Martha E. Williams: Pioneer Information Scientist and Online Industry Guru

Linda C. Smith, Carol Tenopir

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Martha E. Williams (1934-2007) defined herself early in her career as an information scientist, joining the American Documentation Institute in 1958. This article explores her multifaceted contributions to shaping the field over more than four decades. Emphasis is on three spheres in which she had the greatest impact: her research in information retrieval, her work as editor of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology and president of the American Society for Information Science, and her activities related to the online database industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-209
Number of pages25
JournalLibraries and the Cultural Record
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • History
  • Library and Information Sciences


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