/. New languages are Greek and Polish; they join information sheets in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified - Mainland); Chinese (Traditional - Taiwan); English; French; German; Portuguese; Romanian; Spanish; and Swedish. Coming soon are Mongolian and Russian, to be followed by Arabic.

SIG/III Announces Winners of the 2007 InfoShare Awards
ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) has announced the winners of InfoShare, a program that awards one-year ASIS&T memberships to information professionals in developing countries for whom the cost of membership would be a financial burden. The awards are funded by monies raised at the International Reception during the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. 

The 2006 professional members selected to be InfoShare recipients and their home countries are P.R. Goswami, India; J.K. Vijayakumar, Antigua/India; Ify Njoku, Nigeria; Ala'a Al-Din Jawad Kadhem Al-Radhi, Iraq; Elsa Esperanza Barber, Argentina; Premila Gamage, Sri Lanka; Besim Kokallari, Kosovo; John Achakeng Nkemka, Cameroon; Muhammad Shafiq, Pakistan; and Oleh Volokhin, Ukraine. The two student candidates are Henry Mulidnwa, Uganda, and Debal Chandra Kar, India.

News about ASIS&T Members
Ran Hock, former ASIS&T board member and highly regarded Internet consultant, is the author of the recently released The Extreme Searcher 's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher, Second Edition, published by Information Today, Inc. The revised and expanded edition of the 2004 book presents an easy-to-use guide for researchers, librarians, teachers, students, writers and professionals in any field who rely on the Web as an information source. Hock provides tips and techniques for searching the Internet effectively and encourages readers to explore a range of useful and often overlooked Web information resources.

Dania Bilal, associate professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, received the 2007 ALISE Teaching and Service Award for Teaching Excellence in the field of Library and Information Science Education. 

Ed Cortez, director and professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, presented a poster session, “Redesigning REEIS: A Knowledge Management Collaboratory,” at the International Conference on Information Science and Technology in Merida, Spain. 

José-Marie Griffiths, dean of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), and Beth Fitzsimmons, member of the SILS Board of Visitors and the Louis Round Wilson Academy, have been appointed to serve on the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Advisory Board.

Dalhousie University is honoring professor emeritus Norman Horrocks with the creation of the Dalhousie-Horrocks Leadership Lecture, marking the launch of an endowment fund in support of graduate student scholarships in the School of Information Management. Norm was cited for his many decades of leadership in the international arena.

University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles has appointed Helen Tibbo, professor in the School of Information and Library Science, to serve on the University Graduate Council. She is one of four representatives from the Chapel Hill campus to serve on the advisory council to the president of the 16-campus system.

Gary Marchionini, Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a contract from the National Science Foundation to create user interface prototypes for a digital library of data from the Science and Engineering Indicators. The indicators are produced bi-annually by the National Science Board.

Carol Tenopir, professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, traveled to Taipei, Taiwan and Yokohama, Japan, as an invited speaker at three meetings: the Consortium on Core Electronic Resources in Taiwan (CONCERT), the CALISE (Chinese Association of Library and Information Science Education) annual meeting and the Japan Book Fair. This spring, she will deliver the keynote address at the 9th Fiesole Collection Development Retreat at the University of Hong Kong. The conference brings together librarians, publishers and researchers interested in the future of scholarly publishing.

John Rumble, technical director for Information International Associates and former program director at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), was awarded the 2006 CODATA Prize for outstanding achievement in scientific and technical data. He has been a leader in using advanced information technology for developing computerized databases, online data networks and data exchange standards.

Thomson Scientific Honors Garfield
Eugene Garfield, former ASIS&T president, winner of the ASIS&T Award of Merit and pioneer in the field of information science, is the 2006 recipient of the Online Information Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Thomson Scientific. The award recognizes Garfield for more than 50 years of dedication, leadership and innovation in the information industry. Garfield is founder and chairman emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) – now Thomson Scientific. Garfield's career in scientific communication and information science began in 1951 when he joined the Welch Medical Indexing Project at Johns Hopkins University. 

In the 1960s, Garfield produced and distributed a Genetics Citation Index, including a multi-disciplinary index to the science literature of 1961. In 1964, he began regular publication of the Science Citation Index (SCI) through the Institute for Scientific Information. From 1961 on, Garfield's career is marked by the constant enhancement of existing resources combined with the extraordinary development of new information tools for researchers, including Current Contents, plus citation indexes for the social sciences and arts and humanities. 

In 1986, he founded The Scientist, a bi-weekly newspaper for research professionals. It reports on news and developments relevant to the professional and practical interests of scientists, providing a unique forum for the discussion of issues important both to the research community and society. 

European Student Chapter of ASIS&T 
The seeds of the European Student Chapter of ASIS&T (ASIS&T ESC) were first planted in the year 2000 when Emil Levine engaged a number of students in discussion about ASIS&T at the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference. Each year more ASIS&T students attended LIDA, thanks to efforts of many ASIS&T members, such as Tatjana Aparac-Jeluŝić, Tefko Saracevic, Sanda Erdelez, Julian Warner, Christine Borgman, Tony Bull and Gary Marchionini, to name a few. Meeting attendance and similar activities initiated by Michel Menou led to more and more European students joining ASIS&T. 

In 2002 the European ASIS&T Chapter awarded Koraljka Golub a travel grant to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. A year later Imma Subirats Coll was chosen as the best LIDA 2003 student paper author and was given a free membership in ASIS&T. Jonathan Levitt and Mabrouka El Hachani joined Koraljka and Imma in the team to start the European student chapter in 2004. With continuing support from members noted above, other European students joined in efforts to create their own organization. 

The European Student Chapter of ASIS&T was approved by the ASIS&T Board of Directors on May 27, 2005. 

Current initiatives and activities of the chapter include electronic mailing lists, which serve as a forum for members; monthly discussion topics; newsletter; website at www.asis.org/Chapters/Student/esc/; fund raising for European students to attend annual meetings and conferences in Europe (possibly through best student paper competitions); and promotion of the chapter. 

Contributors to this article include past and present officers of the chapter: Koraljka Golub, Jonathan Levitt, Imma Subirats Coll, Mabrouka El-Hachani, Isto Huvila and Cristina Pattuelli.

Obituaries

Elisabeth Lohr Logan

Elisabeth “Beth” Lohr Logan, 71, died on January 31. The recipient of the 1998 ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, Beth taught at Florida State University's School of Information and Library Studies (now College of Information) from 1985 until 2001. Her contributions to the school were recognized in 2001 with the dedication of the “Logan Teaching Lab” at the College of Information. 

Following her 2001 retirement from Florida State, Beth moved to Singapore to teach for two years at Nanyang Technological College. When she returned to Tallahassee, she took over as director of the Radio Reading Service at WFSU-FM, a reading service for the blind and visually impaired. 

Beth served as director-at-large on the ASIS&T Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995; she chaired and had been a member of several committees, including education, research and publications, and was active in SIG and awards activities. 

Beth received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. An extensive world traveler and adventurer, Beth embraced activities ranging from trekking in Nepal to bungee jumping. She loved downhill skiing, swimming, reading, running and playing the flute.

Beth is survived by her father, Arthur D. Lohr of Wilmington, Delaware; her husband, Edric A. Weld of Tallahassee, Florida; three children and three stepchildren; and 11 grandchildren.

Donations are welcomed to the Dr. Elisabeth Lohr Logan Memorial Fund at Oberlin College, established to support women students in the sciences, arts or humanities who will study or complete a research project in the Middle East. Checks, marked with purpose of the contribution, should be addressed as follows: Elisabeth Logan Memorial Fund, Oberlin College, Bosworth Hall 102, Oberlin, OH 44074.

Lee S. Strickland

Lee S. Strickland, frequent contributor to the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, former director of the Center for Information Policy and visiting professor in the College of Information Studies (CLIS), University of Maryland, and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official, died on January 23 at age 60 after a brief illness. 

Lee joined CLIS after a 30-year career as an intelligence officer and member of the Senior Intelligence Service. Among the senior positions he held in the CIA, focusing primarily on information law, policy, technology and management, were senior litigation counsel; director of mission-critical technology development programs; and chief privacy officer. Lee also served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and held numerous other federal positions.

Lee wrote extensively and spoke frequently on his areas of expertise and topics that engaged his intellect. Among his more recent work, in addition to articles for the Bulletin and presentations at ASIS&T Annual Meetings, were speeches at Cornell University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the Defense Technical Information Center. He appeared frequently as a commentator on PBS, CNN and the BBC.

Lee holds degrees from University of Central Florida, University of Virginia and the University of Florida. He was a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia State Bars. He is survived by his wife Karen of Clifton, Virginia.