Meet the Leaders

     The purpose of this project is to identify and document the work of the pioneers and leaders of information science and technology worldwide. Documenting their work includes the following types of documentation: oral history interviews, identification of where their professional papers are located, a summary of their significant publications, and a brief resume/vita.

       The rights to the documentations are released by the pioneers/leaders. The documents are then put on the website by graduate students at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science (USC SLIS) in the SLIS 725 class. Ultimately, all documentation related to the pioneers/leaders will be deposited in the ASIS&T archives at the University of Michigan Library Special Collections.

       This project is sponsored by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) under the guidance of the Special Interest Group, History and Foundations of Information Science (SIG/HFIS) and the 75th Anniversary Task Force of ASIS&T. Funding for the project is done by ASIS&T and USC SLIS.

About Our Sponsors and Funders


  •  ASIS&T brings together information professionals leading the search for new  and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. ASIS&T encourages and supports personal and professional growth through opportunities for members to extend their knowledge and skills, develop and use professional networks, pursue career development goals and assume leadership roles in the Association and in the information community. To achieve these goals, ASIS&T edits, publishes, and disseminates publications concerning research and development; convenes annual meetings providing a forum for papers, discussions, and major policy statements.


  •   SIG/HFIS encourages and supports work on the history and theoretical development of information science. It serves as a forum for the interaction of all fields of study that have the potential for increasing understanding of the history, theories, fundamental concepts, and models of information science.


  • USC SLIS is a part of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies and one of the nation’s youngest and most distinguished schools of library and information science education.


To learn more about ASIS&T, SIG/HFIS, and USC SLIS visit their websites at: