Program Overview

The MLIS program:

  • is a 39-hour non-thesis program that is delivered over the internet.

  • is based on VSU’s assessment of the graduate education needs of library and information science professionals in Georgia and the United States.

  • capitalizes on the latest developments in distance education and collaborative education.

  • allows a student to earn a degree with primarily online instruction.

  • features a curriculum designed for students who cannot leave jobs and families to return to a single campus for extended periods.

MLIS Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission:

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. (Approved by the DLIS Advisory Board, April 2015)

Goals:

  1. To prepare library and information practitioners to be successful in entry level positions in academic, public, and special libraries.

  2. To make program-related decisions to improve the quality of the graduate, program, and better serve stakeholders through the ongoing cyclical use of data gathered and analyzed via the assessment system.

Objectives:

Graduates of the MLIS Program will:

  1. Perform administrative, service, and technical functions of professional practice in libraries and information centers by demonstrating skills in
    • information resources
    • reference and user services
    • administration and management
    • organization of recorded knowledge and information
  2. Use existing and emerging technologies to meet needs in libraries and information centers.
  3. Integrate relevant research to enhance their work in libraries and information centers.
  4. Demonstrate professionalism as librarians or information specialists.

Student Learning Outcome Assessments

Objective 1:

     SLOA 1.1 Applied Library Experience Notebook (ALEN)

     SLOA 1.2 Collection Development Project

Objective 2:

     SLOA 2.1 Reference Transaction Assessment

     SLOA 2.2 Organization of Digital Resources

     SLOA 2.3 Career e-Portfolio Website

Objective 3:

     SLOA 3 Research Proposal

Objective 4:

     SLOA 4.1 MLIS Foundational Knowledge Articulation Assessment

     SLOA 4.2 Ethics Project Report

     SLOA 4.3 Selected Capstone Artifacts

Detailed description of SLOAs.

Curriculum

The curriculum reflects the role of library and information services in a rapidly changing technological and global society. It is designed to take advantage of institutional cooperation and to allow student flexibility. Full-time students should be able to complete the program in two academic years. The flexibility of the program, moreover, affords adult learners the opportunity to earn the degree as part-time students.

The core curriculum is designed to give expertise in four major areas:

  • Administration

  • Resources for Clients

  • Services in the Knowledge Society

  • Technical Knowledge

 

Program of Study - MLIS

The Master of Library and Information Science program consists of 39 semester hours of coursework. There are six three-hour required core courses.

Core Courses:        21 hrs                                                   

  • MLIS 7000 Foundations of Library and Information Science

  • MLIS 7100 Information Sources and Services

  • MLIS 7200 Management of Libraries and Information Centers

  • MLIS 7300 Organization of Information

  • MLIS 7700 Research Methods

  • MLIS 7800 Capstone Course

  • Collection Development (Effective Fall 2020 any one of the following four courses will meet this requirement): MLIS 7400 Collection Development OR MLIS 7420 Literature for Children OR MLIS 7421 Multicultural Youth Literature OR MLIS 7423, Literature for Young Adults OR MLIS 7440 Electronic Resources in Libraries.

All core courses are offered every academic year.

Elective Courses:      18 hrs                                               

  • Elective courses are typically offered at least every other year.

  • Portfolio requirement - The MLIS Program requires its students to develop and maintain a portfolio. It is incorporated as an integral part of the Foundations and Capstone courses.

Optional Areas of Interest:

The MLIS Program has developed optional Areas of Interest in Cataloging & Classification, Library Management, Reference Sources & Services, Technology, Youth Services, and Special Libraries, Archives or Conservation Librarianship. These lists have been constructed to help you select courses that have been identified as beneficial in LIS professional positions in each of the areas. These lists can be used as a starting point for constructing your program of study and adapted to meet your individual interests, experiences or expertise, or areas where you want to enhance current or develop new areas of expertise.

Cataloging and Classification - courses that may be of interest include:

 

Code Title Hours
  MLIS 7300 Organization of Information  
MLIS 7310 Introduction to Metadata for Catalogers 3
MLIS 7330 Metadata and Advanced Cataloging 3
MLIS 7355 Cataloging and Classification 3
MLIS 7360 Indexing, Abstracting, and Thesaurus Construction 3
         
   

Library Management - courses that may be of interest include:

 

Code Title Hours
  MLIS 7200 Management of Libraries and Information Centers 3  
  MLIS 7210 Academic Libraries 3  
  MLIS 7220 Public Libraries 3  
MLIS 7222 Adult Services in Public Libraries 3
  MLIS 7230  Special Libraries and Information Centers 3  
MLIS 7240 Marketing Library Services 3
MLIS 7250 Human Resources Management 3
MLIS 7260 Leadership in Libraries and Information Centers 3
MLIS 7280 Community Building 3
MLIS 7290 Project Management for Libraries 3
         

Reference Sources and Services - courses that may be of interest include:

 

Code Title Hours
  MLIS 7100 Information Sources and Services 3  
  MLIS 7110 Online Searching 3  
  MLIS 7120 Government Information Sources 3  
  MLIS 7125 Genealogy for Librarians 3  
MLIS 7140 Advanced Reference 3
MLIS 7180 Library Services for Patrons with Special Needs 3
MLIS 7430 Information Literacy Instruction 3
 
         

Technology - courses that may be of interest include:

Code Title Hours
  MLIS 7330 Metadata and Advanced Cataloging 3  
  MLIS 7440 Electronic Resources in Libraries 3  
MLIS 7510 Essential Technologies in Libraries 3
MLIS 7520 Database Design for Information Professionals 3
MLIS 7540 Integrated Library Management Systems 3
MLIS 7570 Information Architecture 3
MLIS 7580 Digital Libraries 3
 
         

Youth Services Librarianship - courses that may be of interest include:

 

Code Title Hours
MLIS 7220 Public Libraries 3
  MLIS 7420 Literature for Children 3  
  MLIS 7421 Multicultural Youth Literature 3  
MLIS 7422 Programming for Children and Young Teens 3
MLIS 7423 Literature for Young Adults 3
MLIS 7425 Youth Electronic Resources 3
         
 

Special Libraries, Archives, or Conservation Librarianship - courses that may be of interest include:

 
Code Title Hours
  MLIS 7230 Special Libraries and Information Centers 3  
MLIS 7310 Introduction to Metadata for Catalogers 3
MLIS 7330 Advanced Metadata 3
MLIS 7520 Database Design for Information Professionals 3
MLIS 7570 Information Architecture 3
MLIS 7710 Archival Theory and Issues 3
MLIS 7730 Preservation Management 3
MLIS 7740 Rare Book Librarianship 3
     

Dual Program of Study for MLIS and Concurrent Media Specialist Certification (State of Georgia)

51 hrs

    MLIS Required Core Courses (7) 21 hrs  
         
 

MLIS Electives required to fulfill dual MLIS degree and GA Media Specialist Certification:

 
Code Title Hours
  MLIS 7220 Public Libraries 3  
MLIS 7420 OR 
MLIS 7421
Literature for Children

Multicultural Youth Literature

3
  MLIS 7422 Programming for Children and Young Adults 3  
MLIS 7425 Youth Electronic Resources 3
         
 

College of Education Electives required to fulfill dual MLIS degree and GA Media Specialist Certification:

 
Code Title Hours
  SPEC 3000/7000 Serving Children with Diverse Needs* 3  
  EDUC 5999 Professional Orientation* 0  
  CIED 7060 Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Integration* 3  
  ITED 7300 Instructional Technology for Teaching, Learning and Assessment* 3  
ITED 7201 Information Resources and Services* 3
ITED 7203 Administering School Media Centers* 3
ITED 7299 Internship in School Media Centers* 3
         
 

This program of study must be discussed with and approved by the student’s MLIS Program advisor prior to application to the Instructional Technology Program as a non-degree seeking student.

*Acceptance into the Instructional Technology Program in the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Technology and Workforce Development as a NON-DEGREE seeking student is REQUIRED before MLIS students can register for these courses. Enrollment in EDUC 5999 is based on admission to the LTWD program.

Total Required for the MLIS Degree:     39 hrs

Total Required for the dual MLIS Degree and Concurrent Media Specialist Certification (State of Georgia):     51 hrs

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