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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 Canvas, Adobe ConnectPro, Podcasts, and course websites.

Our Mission

  • 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 Ph.D. in Information Studies
  • The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), accredited by the American Library Association (conditional accreditation)
  • Graduate certificates in Archival Studies, Digital Humanities, and Data Analytics for Information Professionals
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies (BAIS)
  • The Information Studies Minor