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Areas of Interest

Academic Libraries

Suggested Program of Study

Academic Libraries is a professional environment that encompasses a variety of difference areas of practice from information services, such as reference and information literacy instruction, on to technical services, such cataloging, series management, and collection development, information technology management and special collections management among others.

The specified courses below (the first 8) are either required courses or those that are strongly suggested as a foundation for practice in an academic library setting. The remaining 4 courses of your program of studies should focus on your career interests/intentions and include SLIS 794 (Internship).

For example, if you are interested in the public services aspect of academic libraries, you could select from the specialized sources/services courses (e.g., 727 (health sources), 734 (government sources), 740 (online services), 741 (Educational Services), 743 (health information retrieval), 744 (music), 745 (social sciences services), 746 (humanities/arts services), 747 (science/technology services), 749 (health sciences resources), 753 (information services seminar).

If you are interested in the technical services aspect of academic libraries, you could select from the specialized technical services courses (e.g., 730 (cataloging), 731 (subject analysis/classification), 733 (serials), 735 (metadata), 738 (technical services seminar), 766 (collection development/acquisitions).

If you are interested in the information technology aspect of academic libraries, you could select from the specialized information technology courses (e.g., 725 (digital libraries), 770 (database design/management), 775 (organizing/managing web resources), 776 (web technologies), 777 (digital image collections), 780 (information networks), 787 (applied information systems).

You might also ‘mix and match’ from the three areas mentioned above or create your own specialization to fit your own career plans.

In addition to the successful completion of a 36-credit program of study, students will provide evidence that they have met the SLIS program core competencies by submitting a satisfactory portfolio that serves as the capstone experience for the MLIS degree.

Course Title Prerequisites Credit
701* Introduction to Library and Information Studies (Required in the first semester of enrollment) None  3
702 Introduction to Technical Services 701  3
703 Introduction to Information Sources and Services None  3
704 Introduction to the Management of Libraries, Media Centers, and Information Agencies None   3
705* Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science 9 hours  3
706*  Introduction to Information Technologies None  3
707* Information Organization and Retrieval 701  3
 729 Academic Libraries 704  3
Elective (see above)    3
Elective (see above)    3
Elective (see above)   3
 794 Internship in Library and Information Science 701, 705, 707 & permission

* MLIS course requirements: SLIS 701, 705, 707 and 706 or Technology Competency Exam