Developing the Next Generation of Native Librarians
School of Information, University of Texas at Austin


Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions
Questions about the MSIS degree
Questions about the scholarship
Questions about relocating to Austin
Questions you'll have as a new student


Application Questions:

Is the Honoring Generations Program accepting applications at this time?
Not at this time. Our grant allowed us to have six students in the program, and we have reached that limit. Check back with us periodically for more information about future scholarship opportunities.


The following questions will remain on this website for archival purposes and to help current and future students.

Is there a separate application for the scholarship?
No. The main requirement is that you contact Dr. Loriene Roy prior to applying to the program and throughout your application process. The only applications you have to complete are the ones for the School of Information and for the University of Texas.

Once I get into the School of Information am I automatically in the running for the scholarship?
Yes. We ask each student to complete the routine applications to the iSchool and to the UT-Austin Graduate School. But we also require that students remain in contact with us throughout the process.

It says on your web site that applicants have to work closely with Dr. Roy. What are the requirements to working closely?
By simply sending us an email is the first step! We like to hear from the prospective students as they complete their applications. This way we can try to monitor the application process.

The GRE exam offers different kinds of tests: the Computer Based and Paper Based, and the Subject and General GRE tests.  Which of these do I take? 
You would take the General GRE, available in computerized format or paper. We don't require the subject GRE. Most students will take the computer based test since testing centers are moving away from paper based tests.

I need to write a letter for entrance.  What should this be based on and how long? 
Students usually submit a 1-2 page paper, word processed. They often speak about their background, sometimes their families, their experience in libraries, reading, with computers or technology, and their aspirations.


Questions about the MSIS degree:

How long will it take to finish this degree?
The Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) degree requires the completion of 40 semester hours. These 40 semester hours will include nineteen hours in required courses and twenty-one credit hours in elective courses. Typically, students can finish the program within two years. Read more about the iSchool at its web site: http://www.ischool.utexas.edu

Questions about the scholarship:

How many students are currently being funded by Honoring Generations?
We currently have all six students enrolled. We've been able to award a scholarship to each student who has completed an application and who was admitted to the iSchool and UT-Austin graduate school. We do plan to submit another grant to continue Honoring Generations, but there's no guarantee that IMLS will give us more funding.


Who is eligible for the scholarship?
Native American or indigenous students who are interested in librarianship. And because this is a graduate degree, you must have completed your undergraduate program before you begin the program. You also must be willing to relocate to Austin since we do not offer a distance education program.

Where did the money come from for this scholarship?
Funding for Honoring Generations comes from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Check out the "Our Partners" page to find out more about IMLS.


Questions about funding your education:

Will this scholarship cover all of my expenses?
The financial packet for students enrolled in the semester-long option will include tuition and fees for all coursework, a monthly stipend, along with a one-time stipend to cover relocation costs. Students will need to secure additional funds to cover additional living expenses. See the additional financial aid page for more scholarship opportunities.

What are some other scholarships that students in the program have received?
One student received additional funding from the Navajo Nation. Two are also Spectrum Scholars and received $5,000 from the American Library Association, plus an all-expenses paid leadership institute. One is also receiving funding from the Association of Research Libraries ($7500 plus a two-year residency when he graduates). One student is a Ford Foundation Fellow and another just received an American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship. One student received a scholarship through the American Indian Library Association.

Can students work while going to school?
Although class work is demanding, students also find jobs to supplement their income and to gain experience while in graduate school. Check out the iSchool's Career Services Office web site: http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/careers/


Questions about relocating to Austin:

Do I have to move to Austin?
Since we do not offer a distance education program, then you must be willing to move to Austin. If you are interested in distance education programs in this field, please check out the resources page.

What kind of housing is available?
Students have a number of options for housing--including married student/family housing and off-campus apartments. Check out these web sites for more information:

Off campus housing:

University Housing web site: http://www.utexas.edu/student/housing/index.php?site=0&scode=2&id=639&is_main=1


Questions you'll have as a new student at UT:

What happens at Orientation?
As a new student at the iSchool, you have the opportunity to learn more about the program and to meet with iSchool faculty at Orientation. This is held before the semester starts, and one is held before the summer session. You'll learn about the different programs offered and then will have the opportunity to meet with your advisor to get ready to register.

Where can I find out about class registration?
The university's registrar's web site contains information about registration, including class schedules and registration schedules.

You must visit with your academic advisor prior to registering each semester.

Where can I get my ID?
You can get your ID at the ID Center located in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) at the Information Desk, 1st floor. IDs are $10 for students. Payments are only accepted at the cashier's office located in the main building (the Tower building) or online under "What I Owe." Check out their web site for more information: http://www.utexas.edu/its/idcenter/

See the link to the campus map below to find the FAC: http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/fac.html

Where do I buy my books?*
The University Co-op, which is on The Drag (that part of Guadalupe Street that is directly across from the UT campus), is the place to go to pick up books, supplies, and UT merchandise. You can also order books online and pick them up at one of there four locations (the Co-op East is easy to get to and has easy parking and access) or for a small fee have them delivered to your home.  When you are ordering books for the iSchool, we are under the School of Information.  Make sure you know your course numbers (e.g. INF 180J).  Also check The-Insider, the official list-serv for the iSchool. People often post announcements about selling their books here.

Where can I buy my course reading packets?*  
In the Graduate School of Business (GSB), which is across from PCL (which is the main library right by Sanchez, see below) at a branch of the UT Copy Center.  The room number is GSB 3.136 and the phone number is 471-8281.  You will need to know the course number and the name of the instructor.  However, your instructor can take packets anywhere so make sure this is the correct place to go if you do need to purchase a reading packet.

Where can I exercise at?*
UT RecSports facilities, including Gregory Gym and the new Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex, are the places to go to workout, swim, play sports, take classes, and so much more!  Gregory Gym is located close to Sanchez at the Northeast corner of 21st and Speedway.  If you want a locker, almost as sparse as parking spaces, you need to sign up for one on the first day of classes at the Gym Store. http://www.utrecsports.org/facilities/about.php

What about parking?*
Here is the official parking Web site with the application for C permits (aka student parking) or for garage permits. There is exceptionally limited parking on this campus (14,500 spots for 70,000 people).  If you hold at least half-time TA or GA-ships, you should be eligible for an A (staff) parking permit.  C permits are $100 per academic year (more with the Longhorn Night Garage Option) and A are $120 an academic year. http://www.utexas.edu/parking/

After 6pm and on weekends, the State employee lot across from the Sanchez building has free parking.

What time do I get here?  Where is C Parking?*
Some people park in surrounding neighborhoods and walk in.  If you want a parking space close (neighborhood or campus)---get here early in the 7:00-8:00am time frame!  Spaces do come empty during the day of course but you have to be a canny at finding them!  The C parking, except for one small lot behind the Benson Latin American Collection Library, is across I-35 but there is Disch-Falk [DF] shuttle that runs to campus (it drops you off across from the football stadium at 23rd and San Jacinto).  You can then walk to Sanchez or catch the Forty Acres shuttle, which lets you off at the corner of 21st and Speedway (by Gregory Gym and across from Jester Dorm).  

What about garage and private parking?*
There are several parking garages at about $8.00 or so per day (one is located just down the hill from CDL and the Brazos garage is located just south of Jester Dorm across from Sanchez).  There are also private pay lots just west of Sanchez (between it and Guadalupe) and these range from $5.00-12.00 per day. Many students at the iSchool use the Brazos garage for daytime parking.

UT Shuttles*
Here are the links to shuttle schedules/routes for this Fall. For the university style park and ride, you can try parking at the Intramural fields at 51st and Guadalupe and then taking the IF shuttle to campus. Shuttles run on reduced routes and times during registration and finals.  Most routes do not run between semesters. http://www.capmetro.org/riding/schedules_ut.asp

Capital Metro *
(Austin city buses) Here is the link to Capital Metro (city buses). You can ride all city buses for free with your student ID.  There is also a bus to the airport that leaves right from campus--much cheaper and easier than parking/driving there.  It takes about 20-25 minutes to get to the airport from campus and it is free!  There are usually paper copies of the Capital Metro (Austin Bus) schedules at main library (PCL).  They are usually located on top of the new book cases (on your right after you walk in the door and pass through the security gate). http://www.capmetro.org/riding/schedulesandmaps.asp

Football Game Days*
During football games it can be a challenge only undertaken by the dedicated and hardy, to get to campus to do any work.  It is impossible to park on campus and those of you at CDL may also face particular and interesting challenges.  For those of you who are not Texans, football is taken very seriously here.

Parking at Night *
You can park for free after 6 PM across the street from the Texas State History Museum in the government parking lot.

A spaces and some F (faculty) spaces are generally open to parking for anyone (the lot by Gregory Gym might be an exception you probably need some type of UT permit to park there) after 5:45pm.  Again, competition is fierce for these!  The majority of A parking spaces are located along San Jacinto.  There are cheapish options for using the garages at night, check out the information on the parking pages.


* Angela Palmer, former SASI co-director, posted these questions and answers to The Insider, the official listserv for the School of Information. Some modifications have been made to reflect changes in the department and the university.


Dr. Loriene Roy, Program Director
Anishinabe; Enrolled: White Earth Reservation;
Member: Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
E-mail: loriene@ischool.utexas.edu
Fax: (512) 471-3971

Mailing address:
Honoring Generations
The University of Texas at Austin
School of Information
1 University Station Stop D7000
Austin, TX 78712

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Last updated October 7, 2007

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