SLIS Mission, Values, Educational Goals

Mission Statement:  The mission of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is to prepare qualified individuals for professional roles in libraries, archives, and other information environments with appropriate knowledge and skills to serve the information needs of their communities. 

SLIS has been ALA-accredited since 1980. At the last review by the ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) in 2012, ALA Accreditation status was Continued and the next accreditation review by ALA COA is scheduled for spring 2019.


Values: The School of Library and Information Science is committed to:

  • Student-centered learning: We are committed to cultivating an active, student-centered learning community
  • Diversity: We recognize and value the diversity of modern society and support inclusiveness in learning.
  • Intellectual freedom: We embrace the ideals of intellectual and academic freedom and strive to nurture an open, respectful learning environment for the free exchange of ideas.
  • Service: Because we believe that it is a core of the profession, we support service at all levels and encourage ongoing professional development as a means of enhancing skills and knowledge.
  • Community: We believe in creating, fostering, and participating in learning and research communities that span borders on state, national, and international levels.
  • Research: We believe that research is an essential part of scholarship, not just for the creation of new knowledge but also for the support of teaching and learning and the sharing of new knowledge with multiple communities of interest.


Educational Goals for Students Include:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to ethical practices

  • Professional practice and training experiences

  • Knowledge of the LIS literature

  • Engagement in research

  • Technical competency.


Educational Goals and Objectives (2016, reaffirmed 2018)


Strategic Plan with Administrative Goals, Objectives (2016, reaffirmed 2018)




2018-2019 Advisory Board

Sheila A. Cork, Librarian 
New Orleans Museum of Art 

  Sharon Davis, Head Librarian
 Biloxi Public Library

John Eye, Dean
USM University Libraries

Mantra Henderson, Library Director
Mississippi Valley State University

 Jeannie Jones Damiano, Branch Manager
Vancleave Public Library

Christina Keiper, Associate Director
The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County

Otha Keys, School Librarian
South Jones High School, Ellisville
 Sarah Rials Mangrum, Access Services Librarian
USM University Libraries

Natalie Mitchell, School Librarian
Jackson Elementary, Pascagoula, MS

Tamara Nelson, Reference & Instruction Librarian 
University of Mississippi Medical Center Library

 Yvonne Parton, Branch Manager
Ocean Springs Municipal Library

Lorraine Stuart, Head of Special Collections, Curator
Historical Manuscripts & Archives
USM University Libraries


ALA Accredited


ALA Accreditation 2019

 ALA Biennial Report 2016


ALA Biennial Report 2014

ALA Biennial Report 2012

ALA Accreditation 2012



Program Assessment

Enrollment, Retention, MLIS Degrees Awarded
YearGrad/UG Enrollment*Retention**MLIS Degrees Awarded***
2018  158/74  
2017  142/66 89%44
2016  133/64 88%36
2015  103/43 80%40
2014  128/4370%  63 

Southern Miss Institutional Research (Spring 2018)

** WEAVE Assessment Data 

*** IHL Degree Books: 2014.pdf2015.pdf2016.pdf2017.pdf


Assessment of MLIS Students

Students must complete a capstone research project, pass a comprehensive exam, and create an e-portfolio as part of the 40-credit hour MLIS program requirements.

  • MLIS students must take a technology class as one of their electives and create an e-portfolio
  • In LIS 695 capstone course, students must complete a master's research project
  • In LIS 695 capstone course, students must pass a comprehensive exam.


Assessment of MLIS Program by Students

The Exit Surveys of Graduating MLIS students are aligned with the American Library Association's Core Competencies of Librarianship.  Students evaluate their knowledge of the core competencies using a Likert Scale.  

  • Exit Surveys of Graduating MLIS students (Quantitative data) graduate_student_exit_survey.pdf
  • Annual Focus Group conducted each October at the Mississippi Library Association Conference (Qualitative data) focus-group_mla2013-18.pdf
  • Course evaluations
  • Survey research conducted by Dr. Creel and Dr. Welsh


Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Program assessment is an ongoing, active and systematic process intended to monitor and improve the overall quality of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO). The documents below relate to SLIS program assessment based on Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) as required for SACS and ALA Accreditation.  

MLIS WEAVE Assessment Reports