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Tucson, AZ 85719
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Hispanic and American Indian Library and Information Issues



Pictured above: Knowledge River Cohort 13 Scholars

The application period for the Knowledge River Cohort 14 Program admission is closed.  Knowledge River will begin accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year and Cohort 15  beginning October 2015Applications received by February 1, 2016 will receive priority. 

The Fall 2014 Knowledge River Newsletter is now available. The newsletter contains highlights and successes of the past three years, highlights of some of the amazing scholars, and outlines the focus for the next three years. Enjoy reading about Knowledge River's success. Of particular interest will be the new videos highlighting KR scholars,

The University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS)an ALA-accredited program, invites you to share in a unique opportunity to prepare for a career as a librarian or information professional with focus on Latino and Native American communities.

Knowledge River is an educational experience within the School of information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) that focuses on educating information professionals who have experience with and are committed to the information needs of Latino and Native American populations. Knowledge River also 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.  Since its inception, Knowledge River has become the foremost graduate program for training librarians and information specialists with a focus on Latino and Native American cultural issues. To date, over 158 scholars have graduated from this program. This was and still is a nationally unprecedented milestone that can be attributed to the outstanding support that scholars are provided with. 

Knowledge River has served as a catalyst for increasing awareness of diversity in the school, which now requires all scholars to enroll in courses designed to integrate cultural and ethnic perspectives throughout LIS curriculum and instruction.  For more information about applying to Knowledge River, see the Admission page.

Knowledge River is funded largely by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit


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See 3 Dec. 2010 Message from SIRLS Director, Bryan Heidorn, regarding Proposition 107 and Diversity at SIRLS

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