Committee Purpose

The committee will advise the Board of Directors concerning the historical affairs of the Association.


2018-19 Committee Members

Chair: Kathryn La Barre, PhD |University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Vice-Chair: Timothy Gorichanz, PhD | Drexel University
Board Liaison: Heather O’Brien, PhD | University of Vancouver, BC
Staff Liaison: Agnes Osborne | Director of Finance & Administration


Role of the Committee
  • Advance the identification, collection, digitization, preservation, and accessibility of materials and resources relating to the historical development of the theory and practice of information science and technology, as well as documenting the Association’s activities and achievements.
  • Advise HFIS as to the maintenance and promotion of awards to encourage historical research and publication, for developing goals and plans to facilitate achievement of these objectives, as well as oversight and administration of the History Fund and associated awards.

Guiding Document(s)

History Committee Terms of Reference


The ASIS&T community is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion, which we believe support our efforts to achieve and sustain excellence in the information science and technology field. We believe that we can best promote excellence by engaging diverse group members and other stakeholders, and providing opportunities at all levels of engagement for any individual or group that shares these values. ASIS&T leaders, volunteers, and staff will strive to keep diversity and inclusion at the forefront of all program planning and development efforts in order to ensure the most welcoming and engaging environment possible for our stakeholders.