The iSchools organization has issued a formal statement of concern in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry from a number of Muslim nations. The statement was drafted by the iSchools Executive Committee and approved by the iSchools Caucus, governing body of the organization.
The statement follows:
“The iSchools, a consortium of more than 80 information schools in universities on five continents, take it as a given that expertise in all forms of information is required for progress in science, business, health/medicine, education, and culture. This expertise must include understanding of the uses and users of information, the nature of information itself, as well as information technologies and their applications. The iSchools are dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st century through a shared fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology. Our work is founded on principles of openness and the free exchange of ideas; we welcome scholars and students from all countries, recognizing that a rich and varied set of perspectives is vital to the advancement of humankind.
“We join our professional colleagues in the American Library Association (ALA), the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and related associations in affirming our values and expressing grave concern over the presidential executive order banning entry of citizens from a number of Muslim-majority nations into the United States.”
About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of more than 80 universities and institutions spanning five continents.
The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.