UC Berkeley School of Information

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The UC Berkeley School of Information or the iSchool is a graduate school offering both a professional
Professional school
A professional school is a school type that prepares students for careers in specific fields.Examples of this type of school include:* Architecture school* Business school* Dental school* Education school* Journalism school* Law school* Library school...

 master's degree and a research-oriented Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley , is a teaching and research university established in 1868 and located in Berkeley, California, USA...

. The school was created in 1994 and was known as the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) until 2006. Its roots trace back to UC Berkeley's School of Librarianship founded in the 1920s. The program is located in UC Berkeley's South Hall
South Hall (UC Berkeley)
South Hall, built in 1873, is the oldest building on the University of California, Berkeley campus and the only remaining building of the original campus. South Hall was originally the counterpart of North Hall, which no longer exists, but was located where the Bancroft Library currently stands.The...

, near Sather Tower
Sather Tower
Sather Tower is a campanile on the University of California, Berkeley campus. It is more commonly known as The Campanile due to its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice, and serves as UC Berkeley's most recognizable symbol. It was completed in 1914 and first opened to the public in...

 in the center of the UC Berkeley campus.

Master's program


The master's program is a 48 unit, two-year program designed to train students for careers as information professionals. Students who complete the program are awarded the Masters of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) degree. During the first year MIMS students take required courses in Information Organization and Retrieval, Distributed Computing Applications and Infrastructure, Social and Organizational Issues of Information, Information Law and Policy, and Analysis of Information Systems. During the second year students may choose from elective courses both at the iSchool and in other departments. The final prerequisite for the MIMIS degree is the completing of a group or individual thesis project.

PhD program


The doctoral program is a research-oriented program in which the student chooses specific fields of specialization, prepares sufficiently in the literature and the research of those fields to pass written and oral examinations, and completes original research culminating in the written dissertation. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidate's grasp of a broad field of learning and distinguished accomplishment in that field through contribution of an original piece of research revealing high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis.

Faculty

  • Yale Braunstein
  • Michael Buckland
    Michael Buckland
    Michael Keeble Buckland is an Emeritus Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and Co-Director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative....

     (Emeritus)
  • Jenna Burrell
  • Brian Carver
  • Coye Cheshire
  • John Chuang
  • Michael Cooper (Emeritus)
  • William Cooper (Emeritus)
  • Paul Duguid (Adjunct)
  • Robert Glushko (Adjunct)
  • Morten Hansen
  • Robert Harlan (Emeritus)
  • Marti Hearst
  • Ray Larson
  • Clifford Lynch (Adjunct)
  • Bill Maron (Emeritus)
  • Deirdre Mulligan
  • Geoffrey Nunberg
    Geoffrey Nunberg
    Geoffrey Nunberg is an American linguist and a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Nunberg has taught at Stanford University and served as a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from the mid-1980's to 2000...

     (Adjunct)
  • Tapan Parikh
  • Howard Rheingold (Lecturer)
  • Kimiko Ryokai
  • Pamela Samuelson
    Pamela Samuelson
    Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman '74 Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the UC Berkeley School of Information and Boalt Hall, the School of Law. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at...

  • AnnaLee Saxenian
    AnnaLee Saxenian
    AnnaLee Saxenian is a professor and the current Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Information, known widely for her work on technology clusters and social networks in Silicon Valley....

  • Doug Tygar
  • Nancy Van House
  • Hal Varian
    Hal Varian
    Hal Ronald Varian is an economist specializing in microeconomics and information economics. He is the Chief Economist at Google and he holds the title of emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley where he was founding dean of the School of Information...

  • Erik Wilde (Adjunct)

South Hall


The School of Information is located in historic South Hall
South Hall (UC Berkeley)
South Hall, built in 1873, is the oldest building on the University of California, Berkeley campus and the only remaining building of the original campus. South Hall was originally the counterpart of North Hall, which no longer exists, but was located where the Bancroft Library currently stands.The...

. Built in 1873, it is the oldest university building in California. South Hall is located in the heart of campus, near the Doe Library and the Campanile (also known as Sather Tower
Sather Tower
Sather Tower is a campanile on the University of California, Berkeley campus. It is more commonly known as The Campanile due to its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice, and serves as UC Berkeley's most recognizable symbol. It was completed in 1914 and first opened to the public in...

). It is known to have the smallest bear statue on the Berkeley campus. The small bear was added by Michael H. Casey, who did the ornamental castings for the restored facade in 1997.

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