[SIGCIS-Members] Call for papers: 2012 Pre-Conference on the History of ASIST and Information Science and Technology

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Thu Dec 1 08:08:30 PST 2011

This CFP may be of interest to some SIGCIS members. The main focus is on the
history of information science, meaning information retrieval, indexing,
classification, library automation, etc. Also the internal history of what
is now called the American Society for Information Science and Technology.


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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, Maryland. 

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

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

--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 policies. 

-- 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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