Magazine article Information Today

ASIS: A Unique Experience

Magazine article Information Today

ASIS: A Unique Experience

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In late October the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) convened in Washington, DC. Never having attended this meeting before I thought it was time to see who and what it is all about.

The only way I can describe it is unique. I found everything I had always expected to find at the annual Information Industry Association Conferences and never did. The ASIS program offered sessions on every segment of the information industry.

The diversity of the program can probably be explained by the diversity of the ASIS membership. ASIS' 4,000 members range from information systems developers, online professionals, and information resource managers to librarians and record managers.

Along with a full program of contributed papers the meetings offered plenary sessions, special sessions, workshops, SIG (Special Interest Group) sessions, and a small but lively exhibit. The exhibit itself was as diversified as the program, an interesting mix of book publishers, CD-ROM products, online systems vendors, library automation systems, document delivery services, and electronic journals.

Obviously, it is impossible to cover, in this column, every session that was presented. So, I would like to share with you an overview of two sessions that covered topics you usually don't find at industry conferences.

"Information Science Before 1945" supplied attendees with more insight into the history of the information industry than can be found at the Smithsonian's "Information Age" exhibit. …

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