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Into Our Archives: The Evolution of SIS Distance Education

DE Students in trainingIn a world where technology allows constant connection with people thousands of miles away, it’s easy to forget that such effortless communication was once unavailable to us. Despite the technological challenges of the day, the School of Information Sciences found a way to be the first school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to establish a distance education program in the 1980s. It just didn’t look anything like it does today.

About Our Information Sciences Program

From preparing data analysts for private corporations to librarians for the public sector, the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences specializes in cultivating the next generation of information professionals; leading the way with both traditional and innovative career paths.

Accredited by the American Library Association since 1972, the UT School of Information Sciences is the only ALA accredited master’s program in Tennessee. Our nationally ranked programs have achieved regional, national, and international recognition through award-winning faculty, innovative research, diversity and inclusion, and distance eLearning options. Our strengths include information organization and data management; academic, public and school librarianship; scientific and technical information; scholarly communications; digital collections; and user experience.

Our Accrediation, Partnerships and Ranking Include:

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*Derived from a 2018 cost analysis of the 2017 US News & World Reports top 20 programs.