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PhD program in Library and Information Science shapes the exchange of information in the digital age

Much has changed since this program was established over 100 years ago. Despite these changes, our PhD in Library and Information Science degree program has consistently produced research essential to connecting people with the information they need.

Our PhD students are currently researching topics such as: collaborative mapping, physical and web accessibility, web analytics, taxonomy/ontology creation and management, digital humanities, scholarly collaboration on social media, information ethics, social and environmental implications of data centers, and more.

This is a research-driven program where students work closely with professors, who are experts in their fields. Opportunities for our PhD students include:

Archives and Information Science
For doctoral students interested in pursuing academic careers in the archives area, with a focus on digital preservation or curation and archival ethics, accountability, and appraisal issues.

Information Behavior
For doctoral students who seek to understand how people plot a course through complex information ecologies including digital environments, and how such ecologies can respond to their ways of thinking, feeling, and valuing. A special emphasis is placed on behaviors of children and youth.

Health Information Behavior and Health Education Interventions
For doctoral students who wish to investigate the information practices and behaviors of health professionals, patients, caregivers, and consumers.

Social Information Systems
For doctoral students who will investigate issues related to the design and use of social information systems, focusing on the impact of social media on people’s information behavior.

Web-based Information Systems
For doctoral students interested in studying, designing, and implementing web-based systems for representing, retrieving, extracting, and disseminating relevant information.

School Librarianship
For doctoral students interested in teaching, research, and administrative experience in a top-ranked, competency-based School Library Certification Program designed for school librarians and school library supervisors.

Program Structure

Requirements for the PhD degree, a 54-credit program, include a minimum of 36 course and seminar credits beyond the master’s degree and 18 dissertation credits.

Statute of Limitations

All requirements for the PhD degree must be completed in not more than 6 calendar years from the time of first registration (or 8 calendar years for part-time students).  Students may, in extenuating circumstances, submit a formal request for extension of their statute of limitations or for a leave of absence from the program.  The request must be submitted to the advisor and then presented to the LIS Committee on Doctoral Studies for a decision.

Faculty Advisors

Mary K. Biagini

Leanne Bowler

Sheila Corrall

Richard J. Cox

James G. “Kip” Currier

Elizabeth Lyon

Daqing He

Alison Langmead

Christinger Tomer