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M.L.S. Degree Requirements

Master of Library Science
(36 degree credit hours + Z401 = 39)

The Master of Library Science degree can be completed with 36 credit hours of graduate course work in the School plus the pre-requisite computer skills from Z401 - Computer-Based Information Tools. (Note: If after reviewing the Z401 syllabus, a student feels he or she has equivalent expertise, the student may contact his or her faculty advisor to discuss waiving the course. Most students do take Z401.)

Your course of study builds a foundation in five areas of librarianship, then allows you to work with your adviser to choose advanced elective courses to develop the knowledge and skills for your career:

PREREQUISITE (3 hours) - must be fulfilled before completion of 9 credits hours

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS (18 hours) one course from each area

* Note: Students pursuing an ILS dual degree or formal specialization that requires one of these courses may count the course for the technology requirement as well.

ELECTIVES: (18 hours) - Choose from:

Grade Requirement

No course in which a student receives a grade lower than C (2.0) will be counted toward requirements for any ILS degree. An elective course in which an unacceptable grade is earned need not be repeated, but it may be repeated or another course must be taken in its place. Repeating a course in which the student received an unacceptable grade or taking another in its place does not remove the credit points for that course from a student’s cumulative grade point average. All grades achieved in ILS courses will be counted in the ILS and IU GPA. Because a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for graduation, any grade below B must be balanced by grades above B to keep the GPA at the 3.0 level.
ILS Definitions of Letter Grades

Goals and Objectives of the M.L.S. Program

The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) program prepares students to become reflective practitioners who connect people and communities with information.

Upon completion of the M.L.S. program, graduates are prepared to:

Approach Professional Issues with Understanding
  • Understand the social, political, ethical, and legal aspects of information creation, access, ownership, service, and communication
  • Anticipate emerging trends and respond proactively
Assist and Educate Users
  • Analyze and identify the information needs of diverse communities of users
  • Educate users and potential users to locate, use, and evaluate information resources and tools
  • Analyze and evaluate information systems and services in a variety of settings
Develop and Manage Collections of Information Resources
  • Design and apply policies and procedures that support the selection and acquisition of information resources for particular communities of users
  • Manage, evaluate, and preserve physical and virtual collections of information resources
  • Uphold ethical and legal standards in acquiring, leasing, preserving, and providing access to information resources
Represent and Organize Information Resources
  • Understand and apply principles of representation and organization
Manage and Lead Libraries and Other Information Organizations
  • Perform basic managerial functions, including planning, budgeting, and performance evaluation
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Apply theories of organizational behavior and structure
Use Research Effectively
  • Design, conduct, interpret, and take action based upon research and evaluation
Deploy Information Technologies in Effective and Innovative Ways
  • Implement and evaluate information and communication technologies for efficiency, usability, and value to users