Public Librarianship/Adult Services Specialization in Master of Library and Information Science
Degree Requirements (39 credit hours)
Public librarians are often able to serve in many different capacities in their careers, in different roles, especially in smaller libraries. If you have technical talent and wish to be involved with webpage or website issues, consider S532 Information Architecture. To understand how a library’s ILS (Integrated library System) works, consider S554 Library systems. If you wish to contribute to the organization of digital resources, consider S634 Metadata and/or S652 Digital Libraries. Consider the size and location of your preferred public library to help guide you to a better choice of electives.
The specialization will appear on your transcript.
See the Advising Handbook for more information and a specialization checklist.
Foundations (18 cr.)
- LIS S500 Methods and Tools for the Information Profession
- LIS S501 Information Sources and Services
- LIS S502 Acquisitions and Management of Knowledge and Information
- LIS S503 Organization and Representation of Knowledge and Information
- LIS S553 Public Library Management
Choose one of the following courses.
Specialization Core (6 cr.)
- LIS S524 Adult Reader’s Advisory
- LIS S575 Public Library Services
- LIS S604 Topics in Library and Information Science (Community and Data)
- LIS S604 Topics in Library and Information Science (Makerspaces as Learning Environments)
Specialization Electives (15 cr.)
Choose five courses from below or other open electives of your choice.
- LIS S511 Database Design
- LIS S532 Information Architecture for the Web
- LIS S533 Online Searching
- LIS S541 Information Policy
- LIS S550 Perspectives on Librarianship
- LIS S554 Library Systems
- LIS S557 Marketing for Libraries
- LIS S571 Materials for Youth
- LIS S572 Youth Services
- LIS S621 Audio and Video Resources
- LIS S622 Resources and Services for People with Disabilities
- LIS S634 Metadata
- LIS S652 Digital Libraries