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: SLIS educational goals for MLIS students include:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to ethical practices
  • Professional practice and training experiences
  • Knowledge of the LIS literature
  • Engagement in research
  • Technical competency.



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