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Welcome to the School of Library and Information Studies!


Because of the continuing pandemic, the SLIS main offices will remain closed except by appointment through May 2021. Please contact us via email at for assistance. If you choose to come to campus, here is the University of Oklahoma masking policy. We appreciate your respect of these rules instituted to keep us all safe and virus-free.


Various university divisions have made resource pages available to help students navigate these uncertain times.

Learn Anywhere is the main OU site to help students with remote learning.

OU Graduate College Coronavirus FAQs answers common questions for graduate students.

Goddard Health Services is open to serve students, faculty, and staff. Most health concerns are being handled with "telehealth" virtual visits ($20 copay for students). The pharmacy is open, although they ask you phone in your prescription first so that you don't have to wait around while they fill it. 

Within SLIS, we want to be flexible to help you as needed. Please feel free to email your advisors and instructors to consult about options.

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 About SLIS page.

Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Here is the current SLIS Strategic Plan


We are inviting applications for a non-tenure track renewable term faculty position for the OU Tulsa campus. It consists of 75% teaching and 25% service such as advising, actively recruiting new students, committee membership, and related activities. This position supports the applied technology bachelor’s degree and candidates are expected to have teaching expertise in technology topics. Teaching expectations will include sections of the required Fundamentals of Information Technology class and other technology classes which may include: Web Design and Implementation, Information Visualization, Database Design, Introduction to Data Analytics, or Cybersecurity. New courses which may be developed include: Metadata and Ontologies, Knowledge Organization, User Experience Design, Mobile App Development, and more. A Ph.D. in Information Science, Computer Science, Library and Information Science, or related field is required (Ph.D. must be completed prior to the August 2021 start date). For more information, please see the full advertisement here.


We are now accepting applications for the Ph.D. cohort to start in Fall 2021. Click here for more information.


We have some exciting special topics classes coming up that cover a wide range of interest areas:

In winter intersession (a 4 week class that runs from the week after fall finals through the week before spring semester starts):

LIS 5970 Archives in the Museum Environment (online). Taught by JA Pryse.

In the Spring 2021 semester:

LIS 5970 Comics and Graphic Novels in Libraries (online). Taught by Stewart Brower.

LIS 4970/5970 Consumer Health Information (online). Taught by Ellen Rubenstein.

LIS 4970/5970 Cybersecurity Essentials (on the Norman campus). Taught by Aaron Baillio.