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
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.
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
Some 52 years after I completed my M.S., I am a full-time reference and instructional librarian who serves a diverse user population by utilizing new technologies to access online sources as well as a range of print and other media. GSLIS established the foundation for everything that I have done and do related to library and information science, and that foundation has never failed me.—Laurel Grotzinger (MS '58, PhD '64), professor, Waldo Library, Western Michigan University