MS-LS in Distributed Learning Librarianship

The Distributed Learning Librarianship program of study is intended to prepare graduates to work in a library or information center that supports distributed learning. The goals of this program are to provide grounding in information and telecommunication technologies that underpin distributed learning, an understanding of copyright and intellectual property issues, and knowledge of the issues facing those providing library services to students in a distributed learning environment.

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, 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

A grade of B or higher must be earned in all 3 core courses. 

Guided Electives

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 Description 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 courses listed below with the guidance of the academic advisor. It is required that each student complete at least one course from the following areas:

INFO 5306 – Project Management for Information Systems
INFO 5740 – Introduction to Digital Libraries 
INFO 5369 – Seminar in Special Types of Libraries and Information Systems
INFO 5610 – Advanced Information and Access Services
INFO 5615 – Electronic Databases and Information Services
INFO 5711 – Internet Applications, Services, and Management for Information Professionals
INFO 5713 – Telecommunications for Information Professionals
INFO 5750 – Managing Library Automation Projects
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance
INFO 5690 – Information Networks and Cooperative Systems

General Electives

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

Students who are pursuing the Distributed Learning Librarianship POS are strongly recommended to take INFO 5300 and INFO 5400 as their LS major prescribed courses.

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

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