The iSchools organization is pleased to announce that Department of Library and Information Science at a Kyungpook National University has become the organization’s newest member. The Korea-based school becomes the 98th member to join our consortium of schools dedicated to advancing the information field.
Located in the Daegu Metropolitan City, KNU LIS has 7 full-time professors as well as a number of adjunct professors. The school’s doctoral program was established in 2000. In 2018 the school had 9 doctoral students, 18 master’s students and 165 undergraduate students. Significant research areas include Bibliography, Information Organization, Information Service Management, Bibliometrics, and Information Retrieval.
The school cites several objectives for joining the iSchools, including the establishment of a framework that extends the existing iSchools model to accommodate characteristics specific to Korea, constructing a roadmap for world-class education, and laying the foundation for academia-industry-government symbiosis.
“Our aim is to establish a new direction for LIS in Korea that is firmly rooted in cross-institutional and international collaborations as well as academia-industry-government synergy,” the school notes in its successful application. “By capitalizing on school-wide initiatives, we hope to focus and extend our efforts to educate the next-generation information professionals that can interpret and analyze theoretical constructs of information science to synthesize practical applications for everyday life. Under the iSchools umbrella, our efforts toward that goal will not only gain in credibility but also be afforded a framework that can transcend existing boundaries.”