What is an iSchool?

Many iSchools have roots in library science, but as sources of information have grown, so have iSchools. Today, iSchools look at information systems, storage, management, technology, interfaces, accessibility, ethics, and much more.

iSchool stands for “Information School.” iSchools study how people access and use information, with a core committed to universal access, user-centered design, and applications that benefit individuals and communities. This can apply to information in virtual spaces, such as online communities, social networks, the World Wide Web, and databases - or physical spaces, such as libraries, museums, and archives.

The UMD iSchool, in particular, is known for its expertise in:

Library and Information Science Accessibility and Inclusive Design
Digital Humanities Future of Work
Computational Archival Science  Health Informatics
Data Privacy and Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Youth Experience, Learning, and Digital Practices
Social Networks and Online Communities Data Science, Analytics, and Visualization
Smart Cities and Connected Communities Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning, and Information Retrieval
Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics  
Human-Computer Interaction  
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