of The American Society for Information Science

Vol. 26, No. 6

August/Septmeber 2000

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Year 2000 Brings Major Changes for ASIS and Its Members

Remember Y2K? It was just nine months ago that Y2K represented potential doom for computer and information systems worldwide. But as the new millennium dawned, disaster did not follow. Instead, the world's computers booted up, records were intact and economies have boomed.

For the American Society for Information Science, Y2K has been particularly good, representing many new events. Of course, it's the new millennium, but it was also the new ASIS Summit series, beginning with the Information Architecture Summit that has helped define a new area of interest for ASIS and its members.

And now, halfway through the first year of the millennium, ASIS looks forward to a new name and as the year comes to an end - a new address.

At its meeting in May, the ASIS Board of Directors reacted to the positive response of the ASIS membership by initiating the legal steps necessary to change the ASIS corporate charter to reflect a new name for the organization. Once the corporate charter is officially amended, ASIS will move forward with other actions required to implement the name change to the American Society for Information Science & Technology. (See President's Page, page 2, for more about the name change.)

And finally, in this new year, the ASIS Headquarters will move to a new office location that better reflects the space and technology requirements for the 21st century. Stay tuned to the Bulletin for details of these and other exciting millennium activities.

ASIS 2000

Knowledge Innovations: Celebrating Our Heritage, Designing Our Future

ASIS 2000, the first Annual Meeting of the new millennium, will find ASIS exploring an exciting point in the evolution of information science and technology. When the organization gathers for Knowledge Innovations: Celebrating Our Heritage, Designing Our Future, in Chicago, from November 13-16, attendees will look at where they are today, how they got there and where they are going.

Information scientists and professionals have made enormous strides in collecting, organizing and disseminating information, but the increased potentialities only underscore the need for continued developments. While celebrating their rich information heritage and decades of accomplishment, attendees will consider how best to use the first principles of information science to guide their work in the century ahead.

The ability to transform data into information and then into usable knowledge can change the face of work, education and life. We have increasing capacity to generate or gather, model, represent and retrieve more complex and cross-disciplinary data and ideas from new sources and at varying scales. The transformational power of information can only be capitalized upon through knowledge acquisition, classification, utilization and dissemination research, tools and techniques. Knowledge management has a substantial and growing body of theory and practice.

ASIS 2000 will look at current (and imminent) knowledge creation, acquisition, navigation, retrieval, management and dissemination practicalities and potentialities, their implementation and impact, and the theories behind developments. We will review the processes, technologies and tools. We will also look at the appropriate or necessary operational policies, relevant legal issues (laws, legislation and the EU Directive), and international and domestic policies and regulations.

ASIS 2000 will be organized around five tracks:

  • Knowledge Discovery, Capture and Creation (track coordinators Don Kraft and Bonnie Lawlor) - capturing tacit knowledge, data mining, collaboration, expert directories, intelligent systems employing usage patterns (e.g., search strategies), etc.
  • Classification and Representation (coordinators Merri Beth Lavagnino and Gary Marchionini) - interface design, metadata, information visualization, taxonomies, clustering, indexing, vocabularies and automatic indexing, etc.
  • Information Retrieval (coordinators Bill Hersh and Louise Su) - search engines, intelligent agents, browsing vs. searching, navigation, knowledge/information architecture, data mining, etc.
  • Knowledge Dissemination (coordinators Julie Hurd and Bob Willard) - communication, publishing (including internet vs. intranet vs. Extranet), push vs. pull, etc.
  • Social, Behavioral, Ethical and Legal Aspects (coordinators Bonnie Carroll and Barbara Wildemuth) - information acceptance vs. rejection, behavior modifications, policies and politics, value assessments, corporate and national information cultures, knowledge-seeking behavior, training for effective utilization, managing knowledge management, legislative and judicial issues.

John Wiley & Sons Announces EarlyView for JASIS

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., publishers of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS), has announced that JASIS is one of the first Wiley journals to benefit from EarlyView - Wiley's online publication of individual articles as soon as they are ready - before release of the compiled print issue of the journal. Articles posted online in EarlyView are peer-reviewed, copyedited, author corrected and fully citeable.

EarlyView serves authors and readers by reducing the time to publication, offering fully citeable online publication and full integration of all EarlyView articles into the comprehensive search and browse functions which cover all Wiley journals. When you access the Journal of the American Society for Information Science via Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com) you will find all of the available EarlyView articles listed at the top of the contents, clearly identified by the EarlyView logo. EarlyView articles are posted on a daily basis, no more than five business days after receipt of authors' corrected proofs.

Every EarlyView article is fully citeable through its online publication date, traditional volume and page numbers and Digital Object Identifier (DOI).  The DOI, developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, is a unique identifier assigned to an article when it is accepted for publication and stays with it for the article's lifetime. The DOI will be included with each article on EarlyView and will also appear in the printed issue. When citing, authors can copy the DOI from the online reference and paste it into their papers.

News from ASIS Chapters

For its June meeting, the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) planned a look at The California Digital Library (CDL): Past, Present and Future with a presentation by Laine Farley, director of digital library services for the CDL. She was to discuss some current and future projects of the library and their impact on constituencies outside the University of California.

 In September, LACASIS will look at The New Basics: Tools You Can Use in a skills-building workshop featuring discussions of electronic publication site licensing; XML applications; network security; open source software; and design principles for better user interfaces.

The New England ASIS (NEASIS) Chapter presented Building Database Backed Websites in July. The session was held in conjunction with the Boston Area Library Web Managers and featured presentations by Nicole Hennig, MIT Libraries; Edee Edwards and Julie Williams, Gynzyme Corporate Library; and Rachel Cheng, Weslyan University Library.

News about ASIS Members

Shaoyi He, formerly of Long Island University (LIU), has joined the faculty of Penn State's School of Information Sciences and Technology as an assistant professor. An expert in multilingual information retrieval, He worked in the natural language processing department of IBM's Software Solution Division before joining the LIU faculty.

John Agada, associate professor in Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management, has received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of State to establish an affiliation program between his school and three Nigerian library schools. Among the stated purposes of the project is to position Nigerian libraries to support development of civil society in their communities.

Judith J. Field , senior lecturer in the Library and Information Science Program, Wayne State University, received the 2000 WSU Excellence in Teaching Award for her commitment to giving quality education to the next generation of library and information science leaders.

William Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences University, was co-organizer of the July 2000 SIGIR Workshop, Interactive Retrieval Evaluation at TREC and Beyond, held in Athens, Greece. The workshop discussed interactive retrieval experiments in the context of the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC), with a focus on lessons learned from past experiments and planning for future activities.

Marcia J. Bates, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, has been promoted to the rank of Professor VI, "granted to a faculty member upon evidence of great distinction. . . in scholarly or creative achievement or in teaching."

Jens-Erik Mai, formerly member of the faculty at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, has joined the University of Washington Information School faculty as an assistant professor. His research is focused on how information should be organized and represented to serve the needs of users, no matter if they are users of libraries, intranets or Web services.

John C. Bertot, formerly at the University at Albany, SUNY, has joined the faculty of  the Florida State University School of Information Studies as an associate professor. He will also serve as an associate director of the Information Use Management and Policy Institute.

Gary Marchionini, current ASIS director-at-large and professor in the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for 2000. The award honors the achievements of Kilgour, founder of OCLC and 1979 ASIS Award of Merit honoree.

David R. Bender, executive director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) for 21 years, has announced his plans to retire, effective July 31, 2001. Citing his sense that "these may be the best of times" for SLA, Bender said that "the time for significant changes in leadership...is during good times."

Barbara M. Wildemuth, recently promoted to full professor in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has also been named the school's Outstanding Teacher of the Year (1999-2000). Wildemuth, a member of the SILS faculty since 1988, is the fourth professor at the school to win the annual award, which is based on nominations and class evaluations from students and submissions from faculty members outlining their teaching philosophies. A $2,500 cash award accompanies the honor.


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