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All ICIS Proceedings Now in the eLibrary

Monday, March 16, 2015  

We are placed to announce that 14 years of early ICIS Proceedings -- from 1980 (the first year of the conference) through 1993 -- have been scanned and added to the eLibrary.  Most of the 674 articles in these early proceedings were not previously available in digital form anywhere, unless they had been republished in a book or journal. Thus, most of these articles were previously lost to anyone who did not have a copy of the paper proceedings. The ICIS proceedings archive is now complete.

Many years ago, when we first populated the eLibrary with available content, we did not have digital copies of these proceedings, nor did we have the funds to digitize the old paper copies of them. Fortunately, the digitizing task is easier and cheaper than ever and Professor Burt Swanson of UCLA was willing to donate his paper copies of these back issues of the ICIS proceedings to be sacrificed in the scanning process.

Now, papers in the early ICIS proceedings will be more widely available, not just to those whose libraries purchased paper copies and still have them. Early ICIS papers may be of particular interest to both Ph.D. students and historians. To quote G. Santayana (The Life of Reason: Vol 1: Reason and Common Sense, 1905):  "Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness...when experience is not retained, ... infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

We challenge you to browse some of the early ICIS proceedings and see if you can find a paper that is relevant to your current research.  It won't be hard, we promise you!

Cynthia Beath, AIS VP Meetings and Conferences
Virpi Tuunainen, AIS VP Publications

Burt Swanson, Professor Emeritus, UCLA

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