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Columbus Site

Note: All inquiries about SLIS and applying to the program (for online, Kent Campus and Columbus site) should be directed to the Kent Campus office:
  • School of Library and Information Science
    Kent State University
    314 Library, 1125 Risman Dr.
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent, OH  44242-0001

    330-672-2782 (Main office)
    330-672-7965 (Fax)
  • slisinform@kent.edu

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The School of Library and Information Science offers the M.L.I.S. program to residents of central and southern Ohio at its site in the State Library of Ohio. SLIS typically has about 200 students enrolled at the Columbus location at any given time. In the past 10 years, more than 600 students have pursued the M.L.I.S. degree at this site.

The newly renovated 6,100 square foot space at the State Library of Ohio’s campus is located in the historic Jeffrey Mining Manufacturing Co. complex in Columbus' Italian Village. Facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms, conference and meeting areas, faculty and staff offices, and a computer laboratory.  

The facility offers free parking, a centralized location and access to the State Library’s vast collection of resource materials. Three full-time resident faculty members, support and administrative staff and more than 25 part-time adjunct instructors from all areas of professional librarianship serve the students here.

Kent State has offered the M.L.I.S. degree program in Columbus since 1975. When SLIS moved to the State Library of Ohio in 2008, it became the first library science school to be housed within a state library since Melvil Dewey's School of Library Economy at the State Library of New York opened in 1889.

Additional information for SLIS Columbus students can be found in the Columbus Fact Sheet.

Contact information:

274 E. First Avenue
Columbus, OH  43201

614- 291-1001 (Voice)
614- 291-1015 (Fax)

Columbus-based full-time faculty and staff:

Belinda Boon, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
bboon1@kent.edu

Nancy Lensenmayer, A.M.L.S. 
Lecturer
nlensenm@kent.edu

Miriam Matteson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
mmattes1@kent.edu

Tiffany Wang, B.S.
LAN Support Specialist
fwang@kent.edu

Facilities:

Classrooms: Rooms 106 & 108
Student Computer Lab: Room 114
Faculty offices: Room 100 

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