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Summer Balloting for ASIS Officers & Directors Is Underway

The annual summer process of electing new officers and directors for the American Society for Information Science is underway with ballots mailed to all eligible voters within the membership. Six candidates are vying for three available seats on the ASIS Board of Directors.
The following individuals are seeking the positions noted in voting which is now underway: President-elect for the 1998 ASIS administrative year and succession to the presidency in 1999: Judy Watson and Candy Schwartz. Candidates for Directors-at-Large for the 1998-2000 administrative years (two candidates to be elected): Stuart A. Sutton, Myke Gluck, Pat Molholt and Ray Larson.

For President-elect

Judy Watson
Judy Watson is the editorial operations financial specialist at Chemical Abstracts Service, where she is responsible for preparing the budget and monitoring performance to budget for the database building unit, the largest unit at CAS. She also interacts with users regarding questions on the content of the database. She received a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University with majors in chemistry and mathematics.

An ASIS member for 20 years, Watson has served the Central Ohio Chapter in many capacities, including chair and chapter assembly representative. She was on the Local Arrangements Committee for the 1982 and 1993 Annual Meetings which were held in Columbus. On the national level, she has served on several ASIS committees (Budget & Finance, Conferences & Meetings, Awards & Honors, Membership, Publications) and is currently chair of the Leadership Committee. She is a member of SIG/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (STI).

"We must . . . be sure SIGs and chapters are organized to meet members' needs into the next century: that SIGs are responsive to our quickly changing information/ technology environment and that Chapters are providing stimulation and opportunities for the broad array of ASIS interests." - Judy Watson

Candy Schwartz
Candy Schwartz , professor at Simmons College, Boston, holds a bachelor's degree and an MLS degree from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her teaching areas concern organization and access (cataloguing, classification, indexing, database management, records management and website design). Candy is co-editor of Library and Information Science Research and has published one book (Records Management and the Library), numerous articles and reviews and 20 Years of SIG/CON.

A member of ASIS since 1974, Candy has served on the ASIS Board of Directors and many ASIS committees, as well as being active in both local and national chapter activities. In addition, she managed the SIG sessions for the 1987 and 1991 Annual Meetings, is editing the Proceedings for the 1997 Annual Meeting and has organized and spoken at many ASIS events locally and nationally (including SIG/CON presentations). In 1994 she received the Outstanding Information Science Teacher of the Year award.

"Using our resources effectively can help [us] . . . be the society [for] knowledge managers, intranet webmasters, librarians, educators, students, researchers, service providers, policy setters and others who appreciate exchanging ideas within a diverse and stimulating community." - Candy Schwartz

For Director-at-Large

Stuart A. Sutton
Stuart A. Sutton is associate professor and director of the masters of library science degree program in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Prior to assuming his current duties, he was director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. He received his MLIS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley School of Library and Information Studies where he also served as visiting assistant professor. He is a member of the California Bar and received his JD from Golden Gate University School of Law and his LLM in copyright from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been an active member of ASIS since 1990.

"[T]he domain of thinking and practice in information work is growing fast and there is a need within the Society to reach further and harder to meet the demands of that growth." - Stuart A. Sutton

Myke Gluck
Myke Gluck is currently an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the Director of FSU's Usability Center and also has an appointment in the Department of Geography. Myke has been an active member of ASIS for almost a decade serving as SIG

Cabinet Deputy Director (two terms), SIG officer (IAE and VIS), student chapter advisor, member of several award juries, committee member and on special task forces. He is also an active member of the Florida Chapter. He has been a frequent presenter at ASIS national and local chapter meetings discussing his research on the use of geographical information and the role of usability analysis in the design of information services and products. He also serves on the JASIS editorial board.

"[W]ith the rapid changes in information technology, standards, policy, education and commerce significantly affecting all ASIS members, we. . . must continually review and renew our goals and objectives to succeed in our mission to become the world's foremost information society." - Myke Gluck

Pat Molholt
Pat Molholt is assistant vice president and associate dean for scholarly resources at Columbia Health Sciences where her responsibilities include the Health Sciences Library, the Center for Academic Information Technology and the Center for Curriculum Evaluation and Faculty Support. This mix of responsibilities is tied together by the intertwining of technology and information. She is a recent Ph.D. graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a research area of knowledge structuring. Her current activities include strategic planning for tele-medicine and the development of an electronic curriculum for the schools of medicine and dentistry.

Pat got hooked on ASIS after giving the keynote address at the 1988 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting on Artificial Intelligence. She joined ASIS immediately after that meeting and has participated in a variety of ways since then. She was secretary/treasurer of the Upstate New York Chapter in 1992, chair of the ISI Doctoral Dissertation Jury in 1992 and chair of the Research Committee in 1992. In 1994 she chaired the Technical Program Committee for the Mid-Year Meeting on the theme Navigating the Networks. She is a member of several editorial boards and boards of visitors.

". . . I owe the society for the intellectual stimulation it has provided to me, as well as for the professional contacts it continues to afford. My objective is to assure that those attributes are available for others to enjoy beyond 2000.” - Pat Molholt

Ray Larson
Ray Larson specializes in the design and performance evaluation of information systems and the evaluation of user interaction with those systems. His background includes work as a programmer/analyst with the University of California (UC) Division of Library Automation where he was involved in the design, development and performance evaluation of the UC public access online union catalog (MELVYL). He was also a faculty investigator on the Sequoia 2000 project, where he was involved in the design and evaluation of a very-large-scale, network-based, information system to support the information needs of scientists studying global change.

Larson has been an active participant in ASIS since joining the society as a student in 1978. He has served as chair of SIGs/Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Education (ED), on the SIG Cabinet Steering Committee and as Faculty Advisor to the Bay Area Student Chapter of ASIS. He is also serving as the Technical Program Chair for the 1998 Annual Meeting. He was the 1992 winner of the ASIS Best JASIS Paper Award.

"The importance of information in professions, in scholarship and research, and in daily life, the explosive growth of the international information industry, and the developing information infrastructure have created major new challenges and opportunities for ASIS.” - Ray Larson

News from ASIS Chapters

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) held its annual business meeting in June in conjunction with a program entitled Does Multimedia = Interactivity? Robert Doeil, programmer/ system analyst, and Karen Howell, co-coordinator, both with the Center for Scholarly Technology of the University Libraries at the University of Southern California, presented a comparison of JAVA, Macromedia Director and VRML as tools for creating interactive multimedia applications for the Web.

LACASIS is holding its annual fall workshop in September. This year’s event is entitled Expedition 2000: Scouting the Millennium. More information is posted on the LACASIS home page: http://www.usc.edu/Library/LACASIS

News from ASIS Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Group/Library Automation and Networks (LAN) is now distributing its newsletter primarily as an electronic publication. Following a survey conducted late last year, the SIG officers determined that only a very few members could not receive an electronic newsletter. So, beginning with the April issue, SIG/LAN members can access the newsletter at the SIG/LAN home page: http://asis-siglan.microsoft.com

Members without electronic access will receive paper copies.

News about ASIS Members

Wilda B. Newman, information resources manager in the administrative services department of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, has been selected as a fellow of the Special Libraries Association. Fellows are honored for their contributions to the profession and are called upon to advise the association’s Board of Directors and to alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action.

Charles Beard, senior director of information resources and technology at the State University of West Georgia, has been named chair of the 1999 national conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Yvonne Davis has accepted a new position as market analyst in the competitive intelligence division of CINERGY Corporation of Cincinnati.

Joseph Busch, Getty Information Institute; Bruce Schatz, University of Illinois; Ed Fox, Virginia Tech; Michael Lesk, Bellcore; and Michael Neuman, Georgetown University, were among the participants in a recent roundtable of researchers and executives from the arts, humanities and computing and communications communities. The session was convened by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council, the Coalition for Networked Information, the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage and the Two Ravens Institute.

Richard P. Hulser, consultant, Digital Library Global Education Industry, IBM Corporation, has been elected Division Cabinet chair-elect of the Special Libraries Association.

Betty J. Turock, professor of library and information studies at Rutgers University, has received the university’s Presidential Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of her “extraordinary service to the library profession and the advancement of democratic principles of communications.”

Stephen Hirtle, associate professor and chair of Information Science and Telecommunications at the University of Pittsburgh, is leading a team of researchers in an effort to design navigational maps and other tools for the Internet that will allow people who are surfing pages and creating links on the Web to go back and find information without getting lost.

Forrest “Woody” Horton, Jr., management consultant based in Washington, DC, will participate in the opening general session at the upcoming ARMA conference in Chicago. The session, billed as a “power panel discussion,” is entitled The Future of Information Management and will focus on ways information managers can help shape their destinies.

Lawrence Dowler, associate librarian of Harvard College, is the editor of the new MIT Press book, Gateways to Knowledge: The Role of Academic Libraries in Teaching, Learning and Research.

Laurie Stackpole, chief librarian with the Ruth H. Hooker Research Library, Naval Research Laboratory, is the recipient of the Information Today Award for Innovations in Technology, an honor given to a person who uses innovative methods to forward the purpose and mission of the profession of information management and special librarianship.

Douglas Engelbart, 1996 recipient of an ASIS Special Award for long-term contributions to the advancement of information science and technology, is the winner of the 1997 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Engelbart, who heads the Bootstrap Institute, is the inventor of the computer mouse and dozens of other devices and techniques that make computers and networks easier to use. The Lemelson-MIT prize is the largest awarded exclusively to U.S. inventors and scientific innovators.

Valerie Florance, IAIMS coordinator and director of the Edward G. Miner Library at the University of Rochester Medical Center, won the Ida and George Eliot Prize of the Medical Library Association for her article, “Educating Physicians to Use the Digital Library,” which appeared in Academic Medicine.

The late Paul Evan Peters, founding director of the Coalition for Networked Information, was the posthumous winner of the LITA/Gaylord Award for 1997, citing him for his “vision, creativity, intellect and optimism about the relationship of technology, information and users, his ability to forge coalitions, and dedication to the principles of equal access to information.”

Barbara Ford, professor and director of University Library Services, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jose-Marie Griffiths, chief information officer and executive director of information technology, University of Michigan; and John Richardson, OCLC Visiting Scholar from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, were among the speakers and panelists at the five-day OCLC Institute, Information Technology Trends for the Global Library Community. Martin Dillon is executive director of the institute.

P. Bryan Heidorn, assistant professor, University of Illinois, is the co-editor of Digital Image Access & Retrieval, a book resulting from the 33rd Annual Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing held at the University of Illinois. Among the contributors to the volume are Howard Besser, visiting associate professor at the University of California at Berkeley; Jennifer Trant, consultant, Archives and Museum Informatics; and Lois F. Lunin, consultant.

News from ASIS Institutional Members

The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science and the School of Continuing Studies will offer courses via distance learning technologies leading to two kinds of certification: public library certification and school library/media and information technology certification. Beginning in the fall of 1997, courses will be delivered on most IU campuses and in Evansville on the Virtual Indiana Classroom (VIC) Network and the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS).