The working life is a sweet one, but in a bid to fill those endless hours between 5 pm and 10 pm, I’ve decided to launch a journal with some friends from the Faculty of Information (formerly the Faculty of Information Studies – the “Studies” is being dropped later this summer). I felt there was a significant need within our faculty to create some sort of dialogue – an interplay between students, faculty and staff to create a real sense of intellectual community, and as a means to simply communicating with one another in a formalized, reflective venue. This need for communication is particularly pressing in an i-school; the information movement is a young one and we haven’t yet developed a common language with which to speak to one another (if you have to brush up on your i-school literature there is an official website: http://www.ischools.org/oc/index.html). Moveover, the relationships between library and information science, archives and records management, information systems, and museum studies are rocky ones – there are certainly similarities, but also some key differences that can be difficult for us to over; they create gaps in our common understanding and can prevent an appreciation for divergent views.
What better way to try and fill those gaps than with an academic journal (I just don’t think a Martini Mixer would have taken care of it… though now that I think of it, a Martini Mixer sounds like a great idea…)? A means to help develop this emerging discipline and refine our own understandings of information and its study. I-schools are distinct movements away from our traditional notions of the library and information science field, and I’d like to help smoothen the transition from one to the other. Luckily, there are a handful of like-minded students, so we are taking on the task! Our mission statement reads as follows:
The Faculty of Information Quarterly is an editor-reviewed, open-source e-journal committed to the critical study of information and textual objects.Edited by students and faculty of the University
of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, the journal seeks to provide an environment for the voices of senior and emerging scholars, and in some cases from practitioners in field, regarding the changing shape of the information profession. Meeting the challenges and redefining many of the traditional understandings of the study of information, the journal encourages broad interdisciplinary engagement and fresh critical perspectives that will extend the conversation within and beyond the field.
FIQ encourages submissions from a broad constellation of works on the study of the text, including but not limited to: archival science, book history and print culture, critical theory, cultural informatics, cultural studies, health informatics, information studies, information systems, library science, museum studies, and technology studies.
The journal aims to bring together the voices and readership of both reflective practitioners and scholars working from within the humanities, social sciences, hard sciences, and fine arts. To this
end, FIQ will be comprised primarily of original research, book reviews, occasional guest editorials, and interviews with senior scholars.
Once our website is established, I’ll be sure to post the information here. Wish us all luck!