Library & Information Studies

Library & Information Studies

Welcome to the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies!



Join 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 a flexible and affordable curriculum, online courses, internship opportunities, robust alumni network, 1-on-1 course and career advising, and a strong track record of professional placements. Choose from Optional Tracks in Digital Media, Community Leadership, and School Library Media.

Our mission: use the power of information and communication to make a difference in the world. Every day, library and information professionals do just that – in addressing the information needs of people in their communities.

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.


(left to right) Interim Director Valerie Karno, Lecturer and Admissions Coordinator Stefanie Metko, and Student ALA President Catherine Damiani

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GSLIS at the Karla Harry Legislative Commission on Libraries in RI:
(left to right) Senator David Bates; Valerie Karno, Commission Delegate and GSLIS Interim Director; Representative Joy Hearn; Karen Mellor, Interim Director of the RI Office of Library and Information Services; Cheryl McCarthy, Interim Dean of the Libraries, URI; and other important RI Librarians and Officials.










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