Mission Statement

Mission Statement

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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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Faculty  Provide a dedicated,  talented, and diverse faculty who contribute to the profession, the  academic community, and society through teaching, research, and service.
  • Students  Attract and retain a diverse body of highly motivated and academically qualified students who  exhibit openness, creativity, and flexibility.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.   

Vision StatementIMG_8954-M

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.


The core values of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of  Library and Information Studies are rooted in the ethics and best  practices of professional education and of library and information  service. Because means affect ends, the same values that shape our goals and educational outcomes also shape our practices.

  • Service and Social Responsibility  As a profession, librarians and information specialists serve the public good, striving to provide the highest level of service to all. GSLIS  faculty and staff model this through our commitment to high quality in  our service to students, the profession, and society. This commitment is supported by our use of knowledge gained through systematic learning  outcomes assessment to strengthen our programs.
  • Diversity  As a profession, we value our nation’s diversity and strive to  reflect it by providing a full spectrum of resources and services to the individuals and communities we serve. The GSLIS community is  multicultural and international, and its members model respect for the  dignity of all.
  • Ethics and Intellectual Freedom  As a profession, we are committed to promoting the free flow and ethical handling of information and to upholding the principles of  intellectual freedom. The GSLIS faculty maintains a culture of respect,  in which independent inquiry and free speech flourish.
  • Access  Libraries and information services have archival, educational,  and research functions. As a profession, we preserve the symbolic  records of human thought and knowledge, organize this heritage for use,  and provide equitable access to all. The GSLIS, originally founded to  serve New England, makes affordable LIS education widely accessible  through a mix of face-to-face courses in three states and online  courses.
  • Literacy and Learning  As a profession, we promote life-long learning by working with a wide range of institutions and organizations. GSLIS prepares students  for service in all types of libraries and information services, and  maintains significant program strength in information literacy and  instructional design.
  • Emerging and Advanced Technology  As a proactive profession, we use emerging technologies to  preserve, organize, and communicate knowledge and information. The GSLIS prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills  needed for leadership roles in a rapidly changing profession.
  • Collegiality and Professionalism  We are a highly collegial profession. The GSLIS encourages  student participation in professional associations. Faculty members  model service to the School, the College, the University, and  professional associations at the local, state, regional, national, and  international levels.
  • Research and Leadership  Our faculty are committed to providing leadership for our  profession through the generation and dissemination of new knowledge,  the innovative application of existing knowledge to meet society’s  needs, and the articulation of new conceptual frameworks. We involve our students and graduates in our research and service activities to  prepare them to become leaders who will move our profession forward.

Reviewed by the GSLIS Advisory Committee, 11/12/2010; revised and reaffirmed by the faculty, 11/17/2010.