The iSchools board of directors has approved the applications of five new member schools, two in North America, and three in Asia Pacific. With these additions, iSchools Inc. now numbers 96 institutions worldwide, each of them dedicated to leading and promoting the information field.
The five new iSchools members are:
Asia Pacific Region
- Peking University, Department of Information Management; headed by Guangjian LI
- Kyushu University, Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences; headed by Kazunori Shidoji
- National Taiwan University, Department and Graduate Institute of Library and Information Science; headed by Chi-Shiou Lin
North American Region
- University of Oklahoma, School of Library and Information Studies; headed by Susan K. Burke
- University at Albany, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; headed by Robert P. Griffin, Jr.
The incoming cohort represents the first schools approved under the iSchools new governance structure. “I am pleased that we continue to increase the physical and intellectual diversity of the iSchools with new members from Asia and North America,” said iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle.
The iSchools Organization seeks to maximize the visibility and influence of its member schools, and their interdisciplinary approaches to harnessing the power of information and technology, and maximizing the potential of humans. We envision a future in which the iSchool Movement has spread around the world, and the information field is widely recognized for creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. iSchool graduates will fill the personnel and leadership needs of organizations of all types and sizes; and our areas of research and inquiry will attract strong support and have profound impacts on society and on the formulation of policy from local to international levels.