FROM THE CHAIR
This year I have the privilege of serving as Chapter Chair of NORASIS
and would like to thank all NORASIS members and officers for this
opportunity. It has been a pleasure working with everyone involved
with NORASIS including speakers and SLA program planners. This year
we have a very supportive team of officers including Ruth Fenske,
Donna Trivison, Marcia Zeng, Jean Piety, Jill Tatem and Penny O'Connor
as well as a group of dedicated members serving on Program Planning
and Nominating Committees. A special thanks to Penny O'Connor for
her hard work and support of NORASIS.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A NORASIS OFFICER?
Penny O'Connor has agreed to chair the Nominating Committee for
new officers for 1997. Anyone interested in becoming an officer
should contact Penny email@example.com, Diane Mogren at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Rich Brhel at email@example.com so that
you may be included in the list of nominees for officers. New officers
will be nominated at the upcoming Annual Meeting. There will be
several offices open this year including Chair-Elect, Assembly Representative,
Archivist, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary.
NORASIS offices other than Chapter Chair and Chair-Elect serve for
two years. The Chair-Elect is responsible for planning programs
and automatically becomes the Chair the following year. Thanks to
Penny and the Nominating Committee for taking on the important job
of nominating officers. The Nominating Committee members are Penny
O'Connor, Diane Mogren, and Richard Brhel.
The last NORASIS program was held November 14, 1996 at Notre Dame
College of Ohio. The topic of the program was The School of Library
and Information Science and the Future of Education for Information
Professionals. The speaker was Danny Wallace, Dean of the School
of Library and Information Science, Kent State University. Thank
you Dr. Wallace for giving an informative and insightful presentation
and for staying so long to answer our questions or discuss education
and information science.
The Program Planning Committee (Ruth Fenske, Penny O'Connor, Erica
Lilly, Marcia Zeng and Richard Brhel) met November 11, 1996 in Kent.
Two programs are planned for Spring, 1997. The first program will
be held March 27, 1997. This will be a joint meeting with the Cleveland
Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and will be around
the topic: Benefits of having a corporate Intranet and the multiple
skills for a librarian to coordinate an Intranet. The second program
is planned for May, 1997 and may also be our Annual Meeting. The
topic of this program will cover problems with Web search engines
and the responsibility information professionals have in dealing
with inadequate Internet search tools.
All quarterly updates have been turned in to ASIS on time and we
have recently received our yearly Chapter allotment. Nice job Barbara
for taking care of those financial reports!
NEWS FROM THE NORASIS WEB PAGE
A decision on whether or not ASIS should host the NORASIS Web pages
is being considered. ASIS has offered to provide space on its server
to host chapter (or SIG) web pages. A discussion of this topic was
held at the October 20, 1996 Chapter Assembly meeting in Baltimore.
The Chapter Assembly meeting notes mention, "a significant
advantage of using the ASIS server as the host, rather than a server
at a member's organization, is that ASIS-hosted materials are indexed
nightly and can be easily linked from elsewhere on ASIS." The
ASIS webmaster has been contacted for more information. NORASIS
webmaster Marcia Zeng currently hosts the NORASIS Web site at Kent
Career Fair and Young Member's Night:
This event was held at the Great Lakes Science Center on Thursday,
November 7, 1996 attended by 335 students (mostly high school) and
over 30 teachers. The program was sponsored by Cleveland Technical
Societies Council (CTSC) and the Cleveland Chapter of ASM International.
NORASIS was among seventy-two exhibitor's representing 28 different
displays. Thanks to Chair-Elect Ruth Fenske for attending the exhibit.
Ruth was available in the afternoon to answer questions about NORASIS
and provide information about Cleveland Public Library resources
in Science and Technology.
Also attending this event was Chapter Chair Richard Brhel and CTSC
representative Jean Piety and her husband John Piety. Jean, John
and Richard attended the President's Reception which included a
presentation by Richard Coyne, Director of the Great Lakes Science
Center and CTSC Vision and Programs a presentation by Colin Drummond,
The Cleveland Engineering Society's Science Fair will be held March
4-6, 1997 at John Carroll. Every year NORASIS participates in this
event by taking part in the judging of science projects.