Library & Information Studies

Library & Information Studies

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Information Studies!


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Dr. Mary Moen receives Innovative Educator Fellowship on Design Thinking

Mary Moen Headshot

Dr. Mary Moen was selected to receive an Innovative Educator Fellowship on Design Thinking by Down City Design in Providence, RI. With funding support from the Rhode Island Foundation, the program helps teachers learn how to guide students through collaborative investigations using the Design Thinking process. Dr. Moen’s goal is to bring the DesignThinking process into the school library media curriculum at GSLIS. She feels that school librarians can play a key role as cross disciplinary instructional partners in supporting students in meaningful project based learning using the design thinking process.






Dr. Yan Ma presents her Research on Visual Literacy in China, June, 2017.



GSLIS Celebrates Its Tradition of Alumni Chosen as ALA Emerging Leaders!


Rhiannon Sorrell (center) with former ALA Emerging Leaders: Edward Garcia, Executive Director of the Cranston Public Library and GSLIS alum, and Bohyun Kim, Scholarly Technology Librarian at the URI Carothers Library.

Rhiannon Sorrell is the Instruction and Digital Services Librarian and adjunct faculty at Diné College in Tsaile, AZ. Spearheading a number of digital initiative projects in the library, Rhiannon advises, plans, and oversees the upgrade in technological infrastructure in library, including website re-design and upgrade, user experience, and content management. As an instructor, she has worked to develop a curriculum that incorporates Traditional Knowledge Systems in information literacy. She has worked with faculty to explore and experiment with collaborative STEM learning spaces in the library, opening the way for the integration of the learning commons model to the tribal college library. Rhiannon is a partner and regional coordinator for the NEH funded project, “The Afterlife of Film: Upgrading and Tribesourcing Southwest Materials in the American Indian Film Gallery,” which aims to record new narrations from indigenous perspectives of early 20th century films featuring Native life. For Diné College’s 50th anniversary, Rhiannon and the Kinyaa’aanii Library have partnered for the first time with the Navajo Cultural Arts Program to host an exhibit, “Celebrating 50 Years of Cultural Arts at Diné College: Silversmithing with Wilson Aronilth,” in the library’s R.C. Gorman Room. This partnership will be the first of many that will facilitate the intergenerational transfer of traditional knowledge, a significant step in creating indigenous learning spaces in the library. Rhiannon is a member of the 2018 Cohort of Emerging Leaders.


img_2666Join the masters of information today with a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from the University of Rhode Island! At URI’s School of Library and Information Studies, we offer:

  • flexible and affordable curriculum
  • online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses
  • internship opportunities
  • robust alumni network
  • 1-on-1 course and career advising
  • strong track record of professional placements

Choose from Optional Tracks in Digital Media, Community Leadership, and School Library Media.

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.

Whether you are interested in a career in academic libraries, school libraries, public libraries, or special libraries, or are preparing to be a digital information specialist, we help you develop leadership skills, the capacity to support people’s lifelong learning, and advance their digital literacy competencies in the global information age.

View our 2013 Biennial Report and 2015 Biennial Report to the American Library Association about the progress we have made in developing the program to meet the needs of current and future librarians and information professionals.


GSLIS Welcomes Two New Full-Time Faculty Members


Mary Moen HeadshotDr. Mary Moen

Dr. Mary Moen recently earned her PhD in Education from the URI-RIC joint program. Her research interests include digital literacy in libraries and classrooms, continuous professional learning, and online badging systems. This past year she she served as the Program Director of Media Smart Libraries, an IMLS grant-funded project awarded to URI’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Prior to this, she was a School Media Specialist at Chariho Regional High School in Wood River Jct. RI, where she participated in the implementation of a 1:1 laptop program by providing teacher training, leading policy revision, and designing a digital citizenship curriculum.





Dr. Melissa Villa-Nicholas

is a new instructor at GSLIS. Dr. Villa-Nicholas received her PhD from the iSchool of Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the social history of information and technologies and the intersectional analysis of race, gender, culture, and information and technologies.





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