Editor's Summary

With overwhelming support for the proposed name change to the Association for Information Science & Technology, the Society is pursuing implementation efforts. Updating a name is one in a range of changes many professional societies are undergoing, as observed at the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) annual meeting in December 2012. Two shared concerns were evident. In response to dwindling publication revenues that threaten each organization's fiscal stability, a consortium approach was proposed that would handle the mechanics of publishing and provide negotiating strength and capacity through numbers. Attendees also discussed predatory practices in conference organization, with similarly named alternative conventions timed to compete with established conferences. The ambiguity creates confusion and can divert presenters and attendees from recognized top-tier meetings. A key lesson from the CSSP meeting was the need to build relationships with other societies and the disciplines affected by information science and technology.