The Redesigned MLIS Program
Building on our tradition of excellence to prepare the next generation of information professionals
The roles of information professionals are changing dramatically, and our faculty have responded by redesigning the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program to educate the next generation of creative and entrepreneurial information professionals to make a difference in the communities they serve and to pursue a fulfilling and intellectually challenging career.
The Principles of the Redesign
- Embodies the culture and values of librarianship and information science.
- Emphasizes immersive experiential learning for all students.
- Focuses on the information professional’s roles in advocating for positive change in the community.
- Provides students with a foundation of methods and tools to analyze and solve information problems.
- Integrates standards and competencies from ALA and other professional organizations.
Components of the Redesign
A New Foundational Core
- Lifecycles of Data and information
- Systems of Data and Information
- The Information Professional in the Community
Design Methods Sequence
Teams of students work with partner knowledge organizations over three terms to:
- Identify the organization’s information needs
- Implement information solutions to meet these needs
- Integrate the solutions into the organization
Support for Career Objectives
Students choose six electives from among existing thematic areas or design an individualized course of study in consultation with their faculty advisors. We envision new thematic areas emerging as the program grows. Possible areas include:
- Academic Library Services
- Children and Youth Services
- Data Librarianship*
- Educational Technology*
- Information Technology
- Public Library Services
- School Library Certification Program
Applicants are no longer required to submit a predictor test score (e.g., GRE).