School of Information is a multidisciplinary department where faculty researchers focus on many aspects of information organization, management, or use and its impact on individuals and society. Our broadly trained and diverse faculty and student populations work towards establishing and advancing what we know about information amid massive digital shifts in contemporary society. These foci range from the philosophies of information, and studies of digital literacy or digital archives, to computational social science, data science, machine learning, and information retrieval or text mining. Beyond the wide methodological spectrum represented by the faculty, and alongside a broad commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion, much of the research happening in the School focuses on behavior, and related human factors across sectors of life, to include economic or business contexts, education, health, and art.
We have faculty focused on computational science and management information systems working side by side with those focused on issues of information behavior and societal change. We house faculty who specialize in biodiversity informatics and data curation (e.g., Heidorn), natural language processing (e.g., Bethard), computation and data science (e.g., Shmargad), cognitive artificial intelligence (e.g., Jansen), machine learning/artificial intelligence (e.g., Morrison), and text mining/information retrieval (e.g., Cui). Alongside those faculty with strong credibility in technical sciences, we have those who bridge methodologies and academic disciplines (e.g., Brooks works across/blends qualitative small data and aggregate data/statistics). Alongside these research faculty, we have a set of information philosophers (e.g., Fallis and Mathiesen) studying issues of policy and property, as well as those focused on issues of information organization (e.g., Fricke), multimedia work, archives (e.g., Lee), collections, leadership, and libraries (e.g., Stoffle), information and community literacy (e.g., Lenhart), and information access (e.g., Knott).
Our broad spectrum of methodological tools (e.g., computation, informatics/analytics, social network analysis, qualitative/interpretive research), field-specific perspectives (e.g., performance, librarianship, data curation in the sciences), and paradigmatic approaches (e.g., critical cultural scholars and queer theorists working alongside positivists or systems theorists) in our information-related research make us distinct. Our research faculty bring scholarly work and discoveries to students in our courses, and work alongside a large team of teacher/scholars and interdisciplinary scientists (e.g., Lenhart, Macaluso, Shumake, Fulton, Daly, Thompson) who are continually focused on students' needs.