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Election Underway for ASIS Officers and Directors

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. Eight candidates are vying for four 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 1999 administrative year: Eugene Garfield and Mickie A. Voges Piatt; Treasurer for the 1999-2001 administrative years: George Ryerson and N. Bernard "Buzzy" Basch; and Directors-at-large for the 1999-2001 administrative years (two candidates to be elected): Robert Gresehover, Norman Horrocks, Gary Marchionini and Victor Rosenberg.

For President-elect

Eugene Garfield
Eugene Garfield is chairman emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information and the inventor of such products as Current Contents, Index Chemicus, Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Since 1986, he has been the publisher of The Scientist. He received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry and master of science in library science from Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in structural linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he now serves on the Board of Overseers of the library.

Garfield has lectured widely in the United States and throughout the world. His career in scientific communication and information science began in 1951 when he joined the Welch Medical Indexing Project at Johns Hopkins University, the predecessor of the National Library of Medicine.

Mickie A. Voges Piatt
Mickie A. Voges Piatt holds a bachelor's degree in linguistics; an MLS with a concentration in information science and automation; and a law degree from the University of Texas. She is currently the director of the Information Center and associate professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. She speaks extensively on law and the Internet and on issues of intellectual property in the electronic environment. Prior to joining Chicago-Kent, Mickie served as director of the law library and associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma.

Mickie has been active in ASIS activities at both the local and national levels. She has chaired chapters; served as Chapter Assembly representative; chaired and helped to create SIGs; served for several years as Deputy SIG Cabinet Director; chaired local, regional and national meetings; and served on numerous committees, including Conferences and Meetings, Publications and CISCO.

For Treasurer

George Ryerson
George Ryerson is currently a senior scientific information analyst with Chemical Abstracts Service, where he has been employed for 31 years. Previously he spent seven years at the Technical Information Division of ESSO Research & Engineering Company. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT.

George has been a member of ASIS for more than 30 years and has served the society in numerous ways at both the local and national levels. He served four terms as treasurer of the Central Ohio Chapter of ASIS and as deputy finance chair for the 1982 Annual Meeting in Columbus. His primary SIG affiliations have been with SIGs/IAE and STI.

N. Bernard "Buzzy" Basch
Buzzy Basch is president and CEO of Basch Subscriptions and The Reference Shelf. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Calling upon his vast experience in the serials business, Buzzy frequently speaks on serials management and co-authored How to Buy Serials with Judy McQueen.

A recipient of the Watson Davis Award, Buzzy has previously served two terms as ASIS treasurer and has chaired SIGs/PUB and MGT, the New England Chapter of ASIS and the Leadership Development Committee. He has also served as a member of numerous committees. In addition, Buzzy is a fellow of the Special Libraries Association, where he has also served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Library Management Division.

For Director-at-Large

Robert Gresehover
Bob Gresehover is director of the Gibson Library of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Previously he held the position of deputy director of the Welch Medical Library of the Johns Hopkins University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biological science from Michigan State University; an MLS from the University of Maryland; and an MS in administration from Johns Hopkins.

An active member of ASIS since 1984, Bob has been the communications officer and chair of SIG/MGT, chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for an ASIS annual meeting and has served two terms as chair of the ASIS Membership Committee.

Norman Horrocks
Norman Horrocks is editorial consultant for Scarecrow Press and adjunct professor at the School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He holds a bachelor's degree in constitutional history from the University of Western Australia, and MLS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Horrocks has served on the boards of Information Science Abstracts and Science Citation Index.

A member of ASIS since 1986, Horrocks has chaired the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, SIG/III and the New Jersey Chapter Distinguished Lectureship Committee. He has also been a participating member of SIGs/ED and PUB.

Gary Marchionini
Gary Marchionini is Boshamer Distinguished Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was formerly a professor at the University of Maryland. He has written more than 60 articles, chapters and conference papers and has received grants and contracts from such agencies and foundations as U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, NASA, Library of Congress and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As an ASIS member for 15 years, Prof. Marchionini has served as chair of SIG/HCI; on the editorial board of JASIS; and on several ASIS program committees. He is also a frequent presenter at ASIS meetings. He is the recipient of the 1996 ASIS Research Award and the 1990 Best JASIS Paper Award.

Victor Rosenberg
Victor Rosenberg is associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Before joining the Michigan faculty, he was a professor of library science at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in library science from the University of Chicago; he holds a master's degree in information science and a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lehigh University.

Dr. Rosenberg is the founder of Personal Bibliographic Software, Inc., the developer of ProCite and BiblioLink software products, which was sold in 1996 to the Institute of Scientific Information.

Quotes from the Candidates' Position Statements

For President-Elect

Eugene Garfield
"ASIS should reach out to a variety of information constituencies, double its membership in three to five years and firmly establish its financial stability. We should reassert our basic commitment to research. But we must also dedicate ourselves to educational outreach programs. . . ."

Mickie A. Voges Piatt
"ASIS is a place at which to find people who think broadly, who find solutions in unique places. . . who are interested in and well-versed in specializations of all types, but who are not confined by any specialization - the renaissance individuals of today. . . . I would hope to lead an effort to strengthen such an environment."

For Treasurer

George Ryerson
"As the Board of Directors plots the future course of the Society in support of its members' interests and those of the broader society we live in, the plans developed must reflect a prudent consideration of the balance of costs and benefits. I believe that is the most important function of the treasurer. . . and I will endeavor to do so. . . ."

N. Bernard "Buzzy" Basch
"I want ASIS to remain financially sound so it can continue to provide members with the opportunity to meet, discuss and publish their ideas, experiences and research. As a past treasurer, I often found this to be a delicate balancing act. . . [but] I'll apply the same commitment and energy while searching for new opportunities and strategies to increase the visibility and influence of ASIS. . ."

For Director-at-Large

Robert Gresehover
"ASIS [is] an organization that can readily adapt to changing needs of its membership, as well as the changing interests of the information profession in general. . . . I value diverse perspectives on strategic issues, particularly when they offer radical departures from the norm. . . I also appreciate organizational stability and strive for change to be incremental."

Norman Horrocks
"The mission and vision statements for ASIS are clear and ASIS members have been diligent in implementing them. . . . I have a good understanding of how ASIS functions: what it does well and what might be done better. I would like to help with further improvement in both categories. . . ."

Gary Marchionini
". . . I will work to reinforce and extend the interaction between information science theory and practice. . . ASIS [is] an excellent example of a professional organization that brings researchers and practitioners together. . . . ASIS . . . can expand its role in leading professionals into the next phases of the global information community."

Victor Rosenberg
"I am keenly aware of the issues confronting professional societies and would like to focus on . . . gaining and retaining younger members. Younger professionals no longer have the same needs for a professional society. . . . This argues that the Society focus on providing benefits online and presenting meetings that are of more topical interest to these younger professionals."

News from ASIS Chapters

The University of Washington Student Chapter of ASIS, in conjunction with the UW Graduate School of Library and Information Science, sponsored a June presentation entitled Indexing and Data Mining in Traditional and Multimedia Data-bases, featuring Christos Faloutsos of Carnegie Mellon University.

The Southern Ohio Chapter of ASIS (SOASIS) planned a full day professional development workshop in late July. Metadata Tutorial with Jane Greenberg, teaching fellow and doctoral candidate at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, was to focus on three of the more popular evolving metadata architectures that support resource discovery in the networked environment.

ASIS past president Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, was the scheduled speaker for a June meeting of the University of Pittsburgh Colloquium, co-sponsored by the ASIS Pittsburgh Chapter and the ASIS Pittsburgh Student Chapter.

The September annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ASIS will feature a program entitled Managing the Information Deluge. Roy Tennant, project manager of digital library research and development at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss the future of digital librarianship. Jane Starnes, Intel Corporation, will conduct a workshop on planning a corporate intranet.

The Florida Chapter of ASIS planned a special luncheon meeting to be held during the ASIS Mid-Year Meeting in Orlando in May. Everyone was invited to hear Michael Buckland, ASIS president, discuss Reflections on Information Science.

Also at the Mid-Year Meeting, the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) invited its far-flung membership to gather for a dinner opportunity in the Orlando area. Then it was back to Los Angeles for the June meeting featuring Joyce Adams, Web site operations manager for Experian, presenting tips and tools for making the design and maintenance of Web sites easier. LACASIS has also announced that its annual fall workshop will be built around the theme of Who's in the Driver's Seat - You or Technology?

News About ASIS Members

ASIS President Michael Buckland spent a week in June at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Koethen, Germany, for the launch of a new information management degree program in the department of computer science.

Dania Bilal (formerly Dania B. Meghabghab), assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences at Knoxville, has received a $3250 grant from the Office of Research at her institution in support of research on children's information-seeking behavior using WWW search engines. Preliminary results of her project will be presented at the upcoming ASIS Annual Meeting. Bilal is also pictured with David Penniman, University of Tennessee, and Jeff Barry, Old Dominion University, on the cover of the April 1, 1998 issue of Library Journal. The three co-authored an article in the issue.

Charles R. Hildreth, researcher, writer, lecturer and consultant in library automation, information systems and networks, and most recently on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, will join the faculty of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University at the rank of associate professor.

Charles R. McClure, distinguished professor at Syracuse University, was co-presenter of a July conference on Implementing Electronic Records Management: The State of the Art. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Syracuse University and others.

Paula Berinstein, author and researcher, is the author of Finding Statistics Online: How to Locate the Elusive Numbers You Need, recently published by Information Today, Inc. The book provides clear and easy-to-follow instructions on using the Internet and online services to find statistical data.

James Benson, member of the faculty at St. John's University since 1983 and director of the division of Library and Information Science since 1993, has been appointed dean of University Libraries.

Maureen L. Mackenzie, a Ph.D. candidate in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University, is the 1998 recipient of the A.R. Zipf Fellowship in Information Management, which recognizes a graduate student who shows exceptional promise for leadership and technical achievement in information management. The fellowship is awarded by the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Shaoyi He of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will join the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University as assistant professor.

Blaise Cronin, dean and professor of information science at Indiana University, was an invited speaker at the International Conference on Information Science and Technology 1998: Perspectives on the 21st Century in Taipei, Taiwan. Cronin's presentation was entitled Social Dimensions of the Digital Revolution.

Robert Korfhage, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and Mark E. Rorvig, School of Library and Information Science, University of North Texas, were among the featured speakers at a recent presentation on Knowledge Visualization: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, sponsored by LITA.

Allyson Carlyle, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington, is the recipient of the 1998 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research.

John V. Richardson, Jr., Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, has been promoted to full professor. He has been on the faculty since 1978.

Fernando Elichirigoity, researcher in the areas of globalization, information policy and knowledge management, will join the faculty of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University.

News from Institutional Members

Indiana University
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Indiana University has announced its first-ever endowed professorship: The Victor H. Yngve Professorship in Information Science. Named in honor of Dr. Yngve, a pioneer in interdisciplinary computer science, linguistics and information science, the professorship will offer research support to a promising junior faculty member.

The first recipient of the Victor H. Yngve Professorship is Javed Mostafa, SLIS assistant professor.

The Yngve Professorship was made possible through a generous $500,000 donation by two of the school's alumni and longtime teachers, Charles H. Davis and Debora Shaw, both former presidents of ASIS. "This gift is part payback and part investment in the future of the information science program at IU," say Davis and Shaw.

According to Blaise Cronin, SLIS dean, Dr. Yngve helped focus on how we acquire knowledge by communicating effectively, a key issue in information science. Through his teaching and writing, he has challenged us to think originally and analytically about how we communicate. Dr. Yngve created the first major programming language for text processing, many of whose features were incorporated into other programming languages and into today's word processors.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill is one of several campus departments that will reap the benefits of a $2.4 million award from the Intel Corporation, which will be used in part to fund the Laboratory for Networking and Internet Technologies.

The Department of Computer Science will coordinate projects with nine other departments, including SILS, under the three-year award.

The Laboratory for Networking and Internet Technologies will provide a high-performance computing infrastructure to enhance several technology-oriented courses at SILS. Physically distributed between the SILS building and the one housing computer science, the lab will be connected through the campus backbone network.

In addition to the distributed lab project, the Intel award will provide computing equipment for a number of research projects across campus that blend applied and basic research to solve real-world problems


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