Exploring the future

XVI.5 September + October 2009
Page: 69
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TIMELINESReflections on the future of iSchools from inspired junior faculty


Authors:
Jacob Wobbrock, Andrew Ko, Julie Kientz

Most academic units primarily either “describe things” or “invent things.” They are either Einstein or Edison. Very few are Pasteur, who did both [1]. But as the recent article by Gary Olson and Jonathan Grudin entitled “The Information School Phenomenon” [2] made clear, this is exactly what dozens of emerging information schools (iSchools) across the world propose to do. So what, then, should information school faculty look like? What should the core competency of iSchools be? What is it exactly that iSchools do? What should they do? As three junior faculty at a top-ranked iSchool poised to lead the affectionately…




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