When the information college deans from Drexel University, Syracuse University, Rutgers University 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 25 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 users in 1995 to more than 3.1 billion users in 2015.
The iSchools—made up of 65 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.
Join us for the 2016 iConference,“Partnership with Society,” in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The 2016 iConference will take place Sunday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics, this will be the 11th event in the iConference series. Our theme of “Partnership in Society” examines the integral roles that information science and the contemporary iSchool movement play in addressing information challenges that permeate the fabric of society. Visit the iConference webpage to learn more