ASIS&T SIG HFIS : History & Foundations of Information Science

Association for Information Science & Technology :


Welcome to our site! SIG HFIS is the Special Interest Group on the History and Foundations of Information Science of ASIS&T, the Association for Information Society & Technology. For more on the ASIS&T SIGs and their functions see

Our Mission Statement: SIG HFIS encourages and supports work on the history and theoretical development of information science. It serves as a forum for the interaction of all fields of study that have the potential for increasing understanding of the history, theories, fundamental concepts, and models of information science. (Adopted 1995 when the SIG took on its present name).

Current news: In celebrating the ASIS&T 80th Annual Meeting, it is particularly poignant to reflect on the passing this spring of two luminaries in our field, especially for our group: Robert “Dr. Bob” Williams (1938-2017) and Eugene Garfield (1925-2017). We thank the ASIS&T Board of Directors for acknowledging the legacy of Dr. Robert V. Williams in renaming the Bob Williams History Fund, and invite our members and readers to consider submitting their research for these annual awards:
The ASIST 80th Anniversary Advisory Group invites you to an invited panel discussion and social celebration on October 29th in Washington, D.C., where members are hosting an initiative to capture people’s “Favorite ASIS&T Story.” If you’ve got a story to tell and want to arrange for a specific time, please contact Kathryn La Barre. Additionally, participants are invited to visit the ASIST Gallery and tag images with incomplete or missing metadata. Contact Kathryn La Barre if you want to volunteer to help, have an image you would like to tag, or have any questions about this initiative.

About our Logo (Artist Credit: Molly Dolan (1974-2017)): Can an antelope be a document? What is a “document”?

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