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Areas of Interest

Reference - Instructional Services

Suggested Program of Study

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has developed a program of study for students who are interested in Reference and Information Services. The coursework will provide the professional competencies and standards MLIS graduates should be able to demonstrate for the provision of various types of reference services. These include information and instructional services; research consultation; community outreach in academic, public, and special libraries; and other types of information environments. This program of study covers all the SLIS core competencies with a special focus in Provision of Information Services and Technology.

Instructional services will be emphasized. In addition to the successful completion of the 36-credit program of study, students will provide evidence that they have met the 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
(Required in the first semester of enrollment)
None 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
728 or 729 Public Library Systems or Academic Libraries

728 - 701
729 - 704

734 or 745 Government Information Sources or Social Science Information Services 703 & 707 3
 740 Online Information Services 707 3
741 Educational Services in Library and Information Organizations None 3
753 Seminar in Information Services None 3
794 Internship 701, 705, 707 & permission 3

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