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About ASIS&T

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is the only professional association that bridges the gap between information science practice and research. For nearly 80 years, ASIS&T has been leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.

Our members—thousands of researchers, developers, practitioners, students, and professors in the field of information science and technology from 50 countries around the world—have made ASIS&T an important part of their professional development.

Members share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information.

Vision
Establish a new information professionalism in a world where information is of central importance to personal, social, political, and economic progress by: Advancing knowledge about information, its creation, properties, and use; Providing analysis of ideas, practices, and technologies; Valuing theory, research, applications, and service; Nurturing new perspectives, interests, and ideas; Increasing public awareness of the information sciences and technologies and their benefits to society.

Mission
The mission of the Association for Information Science and Technology is to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations.

As the preeminent professional association in the field, ASIS&T:

  • Provides career development and leadership opportunities through our student chapters and regional chapters
  • Connects practitioners, researchers, students, and organizations from throughout the field through special interest groups and at annual events.
  • Edits, publishes, and disseminates publications concerning research and development
  • Shares important professional education through webinars
  • Acts as a sounding board for promotion of research and development and for the education of information professionals
  • Networking opportunities through the ASIS&T Community

ASIS&T members represent such fields as:

  • Information science
  • Computer science
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Librarianship
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Chemistry
  • Education

ASIS&T supports regional chapters and student chapters throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as varied special interest groups (SIGs)—diverse professional groups organized by specialty and focus, such as bioinformatics, information architecture, and visualization, images, and sound.

Mission

The mission of the Association for Information Science and Technology is to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations.

Vision

Establish a new information professionalism in a world where information is of central importance to personal, social, political, and economic progress by: Advancing knowledge about information, its creation, properties, and use; Providing analysis of ideas, practices, and technologies; Valuing theory, research, applications, and service; Nurturing new perspectives, interests, and ideas; Increasing public awareness of the information sciences and technologies and their benefits to society.

Five Point Strategic Plan

1. Membership

The heart of any organization is its members. ASIS&T has long been known as a gathering place of leaders, academics, practitioners, and students in all facets of the information professions. However, while jobs and careers in information-related areas are increasing, membership in ASIS&T has decreased, a pattern seen in many other associations as well. Information is global and that requires an association that is global in vision, with members reflecting this reality. Programs and services are key factors that drive membership, attracting and retaining a broader range of membership

2. Programs/Services/Mentoring

ASIS&T members and non-members alike are drawn to the wide array of programs and services – meetings, conferences, webinars, workshops, social events, etc. – and there is demand for more, both virtual and face-to-face programs, including at the local level.

3. Publications/Communications/Social Media

JASIS&T and the Bulletin are regarded as leading publications in the field and should be maintained as such, but there is demand for more avenues to disseminate knowledge, experience and data, especially for professionals.

4. Publicity/Outreach/Advocacy

The Association’s visibility to those in the information professions as well as to those outside the professions, whether closely related or not, has decreased. To some, this is a sign of dwindling importance, even if programs, publications and other actions by the Association remain strong. A publicity, outreach, and advocacy program by ASIS&T should not just improve name recognition, but it should encompass feelings of “I want to belong to that organization – I want to be part of that success!”

5. Institutional Knowledge

As a knowledge leader, ASIS&T institutionally must improve its knowledge management (KM) procedures and processes. Preserving its institutional knowledge will enable ASIS&T leadership at all levels – internationally, regionally, and down to individual student chapters – to enhance communication, leadership, and community and improve organizational memory and continuity.

The full strategic plan can be downloaded HERE.