Wayne State University

SLIS Vision, Mission and Goals

SLIS Vision Statement

We foster learning and research about information policies, information fluency, and information accessibility within the global library and information environment.

SLIS Mission Statement

We combine theories with practices to educate leaders who advance the importance of information in society. We deliver accessible, high quality education incorporating professional scholarship and best practices. We focus on three pillars:

  • Library Users and Services
  • Information Management
  • Archives and Digital Content Management

SLIS Goals and Objectives

RESEARCH: The SLIS will foster, facilitate, and support research by faculty and students.  

  • The SLIS will assist students in appreciating the importance of research within practice, and for developing theoretical approaches to library and information science.
  • The SLIS will foster student engagement in research,through courses and directed studies, and other independent learning opportunities. 
  • The SLIS will support students in presenting their research in courses, at conferences, and through publication. 
  • The SLIS will support faculty research and scholarly communication
  • The SLIS will cultivate faculty engagement with student research experiences and skill development.

TEACHING:  The SLIS will encourage and teach professional approaches and a service philosophy.

  • The SLIS will provide the skills and dispositions for excellence in information service delivery.
  • The SLIS will offer opportunities to sustain professional growth and achievement, including career mentoring.
  • The SLIS will expose students to the historical, social, cultural, educational, political, and economic dimensions of information and information agencies.
  • The SLIS will educate students in the history, philosophies, theories, principles, policies, and ethics of library and information science.
  • The SLIS will inculcate the importance of career-long professional learning. 

SERVICE:  The SLIS will be engaged within the diverse communities and world of which we are a part.

  • The SLIS will seek diversity among the faculty.
  • The SLIS will seek diversity and facilitate inclusion among the student body.
  • The SLIS will address the roles of library and information services in a diverse global society, paying particular attention to the underserved. 
  • The SLIS will facilitate student experience in multicultural and multiethnic information environments.
  • The SLIS will integrate urban issues across its curriculum, activities, and provide opportunities for community engagement and professional growth. 

LEADERSHIP:  The SLIS will foster leadership in traditional as well as interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and practices that address important information and library issues.  

  • The SLIS will engage the library community, alumni, and employers.  
  • The SLIS will promote commitment and involvement in professional associations and organizations 
  • The SLIS will encourage involvement in the community and community organizations.
  • The SLIS will support service activities and participation in leadership roles at the School, University, local, state, national, and international levels.

TECHNOLOGY:  The SLIS will educate within and for an evolving technological world.

  • The SLIS will continuously evaluate and apply technologies to its teaching, learning, research, and service programs.
  • The SLIS will enable all students to assess critically the effective uses of technologies in information practice.
  • The SLIS will assist students in understanding the roles of information technologies.