Thirty Years of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 1975-2005
A Historical Note
written for The 30th Anniversary of NJ-ASIS&T
This history was researched and written by Ellen Pozzi. Marija Dalbello
provided the organizing framework and conceptual guidance and some writing
for this anniversary edition.
Completed: February 4, 2006. Revised: March 4, 2006.
The New Jersey chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) was founded in 1975 through the efforts of a number of individuals who were interested in having a local chapter and a regional presence for information science community of New Jersey. According to three of the founding members, Don King, Roger Smith, and Leny Struminger, this was in part for geographic reasons. The burgeoning number of New Jersey members considered the commute to meetings organized by the nearest chapter in New York to be too difficult. Roger Smith (one of the early chapter chairs and a founding member), in an interview conducted in 2004 recollects: “There was a lot of enthusiasm for having a separate New Jersey chapter among a lot of the New Jersey people. … They thought [ASIS] was a good organization, but didn’t like the hassle of going into the city” (Oral communication, November 23, 2004).