Master of Library Science Online Degree
The Master of Library Science program, accredited by the American Library Association (ALA-MLS) is the entry degree for a professional librarian, universally required for professionals in academic libraries; essential for leadership in public libraries; provides valuable information and management skills for people who advance information connections in a variety of organizations, public, private, and non-profit.
Graduates of this program work as professionals in departments or organizations that manage information:
- Information connections (instruction/reference): assisting people with their information needs, such as helping small businesses with business plan data; individuals looking for health information, and students working on academic assignments.
- Information resources (collection management): purchasing, organizing, and managing books, e-books, databases, and all other information formats; digitizing/delivering unique materials to a wider audience.
- Information systems (technical services): analyzing, designing and implementing systems to store and retrieve information.
- Information technology: Understanding, using, and managing websites, social media, and other methods to connect users to information.
The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) program prepares students to become reflective practitioners who connect people and communities with information. Upon completion of the M.L.S. program, graduates are prepared to:
Approach Professional Issues with Understanding
- Understand the social, political, ethical, and legal aspects of information creation, access, ownership, service, and communication
- Anticipate emerging trends and respond proactively
Assist and Educate Users
- Analyze and identify the information needs of diverse communities of users
- Educate users and potential users to locate, use, and evaluate information resources and tools
- Analyze and evaluate information systems and services in a variety of settings
Develop and Manage Collections of Information Resources
- Design and apply policies and procedures that support the selection and acquisition of information resources for particular communities of users
- Manage, evaluate, and preserve physical and virtual collections of information resources
- Uphold ethical and legal standards in acquiring, leasing, preserving, and providing access to information resources
Manage and Lead Libraries and Other Information Organizations
- Perform basic managerial functions, including planning, budgeting, and performance evaluation
- Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
- Apply theories of organizational behavior and structure
Represent and Organize Information Resources
- Understand and apply principles of representation and organization
Use Research Effectively
- Design, conduct, interpret, and take action based upon research and evaluation
Deploy Information Technologies in Effective and Innovative Ways
- Implement and evaluate information and communication technologies for efficiency, usability, and value to users
Students document their achievement of the program outcomes by means of an electronic portfolio (ePort). Currently this is housed in Oncourse (look for this tab: SLIS MLS ePort. In the site, look for Resources, Completing an ePortfolio). Completion of the ePort is required before the degree is conferred (all students admitted from Fall 2011 and later.)
Students in our program have the chance to learn and work alongside faculty in exciting research areas such as:
- Community Memory
- Digital Heritage
- Open Access/Scholarly Communication
- Graphics in Information
- Library Management
- Program Evaluation
- Equitable Information Access
- Information Technology in Education
- Children’s and Young Adult programs and resources
- Electronic Information Resource Management
There are many ways for you to earn your Master of Library Science degree. You can add a specialization or combine your M.L.S. degree with a graduate degree from another field of study to expand your career options.
All courses offered through the Department of Library and Information Science may be completed online.
Plans of Study
- Generalist (No Specialization)
- Academic Librarianship Specialization
- Public Librarianship/Adult Services Specialization
- School Library Specialization
- Technical Services Specialization
- Technology Management Specialization
- Youth Services Specialization
Dual Degree Plans of Study
The programs described below are those where both programs have agreed to share some courses and reduce the total number of credits below what would be required to do both degrees independently.
- Master of Library Science + M.A. History
- Master of Library Science + M.A. Philanthropic Studies
- Master of Library Science + M.S. Health Informatics
- Master of Library Science + J.D. Law
- Master of Library Science + Nonprofit Management Certificate
- Master of Library Science + Public Management Certificate
- Library Management Certificate