Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Department of Library and Information Studies is one of six academic departments housed in the School of Education. The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). We also offer programs leading to licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for students who already hold the MLIS degree and are interested in adding school library or instructional technology licensure. All programs are offered on-campus or through distance education in an online format. We are pleased by the U.S. News and World Report current ranking of our MLIS program at twenty-second of the fifty-one ALA accredited programs in the United States.
The faculty members of our department believe in the power of information and view library and information agencies 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. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has a long-standing commitment to academic excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a comprehensive doctoral research university with high research activity. Faculty members of the LIS department conduct theoretical, historical, and action research, applying diverse methodologies, guiding students in independent research, and engaging with the community to find solutions to issues in information access.
If you are visiting our website for the first time, please look around to become better acquainted with our community of engaged learners, educators, and scholars. If you have questions about us, our community, or our program, please feel free to contact us directly.
Professor and Interim Chair
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