The American Society for Information Sciences is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the field of information science and technology. Known today as the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), the organization promotes research, education, and professional development in the field. It sponsors conferences and events, publishes scholarly journals and books, and provides a wide range of resources and services to its members. There are also various geographically-defined chapters to encourage communication among members, as well as student chapters to foster fellowship and create informal contacts.
ASIS&T was founded in 1937 as the American Documentation Institute (ADI), with the mission of promoting the effective communication and dissemination of scientific and technical information. The organization was originally focused on the development of documentation systems for scientific and technical literature.
In 1968, the organization was renamed the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), reflecting its broader focus on the study of information science as a field. The name was again updated in 2000 to the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), due to the growth of online databases. ASIS&T established an international presence in 2000 by opening a chapter in Europe, and later expanded further to include chapters in Asia and Africa.
In 2013, ASIS&T changed its name again to the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), to better reflect the evolving nature of the field and the organization's global focus.
Over the years, ASIS&T has played a leading role in shaping the field of information science and technology, through its publications, conferences, and professional development programs. It has also been involved in the development of standards and guidelines for information management and retrieval.