The vision, mission, and goals of our department
We use the vision, mission, and goals or our department to assess the programs we offer. We also regularly assess our vision, mission, and goals to ensure that they meet the evolving needs of our students and world.
We believe our department has a special role in the Information Age. We focus on the creation and management of, and access to, documents, data, and other types of information, and the study of such in overlapping information, communication, and media ecologies. We study the socio-technical means through which people, information, and technologies are joined in social, cultural, and organizational contexts.
We prepare socially responsible graduates for fulfilling careers characterized by ethical practice, professional values, analytical skill, critical thinking, leadership, and lifelong learning. We are committed to excellence and innovation in the education of librarians and other information professionals, the creation of knowledge, and service and understanding in a diverse and changing global information environment.
To accomplish our mission, we strive to:
- Contribute knowledge and advance theory by working from cognitive, social, behavioral, cultural, philosophical, and technological perspectives; fostering interdisciplinary collaboration; and cultivating an appreciation for the role of information in society
- Serve our students, our state and local constituencies, society, and the library and information science profession
- Model a climate of intellectual engagement, openness, integrity, diversity, and respect within the department