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Administration
Lisa O’Connor, Department Chair
Nora Bird, Director of Graduate Study

About
The Master of Library and Information Studies program prepares its graduates for an exciting and rewarding career in a field that is broad and deep in its vocational variety and committed to freedom of speech, equitable access to information and lifelong learning. The program is accredited by the American Library Association and graduates find positions in academic, public, school and special libraries, as well as in a wide array of other information work.

The MLIS program is available on the main campus in Greensboro and also totally online for students unable to attend class in Greensboro. Our online program is based on a philosophy of connection and for many classes attendance at synchronous web sessions is required. It is a 36-hour degree program designed for either working or full-time students and the average completion rate is 2.5 years for part-time study. There are only four core courses that cover the essential concepts common to all information work and these are supplemented by a full complement of elective courses in specialized information resources, archival management and computer applications. Every student works with an advisor to construct a program that fits the student’s interests, background and career aspirations. There is room for customization with the possibility of two independent study courses and a practicum, or field experience.

The Department also offers the degree with a school library focus that has additional accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE). This concentration includes all of the courses necessary to prepare students for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction which carries reciprocity with many other states.

Mission statement
The central mission of the program is to “connect people, libraries, and information through research, teaching and service to enrich living and working in a global environment.” This informs the work of its faculty, students and alumni.

Graduate Programs

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Special Endorsement for Computer Education (jointly with the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education), 18 hours that can lead to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 079 licensure.
  • Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), and programs leading to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction licensure in Instructional Technology (077) or Media Coordinator (076) Licensures, (36)

Licensure Only Options

  • Course work leading to eligibility for Instructional Technology (077) or School Library Media Coordinator (076) licensure is offered to applicants who already have an MLIS degree.
  • Course work leading to eligibility for Media Supervisor (078) licensure is offered to applicants who already have an MLIS degree and Media Coordinator (076) licensure and three years of school library media experience.
  • Applicants who wish to pursue a licensure-only option should contact the department for specific requirements.

Application and Admission
In addition to the application materials requested by The Graduate School, applicants for the MLIS program and for the licensure only programs must submit a resume and personal statement. Admission for all programs are processed as received and there is no fixed deadline for fall and spring admission. Applicants are urged to submit complete applications as early as possible for thorough review.

Professors

  • James V. Carmichael, Jr., Library history, information retrieval, gender and race studies. (E)

Associate Professors

  • Julia A. Hersberger, Foundations of LIS, human information behavior, disenfranchised populations, information ethics and policy. (E)
  • Nora Bird, Knowledge acquisition and use, scientific communication, community college libraries (Director of Graduate Study).
  • Anthony Chow, Information seeking behavior and usability in digital environments, systems thinking and organizational management, instructional technology, information technology.
  • Lisa O’Connor, Information behavior, information use, information literacy, information seeking for civic engagement and personal financial decision making (Chair of Department)
  • Fatih Oguz, Digital libraries, online education, permanence of digital information, database design.

Assistant Professor

  • Noah Lenstra, Community informatics, community engagement, public libraries, archives and special collections, digital culture.

Clinical Assistant Professor

  • Anne Trice Akers, School library media, and graduate support coordinator.

Special Endorsement in Computer Education, PBC (LIS), (18)

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Special Endorsement in Computer Education requires 18 semester hours and is offered jointly by the departments of Library and Information Studies and Teacher Education and Higher Education. The certificate provides educators with extensive knowledge and skills to work with students and other teachers to use computers in on-going instructional programs and to serve as a computer education leader for a school. Completion of the certificate provides NC licensed teachers the opportunity to fulfill requirements to apply for the NC endorsement for the position of Technology Facilitator. Offered on-campus or online.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the requirements set forth by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a resume and personal statement and currently hold a NC teaching license.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses
TED 610 Integrating Technology into Subject Matter Instruction (3)
LIS 631 Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access (3)
LIS 632 Managing School/Library Computer Laboratories (3)
or
LIS 630 Computer-Related Technologies for Information Management (3)
LIS 635 Media Production Services for Library Programs (3)
LIS 672 Instructional Design (3)
SES 662 Assistive Technology for Inclusive Education (3)

Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), (36)

The MLIS emphasizes the rapidly changing library and information field and prepares students for positions of leadership in school, public, special, and academic libraries and other information centers, and for a variety of roles in both public and private agencies as information specialists. The MLIS requires 36 semester hours. In addition to the general MLIS degree, there are two concentrations that students may choose with their MLIS: the Instructional Technology concentration and the School Library Media Coordinator concentration. The Instructional Technology (077) licensure concentration requires 36 semester hours and prepares students to apply for 077 licensure in North Carolina. The School Library Media Coordinator concentration requires 36 semester hours and prepares students to apply for 076 licensure. All MLIS graduates may qualify for North Carolina Public Library Certification.

The MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association and is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the licensure of school library media personnel. The school library media specialist program is approved by NCATE using the AASL/ALA professional education association guidelines.

The MLIS program with all concentrations is offered on the UNCG campus and online.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (13)
LIS 600 Foundations of Library and Information Studies (3)
LIS 620 Information Sources and Services (3)
LIS 640 Information Organization and Access (3)
LIS 650 Library Administration and Management (3)
LIS 698 Capstone Experience in Library and Information Studies (1)

Additional Technology Requirement (3)
Selected with advisement:
LIS 630 Computer-Related Technologies for Information Management (3)
LIS 631 Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access (3)
LIS 632 Managing School/Library Computer Laboratories (3)
LIS 635 Media Production Services for Library Programs (3)

Electives (20)
Twenty hours are selected with advisement from graduate courses in Library and Information Studies or cognate fields. Students in licensure programs in schools or state certification in public libraries should confer with faculty advisors for specific requirements.

MLIS with Instructional Technology (077) Licensure Concentration
The instructional technology (077) licensure concentration is designed for teachers and other candidates who wish to focus their studies on instructional technology as it relates to library and information studies.

MLIS Core Courses (13 hours, see above)

Concentration Courses (21)
LIS 631 Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access (3)
LIS 632 Managing School/Library Computer Laboratories (3)
or
LIS 630 Computer-Related Technologies for Information Management (3)
LIS 635 Media Production Services for Library Programs (3)
LIS 691 Practicum (3-6)
or
TED 644 Supervised Practicum in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
TED 610 Integrating Technology into Subject Matter Instruction (3)
LIS 672 Instructional Design (3)
SES 662 Assistive Technology for Inclusive Education (3)
Plus electives to total at least thirty-six semester hours.

MLIS with School Library Media Coordinator (076) Licensure Concentration
The school library media coordinator (076) licensure only program is designed for anyone with a MLIS degree who would like to work in public school libraries. Students without a current North Carolina teaching license will be required to take additional course work including an additional practicum.

MLIS Core Courses (13 hours, see above)

Designated Electives (15)
LIS 617 Materials for Children (3)
or
LIS 618 Materials for Adolescents (3)
LIS 635 Media Production Services for Library Programs (3)
LIS 653 The School Library (3)
LIS 654 School Library Media Specialist and the Curriculum (3)
LIS 693 Practicum in School Library Media (3)
Plus electives to total at least thirty-six semester hours.

LIS 530 Researching Opportunities in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (3:3)
Students will learn how to conduct research necessary to make informed decisions for an entrepreneurial venture and measure and assess economic development opportunities. No business research experience necessary.
Cross Listed Courses
ENT 530, GEO 530, LIS 530

LIS 589 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the course schedule for current offerings.

LIS 600 Foundations of Library and Information Studies (3:3)
Survey of access issues in library and information studies; professional operations and potential roles in society.
Notes
Required for all MLIS students in first year. Core course.

LIS 604 The History of Libraries and Librarianship (3:3)
Examines the history of libraries in the western world with particular emphasis on the United States.
Notes
Formerly LIS 621.

LIS 610 Collection Management (3:3)
Principles, processes, and problems in selection, evaluation, and acquisition of resources for libraries and information centers.
Notes
Formerly LIS 615.

LIS 614 Public Documents Information Sources (3:3)
Federal, state, and United Nations agency documents: selection, organization, and use. For students in library studies, business and economics, history and political science.

LIS 617 Materials for Children (3:3)
Survey of resources for early childhood through elementary school levels, study of selection aids and criteria, use of materials and investigation of reading, listening, viewing interests.

LIS 618 Materials for Adolescents (3:3)
Survey of resources and services appropriate for adolescents, study of selection aids and criteria, use of resources, and investigation of reading, listening, viewing interests.

LIS 620 Information Sources and Services (3:3)
The origins and characteristics of information sources and related access issues such as identification of information needs, negotiation of information requests, and the connection of requests with the appropriate sources.
Notes
Core course.

LIS 623 Principles of Database Information Retrieval (3:3)
Principles of bibliographic database structure, evaluation, and utilization for effective search strategy formulation, critical evaluation of retrieved information, and presentation of results.
Prerequisite
LIS 620
Notes
Formerly LIS 605d.

LIS 625 Electronic Resources for Youth (3:3)
How today’s youth use technology to access information with an emphasis on the effective use of technology to enhance learning.

LIS 626 Social Sciences Information Sources (3:3)
Major bibliographic and information sources and services in the social and behavioral sciences.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 620, or permission of instructor
Notes
Formerly LIS 610.

LIS 627 Humanities Information Sources (3:3)
Major bibliographic and information sources and services in the humanities.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 620, or permission of instructor
Notes
Formerly LIS 611.

LIS 628 Science and Technology Information Sources (3:3)
Major bibliographic and information sources and services in the sciences and technology.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 620, or permission of instructor
Notes
Formerly LIS 612.

LIS 629 Business Information Sources and Services (3:3)
Business reference work in the library setting; types of business topics, reference materials, and methods of research.

LIS 630 Computer-Related Technologies for Information Management (3:3)
Essential computer-related technologies in a library/school/information agency environment.
Prerequisite
LIS 600 or permission of instructor
Notes
Formerly LIS 645.

LIS 631 Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access (3:3)
Emerging technologies in libraries including local, regional, national, and international communication systems for information transfer as these trends impact delivery of information to library and information center users.
Notes
Formerly LIS 647.

LIS 632 Managing School/Library Computer Laboratories (3:3)
Design, development, maintenance and management of computer labs in libraries and schools. Other topics include: performance support for school and library users, budgeting and planning.
Notes
Formerly LIS 648.

LIS 635 Media Production Services for Library Programs (3:3)
Media and technology applications in libraries and information agencies. Develops competencies in designing, developing and producing, and presenting media and technology.
Notes
Formerly LIS 616.

LIS 636 Website Production and Usability for Librarians (3:3)
Introduction to Website production and usability issues that are particularly relevant to librarians. Emphasis on seeking to understand and enhance users’ experiences.
Notes
Formerly LIS 605a.

LIS 640 Information Organization and Access (3:3)
Introduction to the organization of information and collections to enhance access. Topics include format choice, verification of appropriate sources, collection definition, methods and systems of description, classification, and metadata assignment.
Notes
Core course.

LIS 641 Cataloging and Classification (3:3)
Cataloging and classification of materials using current cataloging codes and appropriate techniques of subject analysis and classification.
Prerequisite
LIS 640 or permission of instructor.

LIS 642 Seminar in Indexing and Abstracting (3:3)
Critical study of print and computer-assisted indexes and indexing with creation of thesaurus, indexes, and concordances. Study of database management program indexing and indexing of internet resources.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 640, or permission of instructor
Notes
Formerly LIS 646.

LIS 643 Metadata (3:3)
Introduces conceptual and practical metadata knowledge. Identifies commonalities among metadata schemas and reviews design and profiling processes related to needs of various application domains and environments.
Prerequisite
LIS 640 or permission of instructor

LIS 644 Digital Libraries (3:3)
Introduces processes, procedures, and systems for the collection development of unique digital resources in libraries, archives, and museums. Includes basics of digitization, standards for different formats, and curation of electronic materials.
Prerequisite
LIS 640

LIS 650 Library Administration and Management (3:3)
Emphasizes management functions, resource management, and application of concepts to management situations in libraries and information centers.
Notes
Core course.

LIS 653 The School Library (3:3)
The role and function of the school library media center; planning, evaluation, and program development.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 650, or permission of instructor

LIS 654 School Library Media Specialist and the Curriculum (3:3)
Relationship of the library media program to the school curriculum; library/media and computer skills K-12 instructional program. Observation and practice in school settings.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 650, or permission of instructor

LIS 655 The Public Library (3:3)
The public library in the governmental structure, the librarian as a public administrator, financial and cooperative planning, library services, community analysis.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 650, or permission of instructor

LIS 656 The Academic Library (3:3)
Major trends, issues, and problems in the organization and provision of services in college and university libraries.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 650, or permission of instructor

LIS 657 The Special Library (3:3)
Major trends, issues, and problems in the provision of services in profit and not-for-profit special libraries.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 650, or permission of instructor

LIS 658 Archival Management (3:3)
Survey of archival management theory and practice, including the appraisal, acquisition, and organization of archival materials and the role of technology in preserving and providing access to collections.

LIS 661 Library and Information Science Research (3:3)
Problems of concern to libraries and information center personnel, including application of interdisciplinary concepts and research methods.

LIS 662 Information Services to Diverse Client Groups (3:3)
Changing demographic patterns affecting library and information services in all types of libraries. Services, collections and staffing to reflect a variety of cultural/ethnic experiences/needs.
Notes
Formerly LIS 658.

LIS 663 Library Services for Young People (3:3)
Planning, evaluation, and administration of programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups of children and adolescents; current issues in public libraries.

LIS 664 Reading, Literacy, and the Library (3:3)
Introduction to the development of reading and literacy skills, the needs of readers (early childhood to adult), and strategies for librarians to support this development.

LIS 665 Information Literacy (3:3)
Introduce concepts of information literacy, teaching philosophies and techniques, and assessment.
Prerequisite
LIS 620

LIS 666 Information Ethics and Policy (3:3)
Examination of legal and ethical aspects of information ethics and policies in libraries/information centers. Covers traditional concerns of access to print, government information, and issues of technology access, privacy concerns.

LIS 667 Information Services for Adults (3:3)
Design, planning, evaluation, and administration of information services designed to meet lifelong learning goals and needs of individuals and groups of adults in information organizations. Primary emphasis on public libraries.

LIS 672 Instructional Design (3:3)
Components of the systems approach to instructional design.
Cross Listed Courses
TED 672

LIS 673 Methods of Teaching Computer Literacy and Computer Programming (3:3:3)
Content and method for teaching for computer literacy and computer programming and strategies for teaching these subjects. Designed for computer specialists, computer teachers, and regular classroom teachers.
Cross Listed Courses
TED 609
Prerequisite
LIS 672, TED 669; or permission of the instructor
Notes
Formerly LIS 609.

LIS 674 Seminar: Issues and the Virtual Community (3:3)
Major social and ethical issues emerging in the virtual community including those embraced by access, privacy, intellectual property, freedom of speech, institutional/social control, and evolving formats.
Cross Listed Courses
TED 674

LIS 682 Seminar in Information Sources and Services (3:3)
Exploration of advanced topics in information sources and services with an emphasis on library and information agencies.
Prerequisite
LIS 620

LIS 685 Seminar in Library Administration and Management (3:3)
Exploration of advanced topics in library administration and management with an emphasis on library and information agencies.
Prerequisite
LIS 650 or permission of instructor

LIS 688 Seminar in Selected Topics I (1–4)
Contemporary issues and current trends in librarianship, educational technology, and information science. Topics to be identified for a particular seminar.
Notes
Course may be repeated when topic varies.

LIS 690 Independent Study (1–4)
Guided readings, research, and individual project work under direction of faculty.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, or permission of instructor

LIS 691 Practicum (3–6)
Supervised field experience in library/media center settings, with seminars. Credit required will vary with individual needs.
Prerequisite
LIS 600 and permission of instructor
Notes
Only 3 hours credit may count towards MLIS degree. Formerly LIS 601. Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U

LIS 692 Field Experience in School Library Media (3:0:3)
Supervised field experiences in a school library media center with seminars, observation, and exploration into the school setting and media coordinator roles, for students with no teaching license.
Notes
Formerly LIS 602a.

LIS 693 Practicum in School Library Media (3:0:3)
Supervised field experiences in a school library media center with seminars.
Prerequisite
LIS 600, LIS 615, LIS 617 or LIS 618, LIS 620, LIS 635, LIS 640, LIS 650, LIS 653, and LIS 654; and LIS 692 for students who do not have a teaching licensure
Notes
Meets a requirement for licensure as a school library media coordinator. Formerly LIS 602b.

LIS 694 Supervision: School System Library Media Programs (3:3)
Principles and problems in administration and supervision of the district level library/media program of the school system.
Prerequisite
Permission of instructor
Notes
Formerly LIS 660.

LIS 698 Capstone Experience in Library and Information Studies (1:1)
Developing a professional portfolio or master’s project. Faculty supervised, department chair approved.
Prerequisite
Completion of all other degree requirements and permission of instructor
Notes
Required in final semester of MLIS program. Consult LIS homepage for details. Formerly LIS 603. Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, S/U

LIS 711 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

LIS 803 Research Extension (1–3)