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September 27, 2001

SIS publishes book for centennial

As part of a year-long celebration of its first 100 years, the School of Information Sciences (SIS) has published Carol Bleier's book, "Tradition in Transition."

The book focuses on the individuals who shaped the values, curriculum, teaching, learning, research, scholarship and service of SIS in the education of librarians and, more recently, of information professionals in a range of specializations.

The school started as the Carnegie Library School in 1901. It became part of Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) in the 1930s and has been housed at Pitt since 1962.

The school boasts several firsts, including being the first to offer information ethics and policy courses and the first information sciences school to offer a telecommunications program. SIS is among the first schools to offer medical librarianship and biomedical informatics programs and a wireless systems and geoinformatics curricula.

SIS has two departments — library and information science, and information science and telecommunications — and offers an undergraduate degree in information science, three master's degrees, certificates of advanced study and two Ph.D. programs.

Several of the school's specialty areas are nationally ranked. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the SIS Master of Library and Information Science Program 3rd nationally; health librarianship 1st; information systems 3rd; children and youth services 4th, and archives and preservation programs 4th.

Containing more than 100 photographs, "Tradition in Transition" is available for $24.95. To order, or for more information, call 1-800/462-6420 or visit the web site:

Filed under: Feature,Volume 34 Issue 3

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