Terms and Conditions

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines


By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions, shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to Member Services via the Contact Us link on this site. Technical questions should be directed to our community helpdesk.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, please contact member services at membership@asist.org or call at (301) 495-0900.


Be Respectful — Discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversations not create contention. Feel free to disagree with others, but be respectful of their opinions. Respond to the subject and not to the person. Insults, threats, or personal attacks will not be tolerated.

Be Yourself  — You are responsible for anything posted under your name. 

Keep It Clean — All offensive, profane, vulgar, threatening, abusive, sexist, racist, other discriminatory, or derogatory comments or images are strictly prohibited. Such communications may be removed at the moderator's discretion. This caution is intended to maintain the professional decorum of these forums and reduce potential liability risks for participants and ASIS&T.

Think Before You Post — Be aware that information posted online through ASIS&T Community is available to anyone, do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. This includes critical comments you may make about people, companies, or products.

Forwarding — We know we cannot apply the Vegas rules - "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas", but forwarding messages outside the community is frowned upon and against the spirit of these forums.

No Spam — Spamming and trolling on ASIS&T Community will not be allowed, this includes using the forum email and private message (PM) system to spam other members. If you receive PM spam, please email it to

Advertising — Do not advertise or promote any products, services, or events not affiliated with or officially sponsored by ASIS&T. This includes referrals and invites to join other message boards or communities, or any promotion to a website with intent to siphon traffic or make a profit. ASIS&T offers
advertising opportunities through other mediums, but not on the ASIS&T Community.

Calls for Proposals — Calls for proposals for meetings and publications other than those hosted/produced by ASIS&T may be shared in SIG community discussions but may not be shared on the ASIS&T Open Forum.

Surveys — The ASIS&T Community cannot be used to conduct surveys of the ASIS&T Membership. Please contact ASIS&T Headquarters if you are interested in surveying the ASIS&T membership.

No Posts About Fees Etc. — Do not discuss your fees, charges, amounts you are reimbursed by third party payors, salaries you pay your employees, prices for tools or services, or any other similar fee or price-related to information science matters. You should also avoid discussions that could be interpreted as planning or facilitating joint responses to or group boycotts of particular platforms or companies that sell products or services to you or your colleagues. Such discussions may implicate and/or violate federal and/or state antitrust laws.

No Posting of Copyrighted Material — Do not post any materials or photos that may have copyright protection or otherwise violate the rights of third parties without permission from the copyright holder. You may include links to such materials on other websites, as long as the materials are properly/legally posted on those websites. When in doubt, do not post or contact member services before posting.


Stay on Topic — To ensure the maximum benefit for all involved, only post information relevant to a group's forum. Keep subject titles as concise as possible to help aid fellow members' search.

Be Honest — Do not use the discussion boards to misrepresent yourself. Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. If you include a profile picture, include one of your likeness and not one of your company's logo.

Keep it Useful — Use a meaningful title for your discussion posts to help other members. Do not post empty responses. Only post responses when you have something to contribute. If you want to thank someone, please use the “Reply to Sender” link.


This site is provided as a service for the members of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). Except when specifically noted, any views or opinions expressed on the ASIS&T Community forums, blogs, or member-contributed resources, are those of the individual contributors. The views and posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the ASIS&T. ASIS&T aims to provide quality and accurate information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to on the Community site.

Considering the real-time nature of the discussion forums, it is impossible for us to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted before it appears on the forums. ASIS&T does not vouch for, or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. We cannot ensure prompt removal of offending posts.

In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to delete posts and suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

ASIS&T specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that result from postings by participants. Although the forums may include links providing direct access to other websites, ASIS&T has not participated in the development of these other sites and does not exert any editorial, or other, control over them. Any hypertext links and any reference to any products, services, or other information by trade name, trademark, supplier, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by ASIS&T. ASIS&T expressly disclaims liability related to the accuracy and content of other sites and use of any products or services referenced in any posting or any linked site.

Participants who post materials on this site (including but not limited to papers, presentations, images, and videos, etc.) shall retain their rights to such materials with the understanding that the materials are being posted for educational purposes and may be reproduced, retransmitted, or reprinted for other participants’ own personal use. As noted above, participants should refrain from posting such materials unless they own the copyright or have authority or permission from the copyright holder to do so. Such posting participants shall be wholly responsible for and shall hold ASIS&T harmless from the inappropriate use of copyrighted material they post on this site.

ASIS&T owns all right, title, and interest in any and all materials posted on this site that have been created by ASIS&T and are subject to copyrights owned by ASIS&T unless indicated otherwise. ASIS&T hereby provides limited permission for users of this site to reproduce, re-transmit, or reprint, for such user's personal use only, part or all of any document on this site. All other reproduction, re-transmission, or reprinting of all or part of any document found on this site is expressly prohibited, unless ASIS&T has expressly granted its prior consent to so reproduce, re-transmit, or reprint the material. All other rights are reserved.

All information collected from ASIS&T members will be used solely for membership purposes and will not be disclosed to third-parties without the express written consent from the member.

If you see what you believe is a violation of these rules in any of the ASIS&T Community forums, please notify ASIS&T staff immediately by e-mailing