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ID: 257 / [Single Presentation of ID 257]: 1 Panels 90 minutes Confirmation 1: I/we agree if this paper/presentation is accepted, all authors/panelists listed as “presenters” will present during the Annual Meeting and will pay and register at least for the day of the presentation. Confirmation 2: I/we further agree presenting authors/panelists who have not registered on or before the early bird registration deadline will be removed from the conference program, and their paper will be removed from the Proceedings. Confirmation 3: I/we acknowledge that all session authors/presenters have read and agree to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting Policies found at https://www.asist.org/am21/submission-types-instructions/ Topics: Library and Information Science Keywords: diversity, information science field, interdisciplinarity, internationalism, iSchools
Endurance and Coherence: The Post-2020 iSchool
Leslie Thomson1, Ben Kaden2, Michael Kleineberg2, Di Wang3, Gary Marchionini1, Vivien Petras2, Lihong Zhou3, Gobinda Chowdhury4, Maryam Bugaje4, Michael Seadle5
1University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; 2Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; 3Wuhan University, People's Republic of China; 4University of Strathclyde, UK; 5iSchools Organization, Inc.
The iSchools Organization encompasses 121 information and library science schools around the globe, and is rapidly expanding. Officially begun in the early 2000s as a way to bolster a sense of field-wide purpose and identity relevant to the twenty-first century, among other objectives, iSchools are positioned as those sharing an interest in information, people, and technology. Early questions about endurance of the iSchools movement are now largely overshadowed by, and joined with, questions about coherence of the iSchools movement. This 90-minute virtual panel will present international findings about issues that are currently, as of 2020-2021, top-of-mind for iSchool leaders, pertaining to: 1.) views on and of the field of information; 2.) faculty and institutional relationships; and 3.) extra-unit alliances and alignments, including with and within the iSchools Organization itself. It draws mainly upon interview data from the funded project i4G: Shaping the iSchools’ Identity and Interaction in a Globalized World.