The ASA was founded in 1934 as Association of Export Subscription News Agents (AESN) to control ‘unlimited price competition’ in the supply of newspapers. Membership was restricted to organisations based in the UK.
In the 1950s, the remit expanded to include supply of journals to universities around the world; however, the AESN remained primarily a UK organisation.
In 1982 the name was changed to Association of Subscription Agents (ASA) and the organisation grew to become an international trade association with members from all over the world.
Eighteen years later, in 2000 the association extended its remit (and its name) to include the growing number of intermediary organisations working in the scholarly information sector, becoming the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries.
Following recent events, after 81 years, on 22nd April 2015, the full members of the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries voted to dissolve the ASA, instructing its Executive Committee to initiate the dissolution process and complete it in accordance with the ASA Constitution & Bylaws by 31st July 2015.
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