HISTORY

Real activity of ISKO in Poland was initiated by the First European ISKO Conference (14-16 September 1994, Bratislava, Slovakia). The conference was organized by The National Slovak ISKO Chapter, the ISKO General Secretariat and Infoterm, Vienna in cooperation with The International Society for Knowledge Organization. The following participants came from Poland: Ewa Chmielewska-Gorczyca, PhD (LIS Institute, Warsaw University), professor Henryk Rybiński (Faculty of Electronics, Warsaw University of Technology), Sylwia Ramotowska (Institute of Environmental Protection in Warsaw) and Krystyna Siwek (The Information Processing Centre in Warsaw). During the conference, the President of ISKO (1989-1996) Ingetraut Dahlberg, PhD invited Polish participants to ISKO and suggested establishing Polish chapter and organizing Polish national ISKO conference. The conference was in fact organized in 1995 under the title Compatibility and Integration of Order Systems (Research Seminar of the TIP/ISKO Meeting Warsaw, 13-15 September 1995). It was organized in cooperation with Society for Professional Information and Polish Librarians Association and gathered about 60 participants. From the very beginning of ISKO, professor Eugeniusz Ścibor (1929-2003) and editor Zygmunt Stoberski (1916-2006) were among its honorary members. Professor Ścibor was also a real member of the Editorial Board (as the consulting editor) of "Knowledge Organization" (1989?-1996)

Apart from the four participants of the conference in Bratislava, 6 other Polish scientists declared membership in ISKO before the Warsaw conference mentioned above: Wiesław Babik, PhD (Polish Academy of Sciences, The Centre for Scientific Information in Kraków), Lucyna A. Bielicka (Institute for Scientific Technical and Economic Information in Warsaw), Katarzyna Materska, PhD (LIS Institute, Warsaw University), professor Mieczysław Muraszkiewicz (LIS Institute, Warsaw University), Barbara Sosińska-Kalata, PhD (LIS Institute, Warsaw University) and Jadwiga Woźniak, PhD (LIS Institute, Warsaw University). Wiesław Gliński (LIS Institute, Warsaw University) and Paweł Gierycz (The Information Processing Centre in Warsaw) were members later. In the years 1994-2005 there were 13 members (11 individual + 2 honorary) of ISKO in Poland (including 10 from Warsaw and 1 from Cracow) and 2 organizations e.g. institutional members: Society for Professional Information (TIP) and Institute of Environmental Protection in Warsaw (IOS).

Since the beginning of 1995 Krystyna Siwek (The Information Processing Centre in Warsaw) was the national ISKO coordinator in Poland. Polish members of ISKO took part in a few international ISKO conferences: 1990 - Darmstadt (Germany), 1994 - Bratislava (Slovakia), 1998 - Lille (France), 2006 - Vienna (Austria). But except for ISKO Seminar in Warsaw in 1995 no other meetings were organized in Poland till very recently. However, Polish members of ISKO met regularly during other scientific and professional conferences and meetings in Poland.

In May 2006 a new Polish coordinator was elected - professor Wiesław Babik from the Institute of Information and Library Science of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. In the same year hitherto Polish ISKO members were verified and some actions to attract new members were undertaken. At the end of that year the number of ISKO members in Poland increased significantly to 23 (including 9 old members) on 31 December 2006. Officially, the National Chapter ISKO in Poland started from the beginning of 2007. Three local chapters were also established: in Warsaw (10 members), in Cracow (8 members) and in Katowice (5 members). Those local chapters are connected with 3 LIS Institutes, which are the best academic institutions in Poland offering studies for librarians and information professionals. At the end of 2017 the number of ISKO members in Poland was grow to about 70.

Present activities of National ISKO Chapter in Poland have been based on the Department of Information Management managed by professor Babik and existing within the Institute of Information and Library Science of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

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Project and its implementation have been executed by students of Information and Library Science at Jagiellonian University in Cracow.
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