Mission and Objectives

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

Graduates of the Master of Science in Library and Information Science program will:

Goal 1: Apply the principles, practices, ethics, and philosophy of the profession 

Aligned with:  ALA Standards 1.21,1.22,1.23,1.25,1.27

                SLO 1A: Demonstrate understanding of the ethics and values of the library and information science professions

                SLO 1B: Demonstrate understanding of the processes and technologies of the library and information science professions Students will achieve this through demonstrating these skills:

  • Analyze policies and trends affecting libraries and information organizations
  • Compare and contrast different types of collections and information organizations
  • If appropriate, explain and meet certification and/or licensure requirements for specialized areas of the profession

Concepts for Goal 1 are introduced in LIS 510.

Goal 2: utilize a broad range of approaches, systems and technologies to manage and deliver information

Aligned with:  ALA Standards 1.27

                SLO 2A: apply methods to organize information and knowledge

                SLO 2B: retrieve and synthesize information from a variety of systems and sources

Students will achieve this through demonstrating these skills:

  • Use professional standards to manage and deliver information resources
  • Evaluate information systems and technology
  • Evaluate and retrieve information from different kinds of information systems

Concepts for Goal 2 are introduced in LIS 512.

Goal 3:  Deliver user-centered services and cost-effective programs

Aligned with:  ALA Standards 1.26,1.28

              SLO 3A: utilize information sources and services to meet the needs of diverse populations

              SLO 3B: design and deliver information programs to meet the needs of specific users

Students will achieve this through demonstrating these skills:

  • Integrate technology into programs and services
  • Design and provide the services that assist users in accessing information in a designated environment

Concepts for Goal 3 are introduced in LIS 511.

Goal 4:  Staff, manage, and advocate for libraries and information organizations

Aligned with:  ALA Standards 1.21,1.23

                SLO 4A: explain principles and practices of management

                SLO 4B: apply fundamental principles of advocacy for an information organization

Students will achieve this through demonstrating these skills:

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and/or carry-out long term information projects and/or activities
  • Demonstrate the ability to market information activities to specific users or patrons
  • Show understanding of how an information professional can be an advocate for a specific information organization

Concepts for Goal 4 are introduced in LIS 513 or other Management Suite courses.

Goal 5: Prepare to contribute to the profession through research and service

Aligned with:  ALA Standards 1.24

            SLO 5A: demonstrate understanding of how to effectively contribute to the profession

Students will achieve this through demonstrating these skills:

  • Explain the importance of service to the profession and continuing professional development as a means to contribute to the profession
  • Articulates an understanding of the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research methods

Concepts for Goal 5 are introduced in LIS 510 and/or LIS 514.


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