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School of Library and Information Management (SLIM)

The oldest School of Library and Information Studies in the western half of the United States

Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM)

Years in operation


Alumni Network

3,300 +

The School of Library and Information Management

The School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) is the oldest School of Library and Information Studies in the western half of the United States. It was founded in 1902 as part of the Kansas State Normal School by Gertrude Shawhan, who was director of the program from 1902-1904.

Our Mission

Educating successful library and information professionals with imagination, creativity and innovations.

Vision Statement

Embracing an interdisciplinary culture of collaboration and diversity for the common good.

Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Statement

At the School of Library and Information Management, we are dedicated to fostering and supporting a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff where everyone feels welcomed, appreciated, and safe. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as the guiding principles of our work is rooted in the American Library Association’s resolve to support information professionals in creating responsible and inclusive community spaces to provide knowledge-based resources and services.

We understand diversity as accepting and appreciating differences in each other and the communities we serve, including age, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, religion, intellectual perspectives, and beyond.

Equity to us means taking action to ensure opportunities for equitable education and information access, engaging in ethical information practices, and promoting inclusive information resources and services, along with the use of information technology for public good, community engagement, and lifelong learning.

By being inclusive, we aim to cultivate a sense of belonging in an environment of mutual respect that is open to all and cherishes the contributions of each individual to creating a more fair, just, and unified society.

(adopted May 5, 2021)

Explore our programs

Explore our programs, which include a fully online Master of Library Science, a Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management, and several certificate programs.

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Admissions, Costs + Scholarships

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Admissions, Costs + Scholarships
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Continuing Education

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Continuing Education
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Student Resources

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Student Resources
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About SLIM

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About SLIM


Learn more about some of our featured programs.

Library Science

Master of Library Sciences

Provides the skill sets necessary for the library and information management professions. Careers in a variety of library settings are attainable through the MLS including community libraries, information/data management, business, competitive intelligence, and more.

Library and Information Management, Information Systems Concentration

Doctor of Philosophy, Concentration

This degree is designed to prepare scholars for leadership in teaching, research, and administration in higher education, information organizations, and related fields. Offered in a hybrid format.


Certificate Program

The Informatics Certificate Program (IC) is an 18-credit hour certificate program through the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) and Emporia State University’s Graduate Office. The goal of the Informatics Certificate Program is to prepare students for a career in an informatics setting.

Admissions + Scholarships

Discover the admissions process for School of Library and Information Management and scholarships available to our students.

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