When the information college deans from Drexel, Syracuse University, Rutgers, and the University of Pittsburgh first met in 1988 about forming what would become the iSchools Caucus, the sudden increase in data that accompanied the computer age was still on the horizon. The PC revolution and a user-friendly Internet were not yet a reality, but information systems and computers were becoming an increasingly independent and important part of information science.
Seventeen years later, the original four colleges and 13 additional information schools formally voted to approve the iSchools Charter, all joining the cooperative effort to advance and understand the rapidly changing field. The flood of digital data in the 1990's validated the mission of iSchools Caucus (today comprised of 24 members) and reintroduced the importance of information management to the public eye.
Businesses, individuals and even the government depend on technology to function on a day-to-day basis. Internet use has grown from 16 million people in 1995 to around 2.4 billion in 2012.
The iSchools - made up of 52 institutions worldwide - have joined together to build awareness of, support for and involvement with the field among key constituencies, principally the media, business community, those who fund research, student prospects, and users of information. The goal of the iSchools Caucus is to help people understand what the information field is and its importance to societal advancement, as well as develop the annual iConference. Visit www.ischools.org for more information.