Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Mission: The mission of the master's of library and information science program 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.


GOAL 1: To foster and promote among master's degree candidates a knowledge of and commitment to ethical practice on the part of library and information professionals. 

As a result of this goal, candidates will:

A. Discuss and defend the articles of the Library Bill of Rights.
B. Develop policies on how to deal effectively and fairly with persons who seek to censor materials in libraries and information centers.
C. Develop policies for providing libraries and information centers with a variety of viewpoints through a balanced selection of materials and services and fostering the patron's right to read.
D. Analyze the needs of the community being served.


GOAL 2: To develop among master degree candidates a knowledge of the basic tenets of assisting users, collection development and maintenance, organization of materials and information, and management of libraries and other information agencies.

As a result of this goal, candidates will:

A. Demonstrate ability to interact with patrons to effectively assist with information needs and usage.
B. Develop procedures and policies for analyzing needs and providing a collection of materials to meet those needs.
C. Demonstrate ability to organize those materials and services so that they are readily accessible to the public being served by a library or information center.
D. Develop, evaluate, and discuss the elements of management theory, including goal setting, budget and fiscal management, collection management, program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
E. Develop methods of promoting and advocating for libraries and library services


GOAL 3: To create an environment for master's degree candidates to know, understand and appreciate the importance of professional organizations and continuing education, the evolution of libraries, and the library profession, in the context of social and cultural diversities.

As a result of this goal, candidates will:

A. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of information technologies and a historical perspective of their chosen profession.
B. Analyze the role that libraries, information centers, books, and communication media in general plays in the development of human culture.
C. Demonstrate knowledge about professional organizations and the benefits of membership.


GOAL 4: To introduce master's degree candidates to theoretical and applied professional research in all areas of librarianship; to develop cognizance of the role of scientific research in building a theoretical and practical knowledge base; and to provide an opportunity for each student to conduct original research.

As a result of this goal, candidates will:

A. Apply methods of scientific social research and analysis, and draw appropriate inferences from the results of such studies.
B. Explain the role of scientific research and of a theoretical knowledge base in librarianship.
C. Be able to conduct original research and communicate the results appropriately.


GOAL 5: To develop an awareness of the effects of technology on all library and information centers' operations.

As a result of this goal, candidates will:

A. Analyze new developments in information technologies and the ways in which these impact provision and usage of information on the part of professionals and patrons. 636
B. Demonstrate ability to use information technologies to communicate effectively. Testing online pathfinder.
C. Be cognizant of the impact of technology on the social and economic structure and the library's mission to the community.


GOAL 6: Enable master's degree candidates to solve problems and to communicate effectively and professionally with diverse publics.

As a result of this goal, candidates will:

A. Demonstrate high-quality communication through writing, speaking, and other presentation modes.
B. Analyze and solve problems relevant to library/information centers