School of Library and Information Studies
Room 4217 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
About the iSchool: Our Mission
Our mission is to educate responsible leaders, critical thinkers, and creative innovators in the information professions who are adept in the creation, retrieval, use, and curation of information in all its forms, who are able to provide access to and understanding of information for all those who need or seek it, and who contribute to individual and collective knowledge, productivity, and well-being;
create and disseminate research about past, present, and future information users and uses, the processes and technologies vital for information management and use, and the economies, cultures, and policies that affect information and access to it;
contribute to the development of the faculties of information schools through a doctoral program built on interdisciplinary research and teaching excellence; and
provide useful service to information professionals, the people of Wisconsin, and all information users.
Data and Reports
- Statistics on Time to Degree, Admissions, Retention
- MA Assessment Reports: 2016, 2015, 2014
- Student Placement Data Post Graduation: class-of-2015 report
Program Learning Outcomes
Goal 1 Theory and history:
1a. Students apply key concepts with respect to the relationship between power, knowledge, and information.
1b. Students apply key concepts with respect to theories and practices of literacies, reading, and the information use of others.
Goal 2 Information ethics and policy:
2a. Students evaluate and debate information policy and ethics issues applicable in local, national or global contexts.
2b. Students apply core ethical principles to professional practice.
Goal 3 Techniques and technologies:
3a. Students organize and describe print and digital information resources.
3b. Students select and evaluate print and digital information resources for use by others.
3c. Students analyze information needs of diverse individuals and communities.
3d. Students understand and use appropriate information technologies.
Goal 4. Professionalism and leadership:
4a. Students evaluate, problem solve and think critically, both individually and in teams.
4b. Students demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
4c. Students participate in extracurricular activities in the field.
4d.Students demonstrate innovation and skills necessary for leadership.
Provide an exemplary, versatile graduate and professional education
- SLIS produces innovative managers and leaders of technological, rapidly-changing, diverse environments.
- SLIS reflexively responds to the shifting needs of the information professions, while also maintaining a distinctive scholarly/theoretical orientation.
- SLIS is widely known for superior recruitment and retention, career preparation and professional placement.
- SLIS leverages strengths of the UW-Madison campus via double degrees or other shared programs.
- SLIS maintains a balanced student body that includes students with a diversity of background and interests and a targeted mix of distance education students and campus students.
Provide an exemplary undergraduate experience.
- SLIS fields an undergraduate curriculum that is highly valued by the College of Letters and Science.
- SLIS creates an undergraduate curricular pipeline that attracts high performing UW undergraduates to apply to the MA program or consider information careers.
Reinvigorate the Wisconsin Idea and renew our commitment to our public mission
- Be recognized as an iSchool that prepares professionals to leverage information and information technologies for the public good.
- SLIS provides lifelong learning opportunities and build community for working information professionals at all career stages.
- SLIS informs library and information management practices and debates through scholarship.
- SLIS collaborates with local, state, national and international organizations through curricular and non-curricular programming.
Invest in scholarly domains in which we have existing or potential strength and impact
- SLIS leverages its current strengths, and the resources of the UW-Madison campus, to re-emphasize its superior research reputation in current and emerging research domains.
- SLIS scholars will increase collaborations with affiliated departments and research centers to extend their influence.
- SLIS PhD students are valued in the market as potential interdisciplinary faculty with strong preparation in theoretical thinking, scholarly writing, teaching methodologies and departmental citizenship.
Recruit and retain the best faculty and staff, and reward merit. Enhance diversity in order to ensure excellence in education and research
- Strategize for growth.
- Fully leverage opportunities for recognition, awards and other forms of remuneration and promotion for SLIS faculty and staff.
Support projects that address diversity.
Be responsible stewards of our resources
- SLIS staff work collaboratively across organizational lines.
- Promote an inclusive and equitable community in SLIS.
- Generate new resources through Educational Innovation.
- Ensure adequate technology infrastructure and promote responsible management of technology equipment.
- Participate in campus sustainability efforts.
- Ensure innovative, effective and sustainable use of SLIS physical space and resources.