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ASIST Awards 2002

Volunteers Needed for Award Juries; Nominations Sought for Awards

The ASIST Awards process, which culminates in the announcement of the winners of some of the most prestigious honors in the field of information science and technology, heads into full gear in early summer when nominations arrive and juries begin their evaluative work.

While most of this year's juries have been filled, the ASIST Information Science Education Committee is looking for members who wish to serve on one of two juries for which there are a few slots open. These are the juries for the UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award and the ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship. The work of the juries lasts no more than a few weeks.

Members interested in serving on either of these panels should send their names, addresses and brief descriptions of their areas of interest and expertise to June Lester, chair, ASIST Information Science Education Committee, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-6032; jlester@ou.edu; 405/325-3921; 405/325-7648 (fax).

Nominations Sought

All ASIST members are encouraged to consider nominees for the various ASIST awards. Deadlines for most nominations are early June through mid-July. Brief indications of purpose, nomination requirements and eligibility are included below; for full information about the awards, please contact ASIST by writing to asis@asis.org or calling 301/495-0900.

Research Award: The ASIST Research Award is given for a systematic program of research in a single area at a level beyond the single study and recognizes outstanding research contributions in the field of information science that have had a significant and recent impact on the field. Eligibility: The award is open to all individuals in the field of information science.  Nominations: Any person may nominate candidates for the award.  Nomination Package: All nominations must include substantiating documentation to demonstrate the nominee's record of research. Copies of publications or other works may be included if they contribute to an understanding of the nominee's work.  Deadline: June 1 st  

UMI Doctoral Dissertation (formerly Doctoral Forum): The UMI Doctoral Dissertation honors outstanding achievements by information scientists in the completion of dissertation projects. The award consists of a $1,000 cash award and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIST annual meeting.  Eligibility: All information scientists who have completed their dissertations within the past year are eligible.  Nomination Package: Nomination packages must include a full dissertation in reproducible format, and a letter of endorsement from the dissertation advisor. Deadline: June 1st

ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant: The purpose of this grant is to support research based on citation analysis by encouraging and assisting individuals in this area of study with their research. Citation analysis is broadly defined, including but not limited to analyses using resources developed by ISI. Because of the limits proposed by timing considerations, the grant may be made for research underway as well as for new research proposed. The grant shall consist of an award of $3,000 (donated by the Institute for Scientific Information) and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIST annual meeting. Eligibility: Candidates for the ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Grant shall be eligible without regard to nationality, membership in the Society, or other limitation. The Grant is a once-in-a-lifetime award. Proposals: Proposals are sought globally and may be submitted by anyone. Nominations should be mailed to the ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant, ISI, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Proposal Package: The submission package should include the following: Name, address, affiliation and brief biography of applicant(s); brief statement of the research problem not to exceed a maximum of 1,000 words (doublespaced); description of the research design and methodology, including details of how citation data will be used; discussion of the expected impact of the research results; proposals may be submitted in hard copy, email or fax. Deadline: June 1st

Best Information Science Book Award: This award recognizes the best book published in the field of information science the preceding year. Eligibility: Any book in the broad area of information science is eligible. Authors need not be ASIST members. Nomination: Nominations are accepted from publishers and individuals, regardless of ASIST membership.  Nomination Package: Publishers must submit two copies of each title being nominated; individuals nominating books need not send copies of the books, but should provide full bibliographic references for each title. Deadline: June 1st

Pratt-Severn Student Research Award: This annual award recognizes substantive work performed by students in the field of information science and encourages research and writing. Since 1996 it has been sponsored by Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, on behalf of the late David Severn, a 1968 Pratt Alumnus. The award consists of $500 travel expenses and full registration for the ASIST annual meeting. Eligibility: Any student in a masters degreegranting institution can submit a paper that falls within the scope of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Doctoral theses are not eligible. Nomination Package: The author's name should not appear on the paper itself. The author should be identified only in the accompanying cover letter. The package should include endorsement of the paper by a faculty member. Deadline: June 15th

Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award: This award, co-sponsored with the Institute for Scientific Information, recognizes sustained excellence and the unique contributions of an individual in the teaching of information science. The award consists of a cash award of $1,000 and up to $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIST annual meeting. Eligibility: Any individual directly involved in teaching some aspect of information science on a continuing basis, regardless of ASIST membership, is eligible. Nominations: Nominations must be made by ASIST members. Nomination Package: Nominating papers must include the nominee's name and address, a 250-word statement of qualifications, and nominee's 3-page resume and should be accompanied by supporting evidence, letters of recommendation and testimonials. Deadline: July 1st

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship: Co-sponsored by ASIST and the Institute for Scientific Information, this scholarship fosters information science research by encouraging and supporting doctoral students with their dissertation research. The award consists of a $1500 grant and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIST annual meeting. Eligibility: All active information science doctoral students enrolled in institutions granting doctoral degrees are eligible. Students must have completed all course work and have received acceptance of their dissertation proposals. Nomination Package: The package should include in 10 double-spaced pages or less a description of the research; schedule for completion; budget and budget justification; names of dissertation advisor and committee members; a letter of endorsement from the student's advisor; and a curriculum vitae. Deadline: July 1st

Award of Merit: The Award of Merit, ASIST's highest honor, is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of information science, either through the expression of a new, revolutionary idea, the development of better information dissemination techniques, substantial research efforts or outstanding service to the information professional as evidenced by successful efforts in the educational, social or political processes affecting the profession. Eligibility: The award is open to all individuals in the field of information science, regardless of nationality, membership in the Society or other limiting factors. Nominations: Any ASIST member may nominate candidates for the award. In addition, nominations will be made by the Award of Merit Nominating Committee. Nominations Package: All nominations must be accompanied by substantiating documentation to include the nominee's name, address, a biographical sketch and a description of the particular work or works for which the nominee is to be commended. Copies of publications or other works should be included if they contribute to an understanding of the nominee's work and support the nomination. Five complete copies of a nomination, including documentation, must be sent to HQ.  Deadline: July 1st

Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize the service of an individual to a particular chapter. It is given for significant contributions to the membership of the Chapter through participation in and support of its meetings and publications; fundraising; recruitment; or other significant activities. It is intended that this award recognize contributions at the local level. Eligibility: Any ASIST member who is currently a member of the nominating chapter shall be eligible to receive this award. Nominations shall be solicited by mail from the chapter chairs by the Chapter Assembly Director. Nominations can be made by any ASIST member, but are to be associated with the nominee's activities in a particular chapter. Nomination Package: The package should consist of a nominating letter which consists of a 250word description of the contribution for which the person is nominated; the completed Chapter MemberoftheYear Nomination Form; no more than two letters of support; no more than two supporting documents; and a 50word citation which may be used for publicity if the person is chosen to receive the award. Deadline: July 1st

Chapter Event-of-the-Year Award: This award recognizes the best event held by a chapter (or jointly by two or more chapters) during the previous year (JulyJune). Eligibility: Any type of chapter event is eligible, including technical programs; seminars; panels; workshops; CE courses; product exhibitions; tutorials; fund raisers; or other events. Joint events held with other associations are also eligible. Nomination package: The package should consist of a nominating letter which contains a 250word description of the event which is being nominated; the name, address, phone number and chapter name of the person who is submitting the nomination; no more than two letters of support; no more than three supporting documents; a 50word citation which may be used for publicity, if the event is chosen to receive the award. Deadline: July 1st

Watson Davis Award: This award recognizes an individual member of the Society who has shown continuous dedicated service to the membership through active participation in and support of ASIST programs, chapters, SIGs, committees and publications. Eligibility: Candidates shall have been ASIST members for at least five years. Prior Watson Davis Award winners, members of the Watson Davis jury and the Membership Committee chair in the year that the award is given are not eligible. Nominations may come from any member of the Society or jointly by any chapter, special interest group or any other official unit of the Society. Nomination Package: Each nomination shall be accompanied by documentation which includes at least the following: a letter of nomination with supporting reasons for the choice of the candidate (specific information about the quality and length of service of the nominee, with careful consideration given to the words continuous, service and membership); comprehensive list of the contributions of the member to ASIST; and supporting letters of nomination that provide additional detail on the nominee's contributions to the Society. Deadline: July 15th

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize a new ASIST member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIST activities. Eligibility: Any ASIST member who has been a member for no more than seven years (including years as a student member, if applicable) at the time the award is made is eligible to receive the award. Prior Cretsos Leadership Award winners, members of the Cretsos Leadership Award jury, and the chair of the Leadership Committee in the year that the award is given are not eligible. Nominations: The Jury chair shall solicit and receive nominations from any member of the Society, chapter chairs, SIG chairs, committee chairs or members of the Board of Directors.  Nomination package: Nominating letter; no more than two pages of data, including name of the award; name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number of nominee; name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number of nominator; year the nominee joined ASIST; ASIST activities (SIG, chapter and/or student chapter); participation in chapter programs; participation in chapter or SIG publications; chapter/SIG projects; ASIST committees; and recruitment/retention (of members) activities; no more than five letters of support; and no more than two supporting documents. Deadlines: July 15th

Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award: This award recognizes outstanding student chapters for their participation in and contributions to the American Society for Information Science and Technology and the advancement of information science. Eligibility: All ASIST student chapters in good standing are eligible to receive this award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award, and more than one student chapter may win in a given year. Nomination Package should consist of the Student Chapter Annual Activities Report and Student ChapteroftheYear Criteria and Checklist and attached documentation shall comprise the nomination package. Deadline: July 31st

Chapter-of-the-Year Award: This award recognizes outstanding chapters for their contributions to ASIST and the advancement of information science. Eligibility: All ASIST chapters in good standing are eligible to receive this award. There is no limit on the number of times a chapter may win the award, and more than one chapter may win in a given year.  Nomination Package: The Chapter Annual Activities Report and ChapteroftheYear Criteria and Checklist and attached documentation. Deadline: Six copies of the completed nominations must be returned to ASIST Headquarters by August 15th .

SIG-of-the-Year Award: This award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments and activities of an ASIST Special Interest Group. Eligibility: All active ASIST SIGs are eligible to receive this award. More than one awardee may be chosen in a given year, and the same SIG may receive the award in consecutive years. Nomination Package: The package should consist of the SIG Annual Activities Report and SIGoftheYear Criteria and Check-list and attached documentation.  Deadline: August 15th

SIG Member-of-the-Year Award: This award recognizes the service of an individual to the program of a particular SIG. It is given for significant contributions to the membership of the SIG through participation in and support of its events at the annual and midyear meetings, its publications and its other activities. Eligibility: Any ASIST member who is currently a member of the nominating SIG is eligible to receive the award. More than one awardee may be chosen in a given year. The same person may not receive the award in two consecutive years. Nomination package: the package should consist of: (a) a nominating letter, briefly describing the contributions of the nominee to a specific SIG; (b) a list of the nominee's contributions to current SIG activities, (e.g., SIG offices held, participation in annual and midyear meetings, role in developing SIG publications, recruitment activities of the nominee, role in SIG special projects, role in providing other services to SIG members and role in other SIG activities during the year; (c) no more than two letters of support; and (d) no more than two documents illustrating the nominee's SIG activities. Deadline: August 15th

SIG Publication-of-the-Year Award: This award recognizes the best publication produced by a SIG (or jointly by two or more SIGs) during the previous year (JulyJune). Eligibility: Any type of SIG publication is eligible, including newsletters, transactions, directories or other publications. To be considered, a publication must be in a format that is readable/usable by the jury members. Any electronic and/or self-published material should be sent to headquarters in order to be considered. Nominations: Since SIG publications are automatically submitted to ASIST Headquarters, there is no formal nominations package for this award. ASIST Headquarters shall provide copies of the eligible publications to the members of the Jury. Deadline: The first phase of the process shall be completed by July 15th.

Best JASIST Paper Award: This award recognizes the best refereed paper published in the volume year of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) preceding the ASIST annual meeting. Since 1997 it has been sponsored by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. The award consists of a $1,500 cash award and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIST annual meeting. Eligibility: All papers published in the volume year of JASIST preceding the ASIST annual meeting are eligible for the award. ("Perspective" articles are eligible). Authors need not be members of ASIST to be eligible for the award. Nominations: No nomination procedure is used for this award. All eligible papers are considered.

Chapter Publication-of-the-Year Award: This award recognizes the best publication produced by a chapter (or jointly by two or more chapters) during the previous year (JulyJune). Eligibility: Any type of chapter publication is eligible, including newsletters, meeting proceedings, directories or other publications. To be considered, a publication must be in a format that is readable/usable by the jury members. Any electronic and/or self-published material should be sent to headquarters in order to be considered. Nomination: All chapter publications produced in the award year are automatically entered. Deadline: Each year, the jury shall consider publications produced between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the current year.

Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting, November 18-22, 2002 in Philadelphia, unless otherwise stated. Send nominations to ASIST headquarters, addressed to "Name of the Award," unless otherwise stated. For more information contact 301/495-0900, asis@asis.org.

News from ASIST Chapters

The Indiana ASIST Chapter scheduled an April program featuring Katy Börner, assistant professor, School of Library & Information Science, Indiana University, on the topic of Visualizing Knowledge Domains, a new area of information science research. The lecture-demonstration will present state-of-the-art visualization techniques being developed by information scientists to map the knowledge domain structure of scientific disciplines.

The Michigan Chapter of ASIST held a panel discussion on Digital Libraries & Copyright at its February meeting. Among the speakers was Wendy Lougee, associate director, University Library for Digital Library Services, University of Michigan, who provided an overview of the landscape factors shaping digital libraries, including how the organizations have adapted as they evolved. She also provided some examples from the University of Michigan to illustrate the challenges and new opportunities in designing digital collections.

The Potomac Valley Chapter held a late January dinner meeting on the topic of E-Readiness: Concepts and Applications, featuring discussion by Samia Melhem, senior informatics specialist in the policy division of the World Bank.

For its January meeting, the Northern Ohio ASIST Chapter (NORASIS ) featured the research of Marcia Lei Zeng, associate professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University. She brought the audience up-to-date on her progress with Columbia University on a comprehensive information resource for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to fill the needs of a broad audience for worldwide access to CAM information.

The Seattle Reading Group of the Pacific Northwest Chapter continued its popular series of discussions of current topics in information science with Information Dissemination and Preservation as the topic of its February meeting. The session's discussion article was "Declarations, Independence, and Text in the Information Age" by Richard J. Cox on First Monday (available at www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue4_6/rjcox/ )

In January, the Southern Ohio ASIST Chapter (SOASIS)took a look at personal digital assistants (PDAs) and their utility in the information age in a day-long program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Among the topics addressed were PDAs: What Are They? What Can They Do for Me?; The Paperless Classroom in Action: A Dream Come True for Education; Online Information Resources for Handhelds; and PDAs in Health Care Services.

Then in February, SOASIS held a session on Privacy. Carol Glaser-Atkins, privacy and regulatory compliance officer of LexisNexis, spoke on privacy and the information industry; how privacy legislation affects the information industry; and regulatory affairs.

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST (LACASIS) is once again sponsoring the Annual Student Scholarship Essay Competition, first established in 1992 and renamed in memory of the late Margaret McKinley in 1993. The competition encourages students in library and information science programs in the service area of LACASIS to consider the benefits of participation in the activities of professional societies. The winner of the 2002 contest will receive reimbursement funding up to $1000 (US) for registration, airfare and hotel expenses to attend the ASIST 2002 Annual Meeting, November 18-21, in Philadelphia, and a one-year membership in ASIST. Two runners-up will receive one-year memberships in ASIST. The full contest announcement can be found on the LACASIS website: www.usc.edu/isd/partners/orgs/lacasis/mckinley/mckinley_2002.html

LACASIS also offered its members and friends a breathtaking demonstration of the UCLA Visualization Portal, a new $2 million immersive virtual reality theater that supports researchers and faculty in their use of visualization, multimedia, high-performance computing and networking technologies. It is currently the only academic facility of its kind in the West. The portal has a 160x40-degree spherical screen that allows 3-D objects and virtual environments to be viewed with stereographics, localized and surround sound, tracking and interactive object manipulation. During the demonstration featured as part of the chapter's February meeting, participants were virtually transported back in time to a 3-D recreation of an ancient city and forward in time to an architect's vision of a 21st century building. Portal's cutting-edge capabilities allow participants to see how stunning discoveries in medicine and science have come to fruition. For more information about the Portal, see www.oac.ucla.edu/portal/default.htm

And then in March, LACASIS planned a meeting on Weaving the Tapestry of Cultural Heritage: Museums and the Online Archive of California, a collaborative project designed to integrate museum collections, including multimedia surrogates of collection objects, into a database encompassing primary resources from libraries and archives throughout California. Günter Waibel, digital media developer at the UC-Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, was to provide a behind-the-scenes tour of what it takes to merge collections data and accompanying multimedia surrogates from disparate local sources into one union database.

The recently moribund Arizona (AZ) Chapter of ASIST has come back to life with lots of plans to support its re-vitalization. Elected officers of the chapter are Ann Eagan, Northern Arizona University, chair; Don Fallis, University of Arizona (UA), treasurer; and Anita Coleman, also University of Arizona, chair-elect. The chapter's spring program, co-sponsorsed with UA's School of Information Resources and Library Science, was a colloquium on information architecture.

News about ASIST Members

John V. Richardson, Jr., professor in the UCLA Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, is a presidential scholar of Virtual Reference Services at Library Systems & Services in Germantown, Maryland, during his sabbatical from January to September 2002. He is working on aspects of virtual question answering, notably the measurement and evaluation of virtual question answering, benchmark data and statistical profiles.

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) has formed its first Board of Trustees to provide strategic leadership and support to the organization. Four of the new trustees are ASIST members. They are Denise Bedford, thesaurus manager and senior information officer, World Bank Group, Washington, DC; Joseph Busch, director of solutions architecture, Interwoven,  Sunnyvale, California, and immediate past president of ASIST; Michael Crandall, technology manager, Libraries and Public Access to Information Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle; Nathalie Leroy, chief, information processing section, Library, United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland.

Laurie Stackpole, chief librarian at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for her significant contributions to the naval library community and the users it serves. She directs the Ruth H. Hooker Research Library, a specialized scientific and technical information resource serving NRL and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The award citation speaks specifically of her "pioneering work in developing and applying digital library technologies and her leadership in advancing digital information services in the sciences."

Roberta I. Shaffer, executive director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), resigned her position, effective in late February. She had begun her tenure in September 2001. Prior to coming to SLA, she was the dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jennifer Moldwin announces that her name is now Jennifer Moldwin Gustafson, the result of her recent marriage. She remains head of the Research Library & Archives at the Detroit (MI) Institute of Arts.

Treasurer Presents ASIST Audit

ASIST Treasurer Cecilia Preston has presented the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2001 to the ASIST Board of Directors. The full report was accepted by the Board.

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