Pre-Conference on the History of ASIST and Information Science and Technology Worldwide

Call for Papers (Revised 1/27/2012)

The 75th Anniversary Task Force of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) announces a call for papers for the 2012 Pre-Conference on the history of ASIST and the history of information science and technology worldwide. The Pre-Conference will be held immediately prior to the 2012 Annual Meeting of ASIST, Oct. 26-31, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland.

This conference will explore the 75 year history of ASIST and the longer history of information science and technology worldwide. Abstracts of papers (maximum 1,000 words) not previously published or submitted elsewhere should be submitted by March  1, 2012 and authors of tentatively accepted papers will be promptly notified. Full acceptance of papers will be based on receipt of the complete paper, which should be received no later than June 1, 2012. Alternative presentations, such as videos, posters, exhibits, and demonstration of historical information technologies, are also encouraged.  All submissions will be refereed by a panel of experts and all accepted papers will be published as a Web-based publication prior to the conference. Submissions by students and authors outside the U.S. are particularly encouraged.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

--The development of the foundational ideas and theories of information science and its earlier name, documentation.

--What forces contributed to shaping the research agenda and scope of the field of information science worldwide over the past 75 years and how will they evolve over the next 75 years.

--The major researchers and developers of the ideas, practices, and theories in information science and closely related fields of study. 

--The evolution of the multifaceted and multiple-named field referred to as information science with a focus on what the past says about the future of information science research and development.

--Treatment of the origin and evolution of information science ideas and practices specific to an individual country.

--The historical contexts of major technological innovations and the impacts they have had on societies, organizations, governments, or individuals worldwide.

--The development of ASIST (and its predecessors, the American Documentation Institute, the American Society for Information Science) as a professional organization and scholarly society in context with its times, relationships with competing or affiliated organizations, major contributions and influences on the study of information science worldwide, forces shaping the research agenda and scope of the field, roles and contributions of specific individuals or groups within and outside of ASIST, and related issues.

--The role of government (nationally or internationally) in influencing the development of information science and technology, with particular attention to the support of research and development of information policies.

-- The development of information science education and its relationships with other fields of study, such as Library Science, Informatics, Archival Science, Museum Studies, and related specializations (such as information ethics, information architecture, geographic information systems or medical informatics).

For more information and questions about this call for papers contact Robert V. Williams at [log in to unmask] or call 803-777-2324.

Submit abstract (maximum of 1,000 words) electronically to the following site, completing the required contact information: