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M.L.S. Learning Outcomes

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). Starting in the fall of 2016, students will access their portfolios through the Taskstream portal. Completion of the ePort is required before the degree is conferred.

Student Outcome Data

All students achieve program goals. This is documented through student transcripts.  All students must succeed in the core courses which map to program outcomes.

Electronic Portfolio

ePortfolio stats

All students create an electronic portfolio, which contains evidence of work that demonstrates mastery of program goals and ALA competencies.  Prior to fall 2016 graduates, the ePorts were housed in Oncourse and assessed holistically, via faculty, and in summer of 2015, by community professionals.  Beginning with a pilot in fall of 2016, ePorts are managed via Taskstream.

Student Placement

Placement Survey results is not available at this time. Please contact Andrea Copeland for more information.

Retention and Program Completion