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We Are Now the School of Information Studies
On October 6, 2016, the Dominican University Board of Trustees voted to approve a change in our school's name from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science to the School of Information Studies. This vote follows a two-year visible and interactive process including conversation among faculty and staff, current students, and GSLIS alumnae/i over the prior two years, both during several in-person visioning events as well as online outreach and discussion. This change, approved by the GSLIS faculty in spring 2016, characterizes the broadening of our school's focus to include a new Master of Science in Information Management, which launched in fall 2016, and a new undergraduate major and minor in Informatics, set to launch in spring 2017. The core and heart of our school remains the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, which we have offered for over eighty years, along with the PhD, School Library Media, and certificate programs.
Dominican Sister Mary Ann Mueninghoff put this change elegantly in perspective when she addressed the GSLIS faculty on the occasion of the spring 2016 vote. Sister Mary Ann told some wonderful details of the school's origin story: the two Sisters who, in the mid-1920s, responded to community requests for a new program that would teach librarians best professional practices through academic study. Their first conversation about the idea for a new program took place in the very room where Sister Mary Ann was speaking, the same room which also became the first library school office and classroom, and ultimately, the same room where the day's significant vote would take place.