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.

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, including the IA Summit and Annual Meetings
  • 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 ASIS-L and other listservs

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.

Constitution and Bylaws

Organization Chart

Contact Us

For questions or more information, please call (301) 495-0900 or email us at asist@asist.org.

Eugene Garfield
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Eugene Garfield

Garfield (b.1925) is associated with the discovery and pioneering of information science.  He developed Current Contents, Science Citation Index and many other indexes in the sciences. He established the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as an international information agency. Lilley & Trice call him a “creative genius in the realm of non-conventional information systems.” Lilley-Trice cite the indexes as his principal contribution.

Garfield developed the Rota Form Index, which used the Hill formula index as output, and processed it to as many outputs as the number of separated symbols for the production of Index Chemicus; Garfield published a paper on the Index in 1963.  He also worked on a team with Sanford Larkey (librarian of the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins) on an early automation project.

Offices held:

Information Industry Association: President (1972-1974)

Delaware Valley Chapter of ASIS&T: President (1970)

ASIS&T: President (1999-2000)

Awards received:

ASIS&T: Award of Merit (1975); Best Information Science Book

American Chemical Society: Information Science Award; Skolnik Award for outstanding contributions to the chemical information field; Patterson-Crane Award (1983)

Information Industry Association: Hall of Fame Award

Eugene Garfield Papers:

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Two oral history interviews, conducted 1991 & 1997, more information available on their website)

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