The mission of the San José State University School of Information is to educate information professionals who contribute to the well-being of our global communities and to expand the LIS knowledge base through research and scholarship.
Our school’s strategic plan articulates our goals, including our emphasis on curricular quality; our investment in supporting our faculty’s teaching, service, and research; and our commitment to provide a technology-rich, engaging online learning environment that involves global opportunities. The strategic plan is aligned with the College of Professional and Global Education strategic plan; and the University strategic plan.
We share detailed information about our assessment processes, including performance data which is posted on our public website. In 2014, our school received the Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program Award for the MLIS program. Our school is also a member of Quality Matters, is fully accredited by the American Library Association, and is a member of the iSchool Caucus. San Jose Staté University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
All of our master’s degree programs and certificates are offered fully online. These include a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association, a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration, and a Master’s degree in Informatics. A Teacher Librarian Services Credential program is also available as a second teaching credential for school librarians.
Several online specialized certificate programs are also offered, including an Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services for people looking to gain practical skills needed to manage the increasing variety of digital information. For those who already hold a master’s degree, our school offers a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science, designed for working professionals who want to stay current with emerging trends.
Through a gateway partnership our school’s doctoral students can earn a PhD.
The School of Information is part of San José State University’s Cybersecurity and Big Data Initiative.
The School of Information is within the College of Professional and Global Education. Our director reports to the dean of the college and is a member of both the College Leadership Team and the University Council of Chairs and Directors. Our director has complete responsibility for running all the degrees and certificate programs, developing the curricula, and developing and supervising budgets.
Twenty-seven full-time faculty and more than 80 part-time faculty teach at our school, enabling us to offer a broad curriculum. Our fully online environment enables us to recruit highly qualified faculty, regardless of where they live.
We have 1800 graduate students all taking their classes within our online environment. Our students are a diverse group of individuals in terms of where they live, their ages, and their ethnic diversity. For example, one-third of our students live outside California, and typically 35% of our graduates reported an ethnicity other than white.
Throughout their course work, students learn to serve diverse communities. We prepare students for the myriad ways technology is impacting the future of our field. In every class, technology is both an instructional tool and a topic of examination. Students can choose numerous electives* from a wide range of career pathways.
Our school’s virtual research center, CIRI, fosters research in library and information science and beyond. It aims at generating exemplary new practices and innovative products to benefit a global audience. It showcases faculty and student research and innovative practice, develops research-based and innovative products for the profession/field, fosters grant development, and enhances partnerships with individuals across campus, the continent and the world, as well as with institutions and organizations.
* Note that the following courses have a variety of different topics: 210, 220, 241, 246, 250, 267, 281, 282, 284, 285, 287 -accessible from the electives page.