General Curriculum

Approved 6/14/2013

Course Descriptions
General Practicum Handbook

Required Core Courses (22 Hours)

LI801   Foundations of Library and Information Science (3 hours)

LI802  Information-seeking Behavior and Reference Services (3 hours)

LI804  Organization of Information (3 hours)

LI805   Management and Information Organizations (3 hours)

LI810   Research in Library and Information Science (3 hours)

LI815   Information Technology (3 hours)

LI855   Collection Development and Management (3 hours)

LI880   Capstone Course: Assessing the MLS Experience (1 hour)

Electives (14 Hours)

To complete their MLS degree, students are required to enroll in 14 elective credit hours from the SLIM MLS catalog. A 9 credit hour concentration would apply towards the 14 credit hours of electives.



Students may choose to earn a concentration within the MLS degree. If opting to earn a concentration, students must complete 9 credit hours of prescribed coursework. A 9 credit hour concentration would apply towards the 14 credit hours of electives required for the MLS degree.

Archives Studies
Students learn the basics of archives studies including archives philosophy and ethics, principles of archival organization and development, and techniques of preservation and storage.

LI809   Introduction to Archives (3 hours)

LI818   Archival Arrangement and Description (3 hours)

LI827   Preservation Strategies (3 hours)

Librarianship for Children and Young Adults
Students receive grounding in early literacy and in providing enriched reading environments for children from birth through young adulthood. Emphasis is placed on familiarity with a broad range of reading materials, including multicultural/secondary language and high-interest/low vocabulary, as well as techniques for successful programming to support a dynamic reading program.

LI829  Resources and Services for Early Learners (2 hours)

LI831  Resources and Services for Children (3 hours)

LI832  Resources and Services for Young Adults (3 hours)

LI857  Designing and Implementing Programs for Children and Young Adults (1 hour)

Leadership and Administration
Students study techniques of leadership and organizational behavior from the standpoint of the information organization, including advocacy for the organization with both internal and external stakeholders and funding sources. Change management and project management theories and techniques are also discussed.

LI850  Leadership and Information Organizations (3 hours)

LI859  Project Management in Information Organizations (3 hours)

LI868  Advocacy and Information Organizations (3 hours)