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About the School of Information Science

The School of Information Sciences has strong roots in the library and information professions dating back to 1928.  Accredited since 1972, the School has achieved regional, national, and international recognition through its award winning faculty, innovative research, and its Center for Information Studies. The current Biennial Narrative Report for the Office of Accreditation for the American Library Association provides a full view of the state of the School. More information about how the School assesses and evaluates student achievement can be found here.  

Its leading-edge curriculum and respect for intellectual diversity makes the program one of choice both to Tennesseans and out-of-state students.

The School of Information Sciences takes pride in the fact that our students come not only from diverse professional backgrounds such as computer science, education, business, medicine, and law, but that they come from all over the world.

That students can take our entire master's program in a Web-based format speaks to the role that technology plays in the School. Distance education students learn side-by-side with their in-class counterparts and have access to the same resources. Upon graduation, our students often find themselves already placed in a wide-array of professional positions that merit good salaries and offer information rich, technologically advanced environments.

SIS faculty are visible internationally and are highly productive in publishing scholarly articles and books. The School wins federal grants and contracts, thanks to the scholarly focus of our faculty and the national reputation that our Center for Information Studies has built. We are pleased to offer our students abundant collaborative research opportunities sponsored by employers such as Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

ALA Accreditied

 Fourteen full-time faculty, plus regional and international lecturers and practitioners, teach some 200 students admitted to our Master of Science program. The School collaborates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and also offers an Undergraduate Minor in Information Studies & Technology. A comprehensive program review by the American Library Association in 2009 gave SIS the maximum 7-years of accreditation. We have a distinguished history that we proudly offer future students.

Our goal? To be ranked in the top ten library and information science schools in North America. Our vision for the future of the School of Information Sciences details how we plan to get there.

The School of Information Sciences’ Advisory Board consults with faculty and School administration on all matters concerning the livelihood and direction of the program.

The Strategic Plan (PDF) for the School of Information Sciences, addresses three priority areas -- University Mission, Collaborations and Partnerships, and Relationship Management -- and enumerates goals for each priority area, for 2006 through 2010, with specific objectives to achieve those goals. This document is intended to lay the groundwork for building a program of excellence that will challenge and inspire a new generation of library and information science leaders

We invite you to contact us for more information about our program.