Learning Outcomes

Outcomes for Library and Information Science Students

  • Apply professional standards, tools, and best practices in the information field and across specialized areas.
  • Communicate effectively to different audiences through use of oral, written, and visual formats across multiple media.
  • Develop appropriate technology strategies across a range of information settings.
  • Critically analyze and apply research.
  • Evaluate and create information services and/or systems to reflect and respond to the needs of diverse communities and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate individual and collaborative leadership ability.
  • Be guided by professional ethics and values.

Program Learning Outcomes voted in by the faculty on September 10, 2014.

Outcomes for the PhD in Library and Information Science

A graduate of the Simmons SLIS PhD program:

  • Demonstrates in-depth familiarity with scholarship in the field of library, archival, and information science;
  • Articulates prominent theories in the field of library, archival, and information science;
  • Identifies researchable problems and applies relevant research studies, research designs, and methodologies to tasks requiring problem solving and critical thinking;
  • Analyzes and presents information, including research proposals and findings, clearly and accurately in a variety of formats;
  • Conducts qualitative, quantitative or mixed method research studies by engaging in reflective inquiry, performing data collection and analysis, composing research reports, and producing publications and a dissertation;
  • Engages in teaching activities, develops appropriate unit- or course-level student learning outcomes, and plans and implements learning experiences that assist students to achieve those outcomes; and
  • Leads service activities for local, national, or international professional associations and communities.

Revised October 2017