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Can the Research Presented at the Annual Conference Help to Define the Association? An Exploratory Study

Maureen L. Mackenzie, Ph.D.

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


A professional association can be defined by its membership, its mission and a variety of different offerings, services, characteristics and attributes. One such characteristic is the research that is presented at the annual conference and published in the proceedings. The intent of this paper is to explore whether there has been a change in the basic research presented and published at the ASIS&T annual conference since the associationís name change in 2000. Is more empirical research being presented? Has there been any measurable shift from theoretical to empirical? The results reveal that a shift has started to take place.

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