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Needs Assessment of ASIS&T Publications: Bridging Information Research and Practice

Rong Tang1, Lorri Mon2, Jamshid Beheshti3, Yuelin Li4, Danielle Pollock5, Chaoqun Ni6, Samuel Chu7, Lu Xiao8, Julia Caffrey6, Steven Gentry6
1Simmons College, United States of America; 2Florida State University; 3McGill University, Montreal, CDN; 4Nankai University; 5University of Tennessee; 6Simmons College; 7University of Hong Kong; 8Syracuse University


This study reports the results of a 2016 online survey on perceptions and uses of ASIS&T publications. The 190 survey respondents represented 26 countries and 5 continents, with 77% of participants coming from academia rather than practitioners. Among the emerging themes were calls for a wider scope of research from information science to be reflected in the publications (including JASIS&T and the ASIS&T Proceedings), and ongoing challenges in the role of the Bulletin as a bridge between research and practice. The study provides insights into the scholarly publishing practices of the ASIS&T community and highlights key issues for the future direction of ASIS&T’s scholarly communication.

How Can Professional Associations Continue to Stay Relevant? Knowledge Management to the Rescue

Naresh Kumar Agarwal1, Md Anwarul Islam2
1Simmons College, United States of America; 2Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan


Professional associations across various fields have largely been struggling to stay relevant. Many have been watching a steady decline in membership numbers over the years. In many cases, members who join do not renew their membership. Existing members complain about the association not giving enough value for their membership dues. While the association does all the right things that it has been doing for the years since its existence, there is often a gap in what a changing membership base or potential audience for membership demands and what the association is able to deliver. In such a scenario, what must associations do to change the tide, to continue to stay relevant, to stem the decline, and to attract new members, and retain the ones they have? Using literature from knowledge management (KM), especially Agarwal & Marouf (2014)’s KM adoption framework, Nonaka & Takeuchi (1995)’s SECI model, and Agarwal & Islam (2014)’s KM Tools framework, and a study of the websites of professional associations in library and information science, this paper proposes a thriving KM strategy as a way for professional associations to not just survive, but to thrive. The ideas presented would be relevant to the leadership of professional associations.

Enhancing Lives through Information and Technology: Watson Davis’ Project for Information Organisation and Dissemination

Luciana Corts Mendes
University of São Paulo, Brazil


This paper gives a summary of the activities of Watson Davis (1896–1967) during the first half of the 20th century in the area of information organisation and dissemination. Starting from Davis’s views on the purpose of information, the paper subsequently describes his projects for the establishment of “one big library”, the Auxiliary Publication Service, “one big journal”, and the “world brain”. Considering Davis as a member of the Special Libraries and Documentation Movement, his connections with its other members are explored. Subsequently, Davis’s ideas are analysed and his legacy to Information Science investigated. The paper argues that Davis is an important link between Information Science and its predecessor Documentation, and therefore that he deserves to be subject of deeper research.