Library & Information Studies

Library & Information Studies

Welcome to the Graduate School of Library and

Information Studies!


1 Program – 3 Optional Tracks – Your Style




Dr. Yan Ma presents her Research on Visual Literacy in China, June, 2017.


GSLIS Celebrates Its Tradition of Alumni Chosen as ALA Emerging Leaders!


Congratulations to Alum. David Kelsey — chosen as 2017 ALA Emerging Leader!

img_2666Join the masters of information today with a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from the University of Rhode Island! At URI’s School of Library and Information Studies, we offer:

  • flexible and affordable curriculum
  • online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses
  • internship opportunities
  • robust alumni network
  • 1-on-1 course and career advising
  • strong track record of professional placements

Choose from Optional Tracks in Digital Media, Community Leadership, and School Library Media.

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.

Whether you are interested in a career in academic libraries, school libraries, public libraries, or special libraries, or are preparing to be a digital information specialist, we help you develop leadership skills, the capacity to support people’s lifelong learning, and advance their digital literacy competencies in the global information age.

View our 2013 Biennial Report to the American Library Association about the progress we have made in developing the program to meet the needs of current and future librarians and information professionals.

GSLIS Welcomes Two New Full-Time Faculty Members


Mary Moen HeadshotDr. Mary Moen

Dr. Mary Moen recently earned her PhD in Education from the URI-RIC joint program. Her research interests include digital literacy in libraries and classrooms, continuous professional learning, and online badging systems. This past year she she served as the Program Director of Media Smart Libraries, an IMLS grant-funded project awarded to URI’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Prior to this, she was a School Media Specialist at Chariho Regional High School in Wood River Jct. RI, where she participated in the implementation of a 1:1 laptop program by providing teacher training, leading policy revision, and designing a digital citizenship curriculum.





Dr. Melissa Villa-Nicholas

is a new instructor at GSLIS. Dr. Villa-Nicholas received her PhD from the iSchool of Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the social history of information and technologies and the intersectional analysis of race, gender, culture, and information and technologies.





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