May 28, 2022

Interview: “Newly Appointed University of Arizona iSchool Director Shares What the Role Entails”

An interview with Catherine Brooks, the new Director of the University of Arizona iSchool.

The q&a style interview with the U. of Arizona student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, consists of five questions/answers.

From the Interview:

Daily Wildcat: Can you tell me a bit about the iSchool and your role as its new director?

Catherine Brooks: The School of Information is the only iSchool in the Southwestern United States … In iSchools, we teach about information. Here at the UA, we have six programs. We have a long-standing master’s degree in library and information science, we have a master’s of science in information, a Ph.D. in information, and then we have three undergraduate degrees. Across all programs we aim to teach and do research on topics that rest at the intersection of technology, information and people. Often times we get the question of “What are we not?” Well, we’re not computer science, we’re not marketing, not fine arts. What we are is information science. We make information accessible for other people. We bring data together and make it usable for people and also in problem-solving situations, so we try to address big questions of the day in society.


Read the Complete Answer and Complete Interview (approx. 800 words)

See Also: Catherine Brooks becomes Director of the iSchool (via U. of Arizona iSchool; Jan. 25, 2019)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.