Our Mission

SILS educates innovative and responsible thinkers who will lead the information professions; discovers principles and impacts of information; creates systems, techniques, and policies to advance information processes and services; and advances information creation, access, use, management, and stewardship to improve the quality of life for diverse local, national, and global communities.

In the latest episode of CITAP’s podcast Does Not Compute, Daniel Kreiss talks with SILS Associate Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom and Katie Harbath to understand the role of “efficiency machines” in social contexts and imagine the guardrails we need for tech platforms to become stewards of a healthy democracy—because public life is far easier to destroy than rebuild.

Top video: Recording of "Ask Me Anything" session with SILS faculty members Jaime Arguello and Megan Winget. Register now for upcoming AMAs planned throughout the fall. Video 2: SILS Associate Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses inequality and higher education as part of the University of Michigan’s Policy Talks @ the Ford School. Video 3: Recording of the first SILS faculty AMA session with Drs. Francesca Tripodi, Helen Tibbo, and Cal Lee. Video 4: Recording of the SILS Virtual Commencement on May 13. Congratulations to the SILS Class of 2020 and 2021