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Alumni Q&A: Recent Grad Valerie Aucoin on the Advantages of ALA

SIS Alum Valerie AucoinFeatured alum: Valerie Aucoin (’19) just graduated from SIS and is currently interviewing for youth librarian positions across the country. She will be attending the American Library Association conference this week in Washington, D.C. as a volunteer, after she helped lead the student ALA chapter at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Why UTK?

I had a family friend who spoke highly of the program and we used to vacation in Gatlinburg when I was little, so I kind of knew the area. So I knew I could do Tennessee – it’s cold, gets some snow, not too much. It’s the biggest city I’ve ever lived in, and it has a nice, vibrant downtown.

About Our Information Sciences Program

Accredited by the American Library Association since 1972, the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences is the only ALA accredited master’s program in Tennessee. Our nationally ranked, top-20 program has achieved regional, national, and international recognition through award-winning faculty, innovative research, diversity and inclusion, and online learning 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.

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

Nearly 90% of MSIS Graduates Report Employment 
within One Year of Graduation According to our Student Achievement Data.


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.