Library and Information Studies

Our Mission

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies educates future leaders in the global information world through innovative teaching, research, and service, in accordance with the University of Rhode Island’s mission and that of the Harrington School of Communication and Media. GSLIS prepares knowledgeable, ethical, and engaged library and information professionals to serve the information needs of diverse communities.


GSLIS is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and our School Library Media program is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).

ALA: American Library Association
CAEP: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
RIDE: Rhode Island Department of Education
Accredited by NEASC

Vision Statement

Our vision at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies is to be a nationally and globally recognized Library and Information Studies school by preparing students to serve and transform their communities; by being forward thinking and deeply connected to the local, regional, national, and global library and information communities; and by fostering a community of scholars and professionals who engage in innovative teaching and research.

Strategic Plan

GSLIS Strategic Plan (Approved 12/2016).


  1. Goal I: Planning and Assessment
    Support the school’s mission and vision through a continuous and systematic cycle of planning, assessment, and improvement that includes regular input from students, alumni, library and information professionals, and other stakeholders.
  2. Goal II: Curriculum
    Prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and professional values to assume active leadership roles in the library and information professions and serve the information needs of diverse user communities.
  3. Goal III: Faculty
    Recruit, develop, and retain a diverse faculty and support faculty for excellence in teaching, research, and service.
  4. Goal IV: Students
    Recruit, educate, and retain a diverse community of highly motivated and academically qualified students, foster a culture of mutual respect and collaboration, and promote student socialization into the field.
  5. Goal V: Administration, Finances, and Resources
    Continue as a distinct academic unit led by a Director with sustained access to sufficient financial, physical, and technological resources.

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