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The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is the preeminent professional association that bridges the gap between information science practice and research. ASIS&T members represent the fields of Information Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, Management, Librarianship, Engineering, Data Science, Information Architecture, Law, Medicine, Chemistry, Education, and related Technology.

Hence, ASIS&T Africa Chapter brings together students, professionals and academics in these fields, who reside or are from Africa.

ASIS&T Africa Chapter Approved

The Board of Directors of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) approved the new ASIS&T Africa Chapter on 17 June 2020.

The purpose of the Chapter is to provide an organization through which members of ASIS&T located within the Chapter area (Africa) may participate in and carry forward the programs and purposes of ASIS&T. The Chapter shall promote the interests of the Association and its programs and shall make every reasonable effort to involve students of information science and related disciplines who are located within its boundaries.

"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."

ASIS&T Statement Against Anti-Asian and Gun Violence

By Lydia Middleton | March 24, 2021

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) condemns the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and gun violence, and mourns the eight lives lost in the senseless shootings in Georgia, of which six were Asian women. We stand in solidarity with our Asian-American and Pacific Islander community in combating hate and ignorance, especially the hostility…

European Chapter Newsletter Spring 2021

By Europe Webmaster | March 24, 2021

The latest EC newsletter is out now! You can find it here.

CFP: JASIST Special Issue on “ICT4D & Intersections with the Information Field”

By pyonker@asist.org | March 17, 2021

Introduction to the Special Issue Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) is a multi-/interdisciplinary research area focusing on the interactions among information (I), communication (C), technology (T), and development (D) (Thapa and Sæbø, 2014; Walsham et al., 2007). To date, ICT4D is a loosely defined term that refers to a wide range of socio-technical…

ISO/FDIS 24083, International archives statistics

By SC Webmaster | March 16, 2021

Voted APPROVE on ISO/FDIS 24083, International archives statistics Question: Do you approve the technical content of ISO/FDIS 24083? Description: This document specifies guidelines for the archives community on the collection and reporting of statistics.

Proposal to Develop a Recommended Practice to Update Author Name Changes in the Academic Publication Record after Publication as a Result of Identity Change

By SC Webmaster | February 22, 2021

Voted YES on Proposal to Develop a Recommended Practice to Update Author Name Changes in the Academic Publication Record after Publication as a Result of Identity Change Question: Do you approve of a Proposed New Work Item: Develop a Recommended Practice to Update Author Name Changes in the Academic Publication Record after Publication as a…

ASIS&T 2020 Conference News From Travel Award Winner, Madison Schallhorn

By NEASIST Webmaster | February 20, 2021

In October 2020, I had the opportunity to attend ASIS&T’s 83rd Annual Meeting. From my desk in my Boston, Massachusetts apartment, with my cat snug in my lap and house shoes on my feet, I logged into my very first professional conference. Although I never would have expected to attend my first conference virtually, it…

NEASIST Annual Conference – March 5, 2021

By NEASIST Webmaster | February 18, 2021

Registration is now open for NEASIST’s Annual Conference, It Took a Pandemic: Reinventing Libraries in an Era of Change, which will be held virtually through Zoom on Friday, March 5. Since Spring 2020, libraries and other information science institutions have had to transform many existing practices and services to continue to meet the needs of…

ISO/DIS 18626, Interlibrary loan transactions

By SC Webmaster | February 18, 2021

Voted DISAPPROVE on ISO/DIS 18626, Interlibrary loan transactions Question: Do you approve the technical content of the draft? Description: This document specifies the transactions between libraries or libraries and other agencies to handle requests for library items and the following exchange of messages. Comments: 1. Section 5.2.1 of the standard and Appendix F (Informative) both…

ASIS&T 2020 Conference News From Travel Award Winner, Rong Tang

By NEASIST Webmaster | February 18, 2021

ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting: Global Connections & Virtual Synergy By Rong Tang Overview The ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting  was unprecedented in the history of ASIS&T in holding its annual meeting virtually using a platform called bigmarker. The platform was quite effective which supported participants in different roles (attendees, moderators, speakers/presenters) quite well. The sessions were…

February 2021 President’s Column

By Lydia Middleton | February 16, 2021

Hello ASIS&T members. It is so very good to have this opportunity to touch base with the ASIS&T community and share news about what is happening in our amazing association. Lots of activity is going on and we are making great strides already in terms of carrying out the 39 tactics outlined in our strategic…