"Our highly interconnected information-based society requires innovative, collaborative and knowledgeable information professionals. Join us as we reflect, understand, transform, activate and intervene in relevant and critical information domains to enrich lives."
As the 9th Dean of the Faculty of Information (iSchool), I am positioning us over the next two years to make substantive advancements in operational, structural, and academic planning.
I look forward to working with the community to ensure we continue to offer students the courses and programs they need to become successful professionals, and provide an optimal academic environment to help our professors conduct ground breaking research and share that knowledge with the next generation of leaders.
The quality of our students, the enduring strength of our faculty, the commitment and skills of our staff, and the ongoing and unwavering support of our alumni and stakeholder community, is impressive.
Over the next year, we will review the strategic direction already in place while navigating opportunities and issues throughout the term.
It is an exciting time to be learning in the digital age. That is why we support the cutting edge programs the iSchool delivers, and champion the transformative research our students and professors conduct.
The iSchool remains committed to interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research focused on the design, creation and use of information by individuals, organizations, cultures, and society at large, as well as the preservation of cultural heritage and exhibition of museum artefacts.
Our core values of excellence, critical engagement, inclusivity, transparency and accountability, as well as creativity and innovation, will continue to guide our work in the coming year. Being part of Canada’s top ranked university and situated in the most culturally diverse city in the world adds to the richness of the experience we offer graduate and doctorate students.
Our highly interconnected, complex society, increasingly requires innovative, collaborative and knowledgeable museum and information professionals.
Our students and graduates are eminently qualified to take on the challenge.
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Information
The iSchool has a proud history of great leaders who pushed the Faculty towards an innovative future for the Information field.
Brian Cantwell Smith
Winifred G. Barnstead