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Welcome to the School of Library and Information Studies!

SLIS Faculty Search

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, 2019. The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. 
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The OU College of Arts & Sciences is seeking applications for an open rank tenured/tenure-track faculty position in Big Data/Computational Social Science. This search is open to scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds, including LIS. See the detailed job ad for more information.

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

Master's Program ALA Accredited

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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 Continued accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2021. 

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

Career Development Opportunities for Current SLIS Students

The University and College Division of the Oklahoma Library Association is seeking student proposals for presentations at the Fresh Takes session for the OLA annual conference in March 2019. Submit your short (7-10) minute presentation giving your FRESH TAKE on any topic of interest or concern to librarians. Just fill out the proposal form by January 10, 2019.

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.


New and Special Topics Classes for Spring 2019

SLIS is offering a number of exciting new and special topics classes in Spring 2019. These three courses are all offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

School and public librarians might be interested in "Libraries and Popular Culture" taught by OU Tulsa Schusterman Library's Director, Stewart Brower. This is an on-campus class that will meet simultaneously on the Norman and Tulsa campuses through video-link. 

Our newest data science class is "Information Retrieval and Text Mining" taught by Dr. Kun Lu. This is Dr. Lu's research specialty area and will be taught in a blended/hybrid format where the class meets online with occasional Saturday meetings in a computer lab for hands-on work. The hands-on meetings will be available on both the Norman and Tulsa campuses.

For our technology and information science-focused students, we are very excited to be offering "Cybersecurity Essentials" taught by Aaron Baillio. This class will meet in the Norman campus SLIS computer lab.