Between 1979 and 1988, the presidents were James M. Cretsos (1979), Herbert B. Landau (1980), Mary C. Berger (1981), Ruth L. Tighe (1982), Charles H. Davis (1982-83), Donald W. King (1984), Bonnie C. Carroll (1985), Julie A. C. Virgo (1986), Thomas H. Hogan (1987), and Martha E. Williams (1988). In that time period, the number of databases increased from approximately 400 to approximately 4,000. In 1988, ASIS celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation.
In the 1980s, electronic bulletin boards (BBSs) became increasingly significant to the profession and society at large. The Potomac Valley Chapter of ASIS formed a BBS. CompuServe, a commercial BBS that was the largest database retrieval service, reached 300,000 customers by the end of the decade.
In 1974, ASIS chartered the Northern European Chapter. Nineteen years later, the European Chapter of ASIS was chartered and absorbed the Northern European Chapter. Today, ASIS&T has fifty-six chapters worldwide.
The presidents of the ASIS Board of Trustees between 1989 and 2000 were W. David Penniman (1989), Toni Carbo (1990), Tefko Saracevic (1991), Ann E. Prentice (1992), Jose-Marie Griffiths (1993), Marjorie M.K. Hlava (1994), James Rush (1995), Clifford Lynch (1996), Debora Shaw (1997), Michael Buckland (1998), Candy Schwartz (1999), and the aforementioned Eugene Garfield. In 2000, the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) changed its name to the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T).
The presidents between 2001 and 2011 were Joseph Busch (2001), Donald H. Kraft (2002), Trudi Bellardo Hahn (2003), Samantha Hastings (2004), Nicholas Belkin (2005), Michael Leach (2006), Edie Rasmussen (2007), Nancy Roderer (2008), Donald O. Case (2009), Gary Marchionini (2010), and Linda C. Smith (2011). Diane H. Sonnenwald is the ASIS&T President (2012).
At the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, held in Baltimore from the 26th to the 30th of October, the organization celebrated its 75th anniversary. The theme of the meeting was “Information, Interaction, Innovation.” W. Boyd Rayward, Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, was the keynote speaker at the event “History of ASIS&T and Information Science and Technology Worldwide.”
For the 75th anniversary, ASIS digitized Irene S. Farkas-Conn’s book, From Documentation to Information Science. Henry Bruce is the President-Elect 2013.