I-School movement is essentially a leadership response in higher education to the demands of the Knowledge Economy and Information Society. In response to the demands of the information era and the digital age, many universities have begun to establish I-Schools. The hallmark of these I-Schools is the multi-disciplinary character in their curriculum, faculty and students. I-Schools have been initiated in the US, UK, Australia and other countries. The identity and the unique positioning of these I-Schools are derived from their heterogeneity of disciplines threaded together by their shared vision and outlook on information.
John Leslie King, School of Information, University of Michigan observes that the I-School movement is made up of novel academic programs that embrace new intellectual and professional challenges in a world awash in information. While noticing that I-Schools built on the intellectual and institutional legacies of their programs, move beyond traditional programs and straddle the academy’s ancient engagement with information and the contemporary challenges of ubiquitous information affecting all aspects of society. He further observes that I-Schools being emergent, find equilibrium in an essential tension among competing visions in a world of rapid technical and social change. While defining the I-School’s identity as elusive, he foresees a bright future for these institutions.
The iSchools project in the US is a community of I-Schools interested in the relationship between information, technology and people. Its members are distinguished by their engagement in understanding the role of information in human endeavors. The members of the iSchools project are:
- University of California, Berkeley School of Information
- University of Michigan School of Information
- University of California, Irvine
- University of North Carolina
- The Don Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
- School of Information & Library Science
- University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
- The Pennsylvania State University School of Information Sciences & Technology
- Drexel University College of Information Science & Technology
- University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences
- Florida State University College of Information
- Rutgers, State University of New Jersey,School of Comm., Infm. & Library Studies
- George Institute of Technology College of Computing
- Syracuse University School of Information Studies
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Information Science
- University of Texas Austin, School of Information
- Indiana University Information Science
- University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies
- Indiana School of Library & Information Science
- University of Washington Information School
- University of Maryland College of Information Studies
To know more about the I-School movement
- First Conference of the i-School Community, September 28-30, 2005, School of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University.
- Second Conference of the i-School Community, 15-17 October 2006, University of Michigan,Ann Arbor.
- The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASSIST) Bulletin