The ASIST 75th Anniversary History Preconference

The History of ASIST and Information Science and Technology Worldwide

Saturday, October 27, 8:15 am - 6:30 pm


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8:15-8:30          Introduction to the History Preconference

                                                Toni Carbo (Drexel University) and Robert Williams (University of South                                                                                        Carolina) Co-Chairs, 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force

8:30-10:00           Theme 1: Development of ASIST

The Fortuitous Confluence of the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Information Science & Technology, and Information Science

Trudi Bellardo Hahn (Drexel University) and Diane L. Barlow (University of Maryland)

“Speaking Volumes”: Cuadra, Williams, Cronin and the Evolution of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology

                                Linda C. Smith (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champagne) 

Remixing ADI/ASIST Conference History: Some Panels SIG-DL Wishes We Could Have Convened (And Some That We Did!), 1937–2012

                Betsy Van der Veer Martens and June Abbas (University of Oklahoma)

10:00-10:30         Coffee Break

10:30-12:30         Theme 2: Evolution of the Field of Information Science and Technology

Where is Archival Science in the History of Information Science? A Speculative Framework

                                Richard  J. Cox (University of Pittsburgh)

                Research on Relevance in Information science: A Historical Perspective

                                Tefko Saracevic (Rutgers University)

Making Sense of Sense-Making: Tracing the History and Development of Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology

Naresh Kumar Agarwal (Simmons College)

On the Origins and Development of Information Sciences as an Academic and Research Field in Croatia

Franjo Pehar and Tatjana Aparac-Jelusic (University of Zadar, Croatia)


                Whither Information Science in France?

                                Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan (Jean Moulin University - Lyon3, France)

12:30-1:30           Lunch and Keynote Presentation


                                (Title to be announced)

                                                W. Boyd Rayward (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Presentation                                           Sponsored by ASIS&T Special Group on International Information Issues (SIG III)


1:30-3:30              Theme 3: Historical Contexts of Technology Innovations and Impacts

                Lodewyk Bendikson and Photographic Techniques in Documentation, 1910 – 1943

                                Michael Buckland (University of California-Berkeley)

                                The rise and fall of Information Science at Lehigh University, 1962-1973

                                                Donald Hillman (Lehigh University)


                How Binary Became Ubiquitous

                                                Karen Miller (University of South Carolina)


Bancroft Gherardi and the Monopoly Bell System: Pioneers in Information Technology Standardization

                                Andrew L. Russell (Stevens Institute of Technology)


The Evolution of Access Rights to Digital Legal Information: A Case Study

                                                Xiaohua Zhu (University of Tennessee)

3:30-5:30              Theme 4: Development of Foundational Ideas and Theories in Information Science

                Pioneers of Information Science in Europe: The Œuvre of Norbert Henrichs

Katherina Hauk and Wolfgang G. Stock (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf,



                                The ‘Term’ in the Classifier’s Garden Or: Dog, Man, Bites and Dollars

                                                Colin Burke (University of Maryland, Baltimore)


The Dutch Connection: Donker Duyvis and Perceptions of American and European Decimal Classification Systems in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Charles van den Heuvel( Huygens ING – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)


Second Wind: The Two-Stage Citation History of “Networks of Science” (Price, 1965)

                                                Katherine W. McCain (Drexel University)


Constructing Documentary Meaning: French Approach to Documentation Theory

Caroline Courbieres (Université de Toulouse, France), 

5:30-6:30              The History Pre-Conference Post Conference Reception