The University Record, September 17, 2001

75th anniversary of School of Information

By Jay Jackson
School of Information

West Hall
The School of Information marks its 75th anniversary with a True Blue Alumni Weekend Sept. 28–29. This is the first of several events planned during the fall and winter semesters to mark the University’s leadership in educating information professionals.

The academic program of the School began as a Department of Library Science in 1926, and later as the department’s mission and the information professions themselves changed to meet society’s needs, the department evolved into what is now the School of Information.

The School of Information (SI) at the University of Michigan works to develop an integrated

understanding of human needs as they relate to information systems and social structures. SI pioneers the development and application of principles of information management and educates professionals to lead in the information age.

SI is the only program of its kind in the United States whose master’s program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) in library science, archives and records management, human-computer interaction, and information economics, management and policy.

The program begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 with a panel discussion, “From the Inner Sanctum: Our Deans Tell All!” Past and present deans will share the highlights—and foibles—of their deanship. At 3 p.m. Rick Weingarten of the American Library Association will speak on “Riding the Third Wave: Policy Lessons from the Information Revolution.” Weingarten is director of the Office for Information Technology Policy at ALA.

Alumni and the public also are invited to a dean’s dinner later that evening. All events will be in the Alumni Center Founders Room, East Washington and Fletcher streets. For more information and reservations, call (734) 763-2281 or visit the School’s Web site at www.si.umich.edu/75.