The collegiality, creativity, and open-mindedness of the GSLIS faculty, particularly but not exclusively those teaching youth services, prepared me to embody these same values and characteristics as I transitioned from being a doctoral student to an assistant professor.—Sarah Park (MS, PhD '09), assistant professor, Master of Library and Information Science Program, St. Catherine University
A GSLIS education means excellence—but don't take just our word for it. According to U.S. News and World Report, GSLIS is the top LIS program in the nation, with a reputation for providing the highest-quality education at the master's and doctoral levels.
Our faculty are renowned worldwide for their teaching, research, and leadership in shaping the field. It's no wonder our students become creative, inspired leaders who confidently manage the challenges of our information-driven world.
Learn more about what a GSLIS education can mean for you by exploring our website and learning more about our Programs of Study. Prospective students are encouraged review our application process and contact our Admissions Office by phone at (217) 333-7197 or (800) 982-0914, or via e-mail at -lis-apply, at illinois.edu-, to schedule a personal visit to GSLIS.
As an already practicing librarian, GSLIS gave me the credentials and polish I needed and allowed me to tap into a body of knowledge far beyond the practical skills I possessed. As Leigh Estabrook pointed out, most of us are born to be librarians. As a child, I made book pockets and tried to puzzle out spine labels for my books, and I knew Mrs. Edith Spang, our branch librarian, better than any kid in the neighborhood. Library school confirmed what I already knew, and its added "polish" made librarianship possible as a career and, truthfully, a lifestyle.—Libby Letterly (MS '95), district librarian, Williamsville CUSD #15
I truly cannot imagine a more rewarding and exciting profession to be in at this time of rapid developments in information and instructional technology. My library degree from GSLIS was the entrée to a career of unimagined opportunities to engage daily with new questions and to learn something new every day.—Diane Parr Walker (MS ’78), deputy university librarian, University of Virginia Library