Library and Information Science Department

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Faculty not pictured: Ross Todd, Nick Belkin, Charles Senteio, Sunyoung Kim, and Joyce Valenza

About the LIS Department: the iSchool at Rutgers

The Department of Library and Information Science has a distinguished record of research, education and community outreach that spans many decades. It is a founding member of the iSchools consortium and our programs are recognized by Rutgers University through its national rankings as some of its best.

The department is characterized by a research and learning culture that is inclusive, diverse and cohesive, international in scope and local in impact.


Enhancing human experience and quality of life in a dynamic information world, our goal is to pursue pre-eminence and leadership through boundary-breaking research and innovative professional and academic programs.


As scholars and educators in the Department of Library and Information Science, we believe that information makes a profound difference in the lives of people, communities and organizations.

We undertake boundary-breaking research that seeks to understand and enhance people's lives by enabling and supporting their interactions with information in whatever contexts and forms that may happen.

We educate future-ready professionals in diverse information service and technology contexts. They are prepared to design, manage and evaluate systems and services that support people and communities' interactions with information, and they play a leading role in enabling people to create, use, and preserve knowledge. They are people-centered in their work, critical and reflective thinkers, creative problem solvers, and effective communicators.

Library and Information Science Programs:

Information Technology and Informatics major

Master of Information (MI), with concentrations in Library and Information Science; School Librarianship; Data Science: Informatics and Design Technology, Information and Management; and Archives and Preservation.

U.S. News Ranking BadgeOur MI program is ranked in the Top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report:

  • # 1 in the nation, School Library Media 
  • # 7 in the nation, Library and Information Studies
  • # 6 in the nation, Digital Librarianship
  • # 6 in the nation, Services for Children and Youth
  • # 8 in the nation, Information Systems

BA (ITI Major)-MI Dual Degree

Master of Health Communication and Information (Launching Spring 2021)

Library and Information Science area, Ph.D. Program

A Distinguished Faculty

To learn more about the faculty in the LIS department, visit the LIS Directory page.

Our faculty are scholars and educators with prominent national and international standing, recipients of distinguished scholarly and professional awards, and recipients of research funding from National Science Foundation, DARPA, ARDA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as numerous foundations, corporations and library and information science organizations, Google, and OCLC.

Our faculty publish in top-tier journals and proceedings as well as serve on their editorial boards, such as Information Processing and Management, Information Retrieval, Interaction with Computers, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Documentation, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Library Quarterly, and Journal of Learning, Media & Technology.

LIS Research

The research and scholarship of our international faculty draw on rich and diverse theoretical foundations and methodological traditions, and contributes to new understandings, contemporary theory development, new methodological approaches, and innovative professional applications.

We actively pursue these studies in the context of diversity and social justice. We value the role of libraries and information organizations in promoting lifelong learning, participatory citizenship and the public good.Connecting these research foci are common threads that define our scholarly contribution and distinguish our department as an iSchool:

people and community

People and Community

We focus on the information needs of people in diverse social, organizational and cultural contexts and on opportunities to design responsive information places, services, networks and systems.


Data, Information and Knowledge

We focus on the dynamic intersection of data, information and knowledge, and their creation, organization, use and preservation for posterity to provide meaningful and adaptive services to individuals, information organizations and communities.

Technologies, Systems and Networks

We focus on designing, implementing and evaluating information systems and services that enable access to information and learning how to optimize their usefulness in meeting organizational and community goals.


Empowerment, Engagement and Action

We focus on scholarly and professional leadership and the capacity to safeguard and make available the cultural, intellectual and technological records of humankind. We understand the value of data, information and knowledge in shaping human capacity to be productive, creative and transformative.

The LIS department supports several research centers, clusters and labs:

  • The InfoSeeking Lab engages in research projects relating to information seeking/retrieval/behavior and social media have related to collaborative information seeking, social Q&A, human-computer interaction (HCI), search strategies, and browsing behaviors.
  • The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) is dedicated to research, scholarship, education and consultancy for school library professionals. It focuses on how learning in an information age school is enabled and demonstrated by school library programs, and how inquiry-based learning and teaching processes can contribute to educational success and workplace readiness for learners.
  • SALTS, the Laboratory for the Study of Applied Language Technology and Society  at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, brings together researchers interested in developing and/or using next-generation natural language processing technology that supports communication across cultural and social boundaries in areas such as digital libraries, education, public health, humanities, linguistics and communication.
  • The Social Media & Society Cluster is a transdisciplinary unit within Rutgers School of Communication and Information that supports research that extends across the boundaries of the iSchool, communication, and media studies programs within the School. Consisting of faculty from the departments of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, and Library and Information Science, our faculty offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, as well as a Master of Communication and Information Studies and a Master of Information. A key element of our program involves mentoring from these faculty that encourages direct involvement in cutting edge research.

Department News

Joyce Valenza Appointed to the ALA Business Advisory Group

The Executive Director of the American Library Association has appointed Associate Teaching Professor Joyce Valenza to the ALA Business Advisory Group. The group, ALA said, will explore and advise ALA on strategies related to new business development.

Dean Potter Welcomes Students Back to the Spring Semester

Welcome back to the spring 2021 semester. As teaching starts we are, of course, disappointed that it must be delivered at a distance.  We welcome your understanding of why that is.  And I want to let you know, how grateful we are to have you as part of the SC&I community.