The newest member of the iSchools organization is China’s Jilin University School of Management, which has joined at the iCaucus level. With the addition of the Jilin iSchool, the organization now has 106 members dedicated to advancing the information field.
The Jilin University School of Management is headed by Prof. Beiwei Li, and located in Changchun City, Jilin Province, China. The University was found in 1946, and the School of Management dates to 1955. Bachelor’s degree programs include Information Management & Information System, Archival Science, and Big Data Management & Application. Academic master’s degree programs include Information Science, Library Science and Archival Science. The school also offers a professional master’s program in Library & Information Science.
The Jilin iSchool established a Ph.D. in Information Science in the year 2000, a Ph.D. in Library Science in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Archival Science in 2010.
In its application, the school expressed a commitment to promoting the iSchool movement throughout their university and northeast of China by integrating information management with Management Science and Engineering disciplines, fields in which it also offers degree programs. The school also looks forward to contributions it can make to the organization based on their experience in successful development of archives research on combining big data, digital humanities, and smart technology. “We believe that joining the iSchools is a step into future, not only in terms of pursuing the international strategy of our university, but also in terms of our contribution to the iSchools movement.”