Association for Information Science & Technology : asist.org
SIG HFIS is a Special Interest Group of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). To join SIG HFIS 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 one 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 activities. 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
ASIST History Fund
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:
Research Paper Award
An award of $500 for the best unpublished paper on information history received by the committee.
An award of a maximum of $1,000 will be awarded for the best research proposal submitted to the committee.
Information & Culture: A Journal of History
ASIS&T SIG HFIS has accepted an invitation to have a representative on the editorial board of Libraries & the Cultural Record; note that the journal’s name changed to Information & Culture: A Journal of History in January 2012 (see website). 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 (2011). See also http://sentra.ischool.utexas.edu/~lcr/about/editors.php
As an ASIS&T SIG, SIG HFIS 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.