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This page lists a variety of opportunities such as open job searches and an invitation for applications to the Information Studies Ph.D. program.

In addition to opportunities, this page will hold lengthier versions of news items from the SLIS home page.

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for an open rank tenure-track or tenured position with a focus on Applied Technology and/or Data Science. We are seeking candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Mobile App Development, Text Mining, Information Retrieval, Data Ethics, or User Experience Design. The ideal candidate must demonstrate the ability to teach one or more of the required courses for the bachelor’s or master’s programs in online and in person environments.

The successful applicant for this position will join the OU SLIS faculty in the education of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in various capacities including teaching courses, supervising independent courses, advising, and serving on students’ committees. The teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester. The faculty member will conduct scholarly research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference papers. Seeking opportunities for internal and external funding is also expected. Additionally, the candidate will be committed to engagement in service to the profession and in the shared governance within the university.

The position is based on the Norman campus and will begin August 16, 2020. The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, please go here: APPLY

The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. For further benefits information please access the Human Resources website at

We have received approval to conduct this search for a faculty member to start in Fall 2020. Currently we are waiting for the job advertisement to be approved. When we receive that approval, this will be updated with the job details.

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a temporary, one-year lecturer position with a focus on Applied Technology in LIS. The lecturer will teach the introduction to technology course that is required for undergraduate majors and MLIS students, additional classes that match their expertise, and act as faculty supervisor for undergraduate internships. The ideal candidate must have experience teaching online courses. A completed Ph.D. is preferred.

The position will cover three to four courses in Spring 2020, one course in Summer 2020, and two to three courses in Fall 2020 (for a total of seven). The lecturer will supervise approximately five undergraduate internships in each of Spring, Summer, and Fall (total of around fifteen internships). The lecturer will also engage in service activities such as serving on SLIS committees and attending faculty meetings.

The position is based on the Norman campus and will begin January 2020. For more information, please contact the School at 405-325-3921 or email Susan Burke

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, an iSchool affiliate, is accepting applications to our Ph.D. in Information Science program for our 2020-2021 cohort. The program will prepare graduates to lead in creative research and teaching in academic environments, policymaking, and consulting for corporate, nonprofit, or governmental institutions.

The goals of the program are:

·       To cultivate a community of students capable of conducting original, sustained, and effective research in the field of information studies that solves significant problems;

·       To foster students to become catalysts for change and leading advocates who effectively address the information needs of a diverse, pluralistic society in culturally responsible and sensitive ways;

·       To prepare students to educate the next generation of information professionals in a highly technological and information-based society.

We are looking for exceptional students with interests in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Information behavior, including health information behavior; the use of information and technology by individuals of all ages; and scholarly communication;

Digital youth, including young adults and children’s interactions with technology and libraries; digital literacy and practices; makerspaces; social media; and digital ethics;

Social and cultural studies, including all aspects of archival research and practice; marginalized and unrepresented communities; multicultural librarianship; social justice; history; race and gender studies; and libraries and society;

Digital humanities, including use of computational tools and methods to explore humanities-based questions, user-centered design of digital humanities online resources, developing collaborative spaces and practices to facilitate digital humanities scholarship;

Information systems, including information retrieval, data analytics; informetrics; bibliometrics; and informatics; knowledge management; and text mining; and  

Information policy, including philosophy of information; information theory development and diffusion; and the information industry.

The University of Oklahoma is a diverse and inclusive university that offers a variety of multicultural activities and resources. The university also supports robust departments focusing on Native American Studies, Women & Gender Studies, and African & African-American Studies. SLIS is located on two campuses, in Norman and in Tulsa, and comprises a faculty with diverse research and teaching interests that can be further explored on our website at SLIS is a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, and offers opportunities for students to access courses from other departments as related to their specific interests. SLIS faculty are involved in multiple projects and have received funding from national sources such as IMLS and the Mellon Foundation.

Degree Requirements:

A total of 90 hours beyond the bachelor’s are required for the degree. Up to 30 hours may be transferred in from a relevant master’s program with permission from SLIS. All students must complete a general examination, present a dissertation prospectus, and submit and defend a dissertation representing an original contribution to the field.

Students may pursue the Ph.D. on a full-time or part-time basis. All degree requirements must be completed within 10 years of beginning the program.

There are a number of graduate assistant positions across the university in libraries, archives, and other departments, and SLIS will work with students in finding funding opportunities.

For full consideration, applications are due no later than January 15, 2020.

 For questions or more information, please contact the SLIS Director, Dr. Susan Burke, at, or 405-325-3921.

Dr. Ellen Rubenstein (Principal Investigator, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, lead institution), Dr. Susan K. Burke (School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma), Dr. Noah Lenstra (Department of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and Dr. Christine D'Arpa (School of Information Sciences, Wayne State University) have been awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study health and wellness programming in public libraries in Oklahoma, Vermont, North Carolina, and Michigan. The project, Community Health and Wellness: Small and Rural Library Practices, Perspectives, and Programs, was funded for $475,785 and will run from 2019 through 2022 (

The researchers will perform an in-depth analysis of how small and rural public libraries support community health and wellness through public programs. The research will be used to develop and disseminate a model that will inform libraries about successful strategies and common obstacles associated with developing new health and wellness programs and how to assess and build on existing programs. By gathering data from librarians, patrons, and outside partners with whom libraries develop and implement these programs, the project team will answer the over-arching research question: How do small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs?

For more information, contact Ellen Rubenstein