Library and Information Science

The Library and Information Science (LIS) Program contributes to the essential knowledge, skills, and values of librarianship and the information professions through research, education, and outreach.

Our Program offers the only Master’s Degree in the state of Missouri that is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). ALA’s initial accreditation was granted in 1966/67, and the program was given continued accreditation in 2015.

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Program History

In 1966, the Board of Curators established MU’s School of Library Science, the precursor to SISLT. Students were admitted to the school in the 1966–67 academic year, making 2016–17 the 50th anniversary of SISLT! SISLT students, alumni, and faculty put together this timeline of SISLT history to document how SISLT has evolved over time:
1913 Summer Library School

1913 Summer Library School

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We encourage our alumni to stay engaged with the School and Mizzou! Among other ways, alumni can: (1) Host a practicum student, (2) Give to SISLT, (3) Attend and speak at Student Group events, and (4) Connect on social media. The LIS Program celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016-17.

Our graduates enjoy a variety of career paths. The list below is just a small sample of some of the positions that our recent graduates have taken:

  • Reference/Web Services Librarian
  • Archives Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Teen Librarian
  • Children’s Librarian
  • Instruction & Electronic Access Librarian
  • Reference and Instruction Librarian
  • Medical Reference Librarian
  • Library Acquisition & E-Resource Specialist
  • Electronic Resources Coordinator

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Instructional Goals and Student Learning Outcomes Go to top of page. Top

  1. Goal 1: To offer students a strong foundation in fundamental LIS principles and competences
    1. Student Learning Outcome 1: Students apply knowledge of the foundations of the profession, including its history, ethical issues, values, and foundational principles of librarianship.
    2. Student Learning Outcome 2: Students manage the life cycle of informational resources, including information acquisition, management, dissemination, organization, and preservation, in a variety of settings relevant to the work of information professionals.
    3. Student Learning Outcome 3: Students apply, assess, and evaluate information technology and systems.
    4. Student Learning Outcome 4: Students prepare and effectively communicate information to users.
  2. Goal 2: To promote a recognition of the interdisciplinary, service-based, and user-focused nature of the profession
    1. Student Learning Outcome 5: Students recognize diverse information needs of user groups and communities, proactively address those needs, and advocate for lifelong learning.
    2. Student Learning Outcome 6: Students apply management principles and other cross-disciplinary perspectives to develop best practices in library and information agency environments.
  3. Goal 3: To provide students with the evaluative and analytical skills to respond flexibly and adaptably to future changes and challenges
    1. Student Learning Outcome 7: Students conduct, critically evaluate, and strategically apply research to libraries, information agencies, and communities.
    2. Student Learning Outcome 8: Students recognize the need for additional competencies in specialized areas and relevant standards from the applicable associations or accrediting bodies.