CLIR Press Release


For Immediate Release September 5, 2000

Contact: Deanna Marcum 202-939-4750

Documentation Abstracts Inc. Awards Funds for Information Science Institutes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received
a grant from Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI) to create, organize, and convene a series
of institutes that will address key topics in information science. At least two institutes will
be held in the next four years, and participation will be open to international attendance from
the academic, government, not-for-profit, and commercial sectors. The purpose of the
institutes will be to advance some aspect of information science in one of three areas of CLIR’s
agenda: digital libraries, economics of information, or resources for scholarship.


Deanna Marcum (left) receives a check from Documentation Abstracts’ Board
members Peter Rusch, Randy Marcinko, and Signe Larson

“In making this award to the Council on Library and Information Resources to establish
a series of institutes, the DAI Board of Directors believes the grant will help significantly
to advance information science knowledge by providing a forum for the analysis and
evaluation of current developments in the field,” said DAI Chair Signe E. Larson. “We look forward
to working with the Council in this endeavor.”

The grant will also support the publication of complete proceedings of each
institute, including conclusions and recommendations of the institute participants with respect to
the topic under consideration.

The Council on Library and Information Resources works in partnership with
libraries, archives, and other information providers to advocate collaborative approaches to
preserving the nation’s intellectual heritage and strengthening the many components of its information system. It works to support institutions as they integrate audiovisual and digital resources and services into their well-established, print-based environments.

Documentation Abstracts, Inc. was established in 1966 as a nonprofit organization composed of
representatives from eight sponsoring societies in the field of library and information science: American Chemical
Society-Division of Chemical Information; American Library Association; American Society of Indexers; American
Society for Information Science and Technology; Association of Information and Dissemination Centers; Association
for Library and Information Science Education; Medical Library Association; and Special Libraries Association.
DAI was established for the purposes of organizing, evaluating, and disseminating information and
knowledge concerning the various aspects of information science. It accomplished this mission through the publication
of Information Science Abstracts
(ISA), a bimonthly indexing and abstracting publication covering the literature
of information science worldwide. In June 1998, this publication was acquired by Information Today,
which continues its publication to date.