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You're invited to SIS' Social Hour, November 6

All SIS alumni are invited to join faculty, staff, and students for light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the monthly Social Hour on Friday, November 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on the 3rd floor of the Information Sciences Building. This is a great opportunity to network, discuss ideas, and get to know each other. For more information, visit SIS’ events page.


SIS LIS PhD student awarded 2015 Libri Student Award

The School of Information Sciences congratulates LIS PhD student Michael Widdersheim in being awarded the annual Libri Student Award for 2015. Widdersheim’s winning paper, “Governance, Legitimation, Commons: A Public Sphere Framework and Research Agenda for the Public Library Sector,” will be published in this December’s issue (volume 65, number 4) of Libri, the German peer-reviewed LIS journal. The award also includes a gift of EUR 500 and a free subscription to the journal. Libri has been a strong voice in the international library world since 1950 and continues to work to support the next generation of library and information science professionals.


SIS BOV Chair delivers keynote at symposium geared to black student retention

Alfred Moyé, Chair of the Board of Visitors (BOV) for SIS, gave an engaging keynote speech at the fifth annual African American Student Retention Symposium on Sept. 25. Moyé spoke about mentors and role models to a crowd of two hundred attendees. Learn more about the symposium here.


SIS alumni celebrated at Insights and Awards events

The University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences hosted the annual Alumni Awards and an inaugural Alumni Insights event on Friday, October 9 at the Information Sciences Building. Dean Ronald Larsen gave opening remarks and introduced SIS' Visiting Scholars. Then, distinguished speakers, most of whom are SIS alumni, presented four talks. Later in the day, SIS alumnus and representative of the Pitt Alumni Association, Eric Spiegel (BSIS ’88), opened the Alumni Awards ceremony. Spiegel introduced Dean Larsen, who then presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Steven S. Choi (PhD ’76); the Professional Achievement Award to Chris Geary (MSIS ’98); and the Young Alumni Award to Tim Schlak (MLIS ’07, PhD ’10). Read more >


SIS Board of Visitors holds annual meeting

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences was delighted to welcome its Board of Visitors (BOV) to Pittsburgh for their annual meeting that was held Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13. The BOV recommends both long-term strategies and short-term projects, and is comprised of innovative leaders in higher education and industry. Board members, who live and work all over the country, travel to SIS once a year in order to attend this key meeting. Read more >


New Pitt-led open data center launches

The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center was unveiled Thursday, October 15 by Mayor Bill Peduto, city officials, Allegheny County, and the University of Pittsburgh. The data repository service houses public information previously spread out across many different platforms, which previously required cumbersome procedures to access. The new data center makes it possible for anyone to access the data sets submitted by government, non-profits, and academic institutions. Users can easily view and export the data for their own analysis. The University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research is overseeing the project. Read more >


Full-time Director of Constituent Relations joins SIS staff

We are pleased to announce that Amy Herlich has been hired as the Director of Constituent Relations for the School of Information Sciences (SIS). She will manage SIS’ alumni relations, fundraising, and stewardship programs. Her first day on the job was Monday, October 19. Read more >

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