The Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information is a 501 c 3 non-profit Association of science and technology libraries and information programs. It was originally established in January 1992 as The Library Services Alliance of New Mexico. In 1999 the Association changed its name to reflect the broadening geographic and philosophical scope of its membership.
From its inception, AISTI has focused on scientific and technical information and the best way to provide that information to the researchers of the members' primary communities.
AISTI offers several types of membership. For futher information please see the criteria for membership, obligations, and benefits.
Full Membership is open to libraries and information programs in not-for-profit sci-tech organizations worldwide. Organizations are expected to have significant collections and sufficient resources to participate in AISTI projects, as well as expertise, products and resources that will advance AISTI goals. Full Members hold a seat on the board of directors, participate in the governance and direction of AISTI, actively participate in projects, attend educational programs and quarterly forums, and may participate in group licenses.
Collaborative Membership is open to libraries and information programs in not-for-profit and for-profit sci-tech organizations. Organizations are expected to have significant collections and sufficient resources to participate in AISTI projects, as well as expertise, products and resources that will advance AISTI goals. Collaborative Members participate in quarterly forums, projects, educational programs, and may participate in group licenses.
Associate Membership is open to all libraries and information programs in not-for-profit sci-tech organizations that do not meet criteria for full or collaborative membership. Associate members may participate in educational programs and group licenses.
Budapest Open Access Initiative - A call for the adoption of open access business models for scholarly communication. See the February 2002 Newsletter for an important series of articles on open access.
CrossRef: The Central Source for Reference Linking - A collaborative reference linking service -- through which a researcher can click on a reference citation in a journal and immediately access the cited article.
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) - An organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.
Faculty of 1000 - A new online research tool that highlights the most interesting papers in biology, based on the recommendations of over 1000 leading scientists.
International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) - An informal, self-organized group comprising over150 library consortia from around the world. The Coalition serves primarily higher education institutions by facilitating discussion among consortia on issues of common interest.
Guidelines for Statistical Measures of Usage of Web-based information resources Statement of current perspective and preferred practices for the selection and purchase of electronic information International Scholarly Communications Alliance - The ISCA members, represented by over 600 research libraries worldwide, engage in a series of activities that focus the scholarly publishing process on the primary goals of the academic research community, advancing the discovery of new knowledge and facilitating its dissemination.
Machine Aided Indexing - Machine Aided Indexing (MAI) was originally developed by CASI as an aid to indexing technical literature for the NASA STI Database. The new web-based application was designed to provide authors, editors, information analysts, and others with a convenient, fully interactive tool for determining the subject content of documents, and identifying keywords and terms for various uses.
Open Archives Initiative - OAI develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. OAI has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication.
Open Archives Forum- Europe-based focus for dissemination of information about European activity related to open archives and, in particular, to the Open Archives Initiative.
Open Digital Libraries Project - A research project at Virginia Tech investigating the building of digital libraries as networks of independent components, with inter-component communication based on the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting and extenstions thereof.
The Scholary Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - An alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations built as a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system.
The Transition from Paper: Where Are We Going and How Will We Get There? - An on-line book by R. Stephen Berry, University of Chicago, and Anne Simon Moffat, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Midwest Center.
The following services are offered to AISTI members
The Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information was originally established as the Library Services Alliance of New Mexico in January 1992. In 1999 the organization changed its name to reflect the broadening geographic and philosophical scope of its membership.
From its inception, AISTI has focused on scientific and technical information and the best way to provide that information to the researchers of the members' primary communities. Our Board of Directors are committed to innovation in the field of library science and each have implemented cutting edge processes in their organizations.