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SLIM Master of Library Science-Concentration in Leadership and Administration

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MLS- Leadership and Administration

Program Description

Students in this fully-online concentration 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.

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

The goal of the online Master of Library Science 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.


The SLIM MLS program is a 36-credit hour degree online program fully accredited by the American Library Association.

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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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Course Requirements

LI850 Leadership and Information Organizations (3 hours)

Must take two of the following courses

LI811 Community Needs Analysis (3 hours)

LI825 Multicultural Resources and Services for Libraries (3 hours)

LI833 Resources and Services for Diverse Populations (3 hours)

LI859 Project Management in Information Organizations (3 hours)

LI863 Current Issues in Management in Information Organizations 1-3 hours

LI868 Advocacy and Information Organizations (3 hours)

LI870 Practicum 1-3 hours

LI893 Seminar in Administrative Theory (3 hours)

General Curriculum

Approved 10/10/2017

Complete MLS Curriculum

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 in Information Organizations (3 hours)

LI810 Research in Library and Information Science (3 hours)

LI855 Collection Development (3 hours)

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

Technology Requirement- select one

LI815 Information Technology (3 hours)

LI843 Web Design and Development (3 hours)

LI844 Database Design (3 hours)

Or another approved technology course (3 hours)

Elective Course Credit Hours (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.


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