Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Palmer School is to empower information professionals through education, research and achievement. The mission of the School is reflective of the mission of LIU, “to provide excellence and access in private higher education to people from all backgrounds who seek to expand their knowledge and prepare themselves for meaningful, educated lives and for services to their communities and the world.”
The Palmer School strives to:
• Provide education programs for an increasingly technology-based society;
• Educate students who will be knowledgeable, skilled, and committed members of the information professions;
• Maintain an exemplary faculty of dedicated teachers and researchers;
• Sustain a learning environment that supports the educational and research objectives of the school’s faculty and students;
• Establish a reputation for providing vision, leadership, service and value.
The Palmer School Program Goals (These goals are aligned with the stated ALA Goals and Objectives.):
Graduates of the Master of Science in Library and Information Science program will:
Goal 1: Apply the principles, ethics and philosophy of the profession while serving their patrons, institutions and communities;
Aligned with: ALA Standards I.2.1, I.2.2, I.2.3 and I.2.10
Goal 2: Utilize a broad range of approaches, systems, and technologies to manage and deliver information;
Aligned with: ALA Standards I.2.1
Goal 3: Deliver user-centered services and cost-effective programs tailored to the needs of diverse populations;
Aligned with: ALA Standards I.2.1, I.2.4, I.2.8, I.2.9
Goal 4: Staff, manage and lead libraries and information organizations of all types;
Aligned with: ALA Standard 1.2.1
Goal 5: Contribute to the profession through service, research and advocacy.
Aligned with: ALA Standards I.2.4, I.2.5, I.2.6, I.2.7
Student Learning Outcomes
1. In achieving Goal 1, students will:
a. explain and apply the foundations and principles of the library and information science professions;
b. analyze policies and trends affecting libraries and information organizations and the profession;
c. compare and contrast different types of collections and information organizations;
d. communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Aligned with: ALA Core Competencies 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, I E, 1F, 1G
2. In achieving Goal 2 students will:
a. use professional standards to manage and deliver information resources in a variety of formats;
b. use systems for organizing and structuring information and knowledge;
c. search, retrieve and synthesize information from a variety of systems and sources;
d. evaluate information systems and technologies.
Aligned with: ALA Core Competencies 2A through 2D, 3A through 3C, 5B
3. In achieving Goal 3, students will:
a. evaluate and use information resources and services to meet the needs of diverse populations;
b. develop and deliver information programs designed to meet the needs of specific users and communities;
c. integrate technology into programs and services.
Aligned with: ALA Core Competencies 1J, 4A, 4C, 4D, 5A, 5C, 5D, 5F, 5G, 7B, 7C, 7D
4. In achieving Goal 4, students will:
a. put theory into practice within an information organization;
b. explain and apply principles and practices of management and leadership;
c. explain and meet certification and/or licensure requirements for specialized areas of the profession as appropriate.
Aligned with: ALA Core Competencies 1K, 4A, 4B, 8A through 8E
5. In achieving Goal 5, students will:
a. explain the importance of service to the profession, and continuing professional development;
b. explain the importance of advocacy on behalf of information organizations and the profession;
c. apply the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research methods;
Aligned with: ALA Core Competencies 1H, 6A through 6C, 7A