University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Information School


Room 4217 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706

About The iSchool

Our Mission

The mission of the Information School of the University of Wisconsin‑Madison is to educate responsible leaders, critical thinkers, and creative innovators in the information professions who are adept in the creation, retrieval, use, and curation of information in all its forms, who are able to provide access to and understanding of information for all those who need or seek it, and who contribute to individual and collective knowledge, productivity, and well-being;

create and disseminate research about past, present, and future information users and uses, the processes and technologies vital for information management and use, and the economies, cultures, and policies that affect information and access to it;

contribute to the development of the faculties of information schools through a doctoral program built on interdisciplinary research and teaching excellence; and

provide useful service to information professionals, the people of Wisconsin, and all information users.


iSchool Data and Reports

Program Learning Outcomes Effective Fall 2018

Fall 2018 and beyond MA in Library and Information Studies learning outcomes:

  1. Students demonstrate understanding of societal, legal, policy or ethical information issues.
  2. Students apply principles of information organization.
  3. Students apply appropriate research methodologies for inquiry or decision making.
  4. Students demonstrate understanding of professional competencies important for management of information organizations.
  5. Students demonstrate competency with information technologies important to the information professions.
  6. Students apply theory to professional practice.
  7. Students demonstrate understanding of issues surrounding marginalized communities and information.

The Information School faculty voted in fall 2017 to update the MA program learning outcomes to better reflect changes in the curriculum, UW Madison Graduate School norms, and LIS field expectations.

Students beginning the program prior to fall 2018, but graduating in December 2018 or later, can choose to move to the new learning outcomes or retain the prior learning outcomes.

Students wishing to switch to the new learning outcomes must submit this request form:

Program Learning Outcomes (Summer 2018 and earlier)

Goal 1 Theory and history

1a. Students apply key concepts with respect to the relationship between power, knowledge, and information.
1b. Students apply key concepts with respect to theories and practices of literacies, reading, and the information use of others.

Goal 2 Information ethics and policy

2a. Students evaluate and debate information policy and ethics issues applicable in local, national or global contexts.
2b. Students apply core ethical principles to professional practice.

Goal 3 Techniques and technologies

3a. Students organize and describe print and digital information resources.
3b. Students select and evaluate print and digital information resources for use by others.
3c. Students analyze information needs of diverse individuals and communities.
3d. Students understand and use appropriate information technologies.

Goal 4. Professionalism and leadership

4a. Students evaluate, problem solve and think critically, both individually and in teams.
4b. Students demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
4c. Students participate in extracurricular activities in the field.
4d.Students demonstrate innovation and skills necessary for leadership.

Strategic Plan

Provide an exemplary, versatile graduate and professional education.

  • The iSchool produces innovative managers and leaders of technological, rapidly-changing, diverse environments.
  • The iSchool reflexively responds to the shifting needs of the information professions, while also maintaining a distinctive scholarly/theoretical orientation.
  • The iSchool is widely known for superior recruitment and retention, career preparation and professional placement.
  • The iSchool leverages strengths of the UW-Madison campus via double degrees or other shared programs.
  • The iSchool maintains a balanced student body that includes students with a diversity of background and interests and a targeted mix of distance education students and campus students.

Provide an exemplary undergraduate experience.

  • The iSchool fields an undergraduate curriculum that is highly valued by the College of Letters and Science.
  • The iSchool creates an undergraduate curricular pipeline that attracts high performing UW undergraduates to apply to the MA program or consider information careers.

Reinvigorate the Wisconsin Idea and renew our commitment to our public mission.

  • Be recognized as an iSchool that prepares professionals to leverage information and information technologies for the public good.
  • The iSchool provides lifelong learning opportunities and build community for working information professionals at all career stages.
  • The iSchool informs library and information management practices and debates through scholarship.
  • The iSchool collaborates with local, state, national and international organizations through curricular and non-curricular programming.

Invest in scholarly domains in which we have existing or potential strength and impact.

  • The iSchool leverages its current strengths, and the resources of the UW-Madison campus, to re-emphasize its superior research reputation in current and emerging research domains.
  • iSchool scholars will increase collaborations with affiliated departments and research centers to extend their influence.
  • iSchool PhD students are valued in the market as potential interdisciplinary faculty with strong preparation in theoretical thinking, scholarly writing, teaching methodologies and departmental citizenship.

Recruit and retain the best faculty and staff, and reward merit. Enhance diversity in order to ensure excellence in education and research.

  • Strategize for growth.
  • Fully leverage opportunities for recognition, awards and other forms of remuneration and promotion for iSchool faculty and staff.
    Support projects that address diversity.

Be responsible stewards of our resources.

  • iSchool staff work collaboratively across organizational lines.
  • Promote an inclusive and equitable community in the iSchool.
  • Generate new resources through Educational Innovation.
  • Ensure adequate technology infrastructure and promote responsible management of technology equipment.
  • Participate in campus sustainability efforts.
  • Ensure innovative, effective and sustainable use of iSchool physical space and resources.