Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Palmer School is to empower information professionals through education, research and achievement.
The following are the Palmer School program goals:
At the end of the MSLIS program, the Palmer School Graduates will:
- Reflect the principles, ethics and philosophy of the profession while serving their patrons, institutions and communities
- Utilize a broad range of systems and technologies to manage and deliver information;
- Deliver user-centered services and cost-effective programs tailored to the needs of increasingly diverse populations;
- Staff, manage and lead libraries and information centers of all types;
- Contribute to the profession through service, research and advocacy.
The student learning objectives (SLOs) of the Palmer School support the Program Goals:
I. In achieving Goal I, students will:
- explain and apply the ethics, history, values, philosophy and principles of the library and information science professions;
- analyze and apply legal, social, economic, technological, and global policies and trends affecting libraries and information organizations and the profession;
- explain, compare and contrast different types of collections, libraries and information centers; and
- use effective communication skills applicable for specific audiences and user groups.
In achieving Goal II, students will:
- use professional standards to organize, manage, preserve, evaluate and deliver information resources in a variety of formats;
- explain and apply systems for organizing and structuring information and knowledge, such as cataloging, classification and other metadata formation standards;
- search, retrieve and synthesize information from a variety of systems and sources; and
- evaluate information systems and technologies based on functionality, usability, cost, and quality;
- build information systems and/or records used in such systems.
In achieving Goal III, students will;
- be able to evaluate, select, create, and use information resources, services and programs to meet the needs of diverse user groups, including underserved populations;
- develop and deliver information programs designed to meet the needs of specific users and communities;
- integrate technology, including emerging technologies, into operational services, as well as instruction and outreach programs;
- use a variety of technologies to deliver resources and services in accordance with legal, ethical and professional standards; and
- possess basic competencies required for instructional programs development in formation environments.
In achieving Goal IV, students will:
- put theory into practice interning in a library, archives, school, museum or other type of information organization;
- explain and apply management principles, processes and practices including those relating to innovation and strategic planning as well as human resources, financial, and operational functions of a library or other type of information organization;
- explain and use principles of leadership; and
- explain and meet certification and/or licensure requirements for specialized areas of the profession.
In achieving Goal V, students will:
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of service to and advocacy on behalf of libraries and the profession; continuing professional development; and research in the field;
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- explain and assess the value of research;
- evaluate, conduct and apply research in library and information science and related fields.