Library and Information Science Mission, Vision and Goals
In an information society, information professionals need skills and knowledge to assume roles of leadership in organizations that provide or rely upon information. The MLIS program offers a distinguished professional education relevant in a rapidly evolving age of information and based on the practices and underlying theories of information acquisition, organization, transmission and utilization.
The Library and Information Science Program cultivates the knowledge and skills needed to prepare librarians and information professionals to manage and evaluate information effectively, to take leadership roles in information settings, to effectively manage organizational and technological change, and to assist diverse information users in effectively accessing and utilizing information for personal, public and organizational decision making and problem solving.
This high-quality professional education informs relevant, ethical and effective practice in a rapidly changing multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual society. Students will be engaged in a student-centered learning environment that focuses on both practice and theory-based principles that prepare them to be critical consumers of research and reflective practitioners. They will participate in scholarly and community-based research, building professional relationships and modeling the behaviors needed to effectively provide service to their communities, meet the needs of underserved groups, and provide library and information services in a rapidly changing technological and global society.
It is the goal of the Library and Information Science Program to prepare graduates to serve in public, academic, corporate or specialized libraries as well as in business or corporate settings where the effective management of information is crucial.
To this end, the LIS Program:
- Enables students to facilitate effective D-I-K transfer, utilizing appropriate technology-based solutions to accomplish the organization, storage and retrieval of data and information in the creation of knowledge
- Prepares graduates to effectively serve a diversity of consumers of information
- Trains students to be reflective practitioners and critical consumers of research
- Provides the skills that graduates will need to adapt to and effectively manage change in community and global setting
- Instills in LIS graduates an understanding of and commitment to the high ethical standards
of the Library and Information Science profession