CERN-ARCH-SIS-001 to CERN-ARCH-SIS-161
Scientific Information Service, SIS
1954 - 1991
Level of description
Extent of the unit of description
113 boxes, 12 linear metres
Name of creator
Scientific Information Service, SIS
In 1955, the Information Service was attached to the Scientific and Technical Services Division (STS) directed by Dr L. Kowarski. This division was also responsible for the instrumentation (electronic and visual technologies), for the electronic computer and the main workshop.
- At that time, the Information Service was in charge of :
- The library comprising about 2,000 books, 300 volumes of bound periodicals, 2,300 copies of reports and 166 current periodicals
- Publication and exchange of CERN reports
- The publication and distribution of press releases, organisation of interviews, contact with journalists, science writers, film agencies, and radio services
- The preparation and publication of descriptive leaflets
- Exhibitions visits for individual or groups
In 1956, it was decided under review to transfer the CERN Public relation (visits, relations with the Press, exhibitions, publishing and distribuing photographic documents for general information purposes) under the direct authority of the Director-General's office
In 1960, Scientific and Technical Services became Data Handling Division (DD)
In 1980, the CERN Historical and Scientific Archive was created and integrated into the Scientific Information and Publications Group in the DD Division.
In 1982, the Scientific Information Services was moved from the Data Handling Division to the newly created Documentation Department DOC.
In 1986, SIS formerly in DOC was added to the Theory Division (TH).
In 1990, Scientific Information Services moved to the new division Administrative Support AS (until 1999).
Today (2002) the SIS Group, currently in the Education and technology Transfer Division (ETT) has for its mandate the management of the Library and the Historical and Scientific Archives of CERN. It should acquire and manage information resources in all fields of relevance to the Organization, and make these accessible in the most convenient way to the worldwide particle physics community. It should provide services for obtaining information which is not directly available on site. It should advise CERN divisions on the best ways of ensuring that all relevant documents are made publicly available. It is also responsible for the distribution of CERN publications (CERN Reports and other documents). It is responsible for safeguarding documents and files of potential interest to the Organization and for historical research. It should provide information about and access to the archived material. It should advise CERN divisions and collaborations in archival issues and records management
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Scope and content
The Scientific Information Service collection contains various documents concerning activities, progress reports, library statistics, files about microfilm and microfiche projects, photos, committees, working groups, correspondence, publications, etc.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Nothing was destroyed.
No further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
The original order has been preserved.
Conditions governing access
See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.
Language / scripts of material
Most of the material is written in English, some in French.
Listed to file level in the CERN Archive database.
Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes
Date(s) of description: Geneva, the 10th March 2002, Revised 2007.