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Areas of Interest

Information Policy

Suggested Program of Study

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has developed a program of study (POS) for students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science's Information Policy area of interest. The coursework for students in the policy area of interest will instill students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to formulate as well as critically analyze a wide range of policies relating to information at institutional or organizational through to national and international levels. Students will be in position to be able to meaningfully participate in a policy formulation on existing and emerging areas within library and information science and beyond. At the institutional levels, like libraries, they will support their institutions through the collection, organization, management, analysis, synthesis, and communication of information, turning it into policies for their organizations. The POS covers all SLIS program core competencies in the area of information policy.

Students will successfully complete 36-42 credits for this program of study and demonstrate the successful completion of SLIS program core competencies through the submission of a satisfactory portfolio that is the capstone experience for the MLIS degree.

Course Title Prerequisites Credits
701*  Introduction to Library and Information Studies 
(Required in the first semester of enrollment)
 None 3
703 Introduction to Information Sources and Services 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
710 History of Information Organizations and Technologies 701 3
728 or 752 Public Library Systems of Diversity in Libraries

728 - 701

752 - None

734 Government Information Sources 703 & 707 3
768 Problems in Library and Information Agency Administration 9 hours 3
772 Strategic Intelligence for Information Professionals 740, 748 or permission 3
794 Internship 701, 705, 707 & permission


795 Special Topics in International Issues None


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