Mission & Goals

Mission of the Department of Library and Information Studies


In concert with the tripartite mission of the State University of New York and of the University at Buffalo, the mission of the Department of Library and Information Studies is to provide a dynamic academic environment that involves groundbreaking research, exceptional teaching, and collaborative service in a diverse global context.

Goals of the MLS Program

  1. Graduates demonstrate an understanding of library and information studies, including its historical roots, as well as the creation, representation, organization, dissemination, and use of information.
  2. Graduates demonstrate an understanding of the domain knowledge and a mastery of skills required in diverse information environments.
  3. Graduates demonstrate professional competences, including leadership, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, reflective practice, and ethical adherence.
  4. Graduates are able to apply an understanding of the library information professions and the roles, responsibilities, and professional dispositions (i.e., values, attitudes, behaviors).


Approved 4/29/2014