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Project: Linnaeus University as a unique iSchool

The core idea of this project is to establish a unique iSchool (information School) at Linnaeus University. An iSchool refers to university-level research and education in the information field (iField) which relies on interdisciplinary approaches to enrich and facilitate generation, transfer and curation of data, information, and knowledge by the widespread use of technology in order to maximize the potential of humans. "The information field is widely recognized for creating innovative systems and desThe core idea of this project is to establish a unique iSchool (information School) at Linnaeus University. An iSchool refers to university-level research and education in the information field (iField) which relies on interdisciplinary approaches to enrich and facilitate generation, transfer and curation of data, information, and knowledge by the widespread use of technology in order to maximize the potential of humans. "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" (iSchools Organization).

NEWS

  • 16 November 2017: "Linnaeus University closer to becoming an iSchool" -- The iSchool initiative at Linnaeus University has received funding during 2018 to explore the potential for establishing an iSchool at the university. Koraljka Golub says that the evaluation given by executive director, Michael Seadle, Dean of Faculty of Arts at Humboldt University, and iSchools' Chair-elect, Sam Oh, Head of School at Library & Information Science and Data Science Department, Sungkyunkwan University, was indeed positive; the model of an iSchool which brings together educational programmes and research nodes with colleagues coming from all five faculties was considered a rather unique way of building an iSchool, with all the benefits that may arise from such an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral environment. Read full article at: https://lnu.se/en/meet-linnaeus-university/current/news/2017/linnaeus-university-edging-closer-to-become-an-ischool/.
  • 13 November 2017: Seminar "Emerging Information Field, iSchools Organisation, and Potential for Linnaeus University" -- The seminar will be held at 14:00-15.30 (H1210, Växjö) featuring Michael Seadle, Executive Director of iSchools; Dean of Faculty of Arts, Humboldt University and Sam Oh, iCaucus Chair-elect; Head of School, Library & Information Science and Data Science Department, Sungkyunkwan University. The recorded video of the seminar is available at: https://connect.sunet.se/p92gwguambp/. Presentations by Sam Oh & Michael SeadlePoster.
  • 22-25 March 2017: 12th Annual iSchool Conference at Wuhan University -- Koraljka Golub participated at the 12th annual conference of the iSchools organization in March 2017 at Wuhan University under the theme "Effect, Expand, Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community." Koraljka Golub got specific counseling about the admission requirements for LNU's iSchool institute in forming. The discussions concerned the organization, staff and funding requirements, and also possibilities to build interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral programmes, and the following advantages of being accepted was noted: externally, for international recognition and access to collaborative opportunities in the field and the non-academic sector; internally, for strengthening collaboration with other programs and departments. Also, contacts were established that further the development of the iSchool at LNU and collaboration at international levels, and this was also noted in external media (EContentXTRA, April 25, 2017). The iConference of 2018 themed "Transforming Digital Worlds", will be hosted by the Information School at the University of Sheffield and the iSchool at Northumbria University in the UK, March 25 to 28, 2018.