Toward iSchools: from the Perspective of the 5Cs

  • Yi, Myongho (Department of Library and Information Science, Sangmyung University)
  • Received : 2016.01.22
  • Accepted : 2016.02.18
  • Published : 2016.02.29


A coalition of information schools, called the iSchools Organization, was established to increase the visibility of library and information science and to cope with the new demands of the digital age. As of 2015, sixty-five schools from many different countries have joined the iSchools Organization. While some other schools are interested in adopting iSchools, there are still some issues that need to be considered before adopting the iSchool charter. This paper presents those issues from the perspectives of the 5C groups: curriculum, competencies, convergence, collaboration, and consensus. A survey was conducted to investigate some aspects of the 5Cs. This study identifies five iSchool-related issues - 5Cs. Providing perspectives in the areas of the 5Cs will be useful to establish stronger iSchools. These five Cs will resolve information problems that we are facing, prepare students or any organizations for the digital age, give students digital service skills, and train future data scientists. This paper represents practical guidelines to build a strong iSchool. With the success of iSchools, societies see us as more than the traditional librarian.


Digital Age;Data Scientist;iSchool;Library and Information Science;Curriculum;Convergence;Competency;Collaboration;Consensus


Supported by : Sangmyung University


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