Mission, Goals and Objectives

SLAIS, the iSchool at UBC Vision and Mission

Vision: A thriving iSchool, known for exceptional student experiences and outcomes, societally relevant faculty research, alumni and community engagement, and faculty/staff work environment; recognized within UBC as an essential hub for vibrant, multi-disciplinary, cross-campus collaboration in the areas of archives, records and information management, human-computer interaction and design, Indigenous information initiatives, cultural informatics, digital media and media studies.

Identity: An iSchool with an Arts Perspective: (Information, Technology and People) + (Media, Design and Culture).

Mission: Through innovative research, education and design, our mission is to enhance humanity’s capacity to engage information in effective, creative and diverse ways.

The iSchool mission is grounded in a fundamental belief in the value and importance of information and records to the lives of individuals, communities and society more broadly. Current and future access to information and records in their many manifestations is essential as a means of preserving and shaping memory and culture, enabling democracy through evidence, accountability, transparency and education, and supporting almost all forms of human activity. In order to ensure that individuals and communities are able to engage (i.e. confront, experience, challenge and use) information, the iSchool develops and disseminates theoretical and applied knowledge concerning the production, management, storage, preservation, access and use of information and records and educates students as information professionals and researchers. We acknowledge that no single perspective on the complex and situated concept of information is sufficient or universally valid and we respect and welcome diverse and critical perspectives that enrich our understanding and our practices. In this work, the iSchool is committed to furthering the goals of the Faculty of Arts and the University of British Columbia and supporting the many scholarly, academic and professional associations dedicated to the fields of library, archival and information studies. Our membership in the iSchools Organization signifies an explicit commitment to the notion expressed in the iSchools Charter, that “expertise in all forms of information is required for progress in science, business, education, and culture. This expertise must include understanding of the uses and users of information, the nature of information itself, as well as information technologies and their applications”.
(Approved by a vote of faculty, November 25, 2015)

SLAIS Goals & Objectives

Goal 1: To promote a thriving, responsive and diverse iSchool community.

Goal 2: To foster educational experiences that enable our graduates to advance their fields of knowledge and practice.

Goal 3: To conduct innovative and meaningful research that informs practice, extends theory and addresses challenges of societal importance.

Goal 4: To build and sustain reciprocal and meaningful relationships with diverse groups of researchers, professionals and community members.


Goal 1: To promote a thriving, responsive and diverse iSchool community.

  • Consolidate and communicate the Vision, Mission and Goals of the iSchool within UBC and externally;
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive recruiting plan to encourage and support high-quality applicants from under-represented communities, including Indigenous students
  • Build up a culture of openness, inclusiveness and respect through policy and curriculum development
  • Continue to hire outstanding faculty members in areas that strengthen multiple programs
  • Increase mentorship and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
  • Continue to build alliances within the Faculty of Arts and the University that increase the campus-wide visibility of the iSchool


Goal 2: To foster educational experiences that enable our graduates to advance their fields of knowledge and practice.

  • Offer complementary curricula that are aligned with the iSchool Graduate Competencies and responsive to the needs of the associated professional communities and potential employers(MLIS/MAS)
  • Implement and publicize pathways and concentrations that enable students to specialize in areas of interest and prepare for a broad range of careers
  • Foster an intellectual milieu that stimulates a positive commitment to the professions, scholarship, and ongoing professional development (MLIS/MAS)
  • Invest in providing high quality undergraduate teaching that increases the impact and visibility of the iSchool and supports recruitment to its graduate programs
  • Sustain reliable processes of assessment and planning at course, program and school-wide levels
  • Increase the level and quality of technology-enhanced learning and innovative pedagogies across the programs
  • Increase the quality of teaching across the programs through provision of support and professional development opportunities for instructors.


Goal 3: To conduct innovative and meaningful research that informs practice, extends theory and addresses challenges of societal importance.

  • Nurture a culture of inquiry within the school, both informally and formally, through ongoing commitment to research-focused activities for Phd students and faculty
  • Sustain and enhance societally relevant research agendas leading to scholarly publication and public dissemination
  • Increase the opportunities for Master’s students to carry out independent research projects, by investigating funding and curricular options
  • Increase the level of support for faculty to establish partnerships and seek external research funding
  • Enhance the rigour and scholarly depth of the PhD program through recruiting initiatives and ongoing commitments to teaching and supervision


Goal 4: To build and sustain reciprocal and meaningful relationships with diverse groups of researchers, professionals and community members.

  • Establish and sustain an iSchool Advisory Board
  • Communicate with and solicit input from representatives of the student, alumni, professional, scholarly, technical and business communities related to School activities and programs on an ongoing basis
  • Support the mandates of library, archival and information-based associations in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally
  • Reinforce values of reciprocity, social responsibility, and professional behaviour in teaching, research and service commitments
  • Encourage students to identify, participate in, contribute to, and learn about scholarly and professional communities
  • Provide leadership in cross-campus research initiatives and collaborations
  • Initiate and develop collaborations with international academic institutions

Revised and approved by a vote of Faculty on October 28, 2016