Who We Are
We live in an increasingly interconnected world with instant access to people, ideas, and data. Information technologies are rapidly changing our behavior, our organizations, and our society. To understand the dynamics of our world, and to help shape a future that reflects social values, we need a form of knowledge that crosses disciplinary divides, bridges the arts and the sciences, and applies human insights to technological advances: This is the iSchool. Our world-class faculty have expertise in a range of disciplines—from computer science, psychology, and engineering to anthropology, history, communications, and more. Our students learn to design new tools, analyze human activities, organize data, and ensure technology serves its intended users.
What We’re Fundraising For
Area of greatest need
Equipment/software for research
Your gift to the School of Information is a direct investment in the education of the next generation of leaders in the library and information professions. Private philanthropy helps our students in many ways that would not be possible within the iSchool's normal operating budget. It also provides funds that are vital to the iSchool's ability to attract and retain the most talented students and faculty members. We are currently ranked #5 in the top schools of library and information science by U.S. News & World Report and this competitive ranking is due in part to individuals and organizations that support our mission of teaching, research, and service. And our alumni— current and future— are key stakeholders in the iSchool's reputation of leadership and excellence.
The Impact of your Gift
Our students and faculty all benefit from the generosity and consistent support of our donors. From adding the latest technology in our labs, to providing scholarships, professional development, and networking opportunities, your ongoing support is critical to our mission of educating leaders in the information profession. Among the items funded by donor gifts to the iSchool are:
- Research colloquia, workshops, and conferences
- Open House student project showcase in the spring semester
- Commencement and iSchool convocation activities
- Career Development bootcamp, career workshops and alumni panels and networking events
- Alumni events, including TLA, ALA, SLA, SAA and regional gatherings
- Unique internship opportunities, such as spring break in the Library of Congress
- Professional photographs for our students
- Equipment and software used to aid research and experiential learning