Mission, Goals & Objectives

Students in Dominican University's School of Information Studies enjoy a rigorous academic challenge as well as the satisfaction of knowing they are earning a master's degree from a premier program. The School of Information Studies has been educating future librarians and information professionals in the Chicago area since the 1930s.

Many SOIS students are already working in libraries and information centers while attending graduate classes. These students bring a wealth of real-world experiences and relevant perspectives.

Students and faculty come to Dominican University from the Chicago area and throughout the country. Various backgrounds are represented in the student body and on the faculty creating a rich and diverse cultural atmosphere and unique learning opportunities.

Degrees

Dominican University' s School of Information Studies offers the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), the Master of Professional Studies in Library and Information Science (MPS), the Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (PhD), as well as an undergraduate major and minor in informatics (BSI).

Mission

The School of Information Studies empowers professionals to connect individuals and communities to the world of information and learning with reason, compassion, and a commitment to service.

Strategic Plan

Bridge Plan for Strategic Priorities, 2015-17

Student Learning Goals and Outcomes

Academic Program Pillars
The following student learning goals and outcomes are presented within the broad context of and emphasis on an abiding commitment to the information profession and its core values, leadership, global awareness, service, social justice and an attention to evolving technologies and media.

MLIS students will:

  1. Develop a professional identity, including commitment to core values of LIS.
    • Describe the historical foundations of library and information professions;
    • Articulate the philosophies of the library and information professions;
    • Identify the core values and ethics of the library and information professions;
    • Articulate a personal professional philosophy of the library and information professions; and
    • Participate in professional activities and associations.
  2. Understand the essential nature of information and its relevance to society.
    • Describe various definitions and concepts of information;
    • Interpret information policies from local to global levels in relation to their impact on intellectual freedom, access, literacy, and information behavior;
    • Assess community information needs and interests; and
    • Develop appropriate responses to information needs.
  3. Navigate, curate, and create information across the spectrum of human records from local to global contexts.
    • Utilize the resources needed to manage information;
    • Design tools that facilitate access to information;
    • Evaluate tools that facilitate access to information; and
    • Assess applicability of current and emerging technologies to information management.
  4. Synthesize theory and practice within a dynamic and evolving information environment.
    • Articulate theories and concepts in relation to professional practice;
    • Demonstrate application of theory to practice;
    • Assess how LIS theories and concepts provide value to emerging tools, technologies, functions and practices; and
    • Facilitate formal and informal learning
  5. Effectively communicate and collaborate to deliver, market, and advocate for library and information services.
    • Articulate the critical value of a marketing approach to delivering services;
    • Participate in an advocacy campaign, within or outside of the classroom;
    • Negotiate group dynamics in pursuit of a common goal;
    • Speak to achieve common understanding;
    • Write to achieve common understanding;
    • Listen to achieve common understanding; and
    • Apply technology to connect, communicate, and collaborate.

MSIM students will:

  1. Develop a professional identity.
    • Describe the historical foundations of information technologies and apply this knowledge to anticipate and plan for future developments;
    • Identify the core values and ethics of the information professions;
    • Articulate a personal professional philosophy of the information professions; and
    • Participate in professional activities and associations.
  2. Understand the essential nature of information management and its relevance to society.
    • Describe various definitions and concepts of information;
    • Articulate the various lifecycle stages for data, metadata, and information; and
    • Articulate the context of information management and the social, ethical, cultural, legal, and economic factors that impact information systems.
  3. Envision, develop, manage, and curate information and its systems across the spectrum of human records from local to global contexts.
    • Integrate a variety of theoretical and practice basec concepts such as management and strategic planning to analyze, develop, and evaluate a variety of information technology solutions;
    • Apply knowledge of system development concepts to design tools and systems that facilitate access to informaiton and solve problems for a variety of organizations; and
    • Assess applicability of current and emerging technologies to information management.
  4. Synthesize theory and practice within a dynamic and evolving information environment.
    • Articulate theories and concepts in relation to information and information management;
    • Demonstrate application of theory to practice by finding, evaluating, and using information resources effectively for the solution of a variety of professional problems; and
    • Demonstrate an ability to conduct research
      -Identify and apply scholarly and professional research relevant to a topic in order to contextualize questions or problems;
      -Identify and apply appropriate research methodologies to solve specific questions or issues; and
      -Apply ethical and legal principles when accessing and using information sources such as data and scholarly and professional publications.
  5. Demonstrate leadership, communication, and collaboration skills in order to successfully deliver and advocate for information services.
    • Demonstrate effective collaboration and negotiate group dynamics in pursuit of a common goal;
    • Articulate the importance of project management for information management; and
    • Use appropriate professional communication skills;
      -Speak to achieve common understanding;
      -Write to achieve common understanding;
      -Listen to achieve common understanding; and
      -Apply technology to connect, communicate, and collaborate.