Meet the Department Chair

Meet the Department Chair


Meet the Department Chair

Karno, Valerie

J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Interim Director, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies

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Welcome to the Graduate Program in Library and Information Studies!

There’s never been a better time to be entering the field of library and information studies, as rapid technological transformations are changing the roles and responsibilities of information-seekers, authors, publishers and citizens locally, regionally and internationally. We believe that librarians need to be forward-thinking innovators who help communities gain access to the information they need to make vital decisions and to live happy and productive lives.

Last year, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary, with more than 3,000 URI GSLIS alums who are well-placed leaders in a wide variety of organizations. Please review more information about our recent Gala here: 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, November 8, 2013.

We’re preparing a new generation of librarians who are community advocates, good at networking and collaboration, with expertise in taking initiative in a variety of settings, including academic, public, school libraries and special collections.

At the Graduate Program in Library and Information Studies, you’ll study and learn from talented faculty and intellectually curious students in a warm and supportive atmosphere where student leadership is encouraged. We’re in the process of developing a new curriculum, which will be introduced beginning in Fall 2014. In the meantime, you can expect to be challenged and engaged by the the process of thinking in new ways about what librarians can do when they’re equipped with powerful communication competencies, including advancing their skills in public relations, film/media, communication, journalism and writing & rhetoric.

With a J.D., Ph.D., my own specialization is in Information Ethics and Policy, as well as the Digital Humanities. I am dedicated to interdisciplinary study across the University and globe.

As information professionals, students can expect to be well-prepared for a wide range of careers as information professionalsĀ today and in the future.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Valerie Karno, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Interim Director, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies