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October 2, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

For more than 125 years, Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science has been a leader at the nexus of information studies and design thinking and has been internationally known among our academic peers for its scholarly work. To honor this legacy and to recognize the advancements in technology and globalization that have yielded unprecedented growth and opportunities in the study, application, and exchange of physical and digital information, it is my pleasure to announce that we are changing the name of the school from the School of Information and Library Science to the School of Information.

By renaming the school, we better position it to lead in the information fields, as we continue to explore how new technologies affect our economic, social, and knowledge-making processes. The new name, which will be effective on Monday, October 5, 2015, also more accurately reflects the school’s current academic focus and vision for its future. 

The School of Information enhances the Masters in Library and Information Science graduate programs by featuring new offerings that support the existing curriculum. As the field continues to rapidly expand, new School of Information programs have been developed through the lens of professional practice and now include a new Master of Science program: Museums and Digital Culture. In addition to these master degrees, the School will offer even more specialized skills with Advanced Certificates in User Experience and Digital Humanities. New graduate programs will also be announced in the near future.

I’d like to thank Dean Tula Giannini, whose leadership of the school over the last decade has allowed it to thrive and evolve with the changes brought on by the digital age. It is her vision that has made all of this possible and allows the school to continually build on its legacy as an established leader in the field.   

As we position Pratt for the next 125 years, I look forward to working together with Dean Giannini and others across the Institute to ensure that the Institute’s School of Information will allow current and future students the best possible education and professional preparation for the digital and information age.


Kirk E. Pillow 
Kirk E. Pillow

Pratt Institute
Office of the Provost
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205 

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