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Tenure Track Position: Applied Technology / Data Science

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


NEW! Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (BSIST)

We are extremely pleased to announce our brand new bachelor of science degree program which was just approved by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education, and which will begin in Fall 2019.

The BSIST will prepare students for careers in the information industry with required coursework in database design, data analytics, and other technology topics. Guided elective catagories include Data Science & Analytics; Design & Development; Information & People; and Information Science & Technology in Context.

Here is the official university page for the degree and the official checksheet: BSIST


iSchools Affiliate Member

"The iSchools organization is a consortium of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field."

Master's Program ALA Accredited

The Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Oklahoma is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Conditional accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2022.

Student achievement data for the MLIS such as retention, time to degree, and graduates' employment can be found on MLIS Student Data page.

Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Here is the current SLIS Strategic Plan


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 four courses in Spring 2020, one course in Summer 2020, and two courses in Fall 2020. 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


SLIS Faculty Receive IMLS Grant

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


Career Development Opportunities for Current SLIS Students

Job shadowing at OU Libraries - interested in exploring career choices in academic libraries? OU Libraries is offering flexible job shadowing options to fit student needs. You can choose your area of interest and a time commitment that fits your needs (a few hours, a half day, a few days, etc.). See flyer here.