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SLIM Master of Library Science-Concentration in Informatics

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MLS- Informatics

Program Description

This concentration allows students to study interdisciplinary knowledge and problem-solving skills in the rapidly emerging areas of information technology applications. They cover the general theories of information and systems, major techniques of information retrieval and management, and practical skills of communication, problem solving, and project management that information professionals and system analyst should possess.

A solid theoretical base + current practical skills = Dynamic curriculum.

The goal of the SLIM MLS program is to prepare creative problem solvers who will provide proactive client-centered services in information agencies. To meet this goal, the curriculum is designed to provide the following dynamic mix of courses:

  • Core theory courses provide the foundation from which students learn the skill sets necessary for the library and information management profession.
  • Tools courses provide instruction on how to catalog and classify information, retrieve and repackage information, diagnose information needs, plan and evaluate information services, and use print and electronic information sources.
  • Applications courses amplify and extend the themes identified in the theory courses and focus on information transfer, global information infrastructure, management, and technology.
  • Elective courses are devoted to current issues in the profession and a capstone experience provides an opportunity to synthesize the educational experience in preparation for entering the field.

SLIM faculty teach all of the required theory courses in the curriculum and most of the elective offerings. SLIM hires qualified practitioners to teach certain elective courses that match their areas of expertise. In this way, SLIM students receive a quality education experience grounded in theory and in touch with the latest and best practices in the field.

Since many of their classes involve working with practitioners in the field, SLIM students benefit from outstanding opportunities for professional networking. More than 3,300 alumni across the country and around the world make a great job search network.

Accreditation

The online Master of Library Science program is a 36-credit hour degree program fully accredited by the American Library Association.


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Contact information for the Graduate School. To contact SLIM, email sliminfo@emporia.edu or view complete contact information at the bottom of this page.

Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses

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.

LI800 Introduction to Informatics (3 hours)

Must Take Two of the Following Courses:

LI819 Information Retrieval (3 hours)

LI844 Database Design (3 hours)

LI887 System Analysis and Design (3 hours)

Complete MLS Curriculum

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Program delivery designed for non-traditional students

Many students are drawn to SLIM because it offers a unique opportunity for non-traditional students. To meet the needs of its students, SLIM offers most of its MLS courses in a non-traditional format. All courses are facilitated online.


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For more information about the program, please contact us at sliminfo@emporia.edu or fill out this information request form.