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Candidates Announced for Upcoming Election
Eight ASIS members have been selected to run for office in the annual membership election to get underway this summer. Candidates will vie for four positions available on the ASIS Board of Directors: president-elect; treasurer; and two director-at-large positions.

Nominated for the president-elect position are Eugene Garfield, founder and chairman emeritus of Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), and Mickie A. Voges Piatt, director of the Legal Information Center and professor of law at Chicago-Kent School of Law.

Candidates for the position of treasurer are N. Bernard "Buzzy" Basch, Basch Subscriptions, and George D. Ryerson, senior science information analyst, Chemical Abstracts Service. The treasurer will serve a three-year term.

Four candidates will vie for two positions as director-at-large. The candidates are Robert Gresehover, head librarian in the Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University; Norman Horrocks, editorial consultant at Scarecrow Press and adjunct professor, Dalhousie University; Gary J. Marchionini, professor, University of Maryland, College Park; and Victor Rosenberg, associate professor, University of Michigan. Directors-at-large serve three-year terms on the Board.

The slate of candidates is presented to the Board of Directors by the Nominations Committee, which is always chaired by the immediate past president of ASIS. This year's committee, chaired by Debora Shaw, associate dean, Indiana University, also includes as members Bonnie Cooper Carroll, president, Information International Associates; Kristen Liberman, Center for Business and Knowledge, Ernst & Young; David Penniman, professor, University of Tennessee; and Shelly Warwick, Queens College.

Biographical information and position statements prepared by each candidate will be compiled and published as a ballot booklet and will be distributed to all voting members of ASIS during the summer. Newly elected members of the Board of Directors will take their seats at the board meeting held at the conclusion of the 1998 Annual Meeting.

Current Board members whose terms will expire at the end of the current administrative year are Debora Shaw, immediate past president; treasurer Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., president and chief executive officer of The Ferguson Library, Stanford, Connecticut; and directors-at-large Steve Hardin, Indiana State University, and Bonnie Lawlor, UMI.

Additional information about each of the candidate's in the upcoming election will be included in the August/September issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science.

JASIS Makes 50th Anniversary Plans
The Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS), the official journal of the Society, will reach the half-century milestone next year with the publication of volume 50. To celebrate the achievement, special articles and issues will be published throughout the year.

One issue will focus on the special topic "Taking Stock for the Future: JASIS' 50th Anniversary." The guest editor for the issue is Marcia J. Bates, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The "Taking Stock" issue will honor the successes in the information field of the past 50 years and suggest outlooks for the future. Information professionals and practitioners throughout the field are encouraged to consider submission of papers for the special issue. Two kinds of articles are sought:

Inquiries can be made to the guest editor by telephone or electronic mail. Statements of intent may be submitted electronically. The editor can be reached at Dr. Marcia J. Bates, Department of Library and Information Science, 230 GSEIS Building, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520; 310/206-9353; fax: 310/206-4460; e-mail: mjbates@ucla.edu

SIG/STI Involved in Tri-Society Symposium
The Tri-Society Symposium, a joint venture of ASIS Special Interest Group/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (SIG/STI), American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information and the Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association, will be held August 24 at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

The theme of this year's symposium is Untangling the Web of Chemical Information. Among the members of the planning committee is Judy Watson, Chemical Abstracts Service, representing the ASIS SIG.

Among the speakers scheduled for the meeting is Wendy Warr of Cheshire, England, addressing the subject, "Do Chemists Need Communities of Clubs on the Web?"

News from ASIS Chapters
Later this month, the New Jersey ASIS Chapter (NJ/ASIS) presents a lecture on information visualization by Ben Shneiderman, professor in the Department of Computer Science and head of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland-College Park. Shneiderman is the author of several books, including Software Psychology: Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems and Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction.

The Long Island University/ASIS Student Chapter (LIU/ASIS) has had a busy spring with three major events in two months. In March, ASIS President Michael Buckland delivered a speech on Metadata. Later that month, Shelly Warwick, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Queens College, presented Copyright: How It Has Helped Libraries - But Now They Are Trying to Change It, a discussion of copyright history, theoretical and legal foundations, the concept and application of the fair use doctrine and key issues of copyright in the electronic environment. Then in April, the chapter presented Considerations and Decisions in Building a New Library, featuring Ruth Bolin, library director at Suffern Free Library, who discussed the step-by-step process of financing and designing a new facility.

The Southern Ohio ASIS (SOASIS) Chapter planned a health theme for its May meeting. NetWellness: The Team Behind the Service featured a look at the Web-accessible, consumer health network founded by Academic Information Technology & Libraries, University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The network is now a collaborative effort that includes Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University. Among the scheduled speakers from NetWellness was Karen Ruud Marsh, expert coordinator for the project.

The New England Chapter of ASIS (NEASIS) planned Location! Location! Location! Finding Region-Specific Data with Geographical Information Systems for its May meeting. Peter Hernon, professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, was one of many scheduled speakers.

The April meeting of the Delaware Valley Chapter (DVC) of ASIS, held in conjunction with the local SLA chapter, featured a program on Management of the Electronic Collection with panels of librarians and vendors discussing needs, challenges and solutions to the delivery of information to users' desktops. Among the scheduled speakers were Jacqueline Trolley, ISI; Arlene Smith, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals; and Richard Hulser, IBM.

The Florida Chapter of ASIS, in collaboration with Suncoast Information Specialists, presented a March meeting on Human Communication and Information Processes. James Carey, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, led the interactive session on communications and cognitive models of information processing.

The Northern Ohio ASIS Chapter (NORASIS) will hold its annual business meeting and spring program in early May. Among the speakers scheduled for a discussion of statewide library networks in Ohio are Theresa M. Fredericka, Information Network for Ohio Schools; Don Mayle, Lakeshore Northeast Ohio Computer Association; Tom Sanville, OhioLINK; and Steve Wood, Ohio Public Library Information Network.

The Wisconsin Chapter of ASIS, in conjunction with the ASIS Student Chapters at University of Wisconsin- Madison and Milwaukee, presented Digital Libraries: Applications and Evaluation in April. Presentations were made by Susan Calcari, researcher at UW-Madison, on "Internet/Scout Project," and Patricia Herrling, librarian at UW-Madison, speaking about "Evaluating Gateways to Digital Libraries."

News About ASIS Members
Alice Sizer Warner, The Information Guild, has written her fifth book for librarians. Budgeting: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians is newly published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.

Xia Lin, formerly assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky, has joined the faculty of Drexel University as assistant professor in the College of Information Science and Technology. His teaching areas include information retrieval systems and human-computer interaction.

Pamela Spence Richards, professor of library and information science at Rutgers University, has organized a conference on "Libraries, Reading and Publishing in the Cold War," to take place in Paris in June. Hosted by the French National Library School, the conference will present speakers from 13 countries. For more information, contact pamrich@scils.rutgers.edu.

John V. Richardson, Jr., associate professor at University of California, Los Angeles, has been awarded a $3,000 research grant to support his study of the early history of Russian library education.

Raya Fidel, associate professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Washington, is co-editor of a special issue of Information Retrieval focusing on the topic "Information Retrieval from Visual Media." She invites interested authors to visit the Web site at www.wkap.nl/journals/ir.

Thomas A. Childers, A.B. Kroeger Professor of Information Studies at Drexel University, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Information Science and Technology. His appointment follows the resignation of Richard H. Lytle, who resigned the deanship to accept a position as director of the CoreTech Learning Institute.

Mary W. Park of Baltimore, Maryland, is the author of InfoThink: Practical Strategies for Using Information in Business, recently published by Scarecrow Press. The author invites visitors to her Web site for more information about the book: www.informationconsultancy.com.

Abby Goodrum, formerly with the Texas State Library and the University of North Texas, has joined the faculty of Drexel University as assistant professor in the College of Information Science and Technology. Her teaching areas include quantitative methods and applied research techniques, Internet resources and information services.

Lester Pourciau, University of Memphis, is chairman of the executive organizing committee for The Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century, a September meeting addressing ethical issues attendant to the proliferation of electronic information and information technology.

Cynthia Lopata, formerly assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, has joined the faculty of Drexel University as an instructor in the College of Information Science and Technology. Her teaching areas include information resources management and information systems.

John Bertot, professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has received the 1998 Helen M. Eckard Award for Exemplary Use of FSCS Data from the Data Use Subcommittee of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Wendy Warr, Wendy Warr & Associates; Kimberly J. Parker, Yale University Library; Bonnie Lawlor; and Lorrin R. Garson, American Chemical Society, are among the scheduled speakers at the Skolnik Symposium on Electronic Publishing to be held in conjunction with the American Chemical Society national meeting.

Norman Horrocks, adjunct professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University, has been elected an honorary fellow of the Library Association of the United Kingdom "in recognition of an outstanding contribution to relations between the profession in North America and the United Kingdom."

Edie Rasmussen, associate professor, University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the plenary address at the 26th annual conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science in June. The meeting, entitled Information Science at the Dawn of the Next Millennium, will also feature presentations by Pierrette Bergeron and Michele Hudon, University of Montreal; Xiangmin Zhang, Rick Kopak and Charlie Meadow, University of Toronto; Albert N. Tabah, Abby Goodrum, University of Drexel; Jens-Erik Mai, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen; Hope A. Olson, University of Alberta; Andrew Large and Jamshid Beheshti, McGill University; Christopher S.G. Khoo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Dietmar Wolfram, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Michael J. Nelson, University of Western Ontario; Amanda Spink, Judy Bateman and Howard Greisdorf, University of North Texas; and Elisabeth Logan, Florida State University.

Dominick J. Grillo, librarian at the Suffolk Law School and developer of DOCS, a search engine that allows anyone on the Internet to search multiple library catalogs simultaneously, has been awarded the UMI Library Technology Award. The honor recognizes librarians who have made significant contributions in developing innovative information systems and services that directly benefit patrons.

Information Today, Inc., has announced its acquisition of Information Science Abstracts, a monthly abstracts journal and database which covers library and information science publications from worldwide sources. The database, which dates back to 1966, has been published by Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI). Beginning with the August 1998 issue, Information Science Abstracts will be produced and published by the Medford, NJ, based Information Today.

Tom Hogan, president of Information Today, Inc., and former ASIS president, said, "We are very pleased to be able to add this well-established publication and database to our product line. We have been publishing Microcomputer Abstracts since 1988 and Information Science Abstracts will complement our coverage and take advantage of production and marketing synergy."

As a founding member of DAI, ASIS has been able to offer its members substantial discounts on personal subscriptions to Information Science Abstracts. These discounts are expected to continue. Applications Invited for Eugene Garfield Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) invites applications for the 1999-2000 Eugene Garfield Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Scientific Information. The Garfield Fellow will spend nine months in residence at CHF in support of the following activities:

Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in the chemical sciences, information science or the history of science, technology or medicine. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and two-page letter outlining the applicant's competencies in the field of scientific information. For more information, contact Leo Slater, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702; 215/925-2222, ext. 224; fax: 215/925-1954; e-mail: lslater@chemheritage.org.