1. Primary Mission

    The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) supports the mission of Kent State University by providing educational and research programs and appropriate services designed to meet the library and information needs of modern society.


    On May 4, 2012, the School of Library and Information Science Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) approved the following SLIS Mission statement:


    At SLIS we are transforming the global information environment collaboratively through dynamic learning, innovative research, and interdisciplinary synergy.


    The primary mission of SLIS is to provide graduate education to those individuals preparing for a professional career and positions of leadership in the library and information professions.


    SLIS offers two Master’s programs: The Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.), the only ALA accredited Master’s degree program in library and information science in Ohio; and the Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (MS-IAKM). In addition, SLIS is part of the interdisciplinary, college-wide, College of Communication and information (CCI) doctoral program offered to prospective students starting in Fall 2010. SLIS offers a number of non-degree programs, including graduate certificates (post-Bachelor and post-Master’s) and a licensure program. For details and most updated information on academic programs offered by SLIS consult the SLIS website.

  2. M.L.I.S. Program Student Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the M.L.I.S. program, students should be able to:


    • Interpret, adapt, and enhance the environments where people create and interact with information
    • Analyze, engage, enrich communities and empower individuals by understanding their needs and connecting them to information
    • Sustain, organize, synthesize and transform information to make it accessible to individuals and communities
  3. MS-IAKM Program

    The Master’s of Science degree in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management provides opportunities for students interested in graduate studies and research in the broad range of information-related disciplines and professions.


    The IAKM program consists of three concentrations: Health Informatics, Knowledge Management, and User Experience Design. Each of these concentrations represents disciplines that are emerging and evolving rapidly, but which also have core elements of Library and Information Science as their roots.