February 17, 2018

More Than Information | Blatant Berry

I was surprised when the news came that the School of Information and Library Science at New York’s Pratt Institute had changed its name to the School of Information. I’ve been an adjunct professor there for more than three decades, and I was saddened at first that this old, venerable school, the second such school in the nation, was dropping “library science” from its name. After reading letters from Dean Tula Giannini and Pratt’s provost Kirk E. Pillow, I was somewhat reassured. I realize that this is now the direction of things and marks real progress in staying abreast of this digital age and the growing discipline once called information science. That field now carries a version of that name or informatics or just plain information studies. It is professed in every college and university these days, a kind of darling in higher ed. So it is understandable for Pratt to take that step.

Drexel Rolls iSchool into New College of Computing and Informatics

Earlier this month, Drexel University announced the formation of a College of Computing and Informatics, a new educational hub that will act as a home for the school’s computer science and technology programs—including the University’s ALA-accredited iSchool. It joins the growing ranks of MLIS programs that have found themselves under new organizational management recently, for reasons from increasing collaboration between departments to cutting administrative costs.

University of Washington iSchool Avoids Consolidation Threat

Despite a difficult economic climate at the University of Washington, the Information School (iSchool) is going to remain an independent unit on the campus. There had been a cost-saving proposal under consideration to consolidate the school with another department. Mary Lidstrom, the UW provost, informed iSchool Dean Harry Bruce of the decision not to go […]