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  School of Communication and Information 2019-2021 Master of Information Program Program  

Program

The master of information (M.I.) program is built on the integrity and success of the former M.L.I.S. (master of library and information science) program and enables information professionals from a wide variety of contexts and applications to study their craft, interact with one another, and leverage one another's expertise in an interactive and engaging learning environment. M.I. studentsunderstand the social value of creation, organization, preservation, and use of a variety of information artifacts and structures ranging from books to complex computing systems.

The flexible curricular design allows future librarians, archivists, data scientists, technologists, designers, knowledge managers, and many others to workto develop deep levels of expertise in their chosen craft. It also offers opportunities for students to cross subject boundaries and engage indisciplinaryareas outside their expertise.

The M.I. program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Learning Outcomes of the Program

People and Community: The program focuses on the information needs of people in diverse social, organizational, and cultural contexts and on opportunities to design responsive information places, services, networks, and systems.

Data, Information, and Knowledge: The program focuses on the dynamic intersection of data, information, and knowledge and their creation, organization, use, and preservation for posterity to provide meaningful and adaptive services to individuals, information organizations, and communities.

Technologies, Systems, and Networks: The program focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating information systems and services that enable access to information and learning how to optimize their usefulness in meeting organizational and community goals.

Empowerment, Engagement, and Action: The program focuses on scholarly and professional leadership and the capacity to safeguard and make available the cultural, intellectual, and technological records of humankind. Students will understand the value of data, information, and knowledge in shaping human capacity to be productive, creative, and transformative.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Analyze, identify, and describe the information needs, problems, challenges, and goals of individuals, groups, communities, and organizations.
  • Design, develop, and implement innovative and interactive information systems, services, technologies, instruction, policies, and organizational structures that address identified needs, problems, challenges, and goals.
  • Use measurable criteria to evaluate effectiveness of systems, programs, and services.
  • Represent, include, and advocate for the interests of diverse colleagues, professionals, clients, patrons, user groups, and citizens, to ensure equitable intellectual and physical access and use.
  • Lead, innovate, and serve as agents of change in the information professions and respective communities.
  • Enact and uphold ethically-grounded policies and practices that demonstrate knowledge relating to privacy, access, copyright intellectual property, intellectual freedom, diversity, and security.
  • Consider and deploy information solutions as cultural, social, intellectual, and technological goods serving human actors in local, national, and global societal contexts.
  • Uphold professional and academic community standards for ethical information practices, accessibility, uses, and user-centered systems design, in support of tenets.
 
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