Message from the Chair
Greetings! It’s my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. If you are visiting us at our website for the first time, please look around to become better acquainted with our engaged, collaborative, and diverse community of interdisciplinary learners, educators, and scholars. We invite you to study with us, either in Greensboro or at a distance, taking face-to-face, online, or blended courses. The MLIS program is accredited by both the American Library Association and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
At LIS, we believe in the power of information, and we view library and information institutions as vital access points to information. Our students learn to design user-centered services, to work toward equitable access to information services, and to value diversity. Our faculty conduct theoretical, historical, and action research, applying diverse methodologies and methods, guiding our students in independent study, and engaging with the community to find library and information solutions.
We hope to strengthen our relationship with you, whether you are exploring our program, are studying or have studied with us, are looking for professional development activities, want to connect to an LIS community, want LIS expert/research assistance, or wish to support LIS education. We are housed in the UNCG School of Education, as one of six departments, made up of leaders and advocates of change.
Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is one of the three original campuses comprising The University of North Carolina system, with a long-standing commitment to academic excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. UNCG has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a comprehensive doctoral research university with “high research activity” and with the community engagement classification under Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.
In summer 2011, we moved to the fourth floor of a 120,000-square-foot new School of Education building. The $47 million structure has LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and has been designed to use the latest in instructional technology, with spaces that facilitate and encourage student/faculty interaction and research in order to prepare students for the 21st century, teaching and supporting interdisciplinary research.
Working with you to make a difference,
Clara M. Chu
Chair and Professor