Mission

The School of Library and Information Science offers a graduate-level program of professional and academic preparation for careers in libraries and information centers. The program is accredited by the American Library Association. In concert with the mission of The University of Iowa (UI), the School seeks excellence in its education of future library and information professionals, its contribution to the knowledge base of library and information science, and its service to the School's local, regional, national and international constituencies.

Library and information professionals serve the needs of their own constituencies--children and teachers, members of academic communities, employees of profit and nonprofit organizations, and the public at large--ranging from information poor to information rich. They work in the contexts of issues such as information and communication technology, public and private information policy, managerial policy, and regional, national, and international economics.

Goals

The School of Library and Information Science offers a graduate-level program of preparation for careers in all types of libraries and information centers that

  1. provides students with a strong, well-rounded education through a curriculum that reflects the profession's immediate and long-range needs and prepares students to be leaders in a changing field.
  2. sustains an environment supportive of students, faculty members, and staff from all segments of a multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual society.
  3. promotes excellence in research contributions to the base of theoretical and practical knowledge in library and information science.
  4. helps students develop an understanding of how to meet the varied and changing information needs of individuals and groups in a global society.
  5. provides public service through continuing education programs, consulting services for library and information centers, and participation in professional organizations.
  6. encourages students, faculty members, and alumni to shape the future of the profession by filling key roles in organizations involved in all aspects of the information cycle.

Program Outcomes

1. Foundations of the Profession:

  • Students understand and incorporate historical values of librarianship
  • Students understand and can differentiate between different types of libraries and their missions and values
  • Students understand the role of professionals in society
  • Students understand policies and their value for guiding information organizations

2. Information Resources:

  • Students understand and can apply basic principles of collection management
  • Students understand the difference between “owning” resources and providing “access” to resources. Students can articulate advantages and disadvantages to both approaches
  • Students recognize the concept of information as a commodity and how value affects perceptions of information resources

3. Organization and Access:

  • Students understand the concepts underlying classification and organizations
  • Students demonstrate the ability to use the major systems of organization to retrieve information
  • Students understand the primary concepts in electronic searching

4. Information Technology:

  • Students have attained a proficiency in computer and data literacy
  • Student understand the principles of networked information systems
  • Students recognize and understand emerging concepts in Information Technology

5. User Services:

  • Students can recognize and apply appropriate service models in context
  • Students can serve as information mediators for library patrons when appropriate
  • Students understand the principles underlying public services
  • Students are information literate and can facilitate information literacy with the public

6. Learning Organizations:

  • Students understand that learning and literacy occur in contexts
  • Student understand that learning is an ongoing professional responsibility
  • Student will demonstrate and gain proficiency in giving presentations and teaching
  • Students will understand the process of learning assessment for ongoing organizational improvement

7. Managed Organizations

  • Students understand a variety of organizational models for institutions
  • Students can develop and understand personnel policies and practices
  • Students understand and can participate in and direct programmatic assessment
  • Students understand principles of leadership