Designed for Georgia's 21st century information environment

ALA Accredited SealThe mission of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program is to provide a quality publicly supported education for generalists and specialists in the library and information science fields. Its primary focus is to educate librarians for academic, public, and special libraries in Georgia.

The Program offers:

  • A 39-hour non-thesis program
  • Professors dedicated to distance education methods
  • Flexible scheduling and Web-based instruction
  • Employability within Georgia and nationwide
  • Affordable tuition and fees
  • Options for students who cannot leave jobs and families to return to a single campus for extended periods

The MLIS Program accepts applications for admission in Fall and Spring semesters.

  • All applications are made through the VSU Graduate School.
  • The deadline for Fall admissions is March 15
  • The deadline for Spring admissions is October 15

The MLIS Program at Valdosta State University is fully accredited under the American Library Association Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. Accreditation was granted in 2007. To maintain this accreditation the MLIS Program underwent a comprehensive review visit on November 10-12, 2013.

MLIS Department News

March 19, 2015.  VSU alumna, Camille Ann Brewer has been named the Executive Director for the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago. To read more click here.

March 10, 2015.  Amanda Davis, a 3rd year MLIS student has recently been awarded a fellowship from the Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (CEP).  To read more click here.

November 25, 2014. MLIS graduate John Mack Freeman has been named one of ALA’s Emerging Leaders for 2015 http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/11/class-2015-emerging-leaders-announced .  Mack previously received ALA’s 2014 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship to participate in the 2014 ALA Annual conference in Las Vegas  http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/04/john-mack-freeman-awarded-2014-gordon-m-conable-conference-scholarship.  To read more click here.

November 19, 2014. Congrats to MLIS Faculty member Dr. Anita Ondrusek for being the recipient of VSU's inaugural Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching!  An article written by Jessica Pope, VSU's Communications Specialist, was posted to the VSU News page on the 17th.  The article can be read in full here.

Dr. Anita Ondrusek, Dr. Harold Thiele, and Dr. Changwoo Yang's article "Writing Abstracts for MLIS Research Propposals Using Worked Examples: An Innovative Approach to Teaching the Elements of Research Design" published in College and Research Libraries was recently spotlighted in the College of Education and Human Services' blog The Educator this month.

October 30, 2014. MLIS Faculty members Dr. Anita Ondrusek, Dr. Harold Thiele, and Dr. Changwoo Yang have been published in College and Research Libraries in the November 2014 issue.  Their article, "Writing Abstracts for MLIS Research Proposals Using Worked Examples: An Innovative Approach to Teaching the Elements of Research Design" can be found here.

October 23, 2014. MLIS alumna Michele Nicole Johnson has been published in Library Journal, in the September 15, 2014 issue. Please see http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/10/buildings/lbd/a-local-library-library-by-design/#_ to read her article describing the St. Helena Public Library, newly built in Beaufort, South Carolina, part of the Carolina Sea Islands.  The library celebrates the region’s Gullah Geechee culture and history while looking forward to the future as it provides the community with “all the technology one would expect in a modern facility.”  Congratulations, Michele!

October 14, 2014, MLIS Program Ranked Nationally, Named a Best Buy VALDOSTA — The online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at Valdosta State University has been named a Best Buy by the experts at GetEducated.com.  To read more click here.

August 19, 2014.  MLIS Professor Dr. Anita Ondrusek receives VSU’s inaugural Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching.  

August 18, 2014

VSU MLIS alumni are prominently featured in the Summer 2014 issue of the Georgia Library Quarterly, V. 51, Issue 3, available at http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1814&context=glq 

Go to the MLIS Department News page for more details.
And please continue to check back for future updates and news.

On January 26, 2014 ALA COA informed The MLIS Program that COA voted to grant continued accreditation status to the program leading to to the degree of Master of Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University.

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