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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies


About the School

Our Mission

The mission of the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science is to provide and promote the highest levels of education and leadership in library and information science, services, and studies through outstanding teaching, research and service. 

Values Statement

The School of Library and Information Science supports scholarship, leadership, service, diversity and outreach through an affordable and accessible program. We value evidence from research findings and models of best practices as the foundation of a quality library and information science education.

Goals and Objectives

High-Quality Professional Education

The School of Library and Information Science supports and enhances library and information services to diverse constituencies within the state of South Carolina and at a distance, through a strong instructional program:

  • consisting of productive and dedicated faculty members, including international visiting scholars,  involved in the highest levels of teaching, research and service;
  • responding to the education needs of students, alumni and the library and information science community as a whole;
  • enrolling a diverse student body qualified for graduate study and professional service;
  • providing advanced training and education through extended degree programs; and
  • extending meaningful programs of continuing education and professional development.

Teaching and Leadership

The School of Library and Information Science fosters leadership, scholarship, research and best practices.  Our students acquire the knowledge and skills by:

  • engaging the library community, alumni, employers, business leaders, politicians and the greater academic community;
  • evaluating the quality of library and information centers’ services and programs;
  • introducing innovative techniques, systems and solutions into libraries and information centers;
  • designing, implementing and promoting new services and programs;
  • conducting original, applied and action research;
  • advancing scholarship in library and information science;
  • participating in and contribute to local, state and national professional associations.

Research, Scholarship, and Creation

Because research and scholarship are essential for excellence in teaching, the School of Library and Information Science strives to create a rigorous interdisciplinary research environment.  Its faculty, students, and staff are dedicated to:

  • supporting a full spectrum of research activities, including basic, applied, and action research, as a major force for advancing the library and information science professions;
  • developing research methods of scientific inquiry that contribute to identifying and resolving problems related to library and information services;  
  • developing effective approaches for disseminating evidence-based practices to information professionals and the library community;
  • expanding collaborative opportunities by strengthening ties with the library and information science community, professional associations, and other academic units of the University;
  • creating an environment that encourages student collaborations with faculty through coursework, professional presentations, and research activities;
  • producing and disseminating new knowledge that contributes to the improvement and empowerment of the library and information professional community.

Technology

The School of Library and Information Science provides opportunities to investigate and use current and emerging technologies to enhance library and information science practices by: 

  • using current and emerging technologies in teaching, research, and service; 
  • applying current and emerging technologies as they relate to information activities;
  • evaluating the effectiveness of technology applications within a variety of information environments;
  • recognizing the importance of staying abreast of new technologies and their possible impacts;
  • explaining information-seeking behavior in theoretical and practical terms;
  • demonstrating proficient professional skills in information searching;
  •  explaining and demonstrating the techniques of bibliographic organization and control;
  • explaining the principles and techniques of physical and digital preservation of materials.