From the Editor

Delivering Information Services through Collaboration

Collaboration was the focus of the ASIS Mid-Year Meeting in Orlando. We heard many fine presentations in areas ranging from groupware to distance education to partnerships in support of information provision. The featured theme speaker was Michael Schrage, well-known commentator on the information society. In his talk he stressed that collaboration is about relationships. Steve Hardin reports his speech in detail for this issue of the Bulletin.

Illustrating many of his points is a very thoughtful article by Linda Marion and David Marion, which presents the extensive relationship-building and collaboration that were necessary to foster the adoption of a behavioral health care case management system. In this context of collaborations we also are very pleased to include a paper by Noreen Steele, general manager of the UTC Information Network, on the redesign of information services support at United Technologies Corporation. A shift in focus from the provision of information through traditional library services to an intensive effort to build closer and more collaborative client relationships is also very evident in this description. Noreen's paper was originally presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting.

Upcoming Annual Meeting

This year's Annual Meeting is just around the corner and in this issue, we provide a preview of the preliminary program for the meeting entitled, Information Access in the Global Information Economy. As you will see, it is a strong program developed around a timely and important theme. Also in October, immediately preceding the Annual Meeting, is the first Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems. Bob Williams gives us an overview of what is in store for us there and a look at the early program for the meeting. I look forward to seeing you all in Pittsburgh.
Irene Travis, Editor
Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science