UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science

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Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.jpg
Established 1893, as the Library Science Program at the Armour Institute in Chicago
Dean Allen Renear
Students 14 undergraduate, 747 graduate[1]
Location Champaign, Illinois, United States
Website lis.illinois.edu

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), also The iSchool at Illinois, is a graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Its programs are currently accredited in full good standing by the American Library Association. The school is also a charter member of the iSchool initiative.

GSLIS offers professional degrees including the standard Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master in Biological Informatics, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS). Specializations within the masters degrees include K-12 Librarianship, Manuscript and Archival studies, Information Systems, Community Informatics, Administration, and Data Curation. The school also has a Ph.D. program in LIS, the oldest such program in the country, which is primarily oriented towards information studies interdisciplinary research. The Ph.D. program includes an Information in Society concentration as well.


GSLIS at Illinois has been ranked as the top Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate program in the country by U.S. News & World Report since 1996.[2] In the Research and Markets' 2008-2009 Survey of Academic Libraries, Illinois was ranked the number one library and information science program in the U.S. and Canada.[3]


GSLIS is located on the corner of 5th and Daniel streets in Champaign, Illinois. The building was formerly the location of the Acacia Fraternity and still has functional showers for both men and women, though the latter are fittingly full of old books. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of three campuses of the University of Illinois system, has over 40 libraries; their combined holdings are among the largest in the United States and the world.

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Research Centers[edit]

  • The Center for Children's Books[5] - The Center’s mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to all aspects of children’s and young adult literature; media and resources for young (ages 0-18) audiences; and youth services librarianship.
  • Center for Digital Inclusion[6] - The Center for Digital Inclusion fosters inclusive and sustainable societies through research, teaching, and public engagement about information and communication technologies (ICT) and their impacts on communities, organizations, and governments. Digital inclusion encompasses not only access to the Internet but also the availability of hardware and software; relevant content and services; and training for the digital literacy skills required for effective use of ICT.
  • Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship[7]- The GSLIS Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) studies the information lifecycle in the contexts of science and scholarship. Center members contribute to our understanding of how data curation, information modeling, and data analytics can enable scientists and scholars to leverage digital information resources. CIRSS members have expertise in digital preservation, interview methods, information retrieval, data and text mining, knowledge discovery, ubiquitous systems, collaborative systems, socio-technical systems, author disambiguation, persuasive technologies, reading behaviors, information modeling, scientific publishing, institutional repository development, cultural heritage collections, gaming, social networking and digital music retrieval and evaluation. Funding partners include Google, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Environmental Change Institute, and Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Student Activities[edit]

Student organizations at GSLIS include:

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Coordinates: 40°06′28″N 88°13′53″W / 40.10778°N 88.23139°W / 40.10778; -88.23139