Glittering in the dark: Memory, culture, and critique in light of the history of information

Kathryn La Barre, Michael K. Buckland, Sachi Arafat

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An ethical and human-centered approach to Information Science requires rigorous, historically-informed analysis of both the resources that inform this discipline and the cultural role it inhabits. This session will present and discuss significant recent developments in the history and foundations of the field. ASIST has formally established a new volunteer administrative position of ASIST Curator. Kathryn La Barre, the newly-appointed Curator, will describe the role and responsibilities of this position and assess the state of Information Science history in relation to the conference themes. In two complementary reports: Michael Buckland will examine theoretical accounts of the materials made use of in Information Science; and Sachi Arafat will explain why Information Retrieval and Information Science should be integrated and rethought as a science of technology-mediated experience, and how this new kind of science relates to the pre-modern memory arts tradition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • ASIS&T Curator
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Science
  • Robert Pagès
  • Technology-mediated experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Library and Information Sciences


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