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Supporting Academic Innovation

by Matt Manning

Information Evolution has been a proud donor to the University of Texas School of Information, once their “library school,” for the past four years. We’d like everyone reading this post to consider joining us in supporting their own local graduate schools of information. Here’s why…

Graduate schools of information and library science are much more than just places where future librarians learn the Dewey Decimal System. They are exciting centers of innovation, abuzz with students from diverse academic background busy analyzing and defining the impact of computing, social media, crowdsourcing, and other emerging technologies on our society.

The University of Texas School of Information, for example, is a leading institution for training of archivists who preserve our physical history of books, documents, and images. It’s also the home of Professor Matt Lease’s Crowdsourcing Lab, where the future of this powerful emerging labor force is being written.

Alumnae of top-tier iSchool graduate programs are building the digital future at traditional cultural institutions such as universities, libraries, archives, etc. They’re also in the fast-growing private tech sector, where they are designing interactive interfaces, crafting database taxonomies, and defining complex algorithms that make the digital economy work.

These institutions are a critical part of the evolution of the data-driven digital future. Support them today by hiring their interns and graduates, getting involved in their research, and underwriting their expansion into new fields.

posted by Shyamali Ghosh on September 26, 2016

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