Under the leadership of Robert V. Williams and Boyd Rayward the History of Information Science and Technology Fund was approved by the ASIS&T directors in 2000. It has been supported with royalties from several books and by further donations. The purpose of the fund is to support and encourage research and publication in the history of Information Science and Technology. In 2007 the amount of the fund passed $10,000 making its income available for support of the SIG's activities. In 2009 a further matching grant from Eugene Garfield brought the total to around $18,000. Contributions to the fund would qualify for tax-deductible contributions as a result of the ASIS 501-c-3 status.
The fund is being used to support two new initiatives:
An award of $500 for the best unpublished paper on information history received by the committee.
ASIS&T SIG HFIS has accepted an invitation to have a representative on the editorial board of Libraries & the Cultural Record. The representative will normally be the current Chair of SIG HFIS, and, accordingly, the first representative is Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See also http://sentra.ischool.utexas.edu/~lcr/about/editors.php. Note: in January 2012 the journal's name will change to Information & Culture: A Journal of History.
As an ASIS&T SIG, SIGHFIS organizes and sponsors sessions for the annual meeting of the society. If you are interested in taking part in such a session or organizing one please contact the SIG chair. The meetings are held in the fall, but deadlines are around January so it is necessary to plan well ahead. Sessions held in previous meetings can be seen here.
SIGHFIS is a Special Interest Group of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). To join SIGHFIS you should select it as one of your SIGS when joining ASIS&T or renewing your membership. Note that ASIS&T no longer charges an additional fee to join more than more SIG.
ASIS&T administers an email list, SIGHFIS-L (firstname.lastname@example.org), for the benefit of people with an interest in the SIG and its acitvities. SIG members are not automatically enrolled in the list. To join the list or view its archives go to http://mail.asis.org/mailman/listinfo/sighfis-l.
The current SIG Bylaws are here. There are based on the ASIS&T model SIG bylaws.