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Graduate School of Library and Information Science changes name to School of Information Studies

Thursday, October 6, 2016

River Forest, IL - Dominican University’s board of trustees approved on October 6, 2016 the change in name of the university’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science to the School of Information Studies. Founded in 1930, the school offers the only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree in the Chicago area. The degree remains central to the school as it broadens its offerings to better meet the needs of information professionals in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. The school also offers a doctoral program in library and information science.

This spring, the university launched a new Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program as well as an undergraduate program in informatics. Both programs prepare students for challenging careers in data management, one of the fastest growing fields in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that information-related jobs are projected to grow 15 to 21 percent over the next decade. Information drives innovation in industries as diverse as health care, education, transportation and government, and Chicago, in particular, is emerging as a data analytics hub.

"We recognize the need to balance the important legacy of our library school, which is one of the most-established in the country, with the changing needs of society. We remain committed to the core values of the information profession and to the strong service ethic that librarians have always prized," said Dr. Kate Marek, dean of the school.

Both the informatics and MSIM programs consider the full range of strategic, technical and ethical issues that have emerged from the "information revolution" that is transforming the way organizations operate and individuals navigate the increasingly complex information environment. Both also focus on the human side of information technology by connecting people to data that can enhance their lives.

For more information on Dominican University’s School of Information Studies, contact Diane Foote, assistant dean, at or visit

About Dominican University

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor’s degrees through the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and master’s degrees through the School of Information Studies, the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Social Work and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The university also offers a doctoral degree in library and information science. In the 2017 issue of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dominican University in the top tier of Midwest master’s level universities. The magazine also named Dominican as a Great School at a Great Price.