The New Jersey Chapter of American Society for Information Science (ASIS) was founded in 1975 as a chapter of the national ASIS group. Known first as the Central New Jersey Chapter, it then became New Jersey ASIS, approved by the Chapter Assembly and the Board at the May ASIS Mid-Year Meeting in Lexington, KY in 1984. The area it covered remained the same. In 1990 the national organization changed its name to the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and so did its chapters, including the New Jersey one. The “Key Words” has been the New Jersey Chapter’s official newsletter since September 1984.
NJ ASIS&T contributes to the advancement of information science by organizing lectures, workshops, conferences and meetings. One of the Chapter’s many outreach activities was to sponsor the membership of a librarian in Africa. In addition to programs sponsored annually by NJ ASIS&T, the Chapter is endowed with a fund to be used to support the award of Distinguished Lecturer to an outstanding member of the information science community. Sponsored by the national organization, the Chapter Development fund was awarded to the chapter in 2004 to support a membership drive, establishing a record of the society’s archives and initiate an oral history project.
NJ ASIS&T makes efforts to secure corporate sponsorship for its various programs. Sponsors have included Pro Libra, Information Express, The Princeton – Trenton Chapter of Special Libraries Association, the NJ Chapter of Special Libraries Association, Rutgers University Libraries, and Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies (SCILS).
New Jersey Association of Information Science and Technology (NJ-ASIS&T) is a chapter of the national ASIS&T group. The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is a nonprofit professional association organized for scientific, literary and educational purposes and dedicated to the creation, organization, dissemination and application of knowledge concerning information and its transfer. Founded in the mid-1930s, ASIS&T has a history which stems from the earliest days of the modern era of documentation.¹
ASIS&T contributes to the advancement of information science through its publications, continuing education, career services, conferences and meetings and special interest groups.
- Publications. These include the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the ASIS&T Handbook and Directory. Various other monographs and edited collections are also available from ASIS&T.
- Continuing Education. Courses are held at the Annual and Mid-Year Meetings and in regional locations. These courses are designed for people with varying degrees of knowledge and target some of the most up-to-date topics and applications around.
- Career Services. This service is made up of ASIS&T Jobline, a monthly publication containing relevant jobs across the country and the ASIS&T Placement Service which operates at the ASIS&T Annual meeting.
- Conferences and Meetings. ASIS&T sponsors two of the most highly reported meetings in the field of information science. The Annual is held during the autumn, while the Mid-Year meeting is held during the late Spring. The current dates of the meetings can be found in the Events section of this web site. More extensive information on the meetings, including a schedule of events, registration and accommodation information can be found at the Conference section of the ASIS&T web site.
- Special Interest Groups. Special Interest Groups (SIGS) include automated language processing; computerized retrieval services; human-computer interaction; information analysis and evaluation; visualization, images and sound. This is an incomplete listing of the SIGS available through ASIS&T. A more detailed listing can be found in the SIG section of the ASIS&T web site.
Membership into ASIS&T is very affordable and includes multiple benefits. Interested parties are referred to the NJ-ASIS&T membership page for more information on becoming a member.
¹Schultz, Claire K., and Garwig, Paul L. (April 1969) “History of the American Documentation Institute – A Sketch,” American Documentation, v.20, pp. 152-160.
¹Schultz, Claire K. (March 1976) “ASIS: Notes on its Founding and Development.” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, v.2, no.8, pp. 49-51.