About the School
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Indiana University ranks consistently in the top five or ten programs in North America, and its master's and doctoral enrollments are among the largest in the nation. A recent survey of scholarly productivity and impact ranked the school number one (Library and Information Science Research, 2006, 28(3)). The M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) degree has been accredited continuously since 1952. The pioneering M.I.S. (Master of Information Science) degree, established in 1995, adds another avenue of entry to the information professions. In addition to these two accredited programs, the school offers a Ph.D. in Information Science, a Specialist (post-master’s) degree in Library and Information Science, a dual M.I.S./M.L.S. degree, specializations in African Studies Librarianship, Archives and Records Management, Art Librarianship, Chemical Information, Children's and Young Adult Services, Digital Libraries, Library Technology Management, Music Librarianship, and Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship, and a dual M.L.S./Doctor of Jurisprudence program with the School of Law. There are also dual master’s degree programs with the Schools of Journalism, Music, and Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies, African Studies, Art History, Central Eurasian Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, History, History and Philosophy of Science, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Russian and East European Studies. Course work leading to certification in public libraries and in school media is available. There is also an 18 credit Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture.
At SLIS we bring fresh insights to bear on information design, access, and policy issues by looking at information and information technologies in diverse human contexts. We seek to understand the behaviors, cognitive factors, social practices, media, and tools that foster and hinder effective information use. We place a strong emphasis on the social and behavioral dimensions of information and communication technology.
SLIS has a full-time faculty of 24 (Bloomington–16, Indianapolis–6), supplemented by a distinguished emeritus, visiting, associate, and adjunct faculty.
The School of Library and Information Science offers programs on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. All students have access to the extraordinary physical and human resources of Indiana University, including one of the largest university computing networks in the world and a university library system that ranks thirteenth in the nation in terms of its holdings. Included in this system is the prestigious Lilly Library, which is internationally known for its rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.
The IU School of Library and Information Science is a member of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the American Library Association, and the iSchools Caucus. It maintains affiliations with a number of other national and international bodies in library and information science.