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about mlis

Build a thorough knowledge of librarianship and emerging technologies at St. Kate's.

About Master of Library and
Information Science

Our Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program educates students to be active professionals and leaders in rapidly changing information society. The MLIS program is part of the new Graduate College at St. Catherine University.

MLIS curriculum integrates the principles, practices and ethics of library and information science with an in-depth understanding of the people who use information systems in their work and communities.

MLIS students learn to collect, organize, preserve and disseminate information so that all people — regardless of age, gender, race, color, creed, ethnicity, socio-economic status, political persuasion or sexual orientation — have equal access to the information they seek.

The MLIS faculty and staff devote themselves to preparing students for success in academia and in their future professional information careers.

The MLIS program was granted ALA accreditation January 2011. It is open to women and men, and offered in an evening and weekend format designed for the busy adult. Monday MLIS Community Night events include panel discussions, workshops, student gatherings, presentations by award winning faculty, major employers, and leaders in the regional profession LIS Community.

Mission Statement

The Master of Library and Information Science program at St. Catherine University educates students in the principles, practices, and ethics of library and information science, imbues them with a sense of service to diverse populations, and prepares them to be life-long learners and active leaders in a rapidly changing information society.

Guiding Principles

We, the faculty of the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University:

  • Believe that information is an invaluable resource that must be collected, organized, preserved, and disseminated so that all people-regardless of age, gender, race, color, creed, ethnicity, socio-economic status, political persuasion, or sexual orientation-have equal access to the information they seek.
  • Maintain that intellectual freedom is vital to a democratic society. We uphold the right of all individuals to create and use resources representing diverse points of view, and we are prepared to defend those rights.
  • Support the principles of our profession's codes of ethics and strive to instill in our students the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Are dedicated to teaching the theories, knowledge, and skills students need to be proficient practitioners capable of preserving the records of the past, managing current resources, and transforming the future through appropriate use of technology.
  • Challenge students to become critical thinkers, active learners, and creative scholars who can and will draw upon interdisciplinary studies to contribute to the body of knowledge in our field.
  • Actively encourage students to lead "from where they are," in preparation for leadership positions at their place of employment, in the profession, and in the global information society.
  • Believe the interests of our profession, our communities, our nation, and our world are best served through faculty/student teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Use systematic and continuous review and evaluation processes to assure quality education, both curricular and pedagogic, and to allocate human, financial, physical, and technological resources appropriately.