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1998 ASIS Annual Meeting
Spectacular Annual Meeting Expected in Pittsburgh
Information Access in the Global Economy
, the 1998 ASIS Annual Meeting, is clearly hitting a chord with many in the information profession, as registrations mount for the late October meeting in Pittsburgh.

Continuing Education and professional development offerings take place on October 24 and 25 and technical sessions begin on October 26. Spread throughout the week are a variety of social events intended to enhance the meeting experience.

Preliminary programs with registration materials have been mailed to all ASIS members. In addition, highlights of the preliminary program were published in the last issue of the Bulletin. However, as always with dynamic meetings designed to reflect changes in the field, as they occur, some modifications and additions have been made to the program. These are highlighted here.

Plenary Session Changes
The plenary session featuring Herbert A. Simon originally scheduled for WEdnesday, October 28, will occur on Monday, October 26, at 8:30am. The session originally scheduled for Monday, featuring Hal R. Varian, has been moved to Wednesday, October 28, at 8:30am.

Additional speakers have been added to the plenary session at 10:30am., Tuesday, entiled, "International Perspectives on Universal SErvice: Myths, Realities and Madness." Joining previously noted speakers Charles R. McClure and John C. Bertot are Andrew Magpanty, ALA; Milton Mueller, Syracuse University; Johannes Bauer, Michigan State University; and John DeReuch, Murdock University (Australia).

Other Program Changes
The Monday session entitled "Research on New Interfaces for Information Visualization" moves to Wednesday, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

The following list indicates previously noted sessions of contributed papers with either new titles or additional papers or both. The former title is indicated in parentheses.

Monday, October 26

Wednesday, October 28

Thursday, October 29

Awards
A highlight of every ASIS Annual Meeting is the presentation of the prestigious ASIS Annual Awards at the banquet on Wednesday evening. As of press time for this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, the juries for most of the awards remain hard at work assessing the nominations and determining the winners of the honors.

While the winners of some awards, including the Watson Davis Award and the SIG- and Chapter-of-the-Year Awards, are kept secret until the night of the ceremony, others are notified in advance.

As of press time, two award winners had been identified.

The 1998 Research Award, recognizing an individual or organization for outstanding research contributions in the field of information science, will be presented to Marcia Bates, professor, University of California at Los Angeles.

The 1998 Best Information Science Book Award, given to the author of an outstanding book relevant to the information sciences, including all communications activities and information science and technology fields defined in the purpose of ASIS, will be presented to Robert R. Korfhage, professor, University of Pittsburgh, for his book, Information Storage and Retrieval . The jury noted that this is an excellent survey of information retrieval with "concise and clear coverage of a broad range of information retrieval topics that should be useful both as an introduction to the field and as a reference guide to more esoteric information retrieval literature."

Full coverage of the 1998 ASIS Annual Meeting and the award winners will be included in the December/January 1999 issue of the Bulletin.

Governance at the Annual Meeting
Another important series of activities at the ASIS Annual Meeting involves meetings of the various SIGs and committees, as well as the outgoing and incoming ASIS Boards of Directors.
The new Board of Directors, including the winners of balloting currently underway among the membership, will take their seats at the concluding Board Meeting on Thursday afternoon. Prior to that, many other groups will have met to begin planning for activities in the upcoming administrative year. The following is the governance schedule as it stands at press time.

Saturday, October 24
1:30 p.m. 1998 Board of Directors

Sunday, October 25
8:30 a.m. 1998 Board of Directors
1:30 p.m. Chapter Assembly
2:45 p.m. SIG Cabinet
4:30 p.m. Leadership Development Program

Monday, October 26
12:30 p.m. Committee Meetings
                      Constitution and Bylaws
                      Education
                      Leadership Development
                  SIG Planning Sessions
                  AH, CR, HCI, HFIS, IFP, III, MGT, TIS, VIS
5:30 p.m. ARIST Authors
                  Standards Committee
                  1999 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 27
12:30 p.m. Committee Meetings
                      Membership
                      Awards and Honors
                      Nominations
                  SIG Planning Meetings
                      ALP, CRS, ED, IAE, LAN, MED, PUB, STI
4:00 p.m. ASIS Annual Business Meeting
5:30 p.m. Bulletin Advisory Board

Wednesday, October 28
7:30 a.m. JASIS Advisory Board
12:30 p.m. 1999 Mid-Year Meeting
                  SIG Planning Session - All SIGs

Thursday, October 29
1:30 p.m. 1998 Board of Directors
3:00 p.m. 1999 Board of Directors

News from ASIS Chapters
The Southern Ohio ASIS (SOASIS) Chapter welcomed former ASIS president Jos'e9-Marie Griffiths to its September meeting. Currently chief information officer at the University of Michigan and member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Griffiths addressed the topic, The Role of the New Information Professional Also scheduled for the luncheon meeting was the presentation of awards recognizing chapter members for their outstanding contributions during the past year.

The Minnesota Chapter of ASIS, in conjunction with the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, held a technology awareness conference in September. Health Sciences Education for the New Millennium: Internet and Multimedia Resources was co-sponsored by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine and supported by a generous grant from Merck and Company, Inc.

For its September meeting, the New Jersey ASIS (NJ/ASIS) Chapter offered Web-Enabled Information Solutions for Business Decisions: No, It's Not All Free on the Internet! The session was to feature Barbara Burton, InfoPro Alliance manager at Dow Jones, who was to provide benchmarking of performance and results for free vs. Paid products to answer business questions.

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) annual fall workshop on Who's in the Driver's Seat - You or Technology? featured a keynote address by Eduard Hovy, director of the Natural Language Group at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California. Among the topics covered in panel discussions were What Does Information Literacy Mean to Different Populations? and High Tech High Touch: Unusual Interfaces and Technologies.

News from ASIS SIGs
SIG/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (STI) continued its participation in the Tri-Society Symposium at this year's event held in August in Boston. The symposium, held every four years, is sponsored by SIG/STI, American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information and the Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association.

News About ASIS Members
Dania Bilal, assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, presented a paper titled Children's Paperless Projects: Inspiring Research via the Web at the IFLA conference in August.

Theresa M. Maylone, assistant dean of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, is the co-editor of "Qualitative Research," the spring 1988 issue of Library Trends.

Bernard "Buzzy" Basch, president of Basch Subscriptions and The Reference Shelf, was featured in a lifestyle article in the July 13 issue of Newsweek magazine. Under the headline, Have Garlic, Will Travel, the accompanying story detailed a new trend among professionals and others to have personal chefs prepare a supply of home-cooked meals for reheating and eating after busy days in the office. Buzzy is a client, not a chef!

Elaine Toms, assistant professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, has received a grant from the OCLC Office of Research for "Genre as Interface Metaphor: Exploiting Form and Function in Digital Environments." The study suggests that form and function of a document can be defined by genre and that each class of genre has a parsimonious set of attributes that uniquely identifies that class.

Chun Wei Choo, associate professor at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, is the author of an expanded second edition of Information Management for the Intelligent Organization: The Art of Scanning the Environment, recently published as an ASIS monograph by Information Today, Inc. Earlier this year, The Knowing Organization: How Organizations Use Information to Construct Meaning, Create Knowledge and Make Decisions was published by Oxford University Press.

Howard D. White, professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University, has received one of two Drexel Distinguished Professorships. The five-year award provides funding for research activities and expenses.

Sandra Hirsh, formerly assistant professor in the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, has joined Hewlett Packard Labs to start a research arm for the HPLabs Research Library. The purpose of the Information Research Program is to investigate and improve information research processes in an R&D environment.

Leigh S. Esrook, dean, and Linda C. Smith, associate dean, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, served as co-chairs of the 40th Annual Allerton Institute sponsored by their university. This year's program was entitled International Workshop on Distance Education: Issues in Administration and Student Support.

F. Wilfrid Lancaster, professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of the University of Illinois, has published a second (revised) edition of his award-winning book, Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice. The first edition of the book, published in 1991, won the 1992 ASIS Best Information Science Book Award.

Timothy W. Sineath, professor and dean of SLIS, University of Kentucky, is one of the authors of the 1998 Statistical Report released by ALISE. Sineath wrote the introduction to the section that compiles, analyzes, interprets and reports on the faculty in library and information science programs.

Ann Prentice, dean of the College of Library and Information Science, University of Maryland, and Thomas J. Galvin, professor, State University of New York at Albany, are among the members of the advisory board for the new Library and Information Science Annual 1998, Volume 6.

Richard P. Smiraglia has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. He joined the Palmer School in 1992 as associate professor.

Anne S. Caputo, former director of academic and professional market development at Dialog Corp., has joined Dow Jones Interactive Publishing to head its information professional and academic programs.

Marcia Lei Zeng, associate professor, Kent State University, has received a grant from the OCLC Office of Research for "Object Description on the Internet: A Study of Current Standards and Formats - Testing Existing Metadata Standards and Proposed Metadata Cores in a Digitized Historical Fashion Collection." The study will contribute to the discussions of potential applications of current metadata standards and the elimination of abundant and overlapping efforts in metadata development.

James A. Benson, director, Division of Library and Information Science, and recently named dean of the University Libraries, St. John's University, and James M. Matarazzo, dean, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, are candidates for vice president/president-elect of the ALISE Board of Directors. Candidates for director are Louise S. Robbins, director, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ling Hwey Jeng, associate professor, University of Kentucky.

Wendy Warr, associate editor at Wendy Warr & Associates, Cheshire, England, addressed the Tri-Society Symposium on the topic, Do Chemists Need Communities of Clubs on the Web? The symposium is co-sponsored by ASIS SIG/STI.

Pieter S. H. Bolman, president of Academic Press, San Diego, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) representing the publishing industry. He replaces publishing representative Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations, Albuquerque, whose term has expired. Also leaving the NISO Board are Nolan F. Pope, University of Wisconsin at Madison, representing libraries, and Howard Turtle, West Publishing Co., representing information services.

Bella Hass Weinberg, professor in the Division of Library and Information Science, St. John's University, received the American Society of Indexer's Hines Award for distinguished service to the indexing profession and the organization. Immediately prior to the announcement of the award in May, Weinberg's latest book, Can You Recommend a Good Book on Indexing? Collected Reviews on the Organization of Information, was published by Information Today, Inc.

Also published recently by Information Today is the ASIS monograph, ASIS Thesaurus of Information Science and Librarianship, by Jessica L. Milstead, principal in the JELEM Company.

Robert L. Klassen, director of library programs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, is retiring after 30 years with the federal grant programs in the U.S. Department of Education and IMLS. He is former chair of the ASIS Public Affairs Committee and served as ASIS liaison to the Special Libraries Association.

Toni Carbo, dean of the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, Washington, both former presidents of ASIS, and Daniel Atkins, dean of the School of Information, University of Michigan, are among the scheduled speakers at The Architecture of Knowledge, a two-day international colloquium at the British Library.

Frederick G. Kilgour, distinguished research professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, is the author of The Evolution of the Book, which spans 5,000 years in the telling of the invention of writing through the emergence of the electronic book.

Corinne Jorgensen, assistant professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, received a grant from the OCLC Office of Research for "The Applicability of Selected Classification Systems to Image Attributes Named by Na'efve Users." The project will analyze current indexing and classification systems in relation to recent research results concerning image attributes described by naive participants.

John Regazzi, president, Engineering Information, Inc., has been elected to a three-year term as president of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI). Also joining the Executive Board are Chemical Abstracts Service, represented by David Weisgerber, and NERAC, represented by Daniel Wilde.

Mona L. Scott, school library media specialist, North Stafford High School, Stafford, Virginia, is the author of Dewey Decimal Classification, 21st Edition: A Study Manual and Number Building Guide, just published by Libraries Unlimited.

Robert Losee of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has been named the school's Frances Carroll McColl Professor for 1998-2000. The biennial professorship is funded by an endowment from Hugh L. McColl, Jr., chairman of the board of Charlotte-based NationsBank Corporation, in honor of his late mother and sister.

Miriam A. Drake, dean and director of libraries at Georgia Institute of Technology, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Library Science degree from Simmons College in recognition of her professional vision, scholarship, leadership and impact on higher education and the field of library and information science.

Three ASIS members are among those honored for outstanding achievements in the health sciences information profession at the 1998 annual meeting of the Medical Library Association. Julia Ann Kelly, head of public services at the Biomedical Library at the University of Minnesota, and James Shedlock, director, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, received the ISI/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the application of technology to the delivery of health sciences information. Kay Cimpl Wagner, director of the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Health Sciences Library, La Crosse, Wisconsin, received the Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship, given to an MLA member who has made significant contributions to the profession through overall distinction in hospital library service or through research, teaching or development of innovative technology.

William Smith received the Diane Woodward Outstanding Undergraduate Award from the Drexel University Information Science and Technology Alumni (ISTA) group.

News from Institutional Member
Five international researchers whose work focuses on human information behavior, or how people seek, use and provide information have joined at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) to begin work on a series of projects. The researchers met in Chapel Hill to discuss their common interests in collaborative, international research and education in information and library science.

During the visit, the researchers outlined specific projects and put forth a plan for continued collaboration among the members. One of their first projects will focus on collaborative teaching. Researchers studying collaboration issues look at how people, usually from diverse backgrounds and organizations, work together to achieve common and individual goals.

The five, pictured here with Frederick G. Kilgour, SILS distinguished research faculty member, third from the right, are from left, Diane Sonnenwald, assistant professor at SILS; Mei-Mei Wu, National Taiwan Normal University; Mirja Iivonen, University of Oulu, Finland; Kilgour; Sirje Virkus, Tallinn University of Educational Sciences, Estonia; and Shan-Ju Chang, National Taiwan University.


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