The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, School of Information Sciences (SIS) has been named a member of the iSchools organization, an international group of colleges and universities dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationships between information, people and technology.
Fifteen of the top-ranked U.S. schools of information sciences, including UT, are represented among the list of 46 iSchools from around the world.*
“Gaining the iSchool membership is external recognition of our School’s outstanding record of attracting substantial sponsored research funding, engaging students to be future researchers and leading edge professionals, as well as having a commitment to an innovative understanding of the information environment,” said SIS Director Ed Cortez.
“We hope to contribute to the mission of the iSchool movement by continuing to seek new leadership markets for our graduates in all places where information happens,” said Cortez. “As an iSchool, we will continue to look for every opportunity to interject our skills and inform all aspects of society of the pivotal role that information professionals play in research and development, scholarship, exploration, discovery, enrichment and recreation.”
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 to promote an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with information through innovative research and teaching. iSchool members strive to lead in the information field as well as work together on shared challenges.
By joining the iSchool organization, SIS stands firm in its position as one of the leading information science academic institutions and will be an active player in the transition from traditional librarianship to the emerging and developing fields of information science, especially in the STEM areas. Its activities in those fields have already been driving many UT undergraduate students in the STEM fields to select the SIS undergraduate minor as a complement to their degree program.
*SIS increased its overall score in the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of the best graduate schools in the “Library and Information Studies” category. While remaining at number 17 out of the 51 ranked accredited information schools, UT is the highest ranked Southeastern Conference school and is one of the youngest and smallest of the highest ranked schools.