UA School of Information

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The School of Information is a multidisciplinary academic department and professional school in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences focusing on the many aspects of information organization, management, or use and its impact on individuals and society. A combination of the School of Information Resources & Library Science (SIRLS) and the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts (SISTA), this new department plays host to faculty and students engaged in research and education around all facets of the information sciences, without regard for disciplinary boundaries.

In the Beginning

Beginnings as an undergraduate component in school library science in College of Education.

A New Major Created

First MEd degree with school library science major awarded.

Library School Foundation

Graduate Library School founded. Donald C. Dickinson appointed first director of the new library school. Six part-time students admitted to the Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

The First Master

Lawrence Clark Powell joined the faculty. First Master of Library Science degree awarded.

Graduate Library Institute

Indian Graduate Library Institute began for Native Americans.

ALA Accreditation

Program accredited by the American Library Association. School moved to its present location in the “pink motel.”

GLISA founded

Graduate Library Institute for Spanish Speaking Americans (GLISA) founded and directed by Dr. Arnulfo Trejo.

Accreditation Continues

Program reaccredited by the American Library Association. Ellen Altman appointed as director.

New Acting Director

Margaret Maxwell appointed acting director.

Administrative Move

School moved administratively into the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, later renamed the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS).

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