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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology         Vol. 30, No. 3        February/March  2004

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ASIS&T 2003 Takes on Long Beach

The American Society for Information Science and Technology helped close out the year 2003 with its Annual Meeting held in the sunshine of southern California. While matters of information security in the post-9/11 days were still present among the program sessions, for the most part, the pre-conferences, formal program activities and less formal social gatherings reverted to the more wide-ranging matters of information research and practice that have characterized ASIS&T for more than 60 years.

On these pages and throughout this issue of the Bulletin, we take a look at some of the fun and the work at the 2003 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Special Recognition for Lois F. Lunin at the 2003 Annual Meeting

At the President's Reception on October 22, 2003, outgoing President Trudi Hahn presented a plaque to Lois Lunin in special recognition of her services to the Society with the following citation:

  • Since the early 1960s Lois has been an active, creative, and innovative information scientist who has worked to achieve recognition for information science as a discipline. Her primary interest has been communicating the meaning and benefits of the field to other disciplines by her writings, lectures, teaching and research.
  • Over this same period Lois has faithfully and admirably served ASIS&T in many different capacities. Way back in 1963 she founded the South Texas Chapter of what was then called the American Documentation Institute. She founded the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of ASIS in 1968. Over her years in ADI, ASIS and ASIS&T, she was elected twice for three-year terms on the Board of Directors, chaired numerous committees, and was active in many Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and at least two chapters.
  • Many of you have known Lois Lunin as the Editor of the Perspectives section in JASIS&T. Going back further than Perspectives, she was the first Editor-in-Chief of the ASIS&T Bulletin; she directed that publication for six years. She has served on the Editorial Board of JASIS&T and the Advisory Board of ARIS&T, the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology.
  • Long ago, ASIS&T recognized Lois Lunin's many contributions by awarding her the prestigious Watson Davis Award in 1976. That was my very first annual meeting and awards banquet. You might say therefore that Lois was my first role model for what an active and contributing ASIS&T member should be.
  • Thus it is with enormous pleasure and gratitude that I give Lois this plaque and thank her.

2003 ASIS&T Award Winners

Each year at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, the Society honors the winners of the prestigious ASIS&T Annual Awards. This year's winners received their accolades at the new Awards Luncheon and at other venues during the meeting. Nominated by practitioners and scholars throughout the information field and selected by juries of their peers, dozens of outstanding representatives of the field were cited for the highest levels of contributions in their selected specialties.

Award of Merit

 For the past 25 years Professor Nicholas J. (Nick) Belkin has made significant and pioneering contributions to the field of information science (IS). His research has been both theoretical and applied and has affected the evolution of the field of IS. Professor Belkin has consistently emphasized the importance of understanding human behavior in the search for and use of information and information systems. Following this tack, he has promoted ideas, constructed theories, designed and carried out experiments, and built working prototypes all with meticulous care and rigor. As a theoretician, experimenter and system builder his research was instrumental in creating the cognitive viewpoint in information retrieval and effected a shift from the systems approach to the cognitive view of information science. Among his theoretical works is his hypothesis of an Anomalous State of Knowledge (ASK) to explain why and how people search for and use information. He supported this hypothesis through experimentation and the first of the resulting published articles about ASK appeared in the Journal of Documentation where it became the most cited paper in that journal.

Nick Belkin is an educator, researcher and writer who has influenced the state of information science. He has been active in both ASIS&T and the Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval. Dr. Belkin received the 1997 ASIS Research Award and the 1990 ASIS Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. His work is recognized internationally. Nick Belkin, professor and chair of the Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, is the very deserving recipient of the 2003 ASIS&T Award of Merit.

Watson Davis Award

 The 2003 Watson Davis Award, commemorating the founder of the Society and given to members for outstanding continuous contributions and dedicated service to the Society, is presented to Nancy Roderer, assistant professor and interim director, Health Sciences Informatics, and director of the Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University.

Research Award

Professor Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark, has made significant contributions to information science in two realms: in the conception of information from the cognitive and multi-dimensional viewpoint in connection to interactive information retrieval and in bibliometrics. He is a vigorous researcher and scientist of original mind, innovative and quick to identify and explore new ideas as well as extend existing ideas to new purposes in new contexts. His landmark 1982 study on search procedures in the library pioneered a naturalistic approach to the investigation of user-intermediary interaction in real world situations. Through sustained and systematic research, he developed a theoretical, cognitive model for IR as articulated in his classic Information Retrieval Interaction based on a new conception of information. His work in bibliometrics is similarly ground breaking, extending traditional techniques to studies of the Web as a global communication system. Peter Ingwersen is a visionary; he has been instrumental in bridging user-centered approaches with the system-based research tradition and advancing IR research through his numerous collaborations with international researchers.

Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

Raya Fidel, professor, University of Washington, is the winner of the ISI/ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award for 2003. Dr. Fidel is a gifted information science teacher who has taught students at all levels an impressive array of courses, including introductions to information science, indexing and abstracting, knowledge representation, construction of indexing languages, database design, information seeking, research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) and systems analysis. She excels in taking complex concepts and materials of all types and presenting them in such a clear and down-to-earth way that they are easily comprehensible and digestible. She brings to her teaching an overarching expertise that spans many aspects of information science, from knowledge organization and information behavior to OPAC design. This wide-ranging mastery allows her to describe different schools of thought and research methods with a true distillation rather than simplification. It is no surprise that her students consistently praise her teaching and give her outstanding evaluations.

Professor Fidel has taught at the University of Washington since 1982. There she has been a key player in the development of The Information School and a leader in the development of the school's curriculum. It is a pleasure to honor her with the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award for 2003.

Best Information Science Book Award

 Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior by Donald O. Case, professor, University of Kentucky, is the winner of the 2003 Best Information Science Book Award. Looking for Information presents a comprehensive analysis and review of information-seeking studies and illustrates key concepts and trends with examples, research models and typologies of investigations and methods. The book focuses on decades of research into how people both find and think about information related to their problems and interests. It covers a broad range of concepts and empirical studies on human communication behavior as found in the literature of psychology, anthropology, sociology and other disciplines. Applying the theories and models in these studies, the author explains the information-seeking behavior of both general and specific social and occupational groups: scientists, engineers, social scientists, humanists, policy experts, the aged, the poor and "the public" in general. Looking for Information provides a timely and systematic review of concepts, theories, models and methodologies in studying information-seeking behavior and is the first of its kind in a long time.

John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper Award

 The 2003 Best JASIST Paper Award goes to Gary Marchionini for "Co-evolution of User and Organizational Interfaces: A Longitudinal Case Study of WWW Dissemination of National Statistics,"
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53(14):1192-1209, 2002.

This case study describes how user interfaces for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website evolved over a 5-year period along with the larger organizational interface and how this co-evolution has influenced the institution itself. Drawing on interviews with BLS staff and transaction logs of BLS website activity, the study demonstrates that the BLS website has become a significant element in the BLS organizational interface.  This change has led to issues and changes in all the dimensions of the organizational interface (its data systems, policies and procedures, corporate culture and public face). The contributions of this study are both theoretical and practical:  it offers a beginning for a theory of co-evolution of interfaces, and the framework developed from longitudinal analysis of this case can lead to improved user interfaces, promote broader access to data resources and help agencies respond to resulting changes and plan future services.

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award

Amy Wallace, head of public services and outreach in the University Library, California State University, Channel Islands, is the winner of the 2003 James M. Cretsos Leadership Award, recognizing new ASIS&T members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities and who have been members for fewer than seven years. With this award her potential for leadership at higher levels within the American Society for Information Science and Technology is recognized.

Ms. Wallace's activities on behalf of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) include service as chapter chair, significant program planning and mentoring a new chapter newsletter editor. Early in her ASIS&T career Amy was awarded the chapter's Outstanding Member Award. One of Amy's most noted accomplishments for the chapter has been the recruitment and retention of members. She recruited the chapter's incoming chair and has planned and moderated panels for recent library and information science graduates. In one of these programs, she "imparted practical and thoughtful information on what employers are looking for in new hires based on her own recent experiences, both as a manager and as a job candidate." Vision, skillful leadership, dedication, proactive, inspiring are terms used to describe Ms. Wallace's activities on behalf of LACASIS.

At the ASIS&T national level, she served on the Information Science Education Committee, working on the ASIS&T Educational Guidelines.

ISI/ASIS&T Citation Analysis Research Grant

Rong Tang, School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America, is the winner of the ISI/ASIS&T Citation Analysis Research Grant Award for 2003 for her project entitled "Citing Data Augmented Document Retrieval." This research will investigate approaches to making citing data a viable component of domain-specific bibliographic databases. Two specific questions will be addressed: 1) how useful citing passages are in retrieving relevant documents that would not be retrieved otherwise; and 2) how may citation length (word count), location (document section), frequency (number of times cited in document), nature (mentioning versus quoting) and context help to predict the topical relationship between citing and cited works. The study will be conducted using articles from the medical research literature and can serve as a model for replication in domains of social science and humanities to investigate disciplinary differences. Jurors found the proposed study to be well designed, with results that should enhance our understanding of the value of citing data in document retrieval.

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship

Jiangping Chen, Syracuse University, is the winner of the 2003 ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship for her proposed research topic and methodology investigating two problems associated with English-Chinese cross-language information retrieval (EC-CLIR). The project, which relies on a natural language processing strategy to improve translation precision and to enhance vocabulary coverage, is ambitious and has the potential to contribute significantly to EC-CLIR. It is also timely given the growing interest in multilingual information retrieval involving East Asian languages.

ASIS&T/Proquest Dissertation Award

Anne Diekema, Syracuse University, is the winner of the 2003 ASIS&T/Proquest Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled Translation Events in Cross-Language Information Retrieval:Lexical Ambiguity, Lexical Holes, Vocabulary Mismatch, and Correct Translations. This dissertation is an interesting investigation of an important topic, contributing original results to our understanding of what affects cross-language retrieval. Jurors found the methodology thorough and well considered, with the relatively large numbers of queries used in the experiment adding to their confidence in the validity of the findings. Analysis of results was extremely rigorous, and the dissertation was also noteworthy for its clarity of presentation, with complex results presented in a logical and understandable manner. Above all, the findings of this dissertation have considerable significance for advances in cross-language retrieval, as well as some interesting implications for the broader issue of language-related mismatches between queries and documents in any information retrieval situation.

CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapter-of-the-Year

For the fifth year in a row, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) was awarded ASIS&T Chapter-of-the-Year, this year sharing the honor with the Southern Ohio Chapter of ASIS&T (SOASIST), which also won in 2001.

Chapter Member-of-the-Year (two winners)

Louisa (Toot) Verma, Los Angeles Chapter, is one of two recipients of 2003 Chapter Member-of-the-Year Awards. Louisa has been an active member of the LACASIS board for many years. She has served as treasurer, secretary, sponsorship coordinator, and OASIS advertising coordinator. She has also been a frequent contributor to OASIS, the chapter newsletter, advocate for LACASIS support of the SIG/III International Scholars Program and the major force behind the development of the chapter's sponsorship criteria and outreach brochure.

Louisa is always one of the first people to volunteer for a new position or project. She volunteered to help with every aspect of the groundbreaking ASIS&T Joint Chapter Virtual Mini-Course, "Strategies for E-Learning and Distance Education Educators." She worked with other team members on the format and Blackboard issues. She integrated content and developed introductory materials for the program. And she served as an online moderator for the virtual mini-course.

Louisa (Toot) Verma has contributed initiative, innovative yet practical ideas, and a willingness to jump into a new venture with energy and enthusiasm. ASIS&T is very pleased to recognize all of her contributions to the Los Angeles Chapter with this award.

Yin Zhang, Northern Ohio Chapter (NORASIST), is the second recipient of a 2003 Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award. Although she is the most recent addition to the Northern Ohio Chapter's leadership group, Dr. Yin Zhang has quickly become a key member. She contributes her creativity in planning programs and finding ways for chapter members to share their expertise.

Since she joined NORASIST in 1999, Yin organized a program called "Web-Based Surveys"; she recruited a student and supervised her to redesign and maintain the chapter website; and she presented another program, "Digital Reference in Action: Perspectives from Librarians and Educators."

Yin continues to be an active Program Planning Committee member and Web Committee member; she has helped to organize the Chapter's Career Nights; and she has enthusiastically participated at all chapter pre-program social events. Perhaps, most importantly, Yin has done an outstanding job in recruiting student members and getting them to become involved in the chapter's activities. ASIS&T is very happy to recognize Yin Zhang for her many accomplishments and contributions to the Northern Ohio Chapter.

Chapter Event-of-the-Year

It's Not Just Google Anymore: Blogs and the Latest in Search Engines, presented by the New England Chapter, is the 2003 Chapter Event-of-the-Year. This very successful program asked its participants to take a step back to reexamine the technologies they use for locating information on the Web. The first half of the program introduced blogs as information resources, while the second half took a fresh look at Web search engines.

More than 161 people registered for the program which featured five pioneers and experts in the developing fields of weblogs, RSS tools and search engines. The speakers were interesting, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their topics; the audience left better informed and energized about these technologies. The New England Chapter deserves recognition for providing its constituents a valuable, affordable all-day program on a timely topic.

Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year

The website of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) (www.lacasis.org) is honored with the 2003 Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year Award. It is a gateway to information of interest to the geographically dispersed membership of the Los Angeles Chapter, to other ASIS&T members and to the broader information science community. The LACASIS Webmaster, chapter archivist and board work together throughout the year to identify materials for inclusion. Sections are devoted to past events, annual workshops and issues of the OASIS newsletter. It includes news about members who have served at the national level, local award winners and national award winners. The website is also a valuable tool for program planning and registration. Members may register for events online using a Web registration form. Many members use the About LACASIS section to check the procedures manual, to get background information on election slates or award nominations, or to contact board members. The site also provides links to presentation materials and lecture notes from the annual workshops. ASIS&T members nationwide have accessed these materials. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Chapter for creating and maintaining a well-organized, usable and useful Web site!

Chapter Print Publication-of-the-Year

OASIS: Observations of the American Society for Information Science, the newsletter of the Los Angeles Chapter, is honored as the outstanding Chapter Print Publication-of-the-Year. Even as LACASIS explores new options for publishing the chapter's news electronically, it continues to produce an attractive, interesting and informative print newsletter. It serves a variety of needs from providing information about who's who in the LACASIS governance structure to in-depth reporting on past programs. The efforts of many different chapter members go into producing each issue from those who contribute the lengthy articles to those responsible for layout, advertising and editing. Although expensive to publish, LACASIS has managed to take advantage of innovative cost-recovery strategies such as selling ads and publishing registration forms and surveys which would have otherwise been mailed separately. Congratulations to LACASIS for Print Publication-of-the-Year.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year

The University of Washington Student Chapter of ASIS&T is the recipient of the 2003 Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award for the fifth time in its history. Chapter advisor Efthimis Efthimiadis praised the chapter members, noting "This is a well deserved award and all ASIS&T student members, past and present, and the iSchool Community at large should feel very proud for this achievement."

SIG AWARDS

SIG-of-the-Year

SIG/Information Needs, Seeking and Use (SIG/USE) won the 2003 ASIS&T SIG-of-the-Year Award. The award recognizes a Special Interest Group's professional accomplishments that reflect a major impact on the field of information science. Among the activities for which SIG/USE was cited were sponsorship of eight successful sessions at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting and an annual research symposium in 2002; collaboration with other SIGs; and active recruitment of new members. SIG/USE membership increased from 181 in 2002 to over 290 in 2003.

SIG/USE redesigned its website and launched its online newsletter in 2003. In addition, it produced six publications, including a three-year bibliography of publications by SIG/USE members.

SIG Member-of-the-Year

Sue O'Neill Johnson, honored as SIG Member-of-the-Year from SIG/III, was cited for her exceptional leadership of the SIG during her recent three-year stint as chair-elect, chair and past-chair. SIG/III was honored as SIG-of-the-Year each of those years. Under Sue's leadership, SIG/III initiated many new programs, such as the International Paper Competition and International Travel Grants.

SIG Publication-of-the-Year

 The website of SIG/III (www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/) is the 2003 winner of the SIG Publication-of-the-Year Award. The award recognizes the best publication produced by a SIG during the previous year.

 

Nominations Sought for 2004 ASIS&T Awards

The various ASIS&T committees and juries responsible for naming the winners of the annual ASIS&T awards are getting ready for the 2004 award season. All members are encouraged to review the following information and consider nominating colleagues throughout the information profession to be recognized with an ASIS&T award.

Research Award. The Research Award recognizes a systematic program of research in a single area at a level beyond the single study and recognizes outstanding research contributions that have had a significant and recent impact on the field. Eligibility: Open to all individuals in the field of information science. Nominations: Any person may nominate candidates. Nomination Package: 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 15

Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. This award, co-sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information, recognizes sustained excellence and the unique contributions of an individual in the teaching of information science. Cash award of $1,000 and up to $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Eligibility: Open to any individual directly involved in teaching some aspect of information science on a continuing basis regardless of ASIS&T membership. Nominations: Only ASIS&T members may nominate candidates. Nomination Package: 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 1

Proquest/UMI Doctoral Dissertation. The Proquest/UMI Doctoral Dissertation honors outstanding achievements by information scientists in the completion of dissertation projects. Cash award of $1,000 and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Eligibility: Open to all information scientists who have completed their dissertations within the past year. Nomination Package: Must include a full dissertation in reproducible format and a letter of endorsement from the dissertation advisor. Deadline: June 15

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship. Co-sponsored by ASIS&T and the Institute for Scientific Information, this scholarship fosters information science research by encouraging and supporting doctoral students with their dissertation research. Cash award of $1,500 and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Eligibility: Open to all active information science doctoral students enrolled in institutions granting doctoral degrees. Students must have completed all course work and have received acceptance of their dissertation proposals. Nomination 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 1

Pratt-Severn Student Research Award. Award recognizes substantive work performed by students in the field of information science and encourages research and writing. Sponsored by Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, on behalf of the late David Severn, a 1968 Pratt Alumnus, award consists of $500 travel expenses and full registration for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Eligibility: Any student in a master's 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 15

Best JASIS&T Paper Award. This award recognizes the best refereed paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T) each year. Sponsored by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., award is $1500 cash and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Eligibility: All papers published in the volume year of JASIS&T preceding the ASIS&T Annual Meeting are automatically eligible for the award. ("Perspective" articles are eligible).

Award of Merit. The Award of Merit, ASIS&T's highest honor, is awarded 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 profession as evidenced by successful efforts in the educational, social or political processes affecting the profession. Eligibility: Open to all individuals in the field of information science. Nominations: Any ASIS&T member and the Award of Merit Nominating Committee nominate candidates. Nominations Package: Must 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, are required. Deadline: July 1

Watson Davis Award. The Watson Davis Award recognizes an individual ASIS&T member who has shown continuous dedicated service to the membership through active participation in and support of programs, chapters, SIGs, committees and publications. Eligibility: Candidates shall have been ASIS&T members for at least five years. Former winners, members of the Watson Davis Jury and the Membership Committee Chair in the year that the award is given are not eligible. Nominations: Any member, chapter, special interest group or other official unit of the Society may nominate. Nomination Package: Must include at least the following: 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 ASIS&T; and supporting letters of nomination that provide additional detail on the nominee's contributions to the Society. Deadline: July 15

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. Authors need not be ASIS&T members. Nomination: Nominations are accepted from publishers and individuals, regardless of ASIS&T membership. Nomination Package: Publishers must submit six 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 15

ISI/ASIS&T Citation Analysis Research Grant. This grant supports research based on citation analysis by encouraging and assisting individuals in this area of study with their research. The grant may be made for research underway as well as for new research proposed. Grant of $3,000 cash (donated by the Institute for Scientific Information) and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Eligibility: Open to anyone who has not previously won it. Proposals: Anyone may submit nominations by mailing the proposal package to ISI/ASIS&T Citation Analysis Research Grant, ISI, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Proposal Package: Should include the following: name, address, affiliation and brief biography of applicant(s); double-spaced statement of the research problem not to exceed 1,000 words; 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 15

Cretsos Leadership Award. This award recognizes a new ASIS&T member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities. Eligibility: Open to any ASIS&T 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. Prior winners of this award, 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: May be made by any members or groups of the Society. Nomination package: Nominating letter; no more than two pages of data, including name, title, affiliation, address and telephone number of nominee; name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number of nominator; year the nominee joined ASIS&T; specific ASIS&T activities in which nominee has participated (SIG, chapter, student chapter, ASIS&T committees); up to five letters of support; and up to two supporting documents. Deadlines: July 15

SIG/STI Chemical Abstracts Service Student Award. The SIG/STI CAS Student Award recognizes an outstanding student in a program of library and /or information science with interest in the area of chemical information. Cash grant funded by Chemical Abstracts Service provides partial support for attendance at an ASIS&T Mid-Year or Annual Meeting. Eligibility: Open to any student enrolled full-time or part time in a graduate program in library and/or information science with a demonstrated interest in chemical information (fulltime enrollment will be given preference). Nomination Package: Application form available from SIG/STI should be submitted to SIG/STI. To receive an application form contact Jian Qin at 315-443-5642, jqin@syr.edu. Deadline: June 15

Chapter-of-the-Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding chapters for their contributions to ASIS&T and the advancement of information science. Eligibility: Open to all ASIS&T chapters in good standing, with no limit on the number of times a chapter may win the award. 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 ASIS&T Headquarters by August 15.

Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award. This award is given for significant contributions by a single individual to the membership of a chapter through participation in and support of its meetings and publications; fundraising; recruitment; or other significant activities. Eligibility: Any ASIS&T member who is currently a member of the nominating chapter is eligible. Nominations: May be made by any ASIS&T member, but are to be associated with the nominee's activities in a particular chapter. Nomination Package: Should include a nominating letter with a 250word description of the contribution for which the person is nominated; a completed Chapter MemberoftheYear Nomination Form; up to two letters of support; up to two supporting documents; and a 50word citation which may be used for publicity, if the person is chosen to receive the award. Deadline: July 1

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 chapter event, 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: Should include a nominating letter with a 250word description of the event which is being nominated; name, address, phone number, and chapter of the person who is submitting the nomination; up to two letters of support; up to three supporting documents; and a 50word citation which may be used for publicity, if the event is chosen to receive the award. Deadline: July 1

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 chapter publication, including newsletters, meeting proceedings, directories or other publications. 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 HQ in order to be considered. Nomination: All chapter publications produced in the award year are automatically eligible. Deadline: Each year, the Jury shall consider publications produced between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the current year.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding student chapters for their participation in and contributions to the Society and the advancement of information science. Eligibility: Open to all ASIS&T student chapters in good standing with no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award. More than one student chapter may win in a given year. Nomination Package: Student Chapter Annual Activities Report and Student ChapteroftheYear Criteria and Checklist and attached documentation. Deadline: May 31

SIG-of-the-Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments and activities of an ASIS&T Special Interest Group. Eligibility: Open to all active ASIS&T SIGs with no limit on the number of times a SIG may win the award. More than one SIG may be chosen in a given year. Nomination Package: SIG Annual Activities Report and SIGoftheYear Criteria and Checklist and attached documentation. Deadline: August 15

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: All SIG publications, including newsletters, transactions, directories or other publications. Publications must be in formats that are readable/usable by the jury members. Any electronic and/or self-published material should be sent to HQ in order to be considered. Nominations: There is no formal nominations package for this award. All SIG publications routinely submitted to ASIS&T Headquarters will be considered. Deadline: The first phase of the process shall be completed by September 1.

SIG Member-of-the-Year Award. This award is given for significant contributions by an individual to the membership of a SIG through participation in and support of its events at the Annual and MidYear Meetings, its publications and its other activities. Eligibility: Open to any ASIS&T member who is currently a member of the nominating SIG. 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: Nominating letter, briefly describing the contributions of the nominee to a specific SIG; 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 special projects, role in providing other services to SIG members, and role in other SIG activities during the year; up to two letters of support; and up to two documents illustrating the nominee's SIG activities. Deadline: August 15

Complete guidelines for ASIS&T Awards are available at the ASIS&T website (www.asis.org). The 2004 ASIS&T Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting, November 13-18, in Providence, Rhode Island, unless otherwise stated. Send nominations to ASIS&T, "Name of the Award," 1320 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910, unless otherwise stated. For more information contact Sandra Holder, 301-495-0900, asis@asis.org.


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