FACULTY Files: From The SLIS Spring 2001 Alumni Newsletter

Joyce Taylor
Susan Herring
SLIS Network, Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2001

(Article included photos of Professors Joyce Taylor and Susan Herring)

Katy Borner

Assistant Professor Katy Borner and Chaomei Chen, of Brunel University, England, are organizing a workshop at the First ACM+IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in Roanoke, VA. The workshop is titled "Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries Its Past, Present, and Future" and will be held on June 28. It is suitable for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in the areas of information visualization, digital libraries, human-computer interaction, library and information science, and computer science.

The primary aim of the workshop is to raise the awareness of several interconnected fields of research related to the design and use of visual interfaces to digital libraries, especially in information visualization, human-computer interaction, and cognitive psychology. This workshop also aims to stimulate participants to reflect on the state of the art in their own fields by identifying challenging issues concerning visual interfaces and thereby fostering a multidisciplinary research agenda for future research and development. For more information, see

Demonstrations of Borner's iUniverse, a sophisticated interface technology for desktop computers at IU, were broadcast at two recent symposia: "Collapsing Time and Space: A High Performance Network Applications Symposium" at the IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium( and IUB's 19th annual Spring Symposium on "Access to Excellence: Communities of Learning for Our New Century" (

In the fall, Borner will teach a user interface design course in which students will design 3-D desktop environments interconnected with standard Web pages for e-commerce and educational applications.

Blaise Cronin

SLIS Dean Blaise Cronin is the author of four recent articles in Library Journal: "Rank Injustice?" 125(19), 44, 2000; "Customer Satisfaction,"125(17), 44, 2000; "The Mother of All Myths," 126(3), 144, 2000; and "For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls," 126(1), 70, 2000. Cronin is the editor of Journal of Documentation Special Issue in Honour of T.D. Wilson. 57(1), 176, 2000. He also published articles in the journal, including "Acknowledgment Trends in the Research Literature of Information Science," 57(3), 423-430, 2000; and "T.D. Wilson: an appreciation," 57(1), 1-5, 2000.

Cronin's other recent publications are "Bibliometrics and Beyond: Some Thoughts on Web-Based Citation Analysis," Journal of Information Science, 27(1), 1-7, 2000; "The Scholar's Spoor," In: Perron, P., Danesi, M., Umiker-Sebeok, J, & Watanabe, A. (Eds.); Semiotics and the Information Sciences, Legas Press, 2001, 55-75; and, with Elisabeth Davenport, "E-rogenous Zones: Positioning Pornography in the Digital Economy," The Information Society, 2001,17, 33-48.

Andrew Dillon

SLIS Associate Professor Andrew Dillon is writing a series of columns on information architecture for the American Society for Information Science and Technology Bulletin. He also is one of two guest editors of a special issue of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology dedicated to the topic of information architecture. Co-editor is David Blair of the School of Business at the University of Michigan. The issue will appear later in 2001.

Dillon was invited as a panelist on the ASIST Perspectives panel at Summit 2001: Practicing Information Architecture, held in February in San Francisco.

He directs IU's Human-Computer Interaction Program and recently accepted a three-year appointment to the editorial board of Interacting with Computers.

Susan Herring

Since last fall SLIS Associate Professor Susan Herring has made several presentations in the United States and overseas on computer-mediated communication.

In October, Herring was invited to the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, to speak on "The Relevance of 'Relevance' in Computer-MediatedConversation." She also gave a keynote speech, titled "Nicks, Scripts and Masks: Doing Gender on Internet Relay Chat," at a conference on "Gender, Chat, and Cyberspace" at the University of Southern Denmark at Odense.

Herring traveled to Barcelona, Spain, in November and December to give lectures on "Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis" at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Universitat Obierta de Catalunya, and the Universitat de Barcelona. The latter presentation was a keynote speech at a conference on "Computer-mediated Communication in Catalan."

In March, Herring gave a keynote presentation on "Current Frontiers in Computer-Mediated Communication" at a conference on "Communication in the Information Age" at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands.

In the United States, Herring and Thomas Erickson, of IBM, co-organized a workshop and mini track on Persistent Conversation at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. The events brought together CMC researchers and system designers to explore how research on CMC use (for example, on the Internet) can help designers develop better communication systems.

Herring also gave a keynote speech on "Gender and CMC Research: The State of the Art" at a conference on "Gender and the Internet" at the University of Minnesota in February.

Rob Kling

Professor Rob Kling, director of the MIS program and of SLIS's Center for Social Informatics, has been elected a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science.

The distinction of "fellow" was awarded to a total of 251 ASAS members this year. It is given in recognition of efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Kling was honored for his work in social informatics.

Founded in 1848, the ASAS represents the world's largest federation of scientists. ASAS publishes the prestigious peer-reviewed journalScience.

Javed Mostafa

IU's Advanced Research Technology Institute has acknowledged Associate Professor Javed Mostafa and his colleagues for their work on the SIFTER project, a multidisciplinary project designed to create new technologies for information filtering on the Web.

[See related SLIS NEWs article: SIFTER Seeks Filtering Solutions For Web Explorer]

ARTI recognized the group for making an innovative contribution to technology (

Mostafa recently published three articles: "Modeling User Interest Shift Using a Bayesian Approach," with W. Lam, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 52(5), 416-429, 2001; "Detecting Gene Relations from MEDLINE Abstracts, " [link downloads a .pdf file] with M. Stephens,M. Palakal, S. Mukhopadhyay, and R. Raje; Proceedings of the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 6, 483-496, 2001; and "Experiments with a Distributed Information Filtering System," with R. Raje, S. Mukhopadhyay, M. Qiao, and M. Palakal. Proceedings of the Fourth World Multiconference on Systems, Cybernetics and Informatics, 2000.

Thomas Nisonger

Last summer, Associate Professor Thomas Nisonger gave a presentation at the North American Serials Interest Group's 15th annual conference, held at the University of California at San Diego, titled "Approaches, Techniques, and Criteria for Serials Evaluation in the Electronic Environment."

Uta Priss

Assistant Professor Uta Priss was invited to give presentations on "Ontologies and Context" [link downloads a .pdf file] at the Computer Science Research Seminar, Napier University, Edinburgh, in February, and at the 12th Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference in March.

Priss is the author of two recent publications: "Faceted Knowledge Representation," Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 4,Section C, 21-33, 2000; and Metaphor and Information Flow," [link downloads a .pdf file] with John L. Old. Proceedings of the 12th Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference.

Debora Shaw

Associate Professor Debora Shaw is the author of "Playing the Links: Interactivity and Stickiness in Dot.Com and 'Not.Com' Web Sites," First Monday, 6(3), March 2001.

Joyce G. Taylor

Joyce G. Taylor, a lecturer at SLIS, and her husband, Bill, signed a contract in 2000 with Scarecrow Press to write a book on the Harlem Renaissance artists. The working title of the book is From a Visual Perspective: The Harlem Renaissance Revisited. Reports Joyce Taylor, "We have been spending every extra minute in Washington, D.C., researching at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and Howard University."

The Taylors also were planning to study NAACP records and the Harmon Foundation archival materials, as well as documents in New York City and Nashville, Tenn. Their book is due for publication in January 2003.

Bob Travica

Assistant Professor Bob Travica attended a HACU conference, held in San Jose, Costa Rica in March, that gathered teachers and researchers of Latino studies. Travica presented on an investigation of electronic commerce in Costa Rica that he conducted during his study there last summer. The presentation was part of the panel on the Internet and Latinos organized by Travica and Jorge Chapa, IUB director of Latino studies.

Posted June 14, 2001