The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University has changed so much over the last 60 years in order to better serve information professionals and the organizations that are looking to employ them. The iSchool offers two Master's programs that are totally online for the convenience of its students. The school is proud to say that the faculty is made up of world-known researchers and is the largest graduate program at the university. The SLIS prepares students for a success in a number of various career paths by teaching skills and education that are vital to this niche. Information professionals are in high demand in each sector of society like public libraries, local schools, government offices, and major corporations. Every semester students all over the world are graduating from college and will change jobs and careers multiple times over the years. Kent State University will prepare students for many different career outlooks. The mission of the iSchool is to change the global information environment through dynamic learning, interdisciplinary synergy, and innovative research. The students, faculty, and alumni are working hard to do this each day. One of the main principles is to prepare students so that they will be successful information and knowledge professionals. Additionally, the school works to foster research and scholarship, as well as enrich society through collaborating with diverse communities of practice. Lastly, the school works to advance their own role as a unique, comprehensive, exemplary, and professional school of library and information science.
The Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management offers students concentrations in 3 areas of emerging information: Health Informatics, Knowledge Management, and User Experience Design. Within this Master's program, the concentrations are designed to be dynamic and continually adapting to changes that happen in the marketplace of information and knowledge professionals and their developing skill sets.
Health Informatics puts focus on how information is captured and transmitted, and then used in the process of healthcare delivery. Professionals will use their skills to set the standards for electronic records, and provide health information that will support clinical decision making. Professionals will also analyze data used for auditing, clinical research, risk management, quality assessment, and big data application.
Knowledge Management puts focus on the methods used for acquiring and making knowledge an asset for administrations. KM professionals promote a collaborative and integrative approach to creating, capturing, organizing, accessing, and using information assets—including the implied knowledge of people. The success of organizations highly depends on their own ability to create, adopt, and distribute knowledge.
User Experience Design works to address many aspects of what makes a successful user interface for the web, tablets, and mobile devices. This includes the emotional, psychological, informational, and structural aspects. Students will get prepared for professional roles as UX designers that will optimize interactions. UX design aims to solve specific problems for specific systems, interfaces, or applications to help an organization realize its own business goals as they provide users with experiences that they want to repeat.