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About the School of Information Science

Accredited by the American Library Association for nearly half a century, SIS has achieved regional, national, and international recognition through its award-winning faculty, innovative research, diversity and inclusion, and online learning options. More than two dozen full-time faculty, lecturers and practitioners teach, mentor, and publish research with the nearly 250 students currently enrolled in MSIS program.

  • Top 20 Library and Information Sciences Program.
  • Internationally Recognized Faculty with Diverse Research Interests.
  • Pioneer of Online Library and Information Sciences Education since the Late 90s.
  • Community Building Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students and College Credit.
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Mission:

The School of Information Sciences seeks to enrich, elevate, and transform the information professions, and communities, through outstanding research, education, and public service.

Vision:

The following statements convey The School of Information Sciences vision to impact the larger Information Sciences Landscape. SIS strives to create value through meaningful engagement for a diverse and pluralistic information ecology; advance original ideas for an information society through inquiry, discovery, scholarship, and creative activity; and lead by preparing ethical, innovative, and reflective information professionals.

Values:

As a land-grant institution committed to excellence, there are several guiding principles at the core of all SIS research, programs, and initiatives, including: 

  • Diversity and inclusion, respect for all opinions and people, free exchange of ideas, and academic freedom.
  • Intellectual curiosity, reflectiveness, and lifelong learning.
  • Rigor in research, scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • Student, community, and professional engagement.
  • Adaptability, agility, and flexibility in all we do, using data-driven and transparent decision-making.

Academic Programs & Career Pathways:

The School of Information Sciences offers several graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as career pathways to equip students with skillsets to excel in a traditional or nontraditional information sciences setting. SIS programs include a Master of Sciences in Information Sciences, School Library Media Specialist LicensureYouth Informatics Graduate CertificateGraduate Minor in Computational Science, Undergraduate Information Studies and Technology Minor, and several MSIS career pathways, including:

Research & Academic Excellence

SIS actively embraces a varied and interdisciplinary approach to research, pursuing an intellectual atmosphere of curiosity and creativity. SIS offers 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, the National Science Foundation, and more. The goal is to prepare students to become leaders in the information professions, providing an experience of critical inquiry.

History

The School of Information Sciences has strong roots in the library and information professions dating back to 1928, with the program's launch coinciding with the first national efforts by library communities to evaluate school libraries and draw up standards to measure their effectiveness. The program was accredited by the American Library Association in 1972, shortly after the Master of Science degree was established. From its inception SIS has continually evaluated and refined its mission, goals, and objects to excel in the rapidly changing information landscape, and pursued a climate of outreach and service to the global and local community.