Library and Information Studies

Learning Outcomes

Graduates Will Master Core Competencies of Librarianship & Information Services

In support of the University of Rhode Island’s mission and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the Graduate Program in Library and Information Studies prepares students for life, careers and citizenship in a rapidly-changing global economy. Working together, we use the power of communication and information to make a difference in the world. The program supports four learning outcomes for all graduates:

1. Foundations

Graduates explain and apply the ethics, values, and foundational principles of library and information studies.

  • 1.1 . Graduates defend principles of intellectual freedom and equitable access to information.
  • 1.2 . Graduates explain the evolution of different types of information services in response to changing technologies and community needs.
  • 1.3 . Graduates summarize the concepts and issues related to the lifecycle of recorded information and knowledge, from creation through acquisition, storage, archiving, and disposition.
  • 1.4 . Graduates explain the principles involved in the organization of recorded knowledge and information.
  • 1.5 . Graduates employ the national and international standards of cataloging, metadata, indexing, and classification systems for organizing recorded knowledge and information for retrieval.

2. Information Literacies and Lifelong Learning

Graduates consider users’ diverse needs in support of multiple literacies and lifelong learning.

  • 2.1 . Graduates locate, retrieve, evaluate, and synthesize information from diverse sources to meet users’ information needs.
  • 2.2 . Graduates explain and apply the concepts, principles, theories, philosophies, and techniques of reference and user services in providing diverse individuals and groups with access to relevant and accurate recorded knowledge and information.
  • 2.3 . Graduates explain information, digital, media, and other literacies.
  • 2.4 . Graduates develop and assess programs and services designed to increase diverse individuals’ knowledge and skills in information, digital, media, and other literacies.
  • 2.5 . Graduates identify, evaluate, and synthesize central research findings of the field, assessing the value and quality of conducted research.
  • 2.6 . Graduates demonstrate critical thinking skills.

3. Media and Technology

Graduates describe the evolving nature of media and technology and evaluate the appropriateness of new technologies for relevant library and information services.

  • 3.1 . Graduates compare and recommend information, communication, assistive, and related technologies to serve diverse users’ needs.
  • 3.2 . Graduates identify, describe, and apply professional ethics and service norms to the use of digital media and technology in library and information service environments.
  • 3.3 . Graduates identify and analyze technologies and applications in order to design and implement innovative services.
  • 3.4 . Graduates recognize changing and new technologies and continually develop their digital media knowledge and skills.

4. Management and Leadership

Graduates apply management and leadership principles to information service provision for diverse communities.

  • 4.1 . Graduates evaluate professional development needs and formulate plans for continuous professional learning.
  • 4.2 . Graduates analyze and apply legal and ethical principles within which libraries and information agencies operate.
  • 4.3 . Graduates analyze and solve professional problems with diplomacy and multicultural understanding.
  • 4.4 . Graduates describe and apply the principles of strategic planning, budgeting, and effective personnel practices in libraries and other information service agencies.
  • 4.5 . Graduates assess community needs and evaluate library and information services, resources, and facilities to inform planning and data-driven decision-making.
  • 4.6 . Graduates describe the importance of partnerships, collaborations, networks, outreach, and advocacy.
  • 4.7 . Graduates define the concepts, issues, and strategies pertaining to principled leadership.
  • 4.8 . Graduates communicate effectively to a range of audiences using written, oral, and digital media.