The Mission of the School of Library and Information Studies

  • to provide excellence in education, preparing leaders for a diverse, highly technological, knowledge-based global society
  • to engage in research and creative activities that generate new knowledge and applications for effective practice and that foster interdisciplinary approaches to address information challenges
  • to meet the complex information needs of society through public and professional service

The School meets this mission through offering these degree programs:

  • The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), accredited by the American Library Association (continued accreditation)
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies (BAIS)
  • The Information Studies Minor

About the School of Library and Information Studies

The department was founded in 1929 within the College of Arts and Science by Jesse Lee Rader. The first degree programs offered were the Bachelor of Arts in Library Science, Master of Library Science, and the Master of Arts in Library Science. Both Master's programs were conferred accreditation by the American Library Association in 1956. The name was changed to the School of Library and Information Studies in 1990 to reflect the expanding role of the School in the information age. The School continues to offer the only ALA-accredited Library and Information Studies program in Oklahoma.

SLIS programs are designed for both traditional students and for working adults.

On-campus courses meet once per week during the early evening or in intensive weekend sessions. Interactive digital videoconferencing technology is used to link students and faculty in Norman and Tulsa.

Online course offerings use a variety of technology tools to provide a dynamic learning environment, including Desire2Learn, Adobe ConnectPro, Podcasts, and course websites.


Physical Resources and Facilities. One Administrative Office for SLIS Director and support staff. One videoconferenced classroom and conference room. One computer lab with 24 desktop computers. Two campuses.  

Faculty. 5 Assistant. 3 Associate. 2 Full. 4.3/5 is average student evaluation rating for courses and faculty. Have received teaching awards. 

Administrative and Financial Support. Rundown of budget. $1.7 million average yearly budget.  

OU libraries includes faculty offices, GA offices, student lounges, and collaborative spaces.  

8/10 graduating students were able to access the library and lab resources for their program.  

Student diversity and demographics. 3.51 average entrance GPA. 2.7 average years to graduate. 103 scholarships totally $115,800. 61% work in a library. 80% part-time.  

Mission, goals, and objectives. 3 facets of education: research and creative activities, public and professional service. 9/10 graduating students believe they achieved the student goals and objectives for the MLIS program.  


Where a few of our alumni are employed: Senior VP Ackerman McQueen, Chief Tech. Officer ClearSign Combustion Corp., Archivist Sequoyah National Research Center, Branch Manager Moor Public Library, School Librarian Truman Primary Library.