[Sigah-l] Share and contribute! 2012 Pre-Conference on the History of ASIST and Information Science and Technology

Sarah Buchanan sarahab at ucla.edu
Wed Jan 25 11:50:50 EST 2012

Dear members and participants,

Active in current developments or technologies across SIG AH? Interested in
sharing and expanding its work?

I'd like to encourage you to consider submitting an abstract for the
upcoming 2012 Pre-Conference on the History of ASIST and Information
Science and Technology.   We would welcome studies of topical programs,
leaders and founders, technologies, and many other themes relevant to the
work of ASIST groups including SIGs and Chapters and others. SIGs first
appeared in 1965 and the first SIG of the Year was awarded in 1975.
Consider sharing historical insights with members and participants at this
fall's Pre-Conference, to be held prior to the ASIST Annual Meeting this
October in Baltimore, Maryland.

If you know of SIG AH contributors not listed on our website -
http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGAH/officers.html - let me know, and consider
submitting an abstract for the Pre-Conference! For inspiration, please see
an extensive history of workshops by SIG CR:
https://digital.lib.washington.edu/ojs/index.php/acro/issue/archive .

Abstracts of max. 1000 words are due March 1. Please see below for details,
and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sarah Buchanan
sarahab at ucla.edu

Chair, SIG Arts & Humanities, 2011-12, and member of the ASIST 75th
Anniversary Task Force
Archivist, Librarian, The Meadows School, Las Vegas, Nev.
Archivist, The Neon Museum  |  http://neonmuseum.org

Pre-Conference on the History of ASIST and Information Science and
Call for Papers

The 75th Anniversary Task Force of the American Society for Information
Science and Technology (ASIST) announces a call for papers for the 2012
Pre-Conference on the history of ASIST and the history of information
science and technology. The Pre-Conference will be held immediately prior
to the 2012 Annual Meeting of ASIST, Oct. 26-31, 2012, in Baltimore,

This conference will explore the 75 year history of ASIST and the longer
history of information science and technology worldwide. Abstracts of
papers (maximum 1,000 words) not previously published or submitted
elsewhere should be submitted by March  1, 2012 and authors of tentatively
accepted papers will be promptly notified. Full acceptance of papers will
be based on receipt of the complete paper, which should be received no
later than June 1, 2012. Alternative presentations, such as videos,
posters, exhibits, and demonstration of historical information
technologies, are also encouraged.  All submissions will be refereed by a
panel of experts and all accepted papers will be published as a Web-based
publication prior to the conference. Submissions by students and authors
outside the U.S. are particularly encouraged.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
--The development of ASIST (and its predecessors, the American
Documentation Institute, the American Society for Information Science) as a
professional organization and scholarly society in context with its times,
relationships with competing or affiliated organizations, major
contributions and influences on the study of information science worldwide,
forces shaping the research agenda and scope of the field, roles and
contributions of specific individuals or groups within and outside of
ASIST, and related issues.
--The development of the foundational ideas and theories of information
science and its earlier name, documentation.
--The evolution of the multifaceted and multiple-named field referred to as
information science with a focus on what the past says about the future of
information science research and development.
--The historical contexts of major technological innovations and the
impacts they have had on societies, organizations, governments, or
individuals worldwide.
--The role of government (nationally or internationally) in influencing the
development of information science and technology, with particular
attention to the support of research and development of information
-- The development of information science education and its relationships
with other fields of study, such as Library Science, Informatics, Archival
Science, Museum Studies, and related specializations (such as information
ethics, information architecture, geographic information systems or medical

For more information and questions about this call for papers contact
Robert V. Williams at bobwill at sc.edu or call 803-777-2324.

Submit abstract (maximum of 1,000 words) electronically to the following
site, completing the required contact information:
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