Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society (CSLIS)

The Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society (CSLIS) answers the call for research, collaboration, and ongoing discussion about topics and issues specific to library and information science (LIS), LIS education, libraries and librarians, and library services in multiple contexts. These issues are broad and varied, yet focused and specific, with the work that CSLIS researchers and practitioners engage in directly informing the continuing evolution of library and information services in today’s technological world. CSLIS is a center for study and cooperative work in learning more about the ways in which libraries operate and function in society as community information centers and as contemporary spaces for community engagement and lifelong learning.

"It’s an essential fight librarians are making, an age-old fight; yours is a battle for civilization. It’s a fight for our country’s founding values."
Jim Hightower, radio host

Watch Online: Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society Inaugural Lecture

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the College of Computing & Informatics' (CCI) new Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society (CSLIS) hosted its inaugural lecture and panel discussion at the Paul Peck Alumni Center on Drexel University's University City campus. The event featured keynote speaker and 2014 CSLIS fellow Joseph Janes, associate professor and MLIS program chair at the University of Washington Information School, who delivered a lecture entitled “Libraries: What Is The Way Forward?”

A panel of respondents offered remarks after the lecture, including: Stacey A. Aldrich, deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries; Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director, Free Library of Philadelphia; Adam Townes, doctoral candidate, CCI, Drexel University; and Veronica Britto, vice-president/president-elect, Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Watch the CSLIS Inaugural Lecture online

CSLIS Panels at the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting: "Cultural Diversity in LIS Research: National and International Communities as Context"

The CSLIS hosted two research panels at the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting (Nov. 6 to 10, 2015) in St. Louis, jointly hosted by the RILIS of China's Sun Yat-sen University. View the presentation.