Librarians and information specialists serve the needs of a richly diverse population in an ever changing and increasingly complex information environment. The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies educates students from New England, the nation, and the world for a profession that places them at the center of intellectual life in a wide range of communities, including schools and universities, villages and cities, corporations and non-profit organizations.
The School instills knowledge, values, and skills that enable its graduates to participate actively and take leadership roles in their communities.
- Graduates understand and respect the constituencies they serve.
- Graduates are capable and proactive in defining and meeting information needs.
- Graduates foresee and respond to changing needs.
- Graduates foster the development of multiple literacies and the use of information.
- Graduates advance the productivity of research teams by gathering, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, and communicating information to create new knowledge.
- Graduates are committed to professional ethics that support free inquiry, access to information, protection of intellectual freedom, and respect for the information rights of all.
Librarians and other information professionals foster life-long learning for all. The GSLIS provides an accessible, practical experience that fully prepares graduates to serve their varied constituencies. Our student body, our faculty, and our curriculum reflect the diverse demographics of today’s society.
Approved by the GSLIS faculty on October 22, 2003.
Reviewed, revised, and reaffirmed each academic year.
Last reaffirmed by the GSLIS faculty on September 13, 2006