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.