The iSchools announce that three academic institutions have joined its collective of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st century. With these additions, there are now 31 member-iSchools worldwide.
The new iSchools are the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies at University of British Columbia, the College of Communications and Information Studies at University of Kentucky, and the Department of Information Studies at University College London.
“We are delighted to welcome these three new member iSchools,” said Harry Bruce, dean of the University of Washington Information School and current chair of the iCaucus, governing body of the iSchools (www.ischools.org). “All three share our commitment to education and research, and our vision for spreading the iSchools movement around the world.”
The School of Library, Archival & Information Studies at University of British Columbia is located in Vancouver. Founded in 1961, it offers master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies, and in Archival Studies. Its director is Caroline Haythornthwaite, Ph.D. http://www.slais.ubc.ca/
The College of Communications and Information Studies at University of Kentucky is based in Lexington. It offers master’s degrees in Library and Information Science, and is headed by Dean H. Dan O’Hair. http://cis.uky.edu/
The Department of Information Studies at University College London offers postgraduate qualification and training for myriad information professions. The university was founded in 1827, and the department’s director is Professor David Nicholas. http://www.infostudies.ucl.ac.uk/
The iSchools organization (www.ischools.org) was founded in 2005 as a worldwide collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, and information science. The iSchools celebrate their interdisciplinary approaches to harnessing the power of information and technology. While each individual iSchool has its own strengths and specializations, together they share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.
The iSchools also host the annual iConference, a gathering of information researchers and practitioners from around the world who share the common goal of making a difference through the study of people, information, and technology. The seventh annual iConference is slated for February 7-10, 2012, in Toronto. More information can be found at http://www.ischools.org/iConference12/2012index/
CONTACT: For more information, contact iCaucus Communications Specialist Clark Heideger (206) 685-8746. email@example.com