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 MS in Information and Library Science/MS in School Librarianship Program


  1. Graduates demonstrate an understanding of information and library science, including its historical foundations, as well as the creation, representation, organization, dissemination, use, and curation of information.

  2. Graduates apply domain knowledge and skills required in diverse information environments.

  3. Graduates demonstrate professional competences, including leadership, critical thinking, inquiry, communication, collaboration, reflective practice, and ethical adherence.

  4. Graduates apply an understanding of information and library professions and the roles, responsibilities, and professional dispositions (i.e., values, attitudes, behaviors).



Approved 4/7/2015; Revised