GSLIS is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and our School Library Media program is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).

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Our Mission

Our mission at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies is to produce the next generation of library leaders.

Vision Statement

Our vision at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies is to ensure a thriving, innovative program that prepares students to serve and transform communities.


Relevant, meaningful coursework, intellectual inquiry, and a comprehensive partnership in advising are central for students’ academic, personal, and professional growth.

Thriving learning communities are built on equity, accessibility, mutual respect, support, and a strong work ethic. 

Research and scholarship, networking, leading, and advocating as library and information professionals are essential actions to positively impact our global and local communities.

Strategic Plan

GSLIS Strategic Plan (Approved 09/2023)


  1. Our Programs.
    Expand our impact by sustainably growing the student population, areas of study, and funding.
  2. Our Students.
    Prioritize a student-focused, personalized education experience.
  3. Our Faculty.
    Maintain excellence in faculty contributions in research, teaching, and service.
  4. Our Larger Community.
    Continue to increase visibility and collaboration with the broader university and professional communities.

GSLIS Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes (Approved 05/14/2020).

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Program Director

Dr. Lauren Mandel
Associate Professor, Director
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Meet Dr. Lauren Mandel