| ASIS&T 2006
||START Conference Manager
The i-School Movement
Andrew Dillon, Harry Bruce, Michèle Cloonan, Leigh Estabrook or Linda Smith, John L. King, James Thomas, Raymond F. von Dran
ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006
In its academic plan, a school of information studies recently described itself as broadening its mandate, and thereby joining “an elite group of North American faculties collectively known as the ‘Information Schools’ or i-schools.” At the first formal Conference of the i-School Community, in September 2005, 19 institutions from the US and Canada were identified as i-conference schools. 15 of these are schools which include American Library Association-accredited master’s degree programs. Some who were not present would argue (and have done so) that they were “i-schools” long before the “i-” existed. The academic community in library and information science (LIS) has begun to wonder what the i-schools movement is all about, and how it evolved from a small occasional meeting of deans to an annual conference, and perhaps more. This panel will attempt to demystify the i-school concept. The panel is deliberately quite large – this is meant to be a discussion, not a set of presentations. The next i-school conference will be held in October 2006, immediately prior to the ASIST annual meeting, and should inform the conversation.