Graduate Advising & Support

Every academic journey comes with questions. What courses best match my career needs? Am I on the right path? A degree from the iSchool prepares you for success as an information professional in a variety of employment settings. Our graduate affairs staff are here to help you customize your degree and explore experiential learning opportunities to best meet your professional goals. 

Advising is available to current, graduate-degree-seeking students at the iSchool. Limited advising is available for non-degree students. Appointments are conducted in-person, online via Zoom, or via telephone. 

Prospective students who have questions about our programs are encouraged to email

Programs and Advisors

MS in Information Management (MS/IM)

Iftikhar Haider, MS/IM and Bioinformatics advising; writing consultant

MS in Library and Information Science (MS/LIS)

Karla Lucht, Assistant Director for MS/LIS Advising
Talia Shaw, Academic Advisor and Coordinator for Graduate Affairs

School Licensure Program

Ruth Shasteen, School Librarian Licensure Program Coordinator


Katelyn Talbott, Coordinator for PhD Student and Academic Affairs


Karla Lucht, Assistant Director for MS/LIS Advising


Anna Elizabeth Mitchell, Coordinator of Special Programs

Career Advising

Rebecca Hodson, Assistant Director for Career Services

Please visit the iSchool Student SharePoint website for more advising information and resources (UIUC login needed):