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USF School of Information

Mission

The mission of the School of Information is to prepare engaged leaders for dynamic professions that serve current and emerging informational and lifelong learning needs of a diverse, global society, and to contribute to the body of theoretical and applied knowledge of the discipline.

About The School of Information

The School offers educational programs that seek to prepare students for careers and leadership roles in a complex, culturally diverse, and technological society. For several decades we have had a distinguished record of educating professionals in Library and Information Science through our ALA-accredited Master's degree. In the past few years we have broadened our scope to include two new degree programs: a B.S. degree in Information Studies, and a M.S. in Intelligence Studies. Both of these degrees are STEM-based and help meet an increasing demand for "next generation" information professionals who are technologically acute and can apply critical and analytic skills to support the mission of various types of organizations.

At the heart of the School of Information is a shared focus on humans as central to information systems, services, and technology, and on the critical role of understanding how people interact with information in myriad forms. Our students serve communities throughout the state, the nation, and the world in libraries, government agencies, and a host of other information centers and contexts. Our faculty explore a host of research and scholarly issues ranging from the role of the library in the public sphere, to health informatics, to the organization of knowledge and archiving. Moreover, we are committed to being engaged with our communities and other professions, and we value interdisiciplinary research that can inform best-practice as well as contribute to the knowledge of our broad discipline.

Goals and Objectives

Consistent with the priorities of a major university, SI’s goals and objectives are organized around the three academic anchors of teaching, research, and service. These three goals are primarily statements of expectations for the faculty in SI. Expectations for students in SI are largely covered in the listing of program-level learning outcomes (below), and programmatic expectations are described in the strategic initiatives.

Goal I. Teaching Students master the body of theory, knowledge, and skills held essential to function as effective library and information professionals.

Objectives

  1. Faculty are effective teachers and engage in continuous professional development to maintain subject expertise and pedagogy in their own and related subject areas.

A1.  Faculty are productive participants in the School’s curriculum planning, development, and evaluation  responsibilities. 
A2.  Faculty are actively engaged in advising and mentoring students.

  1. Faculty use relevant technologies in their teaching and include content on technologies appropriate for subject areas and specializations covered in their courses.
  2. Faculty incorporate the core professional values and competencies appropriate for subject areas, specializations, and user populations covered in their courses.
  3. Faculty integrate current theoretical and applied knowledge of the discipline into course content.
  4. Faculty assess course outcomes and use assessment information for continuous course improvement.

 

Goal II. Research Faculty create, analyze, describe, synthesize, and disseminate new knowledge to enable further understanding of and relationships among information, people, and technology.

Objectives

  1. Faculty develop and carry out an individual and/or collaborative agenda of interdisciplinary research and development within the context of LIS scholarship.
  2. Faculty disseminate the products of research and development activities through accepted scholarly communication channels and demonstrate impact on the field.
  3. Faculty seek external funding for supporting research and development.
  4. Faculty mentor and collaborate with students in the evaluation and production of research and development  activities.

 

Goal III. Service Faculty and students provide service to the School, the College, the University, and the profession; as well as to local, state, national, and international communities.

Objectives

  1. Faculty share their expertise and participate in academic leadership and governance in the School, the College, and the University.
  2. Faculty share their expertise and participate in leadership and governance in local, state, national, and international  professional  organizations.
  3. As engaged members of local and global societies, faculty use their professional expertise to help improve and sustain the community’s quality of life.
  4. Faculty mentor and collaborate with students in serving the University, the profession, and the community.