Administrative Unit: Information School
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans: M.A., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered: M.A., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates: Doctoral Minor in Library and Information Studies; Doctoral Minor in Print Culture History; Specialist Certificate in Library and Information Studies
Named Options: Campus Delivered Program (M.A.); Distance Delivered Program (M.A.)
The Information School or “the iSchool at UW–Madison” is a professional school offering M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and an undergraduate digital studies certificate.
The Information School faculty are known for scholarly work in the areas of information policy and ethics, user behaviors and literacies, print culture, library and information technology history, electronic publishing, and the social aspects of information and communications systems. They have made valuable scholarly contributions in the areas of medical information retrieval systems, online search behavior and search effectiveness, publisher e-journal licensing practices, information technology history, print culture and library history, information ethics and policy, and youth and new media. Faculty are widely involved in different research areas on campus. For example, the iSchool hosts the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, a research center focused on authorship, reading, publication and distribution of print and digital materials. The Information School faculty members are involved with the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the Center for Financial Security, and the Games Learning & Society group.
The Information School is well known for its public-good, community engagement orientation. The Information School is home to several student organizations that shepherd long-term, information-justice projects including the Jail Library Group, the Tribal Library Archives and Museums Group, and the Allied Drive Literacy Project.