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Our Vision

The School of Information Studies echoes the university vision to be an innovative leader in empowering graduates from diverse backgrounds to meet the challenges of an increasingly interdependent world.

Our Mission

The School of Information Studies, through its various degree programs and certificates, empowers students to become professionals who connect individuals and communities to the world of information and learning with reason, compassion, and a commitment to service and radical inclusion.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Program goals and learning outcomes are integrated into the curriculum, and are tied to course objectives and deliverables.

Master of Library and Information Science: Learning Goals and Outcomes May, 2021
Goal 1: Develop a professional identity and philosophy within the library and information professions.
  • Outcome 1a. Describe the evolving nature of the core values and ethics within diverse information environments .
  • Outcome 1b. Demonstrate how a philosophy, theory, model, and/or major perspective of the library and information profession guides practice in diverse settings.
  • Outcome 1c. Participate in professional activities and associations, such as professional conferences and meetings, internships and practicums, and professional email discussions and social media.
Goal 2: Understand the essential nature of information and its relevance to our diverse society.
  • Outcome 2a. Describe various definitions and concepts of information.
  • Outcome 2b. Explain the impact of information policies on intellectual freedom, access, literacy, information behavior, and other aspects of library and information science.
  • Outcome 2c. Develop appropriate responses to assessed information needs within diverse communities/organizations.
Goal 3: Navigate, curate, and create information across the spectrum of human records.
  • Outcome 3a. Design resources or tools that facilitate access to information.
  • Outcome 3b. Utilize resources or tools to manage information.
  • Outcome 3c. Evaluate resources or tools that manage and facilitate access to information.
Goal 4: Synthesize theory and practice within a dynamic, evolving, and diverse information environment.
  • Outcome 4a. Apply library and information science theories, principles, and research to professional practice.
  • Outcome 4b. Evaluate current and emerging technologies for information capture, organization, dissemination, access, and/or curation to meet the variety of information needs of diverse communities.
  • Outcome 4c. Demonstrate teaching and learning principles in relation to professional practice.
Goal 5: Effectively communicate and collaborate to deliver, market, and advocate for library and information services.
  • Outcome 5a. Apply marketing and/or advocacy principles to demonstrate and promote the value of libraries and information agencies.
  • Outcome 5b. Demonstrate effective professional communication to achieve common understanding as an individual or in group settings.
  • Outcome 5c. Demonstrate leadership principles in an educational, professional, or community context.