MLIS CORE COMPETENCIES (Program Learning Outcomes)
Statement of Core Competencies
The culminating e-Portfolio demonstrates that each student possesses competency in each area the faculty have deemed essential to advance the well-being of our global communities as information professionals
Each graduate of the Master of Library and Information Science program is able to...
- demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of intellectual freedom within that profession;
- describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice;
- recognize the diversity (such as cultural and economic) in the clientele and employees of an information organization and be familiar with actions the organization should take to address this diversity;
- apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy;
- design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems;
- use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items;
- demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele;
- demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies;
- use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information;
- describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;
- design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories;
- demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the ability to design a research project, and the ability to evaluate and synthesize research literature;
- demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations;
- evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria;
- (For students entering from Spring 2015) Identify ways in which information professionals can contribute to the cultural, economic, educational, and social well-being of our global communities.;
These competencies are supplemented by statements specific to the school's career pathways.
The school provides structured opportunities and activities for the development of desirable personal attributes and qualities but recognizes a shared responsibility with the students themselves, associations, employers and other client groups. As articulated by professional associations, the school strives to develop commitment to service, flexibility, leadership, vision, communication, self-motivation, collaboration, mutual respect and trust, independence, respect for diversity, courage, tenacity, critical and creative thinking, professional involvement, networking and personal career planning.
Note: The letter beside each competency is for ease in identifying the competency in discussions and does not indicate any weighting or ordering of the competency.