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School of Library & Information Science Overview


The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University:


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.
Read more about Kent State University.


Points of Pride

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.


Academic Programs

SLIS at Kent State offers two master's degree programs — the Master of Library and Information Science, with more than a dozen possible specializations, and a Master of Science, with concentrations in health informatics, knowledge management and user experience design. SLIS also offers professional development opportunities through a certificate of advanced study in LIS, graduate certificates in health informatics and knowledge management, and continuing study courses and workshops. The school also is part of an interdisciplinary doctoral program in the College of Communication and Information.


Locations and Facilities

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.

All SLIS programs and courses are also available online, for access anywhere, anytime.