About Us

The iSchools represent an international organisation of over 120 universities on all inhabited continents. A common interest in all aspects of research and teaching about information unites them.

 

The scope is deliberately broad and methodologically agnostic, with a strong reliance on the social and behavioural sciences, as well as computing, artificial intelligence, and linguistics.

 

iSchools topics include data science, human-computer interaction, information organisation and access, bibliometrics, and information integrity. Information scientists share a common perspective on the importance of how intelligent creatures and machines understand the universe.

 
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Our Story

A set of North American schools founded the organisation in 2005, and it incorporated as the “iSchools” in 2015 and received 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2016. North American institutions are no longer a majority of the iSchools, and the organisation’s administrative offices are currently in Berlin, Germany.

 

Vision

As a global organisation, the iSchools engage in recruiting new members from all universities world-wide that offer doctoral programs and active research programs on some aspect of information or Information Science. One goal is to provide programs through targeted projects and activities such as doctoral training/colloquia, joint research activities, and joint grant applications. The vision of the Organisation is to strengthen all aspects of research in information and information science for members across the globe.

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Mission

One of the important characteristics of the iSchools is that all full members have doctoral programs, and recognize the importance of providing a high quality doctoral education as well as opportunities for graduates.

Early career faculty are often nothing more than a doctoral student with a job, but without the support structure that they had when they were doing their dissertation/thesis research. In some schools there are enough early career faculty that they can support each other, but in information science that is more rare, and offering opportunities for early career faculty to work together and help each other could be a big advantage.

 

Our Goals

Major goals of the organisation are to support member universities in their research and teaching about all forms of information and its implications for our society. The iSchools organisation makes a particular effort to support doctoral students and early career researchers, as well as to facilitate international cooperation. Extensive reliance on videoconferencing makes discussions possible across geographic boundaries without requiring expensive and time consuming travel.​

 

Unlike many scholarly organisations that have a clear national base focus, the ischools are genuinely international. Conferences, business meetings, and other gatherings generally take place in multiple time zones and countries to eliminate the need for people to travel. The common language of the iSchools is English, but the staff makes every effort to accommodate other languages.

 

Cross-country community building takes place in iSchools special interest groups such as the Women’s Coalition, Black Coalition, and a set of scholars dedicated to environmental concerns. These groups bring scholars and students together to discuss international and cross-cultural topics relevant to their lives and research. Increasing such opportunities for interaction and collaboration is a goal over the coming years. An equally important goal is to enable more intellectually productive ties within the community so that universities that want to expand their offerings can draw on others for help and advice.

 

iSchools Leadership

Sanda Erdelez

Sanda Erdelez

iSchools Chair

Simmons University

United States of America

Michael Seadle

Michael Seadle

Executive Director

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Germany

Keith Marzullo

Keith Marzullo

North America Regional Chair

University of Maryland

United States of America

Anind K. Dey

Anind K. Dey

Board of Directors Member

University of Washington

United States of America

Lihong Zhou

Lihong Zhou

Board of Directors Member

Wuhan University

China

Gillian Oliver

Gillian Oliver

iSchools Chair-Elect

Monash University

Australia

Eric Meyer

Eric Meyer

Treasurer

University of Texas at Austin

United States of America

Atsuyuki Morishima

Atsuyuki Morishima

Asia Pacific Regional Chair

University of Tsukuba

Japan

Charles Isbell

Charles Isbell

Board of Directors Member

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States of America

Wonsik Shim

Wonsik Shim

Board of Directors Member

Sungkyunkwan University

South Korea

Gobinda Chowdhury

Gobinda Chowdhury

iSchools Past Chair

University of Strathclyde

Scotland

Koraljka Golub

Koraljka Golub

Europe / Africa Regional Chair

Linnaeus University

Sweden

Kimiz Dalkir

Kimiz Dalkir

Board of Directors Member

McGill University

Canada

Josep Cobarsí Morales

Josep Cobarsí Morales

Board of Directors Member

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Spain

 

Meet the Team

Michael Seadle

Michael Seadle

Executive Director

Cynthia Ding

Cynthia Ding

Social Media

Slava Sterzer

Slava Sterzer

Business Manager

Isaac Sserwanga

Isaac Sserwanga

Student Assistant

Katharina Gudat

Katharina Gudat

Program Manager

Emily Chen

Emily Chen

Intern

 

Our Partners

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