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.
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.