GSE&IS Mission

GSE&IS is dedicated to inquiry, the advancement of knowledge, the improvement of professional practice, and service to the education and information professions.  We develop future generations of scholars, teachers, information professionals, and institutional leaders.  Our work is guided by the principles of individual responsibility and social justice, an ethic of caring, and commitment to the communities we serve.

GSE&IS Values

Regarding scholarship, we value:

  • The systematic pursuit of new knowledge and its application;
  • High academic standards and integrity;
  • An intellectually open, collaborative, and collegial environment;
  • The freedom to pursue one’s intellectual passions; and
  • The consideration of multiple points of view and rival hypotheses.

Regarding teaching, we value:

  • The intellectual and professional development of students;
  • The development of students who excel as scholars, teachers, and professionals;
  • A nurturing, caring professional environment; and
  • The empowerment of individuals.

Regarding our institution, we value:

  • Inclusiveness, which includes treating and involving all GSE&IS faculty, administrators, staff, and students as a team pursuing our mission; and
  • The creation of democratic environments.

Regarding the broader community, we value:

  • The involvement of diverse audiences in planning and executing our professional outreach and research activities,
  • The pursuit of social justice; and
  • A commitment to the public trust.

IS Vision

The Department of Information Studies seeks to define, study, and evaluate interactions among people, information and information technology in a pluralistic society. The Department values and promotes equity, diversity, accountability and intellectual openness.

The Department integrates wide-ranging scholarly, professional, technological and institutional perspectives in its teaching, research and public service. Across each of these activities, the Department engages with and is driven by real world information issues and communities and institutional needs. The Department also promotes the essential role played by information institutions such as libraries and archives as social, cultural, educational, and intellectual centers in our society.

In particular, we examine and encourage:

  • The design of information systems and services for individuals, communities, cultures, disciplines, and literacies;
  • The creation, preservation, documentation and curation of information in all its media and settings;
  • Access to information, in all its manifestations, that empowers and enfranchises individuals and communities in and over time; and
  • The framing of ongoing policy and institutional dialogue related to the social and intellectual implications of a global information society.