University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences


University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences

Infobox_University


name = School of Information Sciences
established = 1901
dean = Ron Larsen (2004)
city = Pittsburgh
state = Pennsylvania
country = USA
students = 687
faculty= 36
campus = Urban
website= [http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/]
The University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences (or SIS) is one of the nation’s pioneering schools in the education of information professionals, with a history that reaches back more than a hundred years to the days of Andrew Carnegie. It is one of the schools of University of Pittsburgh and is one of the original members in the list of I-Schools. The School's current dean is Ronald L. Larsen.

The School offers an undergraduate program in Information Science, as well as graduate programs leading to a Masters degree, PhD degree, and Certificates of Advanced Study in Information Science, Telecommunications, and Library and Information Science. The School also offers a distance education FastTrack program for earning a Masters degree in Library and Information Science.

The school was originally founded on October 1, 1901 as the Training School for Children's Librarians at the Carnegie Library. The School moved to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1930, and eventually to the University of Pittsburgh in 1962 [cite book | last = Bleier | first = Carol | title = Tradition in transition : a history of the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh | publisher = Scarecrow Press | date = 2001 | isbn = 081084088X] . Specialized tracks of study currently range from areas such as School Librarianship Certification and Archival Studies to Digital Libraries to Geoinformatics and Information Security.

Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) program is a 120-credit undergraduate program that offers concentrations in
*"Information Systems Concentration" enables students to use object-oriented design tools to design, build, implement, and test web-based information systems.
*"User Centered Design Concentration" provides the visual and human-computer interaction skills needed to design and build prototypes of information systems interfaces, as well as to perform usability testing of these systems.
*"Networks and Security Concentration" offers skills needed to design, build and test LANS, WANS, Wireless, Internet and Web-based networks.

The Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) program is a 36-credit program that offers the following specializations and areas of focus:
* Database and Web Systems Track
* Information Security Track
* Geoinformatics Track
* Telecommunications and Distributed Systems
* Cognitive Systems
* Human Computer Interaction
* Technology and Society

The Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST) program is a 36-credit program that offers the following specializations:
*Telecommunications Systems
*Computer Networks
*Policy and Management
*Wireless
*Security

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is a 36-credit program that offers the following specializations:
*Academic Libraries
*School Library Certification Program
*Archival Studies Specializations
*Preservation Management Specialization
*Digital Libraries Specialization
*Medical Librarianship/Informatics Specialization
*Services to Children and Young Adult Specialization

The MLIS degree program was ranked seventh in the nation by US News & World Report in the magazine’s 2007 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools". In addition, the Medical Librarianship/Informatics Specialization at SIS was ranked #1; the Archives and Preservation Management Specialization and the Services to Children and Young Adult Specialization were ranked #4; Information Systems was ranked #5; the School Library Certification Program was ranked #9; and the Digital Libraries Specialization was ranked #10.

The Library and Information Science Program has a 94% acceptance rate, according to Peterson's. [http://www.petersons.com/GradChannel/code/programvc.asp?sn=University-of-Pittsburgh&mu=School-of-Information-Sciences&pn=Department-of-Library-and-Information-Science&tn=Students-Outcomes&inunid=29044&typeVC=programvc&filename=&tabid=4&sponsor=1 2]

The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares students for advanced work in research and teaching. It provides research-oriented graduate study and professional specialization in the science of information.

Building

Originally the American Institutes for Research Building, the University purchased the 1965 [cite book | last = Toker | first = Franklin | title = Pittsburgh: an urban portrait | publisher = Pennsylvania State University Press | date = 1986 | location = University Park | pages = 113 | isbn = 0-271-00415-0] Tasso Katselas designed Brutalist style structure [http://images.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/i/image/image-idx?xc=1;g=imls;q1=Information%20Sciences%20building;rgn1=dc_su;sid=1226b0433d4552061c3ed6efc01f5444;c=accd;c=aerial;c=allegob;c=chatham;c=cma;c=cmaharris;c=consol;c=cp;c=darlfamily;c=fairbanks;c=fcox;c=fwag;c=gn;c=gret;c=gt;c=hjhz;c=iks;c=jal;c=jben;c=ka;c=kauf;c=lysh;c=mest;c=pghprints;c=pghrail;c=pps;c=rr;c=rust;c=shourek;c=smoke;c=spencer;c=stotz;c=switch;c=trim;c=uapitt;c=ue;c=unionarcade;c=urban;size=20;lasttype=boolean;view=entry;lastview=thumbnail;subview=detail;cc=uapitt;entryid=x-air01.ua;viewid=AIR01UA.TIF;start=1;resnum=1] in 1968 and it has since then served as the primary facility housing the School of Information Sciences. [http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=pittfact;cc=pittfact;g=documentingpitt;xc=1;xg=1;q1=Central%20Blood%20Bank;rgn=full%20text;idno=1979a073698;didno=1979a073698;view=image;seq=0076] It also contains the School of Information Sciences library located in the Elizabeth Nesbitt Room, which contains over 70,000 volumes and 470 journal titles. [http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/is/info_sci.html] The room, named to honor Nesbitt, an internationally known expert on children's literature, houses several special collections on the history of children and children's books and media. Totaling more than 12,000 books and magazines dating from the 1600s to the present, the collection contains a signed special printing of Winnie the Pooh books and a first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit". [http://www.pitt.edu/commencement/visitors/campus_tour.pdf] A panoramic tour of the Elizabeth Nesbitt Room is available [http://www.library.pitt.edu/images/tours/nesbitt2.mov here] .

References

External links

* [http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/ School of Information Sciences]


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