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April 9th, 2019 by

The University of Maryland College of Information Studies, also known as the UMD iSchool, is a top-ranked research and teaching college in the field of information science, located just outside Washington DC.

At the UMD iSchool, faculty, staff, and students together are combining principles of information science with cutting-edge technology to foster access to information, improve information interfaces, and expand how information is used in an evolving world.

Throughout all of our endeavors, we are committed to utilizing information and technology for good – to connect communities, empower individuals, and create opportunities.

What is an iSchool?

iSchool stands for “Information School.” iSchools study how people access and use information, with a core committed to universal access, user-centered design, and applications that benefit individuals and communities. This can apply to information in virtual spaces, such as online communities, social networks, the World Wide Web, and databases – or physical spaces, such as libraries, museums, and archives.

Many iSchools have roots in library science, but as sources of information have grown, so have iSchools. Today, iSchools look at information systems, storage, management, technology, interfaces, accessibility, ethics, and much more.