Information schools are essentially a concept and a movement that has emerged to shape and foster a multidisciplinary approach to the study of ‘Information’. These schools have taken different routes from different disciplinary origins, primarily Library and Information Science, Information and Computer Technology, Media and Communication, Archives and Recordkeeping, and Business Management.
The strength of library and information science (LIS) schools is that they know how to design and manage libraries as a forum for people to make good use of information facilities and resources, and they know how to manage huge knowledge resources for people and over time. The development of WWW and new social networking services over the Internet have shown that coupling knowledge resources with knowledge sharing are key for the development of our communities. LIS schools have to demonstrate their relevance in helping people to fully exploit knowledge assets in the networked information, where the importance of libraries as a physical repository of knowledge resources may not be obvious to the general public. “Information Schools” is one new direction for LIS schools to realize their potential in the networked information environment. The social demands of libraries as a physical instance or a cyber-instance depend on culture and the social environment of each country and region.
Information schools around the world have developed various kinds collaborations in education and research, and for sharing ideas and resources. In the Asia-Pacific region, the Consortium of iSchools Asia-Pacific (http://www.cisap.asia) was set up as a voluntary organization of “information schools” with different roots but which are seeking to re-establish their relevance in the complex and evolving information environment of the 21^st century.
In North America, the iSchools organization (http://ischools.org/) is a collection of iSchools with each school having “its own strengths and specializations, together they share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.” There are other collaborative networks of LIS/information schools around the world.
This one day workshop is planned to foster exchange and collaboration among educators, researchers and practitioners who are involved in information schools of all types from different regions of the world. It will help participants to share information about faculty and student exchange and recruitment opportunities, experiences and lessons learnt.
Workshop program is now available.