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Dominican SOIS Now an iSchool
Dominican University’s School of Information Studies is now a member of the iSchools organization, a consortium of more than 80 schools, colleges, and departments worldwide focused on disciplines such as information technology, library science, informatics, and information science. The iSchools organization seeks to maximize the visibility and influence of its member schools, and their interdisciplinary approaches to harnessing the power of information and technology, and maximizing the potential of humans. Criteria for membership include sponsored research activity, engagement in the training of future researchers (usually through an active, research-oriented doctoral program), and a commitment to progress in the information field.
Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, which rotates among member schools. The 2017 iConference takes place at iSchools member Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. Stacy Kowalczyk, SOIS associate professor and director of the master of science in information management and Yijun Gao, SOIS assistant professor had a paper accepted for the 2017 iConference: “Information Studies in Two Cultures: A Review of iSchool Curricula in China and U.S.”
“We are pleased and proud to join this significant organization, especially now that we have begun to offer a master of science in information management and a bachelor’s degree in informatics to complement our core, ALA-accredited master of library and information science,” says Kate Marek, SOIS dean and professor. “The information services profession is continuing to grow and expand, and the iSchools organization is a leader in synthesizing the best from our roots in both the library world and the broad world of information science.”
Dominican’s School of Information Studies offers a master of science in information management, an ALA-accredited master of library and information science, a doctorate in library and information science, a school library media program, an undergraduate major and minor in informatics, and eight specialized certificates in areas such as digital librarianship, digital curation, web design, informatics, and data and knowledge management. SOIS empowers professionals to connect individuals and communities to the world of information and learning with reason, compassion, and a commitment to service.