School of Information reaches top five in U.S. News graduate school rankings

Ferguson, John  |  Mar 14, 2017

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U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Graduate Schools” has ranked The University of Texas at Austin School of Information in the top five nationally among colleges and schools of library and information studies.

The Texas iSchool is ranked fifth overall, up from sixth when last ranked.

“This latest ranking is our best ever, and it is gratifying that our peers recognize the quality of our educational offerings and our commitment to advancing the field of information,” Dean and Professor Andrew Dillon said.

The School of Information has remained in the top 10 in the U.S. News rankings for the past 15 years, steadily rising through this elite upper tier.

In addition to receiving an overall ranking, the School of Information also had four specialty programs that were highly ranked:

  • Archives and preservation is #2 (up from #4)
  • Law librarianship is #2 (no change)
  • Digital librarianship is #5 (up from #9)
  • Information systems is #10 (up from #11)

Using quantitative and qualitative measures, U.S. News annually ranks graduate school programs in business, education, engineering and law. Select other Ph.D. programs and specialty programs, such as those in the School of Information, are ranked in alternate years based on ratings of academic experts.

The ranking for library and information studies programs is based on a 2016 survey of deans, program directors and senior faculty members at 51 schools with accredited master’s programs.

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iSchool Students Awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarships

Jul 08, 2015

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Every year, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity awards 60 Spectrum Scholarships to graduate students excelling in the field of library and information studies. This year’s recipients include three students from the UT School of Information: Maria Barker, Alia Gant, and Maria Fernandez. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to meet other library students from across the country and to learn from professionals in the field about leadership in the librarian profession,” says Maria Barker. Barker has been able to pursue her interests in academic libraries and special collections as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Transportation Research library. In addition to the scholarship award, Spectrum Scholars are offered valuable networking opportunities through free attendance to the ALA Annual conference and the Spectrum Leadership Institute.

I am excited about the opportunity to meet other library students from across the country and to learn from professionals in the field about leadership in the librarian profession


“This is a tremendous opportunity to establish a relationship with the American Library Association as well as the Texas Library Association and learn more about these vital organizations within the library community,” says Alia Gant, who was selected as the Texas Library Association Scholar. “I value the opportunity to network with future colleagues, current library professionals, learn more about policy, issues, and initiatives relating to libraries, while making connections that will ultimately better libraries and librarianship in the future. I am absolutely thrilled and cannot wait to embark on this opportunity!” Gant is the Co-Director of the ALA/TLA UT student chapter as well as a GRA at UT’s Perry-Castñaeda Library. 

The ALA has awarded over 900 Spectrum Scholarships since 1997. Visit the ALA Spectrum website to learn more about the scholarship program. 


Randolph Bias Earns Teaching Award

Khan, Ayshea  |  Jun 25, 2015

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The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests.
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While the iSchool offers no undergraduate major, that doesn’t mean we are uninvolved in undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Austin. We offer an undergraduate minor, plus for the last five years iSchool prof Randolph Bias has taught a course for freshmen in the Signature Class program offered by the School of Undergraduate Studies. These signature classes are intended to “connect students with distinguished faculty members in unique learning environments,” and afford them “college-level skills in research, writing, speaking, and discussion through an approach that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential and contemporary.” Last year Randolph’s “Usability and User-Centered Design” course earned him the Signature Course Essential Elements Award for Excellence in Teaching Information Literacy. He looks forward to introducing 18 more 18-year-olds to the largest single-campus university in the nation again this fall!


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