Future Students

Welcome to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of Iowa. In a rapidly evolving world, we are pleased to offer a curriculum that blends the traditional and digital to bring a perfect balance at the intersection of people, information, and technology.

Students in our program have the unique opportunity to focus on several select areas of study. These include:

  • The Center for the Book, with its world-class faculty who specialize in the technique and artistry of bookmaking as well as research into the history and culture of books
  • The Digital Humanities, constituting a powerful movement in scholarship utilizing developing computing technologies and methods to address traditional interpretive questions
  • Teacher Librarian Program, our state-approved program leading to endorsement as a teacher librarian (K-12) as well as completion of the M.A. in L.I.S.
  • Informatics, an interdisciplinary graduate program offering a graduate certificate with an Information Science focus.

The field of library and information science is increasingly diverse, and each student's individual interests are unique. Reaching beyond the more traditional fields of public, academic, or school librarianship, students can choose to look at areas such as: Law, medical, business, music or art librarianship; Youth services; Data curation; Archives and preservation; Museum conservatorship; Web analytics; GIS map technologies; Information architecture; Instructional design and educational technology; Digital infrastructure and technology services; Business data intelligence; Clinical or community informatics; and Market research analysis.

On Campus – Or Online

SLIS offers students a hybrid program, combining web-based education options with on-campus instruction and collaboration. This dual focus builds a strong community of reciprocal knowledge, both online and offline, helping students adapt into the professional world.

University of Iowa

One of the nation’s top public research universities, the University of Iowa is well-known for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences and humanities. The University of Iowa was the first university to offer academic credit for creative work, and continues as a pioneer in the area of interdisciplinary studies as well as being a world leader in the health sciences. Iowa City is recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities, providing a casual yet cosmopolitan setting for the campus. Graduate students at Iowa have access to the information, tools and services needed to gain skills to compete in the job market, expand career options and develop professional networks.

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