"Modern science is fast-moving, and no laboratory can exist for long with a program based on old facilities. Innovation and renewal are required to keep a laboratory on the frontiers of science."
Welcome to the pages of Information Studies Lab. From its humble beginnings in 2004, The ISL has grown into a dynamic place where we test our imaginations, satisfy our curiosities and try new ideas or even revisit the old ones.
ISL was the first laboratory established by an academic institution for Library and Information Sciences in Iran. Its initial purpose, as outlined by its charter, was to provide technical support for faculty research as well as providing graduate courses with a mix of practical skill development opportunities. While we are still offering these services, pending the launch of LIS practicum, they have become less.
Since 2007, I have decided that in order to address several interesting issues in the area of information studies such as management of technologic shifts, geopolitics of information as well as OSI to name a few, ISL needs to shifts its focus to interdisciplinary fields that would not only garner more cooperation but would attract fresh talent. We increased our links to the private sector as well as other departments and faculties within UT. The result was the establishment of two sister laboratories.
ISL Cognitive Informatics Lab was established in 2010 jointly with the Research Center for Cognitive Sciences Studies. The lab would be exploring areas of overlap between information, psychology and neuroscience.
ISL Digital Preservation Lab was established 2011 with the support of the University of Tehran Central Library and Documentation Center. It also serves as UTCLD oversight for its digital preservation projects. Known as ISL-3, it has the distinction of having the highest share of equipment lend-lease.
The Labs are primarily intended for University of Tehran faculties and students, nevertheless we do assist graduate students from other universities as the resources permit. To borrow a phrase from Arthur C. Clark, we find no task more noble than tending the field of minds. ISL mission is to tend the field of minds, by providing them with the opportunities to realize their imagination and potentials.
Nader Naghshineh, Ph.D., B.Eng.
Information Studies Laboratories
University of Tehran