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From a Library and Information Science Department to a Transdisciplinary University-wide iSchool: A Model of Linnaeus University
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Library and Information Science;iInstitute)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4169-4777
2019 (English)In: Information and technology transforming lives: connection, interaction, innovation: Proceedings of the XXVII Bobcatsss Symposium, Osijek, Croatia, January 2019 / [ed] Gordana Gašo, Mirna Gilman Ranogajec, Jure Žilić, Madeleine Lundman, Osijek: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek , 2019, p. 15-22Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
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The information field, or the iField, resorts to interdisciplinary approaches to enrich and facilitate generation, transfer and curation of data, information, and knowledge by the widespread use of technology in order to maximize the potential of humans. It is largely promoted by the iSchools organization (http://ischools.org). The idea to create an iSchool at Linnaeus University (LNU) was born in 2016, when LNU had already had a proven track of interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, both within the university and beyond, such as a Master program titled Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design and Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA) Centre of Excellence. Inspired by the new models to bridge traditional disciplinary and institutional boundaries, the iField seemed like an excellent platform through which to connect traditionally disparate departments, disciplines and non-academic institutions, in order to jointly address complex future societal challenges. In 2017 a project grant was awarded to explore the potential and identify the benefits of starting an iSchool and joining the iSchools organization. The idea was met with enthusiasm at a sufficient number of levels that the acting vice-chancellor at the time proposed a formation of an institute which is today named Information Institute (iInstitute, https://lnu.se/en/iinstitute). It comprises 14 existing programmes at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, of which 6 planned to be introduced from truly transdisciplinary perspectives of the iField, 4 research centres, and 1 collaborative node comprising over 200 IT companies. The iInstitute was approved membership in the iSchools organization in December 2017.

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Osijek: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek , 2019. p. 15-22
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80497ISBN: 978-953-314-121-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80497DiVA, id: diva2:1288269
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BOBCATSSS 2019: The 27th symposium, 22-24 January 2019, Osijek, Croatia
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