MS-LS General Program of Study

This program of study is intended to prepare graduates to work with archives and records management as well as digital imaging technology from production and organization to copyright and network design. The program includes the production archival and preservation of records, photographs, digital images, digital information databases, medical records etc. It equips students with important skill sets for current and future library and museum information professionals. In addition, the program prepares individuals to assume positions as experts in the broader markets of libraries, archives and information centers. An integral part of the educational experience for the students enrolled in the program is the opportunity to work as interns at area museums, archives and information centers.

Students enrolled in this program of study are required to complete the three program core courses, two major core courses and at least four courses from the areas of study listed below.

General Requirements

  1. Total coursework is 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Enroll in INFO 5090 (practicum/practicum) unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience.
  3. Complete the End of Program Assessment - During the final semester before graduation, enroll in, take, and pass the comprehensive examination OR complete two Advanced Seminar courses (INFO 5970 & INFO 5980) during your last semesters before graduation. 

Required Courses (9 hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

Guided Electives (Library Science Major)

Completion of at least two of the following major prescribed courses (6 hours) with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5080 – Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5210 – Resource Decription and Access I
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I
INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5400 – Information Resources Development

Completion of at least four courses (12 hours) from the categories listed below with the guidance of the academic advisor. It is also required that each student complete at least one course from each of the following areas:

Information Behavior and Digital Content Management

INFO 5020 – Economics of Information
INFO 5040 – Human Information Behavior
INFO 5080 – Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5230 – Document and Records Management

INFO 5347 – Digital Citizenship

INFO 5740 – Introduction to Digital Libraries
INFO 5440 – Storytelling for Information Professionals
INFO 5441 – Advanced Storytelling
INFO 5415 – Graphic Novels and Comics
INFO 5410 – Adult Material and Reading Interests
INFO 5810 – Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery
 

Information Technologies

INFO 5711 – Internet Applications, Services, & Management for Information Professionals
INFO 5712 – Horizon Technologies for Library and Information Centers
INFO 5713 – Telecommunications for Information Professionals

INFO 5717 – Dynamic WWW Structures
INFO 5720 – Instructional Materials Production and Use
INFO 5750 – Managing Library Automation Projects
INFO 5745 – Information Architecture
INFO 5845 – Creating Online Content for Youth Services
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance
INFO 5815 – Digital Imaging for Information Professionals

Management, Administration and Specialized Information Services

INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5302 – Advanced Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5303 – Financial and Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
INFO 5305 – Systems Analysis and Design
INFO 5306 – Project Management for Information Systems
INFO 5340 – Learning Resource Centers and Services
INFO 5330 – Academic Libraries
INFO 5360 – Special Libraries and Information Centers
INFO 5320 – Public Libraries
INFO 5366 – Law Library Management
INFO 5367 – Music Libraries and Information Services
INFO 5365 – Health Sciences Information Management
INFO 5369 – Distributed Learning Librarianship

Knowledge Organization, Access and Retrieval

INFO 5205 – Information Indexing, Abstracting and Retrieval

INFO 5206 – Information Retrieval Design
INFO 5208 – Learning Resources Organization and Media
INFO 5210 – Resource Description and Access I
INFO 5220 – Resource Description and Access II

INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I

INFO 5224 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval II (Advanced Topics in Metadata) 
INFO 5400 – Information Resources Development

INFO 5420 – Literature for Youth
INFO 5425 – Trends and Issues in Literature for Children & Young Adults
INFO 5615 – Electronic Databases and Information Services
INFO 5620 – Information and Access Services in the Humanities
INFO 5630 – Information and Access Services in Science and Technology
INFO 5640 – Information and Access Services in the Social Sciences
INFO 5646 – Information and Access Services in Business
INFO 5660 – Government Information and Access Services
INFO 5685 – Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities

General Electives

Additional three elective courses (9 hours) selected from the catalog or transferred from other programs with the approval of the academic advisor.

School Library Certification students should see the respective program pages for specific requirements, as they are different than those of other students.

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained through the department.

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