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Suggested Program of Study

Management/Administration is a function that cuts across all types of libraries and other information intensive organizations. This suggested program of study is constructed to provide the broad foundation of knowledge that is fundamental to effective management/administration. Beyond the 4 required classes, therefore, introductory courses in technical services, information sources and services, and management are suggested. Note: If your career interests fall in institutions other than libraries, you will want to substitute courses that will provide you with a foundation of knowledge related to your intended area of practice (e.g., archives, knowledge management, strategic intelligence). Next, select one or two management electives that fit with respect to your career interests (e.g., 724 (special libraries), 728 (public library systems), 729 (academic libraries), 752 (diversity), 765 (planning library facilities), 767 (public library youth services), 768 (problems in . . . administration)). The final three courses in your program of study might include 794 (internship-very strongly suggested), and two other electives that will provide you with substantive knowledge for your eventual practice as an administrator.

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 Credits
701*  Introduction to Library and Information Studies 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
Elective (see above)   3
Elective (see above)    3
Elective (see above)  
Elective (see above)    3
794 Internship 701, 705, 707 & permission 3

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