The NORTHERN OHIO CHAPTER AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE
Business Meeting, Thursday, January 31, 2002
Held at Parma Height Branch Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Chair Steven Gallant called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Steve requested the report of the Nomination Committee, consisting
of Steve Gallant, Marcia Zeng and Penny O'Connor. Penny O'Connor
reported one nomination for Chapter Chair-Elect: Ruth Fenske. Steve
asked for additional nominations from the floor. In the absence
of additional nominations, Jean Piety moved that nominations be
closed. Barbara Parkinson seconded. Penny O'Connor moved that Ruth
be elected by acclamation. Jean Piety seconded. The vote was a unanimous
Membership chair Richard Brhel reported that the chapter has 42
members, with one new member since July. Since 2001 there have been
Treasurer Barbara Parkinson reported a balance in the treasury of
$1,134.20. The Science Fair winner for 2001 has not cashed her $50
Steve Gallant announced that the DigiScript ASIST 2001 proceedings
have been posted at www.asis.org, so subscribers can now watch and
listen. Those who selected proceedings in CD-ROM format will receive
20 discs. Jean Piety announced that writer Oliver Sacks will speak
at Cleveland Public Library on March 10, 2002.
Jean Piety moved to adjourn. Penny O'Connor seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m. so that eight chapter members
and 16 guests could hear a presentation by Marcia Lei Zeng on her
database project: A Comprehensive Information Resource in Complementary
and Alternative Medicine: Toward an International Collaboration.
Penelope J. O'Connor
Recording Secretary, NORASIST
February 23, 2002
Society for Information Science and Technology, Northern Ohio Chapter,
Comprehensive Information Resource in Complementary and Alternative
an International Collaboration
Lei Zeng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science,
Kent State University
presentation introduces the research and progress that I have been
involved in with Columbia University during the past several years.
In 1997 we proposed a comprehensive information resource for complementary
and alternative medicine (CAM) to fill the considerable needs of
a broad audience for worldwide access to CAM information. We organized
two workshops of representatives of nine international databases
that contain significant information on various aspects of alternative
medicine (Bangalore, India in 1998, and in Seoul, Korea in 1999).
The Prototype-I named "Complementary and Alternative Medicine Digital
Library (CAMed)" illustrates the anticipated structure, content
and functionality of the comprehensive resource. Prototype-II demonstrates
the possibilities of searching across the databases. Since 2000,
we also started to develop a general conceptual framework to cover
concepts and terminology used for information retrieval in the field
of CAM. Prototype-I and II will be presented in this meeting. Issues
and challenges we encounter in dealing with CAM systems, concepts
and terminologies will also be summarized.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Blaskevica, Gale Chun, John Daugherty, Steve Gallant, Joanne Leahy,
and Kevin Payne