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iSchools Name David Fenske Executive Director

Former Drexel dean to manage worldwide organization of information schools

July 22, 2015

The iSchools organization has named David Fenske, PhD its new executive director. Fenske, who is dean emeritus of the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University, will oversee administrative operations for the iSchools organization (www.ischools.org) for the next two years. The position of executive director was created earlier this year, in accord with the organization’s recent decision to apply for 501c3 status in Washington, DC. Fenske is the first individual to hold the position.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.

Fenske’s roots with the iSchools organization run deep. In 2001, he was one of five deans comprising the group that would become the iSchools Caucus, or iCaucus. The iCaucus has served as the internal governing body of the iSchools organization since 2005. Fenske served for many years as the iSchools’ banker, and was one of the leaders in its recent push toward incorporation. Fenske was formally offered the position of iSchools executive director after stepping down as dean at CCI.

“I look forward to my new role with the iSchools organization, and to helping further advance the iSchools movement around the world,” Fenske said. “Our 65 member-institutions train graduates and provide information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society worldwide.”

In addition to serving as executive director, Fenske is also co-chair, with Jane Greenberg, of iConference 2016, the annual information conference presented by the iSchools. This year’s iConference, which is the eleventh in the series, is hosted by CCI and takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia. This year’s theme is Partnership with Society (learn more at ischools.org/the-iconference).

iCaucus Chairman Michael Seadle, dean of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University, notes that the selection of Fenske as the organization’s first executive director was an easy choice. “David has long demonstrated his commitment to the information field and the iSchools movement,” Seadle said. “The iSchools organization is fortunate to have someone with David’s experience, passion and dedication.”

For more about the iSchools organization, including its history and a directory of schools, please visit http://ischools.org

More about iConference 2016 can be found on the conference website.

Contact: Clark Heideger, iclark@uw.edu