The newest member of the iSchools organization is the Chung-Ang University Department of Library and Information Science in Seoul, Korea. The school’s membership application was approved by the iSchools Board of Directors last week.
Originally called the Department of Library Science, the school was founded in 1963 as an undergraduate program for library studies, one of the earliest such departments in Korea. The master’s program opened in 1970, and the school’s doctoral program was launched in 1983. In 1989 the school adopted the name Department of Library and Information Science as a response to evolving demands for innovation in the information society. To date, the school boasts roughly 2,000 graduates that now play leading role in various fields, ranging from public institutions to major companies.
The Chung-Ang University iSchool is chaired by Prof. Dr. Seonghee Kim, and currently has 52 students in its doctoral program, as well as 31 master’s students and 190 undergraduates. The school has joined the iSchools global membership at the Basic membership level.