History of the iSchool

The School of Information Studies is a leading institution in the  information field. From our roots in library science, we’ve evolved  to push the boundaries of information, technology, and data. 

1896

Syracuse University offers the first library courses in the von Ranke Library.

1915

Syracuse University establishes the School of Library Science as its eighth degree-granting entity.

1974

The School of Library Science becomes the School of Information Studies. We become the first library school to embrace the broader field of information.

1980

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

1987

We start offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management and Technology.

1993

We offer our first distance learning master’s in Library and Information Science.

1999

The iSchool establishes its first research centers. The pioneering research helps develop innovations of the next century.

2008

We hold a celebration for the official opening of our new home: Hinds Hall.

2009

The iSchool starts to support student entrepreneurs with its own incubator. It becomes a hub for student-run small businesses to develop and compete for seed funding.

2010

The iSchool runs their first immersion trips to New York City and San Francisco. Immersion trips that will become a hallmark of the iSchool.

2013

The iSchool develops SU’s first massive open course “An Introduction to Data Science.” The ICE Box event space opens in Hinds Hall.

2017

The iSchool launches two master’s programs: Enterprise Data Systems and Applied Data Science.