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The Institute of Information Scientists had a quite remarkable history, one that has hitherto not been properly recorded to the depth that it deserves.

The Institute of Information Science (IIS) existed for 45 years during which three generations of information professionals formed its membership, and the information science and management field was transformed. During its lifetime the IIS developed from its beginning in campaigns for educational standards and programmes to become an internationally recognised professional body.

This History of the Institute of Information Scientists has been compiled by Sandra Ward and Martin White, supported by Charles Oppenheim. The authors dug through their personal collections and found copies of Inform (the Institute’s newsletter), Annual Reports which include reports of AGMs, Council and Committee Members and reports from Branches and SIGs. They also had a copy of the Memorandum of Association of the IIS as amended in 1980. Searches of the BNB and the British Library’s collections identified IIS and Text Retrieval Conference Proceedings. The British Library (BL) also holds copies of the Bulletin, Information Scientist and Inform. These collections were not visited during the writing of this History due to the 2020 Lockdown.

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