We are delighted to welcome you to the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. This is always an exciting time of the year.
The MLIS program in entering its 53rd year at the University of Maryland, and the skills and knowledge of an MLIS degree have never been more important.
Events of the past year have made abundantly clear the exponentially increasing importance of the ability to sort through and make sense of information. Whether you aspire to work in a library, an archive, a museum, a government agency, a non-profit, with an information vendor, or in another setting, you have chosen a degree and career path that will prepare you to effectively analyze and evaluate information sources and to help others learn to access, use, and understand information and become more information literate.
At Maryland’s iSchool, we offer leading specializations like Archives and Digital Curation and School Librarianship, as well as unique specializations like Diversity and Inclusion and Youth Experience. Our location offers unbeatable opportunities for field studies, internships, and events. The people teaching in our program bring a wealth of professional experience to the classroom.
During this year, there will be many opportunities to participate in student organizations, college events, conferences, and projects at college research centers. Take advantage of these opportunities. Extracurriculars are a valuable part of your overall educational experience, whether it be joining the student chapter of the American Library Association, volunteering at the Digital Curation & Innovation Center, or attending the Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library & Information Science in November.
We are always improving the curriculum to meet changing needs of our students, society, and the profession. If you have any ideas or suggestions – or need help with anything at all – please let us know.
Paul, Erin and Suzy