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SLIM Master of Library Science–Concentration in Academics Libraries

Learn the fundamentals of academic librarianship

MLS-Concentration in Academic Libraries

Program Description

In this concentration, students will focus on the role of the academic library and academic librarians within the larger institution, particularly advance reference and research support services, library instruction, and information literacy. Students may then customize this concentration to a specific type of academic librarianship, e.g., government documents, electronic resources management, metadata, or sample a variety of academic library specialties.

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.


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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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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Concentration Curriculum

Course Requirements

To earn a concentration in academic libraries, students must take three required courses and one additional course chosen from the list below. The courses taken in the concentration apply toward the 14 credit hours of electives required for the MLS degree.

Must take:

LI 835 Information Services for Academic Libraries 3 hours

LI 837 Library Instruction and Information Literacy 3 hours

LI 813 Advanced Reference Services 3 hours

Select at least one of:

LI 833 Resources and Services for Underserved Populations 3 hours

LI 838 Government Resources 2 hours

LI 842 Indexing Principles and Techniques 3 hours

LI 843 Web Design and Development 3 hours

LI 844 Database Design 3 hours

LI 856 Electronic Resources Management 3 hours

LI 881 Health Sciences Librarianship 3 hours

LI 883/884 Intro to Metadata/Advanced Metadata Applications 3 hours

LI 890 Advanced Research Strategies 3 hours

Total Course Credit Hours for Concentration in Academic Libraries 11 or 12 hours

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