The School of Information aims to be the premier research and education
program for 21st century information professionals who will apply the
theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to preserve the past, manage
the present and design the future.
Our mission is to shape the field of information studies for human and
social benefit by:
- Discovering new and vital knowledge about information
- Educating the next generation of leaders in the information professions
- Developing new scholars who will advance knowledge
- Improving society though service and collaboration
- Applying human-centered values to all our work
At the School of Information, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of citizens by enabling and supporting the curation, organization and experience of information in ways that enhance lives.
- Humans are the center of the information lifecycle
- Information technologies must serve the needs of their users
- Access to information for all citizens is a requirement of a civil society
- Information systems should augment human and organizational capabilities
- Information quality raises ethical issues worthy of deep study
- Our cultural heritage requires our active engagement in matters of management, policy and preservation.
Programs and Resources of the Information School
The School of Information accomplishes its mission through the following specific programs and resources:
- A PhD program for information researchers, scholars and advanced information managers.
- A Master of Science program in Information Studies for top-level information
professionals in archival enterprise, information architecture, information
policy, information systems design and management, information usability,
librarianship, multimedia design, museum work, preservation and conservation,
and records management.
- General information study coursework for undergraduates and graduates
in other fields of study.
- Special programs in school library certification and youth information
- A Certificate of Advanced Study, and endorsement of specialization
and continuing education programs for life-long learning.
- A Faculty who are leaders in research, instruction, and service.
- Excellent facilities and technological resources for research and
- Unparalleled educational and information resources of The University
of Texas at Austin and of the metropolitan Austin area.
- More than 50 scholarships and 70 teaching assistantships awarded annually,
and current annual grants that total several hundred thousand dollars.
- Collaborations with academic units in the humanities, sciences, social
sciences and engineering, with other professional schools and with both
government and high-tech agencies and organizations.
Careers in Information
Career opportunities for information professionals are constantly increasing
in number. In addition to research and teaching, they include thousands
of positions as information providers, information managers, information
system designers and creators, and information policy experts.
Many positions have well-developed legacies and traditions from the past
(for example, archival work, academic, public, school and special librarianship,
museum work, preservation and conservation, records management); many
have been created during the past two decades (digital information system
design, creation and management, multimedia production, information architecture
and usability, information policy); and many (yet unnamed) will come into
existence through the natural evolution of social structures and technological
Careers of these kinds occur in both private and public realms, in for-profit
and not-for-profit environments, in entrepreneurial development and social
service, and in virtually every known field of study.
Challenges and Needs
The greatest challenges facing the information society are to understand
in some fundamental way the extraordinary complexity of information and
to discover principles and processes that will manage its immense volume
and tap its promise for enhancing our lives. The most critical need is
to engage those best and brightest people who thrive on such challenges:
- People who place humans at the center of the information lifecycle
- People who understand that information has as much to do with content
as with technological prowess
- People who are committed to exploring information complexity in order
to discover the human and technological principles and processes that
- People who are energized by a vision of a diverse society in which
access to relevant information is not merely a luxury but a requirement
- People who are dedicated to the creation of new forms of information
systems that can augment human and organizational capabilities
- People who are sensitive to and driven to improve legal and ethical
aspects of information access
- People who recognize the cultural and social importance of our information
heritage and institutions, and the necessity of preserving and disseminating
the human cultural record
- People who are enthusiastic about careers that facilitate the management
and application of information to the everyday lives of individuals
At the School of Information, we are committed to making a difference
in the lives of citizens by shaping information realities that are accessible,
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