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The iSchools Organization

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. They 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 their 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.

Goals

  1. Lead and promote the information field. Member schools are committed to collective efforts that will shape the information field, communicate its purpose and value and enhance its visibility.
  2. Create effective responses to strategic research and academic opportunities. Member schools work together to enhance academic initiatives and to leverage funding for important research challenges in the information field.
  3. Provide support for, and solutions to shared challenges. Member schools provide one another with mutual support and a collective identity, helping constituent schools respond to local challenges and advance the information field.
  4. Provide informed perspectives on matters of public policy as they affect the collection, organization, dissemination, use, and preservation of information.

Approach

 

iSchools promote an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the opportunities and challenges of information management, with a core commitment to concepts like universal access and user-centered organization of information. The field is concerned broadly with questions of design and preservation across information spaces, from digital and virtual spaces such as online communities, social networking, the World Wide Web, and databases to physical spaces such as libraries, museums, collections, and other repositories.

Degree programs at iSchools include course offerings in areas such as information architecture, design, policy, and economics; knowledge management, user experience design, and usability; preservation and conservation; librarianship and library administration; the sociology of information; and human-computer interaction and computer science.

Why are we members of iSchools?

Our aim is to be at the teaching and researching forefront of the Information and Communication Science areas to meet the information and knowledge needs of our society and to train the best professionals to do so. For this reason, we consider it essential to belong to an international organization that allows us to be in contact and relationship with other centers through which we can learn about new approaches and trends in the fields of information and communication, as well as new technologies that can help and benefit individuals, organizations and society in general. Similarly, we need to detect, know and understand what are the new needs and interests of the labor market, as well as the answers that exist in the academic and business world, in order to give a current and appropriate training proposal to our students, which allows them to acquire the most accurate, timely and necessary knowledge. In short, through our association with iSchools we aim to maximize the visibility and influence of our Center, faculty and students, while benefiting from the experience and interdisciplinary approaches of an international organization with over one hundred members.

What are our contributions?

The Faculty of Communication and Documentation of the University of Granada is one of the oldest and most prestigious university centers in Spain for teaching library science and documentation. Since its founding in 1982, it has trained several thousand students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Through collaboration agreements, its postgraduate teaching (doctorate and master's) has also been extended to other countries, including Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Portugal. Its research activity has reached a high level, as reflected in the outstanding positions achieved in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU) in the area 'Library and Information Science', which since its creation in 2017 has appeared as the first in Spain and among the five best in Europe.