Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the School of Information – FSU’s iSchool!

Lorri Mon, Director
Lorri Mon, Director

The Florida State University (FSU) iSchool is committed to making vital connections between people, information and technology, and  FSU School of Information faculty, staff, students, alumni and employers can be found in all kinds of information spaces: sponsoring hackathons and coordinating information makerspaces, implementing broadband in rural communities, building digital libraries, conducting assessments of early literacy programs in public libraries, studying the lifecycles of scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, creating new information resources for K12 classrooms,  and helping consumers judge the credibility of health information on the Web. A founding member of the iSchool movement, FSU’s School of Information is internationally recognized as an interdisciplinary, innovative and collaborative force at the vanguard of the information field. Like other iSchools, the FSU School of information is engaged in critical examination of the relationships among people, information and technology in an era of explosive growth in digital information. The atmosphere at the FSU iSchool is one of excitement and anticipation. There are opportunities everywhere we turn. Everyone needs information, so everyone needs us! Founded in 1947, the FSU School of Information is housed within the College of Communication and Information.

To quote Dean Larry Dennis, “The iSchool’s education and research programs address modern information challenges from many perspectives. They are clearly focused on the most important opportunities of the 21st Century.”  Our vision statement, People and Information: Making Vital Connections, reflects our commitment to continued growth and outreach. In keeping with this philosophy, our programs emphasize preparing students for careers that help others use and manage information in an age when information is a vital part of everyone’s lives. The FSU School of Information offers two majors within the Bachelor’s in Information Technology (BSIT); two master’s degree programs available entirely online: an ALA-accredited Master’s of Science/Master’s of Art in Information (MSI) and a Master’s of Science in Information Technology (MSIT); and specialist and doctoral degrees. In addition graduate-level certificate programs are offered in Information Architecture, Leadership and Management, Reference Services, Youth Services  and Health Information Technology. We are proud that our programs are consistently top-ranked in the nation and have been for many years. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked our MLIS program #13 overall, #1 in school library media, #5 in youth services, and #11 in digital libraries. The iSchool has also received international recognition for its interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research. On the FSU campus, we are leading the development of the FSU Collaboratory where students, faculty and staff innovate with technologies such as 3D printing, 3D visualization, Raspberry Pi, Oculus Rift, electronics circuitry kits and more in our information makerspace adjacent to the Goldstein Library. Our Information Use Management & Policy Institute, and our Institute for Digital Information & Scientific Communication are engaged in providing leadership and solving 21st century information problems. For more information, visit our website at ischool.cci.fsu.edu  or come visit us in the sunshine state and experience our southern hospitality for yourself!