[Asis-l] Ceasing publication of ARIST

nicholas belkin belkin at rutgers.edu
Thu Apr 1 10:36:52 EDT 2010

I think that Michel's suggestion is very good, and hope that perhaps the 
board, either in collaboration with other organizations, or on its own, 
can find a way to keep ARIST going in an electronic form.


M.J. Menou wrote:
> Having been, like many of us, brought up on ARIST, from the early 
> Carlos time, I share the uneasy feeling and nostalgia expressed by 
> Nick and Bahaa.
> Yet, good old times are gone.
> Rather than seeking to revisit the decision process, with the secret 
> hope of possibly reversing it, should not we concentrate our efforts 
> at envisioning what a "New ARIST" could be and how to make it a 
> reality in tomorrow's world?
> Since ARIST was the treasure of the information sciences community 
> worldwide, it would be appropriate for this effort to be carried out 
> jointly with national and international scholarly societies active in 
> the broad field of information sciences.
> Michel Menou
> nicholas belkin wrote:
>> The value of ARIST to the ASIST and general scholarly community is 
>> immense. It is not only a tool for keeping current, for many 
>> different constituencies and purposes, but also an invaluable 
>> historical record. I have difficulty in believing that the general 
>> value of ARIST was properly weighed against what I assume to have 
>> been a financial cost. In particular, since the viability of an 
>> electronic version of ARIST appears to have been supported, I think 
>> that it would be appropriate for those who took this decision to 
>> explain precisely why it was taken, and why electronic publication 
>> was decided against.
>> Nicholas J. Belkin
>> Past President,   ASIST

Nicholas J. Belkin
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