MS/LIS Learning Outcomes

School of Information Sciences graduates understand both the theory and the practice of library and information science (LIS): they have studied the foundations and principal ideas of the discipline, and they have been introduced to the values and expectations of the profession. We foster critical thinking about the literature of LIS and related fields, and we encourage high standards of professionalism and service. Our graduates are prepared to develop and evaluate resources and programs and to understand the needs of many different kinds of users. Students who have completed our program are equipped to anticipate social and technological changes, and to promote change that advances the profession, improves technology, and encourages positive social transformation.

Upon completion of the MS/LIS program, students will be able to:

  • Apply foundational concepts, theories, and principles to problems of information organization and access.
  • Communicate capably with diverse stakeholders, promoting not just access to but also effective use of information services and systems in specific contexts.
  • Use evidence to help address information problems, meet information needs, and create relationships in their institutions, communities, profession, and the world.
  • Compare and critique contemporary information practices, structures, and standards in relation to historical and global alternatives.
  • Apply core ethical principles to professional practice.