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Knowledge and Information Science


Information scientists undoubtedly play a lead role in scientific circles. They are primarily concerned with the collection, classification, storage, dissemination and management of information in order to pave the way for the application and usage of knowledge in the society (both organizations and the entire community). Since information science is a field of study which studies the nature and applications of knowledge, it is one of the most important academic fields. The foundation of this field goes back to early 1960s when it was founded in Tabriz and Tehran Universities (then called library sciences). This field of study was first established in TMU’s Faculty of Humanities in 1989. When an independent faculty was built for Management and Economics, the department moved to the newly-built faculty in 2009. This department prides itself on having qualified professors and knowledgeable alumni. More than 100 students have graduated from this department so far, many of whom now serve as faculty members in other universities. The teaching staff and students of this department have published more than 30 books and 200 papers in indexed domestic / foreign journals and are often the active participants of seminars / conferences. Moving fast towards a knowledge-oriented community, the significance of information and knowledge emerges more than ever. The appearance of “logy” and “ics” suffixes for concepts such as “society, economy, development…” nowadays clearly shows the unique role of knowledge in contemporary world. The coinage of the neologism “gold-collar worker” signifies the undisputable role these individuals play in the progress of the society. Information science incorporates aspects of diverse fields which have been developed since the foundation of the first School of Library Science in America in 1887, some of these diverse fields include: information management, knowledge management, scientometrics, information systems, library management, information needs, information literacy, encyclopedia compiling, manuscripts, archival science …. The attainment of higher degrees and numerous awards and scientific achievements by the alumni of this department indicate the influence this department has had on professional and scientific communities. This department has managed to obtain numerous awards from International Farabi Festival, Allame Helli Festival, Students Year Book, to name only a few, a progress which is hoped to continue in future. This department presently admits students at M.A level. It also makes use of guest lecturers from other universities. Information Science Department intends to recruit more faculty members to accomplish its projected mission. This department also plays a vital role in macro policy-making at national level. The teaching staff of this department are active members in Library Science Revision Committee of the Ministry of Science and Technology, The Commission of Revision for Scientific Resources, Scientific Committee of Farabi Festival and similar academic entities. The members of this department are also actively engaged in various committees of the university, an engagement which is hoped to contribute to the development and progress of Iranian community

The 20 year vision for the Knowledge and Information Science Department reads as “a leading Knowledge and Information Science department in Iran and the region”

Fields of study and sub-disciplines:
Presently the Knowledge and Information Science department admits master students.
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