School of Library & Information Science Overview
The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University:
- is one of the largest professional library and information science programs in North America, with 650 graduate students at two program sites in Ohio and thriving online component;
- is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 20 (at #18) graduate schools in the field, with a youth librarianship program that is ranked 10th;
- offers the only American Library Association accredited master’s degree program (M.L.I.S.) in Ohio, with strengths ranging from traditional library careers such as public librarianship, children's and young adult, K-12 school libraries, and organization of information, to digital libraries, digital preservation and museum studies;
- is home to two degrees: the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) (http://www.kent.edu/slis) and the multidisciplinary Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (http://iakm.kent.edu);
- offers the M.L.I.S. program at two locations, Kent and Columbus (housed in the State Library of Ohio), with newly renovated and expanding facilities, and online through the eDegree option.
- offers concentrations in Health Informatics, Knowledge Management and User Experience Design through the IAKM program, with many online offerings;
- is characterized by a creative, innovative, diverse, collegial, collaborative, and highly productive faculty, with an excellent record in scholarship, research and grantsmanship;
- is a member of a dynamic, unique college, the College of Communication and Information (CCI), whose other schools are Communication Studies (Comm Studies), Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), and Visual Communication Design (VCD), with demonstrated success in collaboration and interdisciplinary research;
- offers doctoral studies through the CCI interdisciplinary doctoral program;
- is a leader on campus in the use of information technologies for pedagogical innovations and online course delivery;
- has more than 60 years of continued growth and success.
Kent State University is Northeast Ohio's No.1 choice among public universities.
- Northeast Ohio college students choose Kent State more than any other university;
- Ranked one of the top-tier Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report;
- Programs, schools and colleges ranked among the world's best;
- Ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching among the nation's top 74 public high-research universities;
- Generated $1.96 billion in added income to the Northeast Ohio economy;
- More than 200,000 graduates worldwide;
- Celebrating more than 100 years of excellence in action.
Each year, SLIS faculty members earn acclaim for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international and national conferences. Our alumni are leaders in their fields, and our students are noted for their outstanding scholarship. For more information about what makes Kent State SLIS a leader in educating library and information science professionals, visit our Points of Pride page.
In addition to the M.L.I.S. degree, SLIS at Kent State offers professional development workshops and a certificate of advanced study (CAS), for professionals who already hold a master's degree, as well as a unique Master of Science program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) — with concentrations in user experience design, health informatics and knowledge management. SLIS also is part of an interdisciplinary doctoral program in the College of Communication and Information.
The school's administrative and faculty offices, as well as state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, are located in Kent, Ohio, on the third floor of the University Library on the Kent Campus. SLIS also has offices, classrooms and a lab in Columbus at the State Library of Ohio to serve students in the middle part of the state.