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The Department of Library and Information Studies at Valdosta State University educates a diverse community of online learners in the core competencies and values of the library and information professions, provides students with learning opportunities in traditional and emerging information environments, and prepares graduates to serve in a rapidly changing information society.

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 the United States
  • 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.  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.

MLIS Department News

June 14, 2016. Attending ALA in Orlando? Please join VSU MLIS at the ALA MLIS Reunions event on Sunday, June 26th. Time & Location: 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the Hilton Orlando Room, Lake Eola A. This is a convocation of MLIS programs from across North America. Look for the Valdosta State University table to reunite with faculty, former classmates, and current students. Appetizers provided. Cash bar. Visit us at booth #1150 in the Library School & Instruction Pavilion. Get a VSU MLIS ribbon - add it to your badge—wear it with pride!

June 9, 2016. Two VSU MLIS representatives will be at the Master of Library Science Program Fair on Saturday June 18 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Atlanta at Oglethorpe University’s Turner Lynch Campus Center. To learn more please click here

June 9, 2016. Current MLIS student Yolanda Bergstrom-Lynch has been awarded an American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship for 2016-2017. To learn more please click here.

February 26, 2016.  We would like to congratulate VSU MLIS Alumna Pamela Johnson-Spurlock on her new position as librarian for the Silsby Free Public Library.  To learn more please click here.

September 4, 2015.  We would like to congratulate the recipients of the Georgia Library Association (GLA) Scholarships, VSU MLIS students Karen Manning and Rebecca Ballard.  For more information please click here.

August 31, 2015.  We would like to congratulate the VSU alumni who were selected for the Georgia Public Library Service's PINNACLE (Public Library Institute for New and Creative Leadership Education) Program.  To see a list of the participants click here.

July 27, 2015.  Emy Nelson Decker, a VSU MLIS Alumna, has recently published a book with co-author Jennifer A. Townes titled Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries.  For more information click here.

June 9, 2015.  Dr. Linda Most has been named Department Head for Library and Information Studies in Valdosta State University’s Dewar College of Education and Human Services effective July 1, 2015, after serving as interim in the position for the past year.  For more information about Dr. Most click here.

May 27, 2015.  VSU MLIS will have a representative at the Metro-Atlanta Library Association and Georgia Library Association's NMRT event "Master of Library Science Program Fair" on June 13th.  For more information click here.

May 19, 2015.  VSU MLIS alumna Jennifer Lautzenheiser has an article about her promotion to director of the Middle Georgia Public Library System in The Telegraph. To read more click here.

May 11, 2015.  We would like to congratulate Pamela Johnson-Spurlock, Katresa Gardner, Tia Morris, Amanda Davis, Lily Kosmicki and John Wallace for their scholarship awards.  For more information about the recipients click here.

April 22, 2015.  Julia Huprich, VSU MLIS 2007 alumna, joined the Georgia Public Library Service in March 2015 as the director of Training and Continuing Education.  To read more click here.

April 9, 2015.  Tracy Walker, a VSU MLIS alumna, was recently named "the Biggest Fibber" during a competition in Rome, GA.  To read more click here.

March 19, 2015.  VSU MLIS 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 

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