iPAC releases study of State Library Agencies (SLA) that assess the current SLA context, configuration, location within state government, and critical success factors. Read more
State Library Agency Report Released
iPAC Co-Director John Bertot selected by the iSchool Student Groups as the winner of the inaugural iSchool Student Group Faculty Award Read more
Image of John Bertot
John Bertot receives iSchool Student Group Faculty Award

Oct. 15-16, 2015. The conference focuses on issues of diversity, inclusion, and information access in library and information professions. Registration is now open and submissions are being accepted.

Read more
UMD iSchool and iPAC release Re-Envisioning the MLS report in response to the impact of a changing information, technology, and community context on the MLS degree. Read more


Recent News

Friday, August 7, 2015
The Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative sought to address the impact of significant changes in the information landscape, our communities, information organizations, technology, the economy, workforce needs and trends, and other factors on Library and Information Science (LIS) education in general, and the Master of Library Science (MLS) degree (and its variants) in particular.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The 2015 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is now accepting registrations and submissions. The conference (known in past years as the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education) focuses on issues of diversity, inclusion, and information access in library and information professions.

Upcoming Events

Libraries and Local Big Data

In Fall 2015, the iSchool will launch a new specialization: Community Analytics & Policy (CAP) within the MLS program that focuses on the intersection of analytics, policy, and data.

Improving the Health Literacy, Health-Related Self-Efficacy, and Long-Term Health Outlook of Disadvantaged Youth through the Facilitation of Scientific Inquiry and Information Literacy Skills

Youth are increasingly engaging in self-directed information-seeking behavior on the Internet. This is particularly true for health information (Fergie, Hunt, & Hilton, 2013; Franck, Noble, & McEvoy, 2008; Kaiser Family Foundation, 2001; Smart et al, 2012). At the same time, studies have shown that youth often struggle to find credible and relevant sources (Gray et al, 2005; Eastin, 2008; Flanagin & Metzger, 2008).