History

The School of Information Studies is The Original Information School in the nation. It is a leading center for innovative programs in information policy, information behavior, information management, information systems, information technology, and information services. The nationally ranked school (U.S. News and World Report) has professional degree programs at the undergraduate and master's levels and research and professional degrees at the doctoral level. The school offers its master's programs in campus and online formats.

Our approach stands out from other institutions that offer computer science, management, information science, and related programs in that our focus is on users and user information needs as the starting point for integrating information and information technology into organizations. The faculty combines expertise in information systems, linguistics, computer science, library science, education, business management, school media, digital literacy, management information systems, telecommunications, wireless and emerging technologies, and communication. The faculty are active in research that reflects their diverse intellectual backgrounds and interests.


1896

Syracuse University offers the first library courses in the University’s von Ranke Library

1915

The School of Library Science is established as SU's eighth degree-granting entity.

1974

The School of Library Science is renamed the School of Information Studies—the first library school to embrace the broader field of information.


1980

The School of Information Studies offers a Master of Science degree in Information Resources Management (IRM) (now Information Management)—the first of its kind in the nation.

1987

The School of Information Studies offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management and Technology, beginning a long history as a model for similar undergraduate programs across the nation.

1993

The School of Information Studies offers its first program (MLS) in a distance learning format.


1999

Research centers, including the Convergence Center, Center for Digital Commerce, Center for Natural Language Processing, and Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities, are established to help pioneer and develop the innovations of the next century.

2008

iOpening—a celebration of the official opening of the iSchool’s new home in Hinds Hall—is held during Commencement Weekend.

2009

The iSchool’s entrepreneurship incubator, the Student Sandbox, begins with five student applicant teams, five companies, and four mentors, awarding $36,000 in prize funding. By 2012, there are 129 student applicant teams, 45 admitted companies, 100+ mentors, and $150,000 in prize funding.


2013

Syracuse University’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “An Introduction to Data Science,” is housed in the iSchool. The ICE Box (Innovation, Collaboration, and Entrepreneurship) space opens on the second floor of Hinds Hall.