Knowledge River

Educating information professionals who are committed to the information needs of Latino and Native American populations.

Knowledge River student graduating

About Knowledge River

The School of Information’s Knowledge River Program specializes in educating information professionals who have experience with and are committed to the information needs of Latino and Native American populations. Knowledge River fosters understanding of library and information issues from the perspectives of Latino and Native Americans and advocates for culturally sensitive library and information services to these communities.

Knowledge River Scholars

Knowledge River Scholars graduate with an ALA-accredited M.A. in Library & Information Science. During their graduate studies they receive opportunities for academic support, specialized advising, participation in a cohort-based learning community, mentorship, access to Knowledge River alumni, and professional development activities, as well as regular School of Information services and activities.

Learn more about how to apply to be a Knowledge River Scholar.

Our Graduates

Since our inception in 2001, Knowledge River has graduation 170+ scholars. The program is considered the foremost graduate program for training librarians and information specialist in these concentration areas. Knowledge River librarians have found jobs in diverse library and information venues, locally, regionally and nationally, and many are considered emergent leaders in the library profession.

Our Vision

Reflecting the population in Arizona, Knowledge River focuses on Latino and Native American communities, but our vision can encompass a rich diversity of communities.

Knowledge River aims to become a national exemplar in Library & Information science education by reflecting throughout the program's teaching, research, and outreach the diversity of communities that libraries, information environments, and cultural heritage institutions serve in Arizona and in the nation.

Our Goals

  • Continue diversity as a major goal for the iSchool, with Knowledge River as the flagship of this effort
  • Recruit an annual cohort of Knowledge River Scholars
  • Achieve sustainability
  • Expand diversity curriculum development
  • Increase emphasis on diverse faculty and diversity research, including connections with relevant campus departments
  • Extend focus on library and community outreach, through service assistantships and other means
  • Increase cultural fluency among all iSchool constituencies
  • Build upon the cohorts of previous graduates as support for Knowledge River students and to further the goals of Knowledge River

Our Partners

Knowledge River is funded largely by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We also receive support from numerous partners, including the University of Arizona Libraries, Arizona Health Sciences Library, Pima County Public Library, and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Records.

Learn more about how our Knowledge River Scholars work with these partners in different specialty areas.

Contact Us

Knowledge River Program

1103 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 1+ 520.621.5220
FAX: 1+ 520.621.3279

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Support Knowledge River by donating to the Knowledge River Scholarship Fund.