In support of the University of Rhode Island's mission and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies exercises leadership in the global information age through research, service, and the preparation of knowledgeable and ethical professionals who can serve the library and information needs of a diverse society.
In fulfillment of its mission, the School supports the following six goals:
- Goal 1 (Planning and Evaluation): Support the School's vision, values, and mission through a strong planning and evaluation structure that includes regular input from students, graduates, practitioners, and other stakeholders.
- Goal 2 (Academic Program): Provide a foundation that gives graduates the knowledge and skills to take leadership roles in the workforce of the future, developing new ways and technologies to receive, store, mediate, archive, and transmit information in support of their communities' work, learning, leisure, and public discourse.
- Goal 3 (Faculty): Provide a dedicated, talented, and diverse faculty who contribute to the profession, the academic community, and society through teaching, research, and service.
- Goal 4 (Students): Attract and retain a diverse body of highly motivated and academically qualified students who exhibit openness, creativity, and flexibility.
- Goal 5 (Culture and Environment): Foster a culture of mutual respect and collaboration in learning, research, and service, and create an environment that values contributions to the profession and society.
- Goal 6 (Service and Outreach): Serve in local, regional, national, and international academic and professional communities and cultivate mutually supportive relationships, especially within the New England region.
Reviewed by the GSLIS Advisory Committee, 11/12/2010; revised and reaffirmed by the faculty, 11/17/2010.
Expanded Statement of Goals and Objectives
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.