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.
The vision of the Association – a community of researchers and practitioners – is to be the preeminent global voice of information science and technology research and its implications for practice.
The mission of the Association is to advance research and practice in information science and technology.
ASIS&T is a global community that values:
- Interdisciplinarity, because the information issues and solutions addressed by ASIS&T must be informed by expertise from various disciplines;
- Knowledge sharing by providing opportunities to present, communicate, and publish research discoveries in information science, because diffusion of knowledge benefits the association and society at large;
- Lifelong learning to increase knowledge within information science and technology, among individuals, society, and the world;
- Equity, diversity and inclusion to ensure that a range of voices advance information science and technology research and practice around the world;
- The impact that information science and technology has on individuals, communities, cultures, and societies at large; and,
- A community of researchers and practitioners with interests in advancing information science and technology;
- Open access, while recognizing the need to balance open access with the financial considerations of the Association and the benefits of membership.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.