Sponsors of the Conference: National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, American Documentation Institute, National Research Council
The launch of Sputnik caused a flurry of governmental activity in science information. The 1958 International Conference on Scientific Information (ICSI) was held in Washington from Nov.16-21 1958 and sponsored by NSF, NAS, and American Documentation Institute, the predecessor to the American Society for Information Science. In 1959, 20,000 copies of the two volume proceedings were published by NAS and included 75 papers (1600 pages) by dozens of pioneers from seven areas such as:
Literature and reference needs of scientists
Function and effectiveness of A & I services
Effectiveness of Monographs, Compendia, and Specialized Centers
Organization of information for storage and search: comparative characteristics of existing systems
Organization of information for storage and retrospective search: intellectual problems and equipment considerations
Organization of information for storage and retrospective search: possibility for a general theory
Responsibilities of Government, Societies, Universities, and industry for improved information services and research.
It is now an out of print classic in the field of science information studies.
National Research Council. Proceedings of the International Conference on Scientific Information -- Two Volumes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1959.