MA in Library and Information Science

Degree Requirements

Students seeking a MLIS degree must complete 39 semester hours of coursework during which they must maintain an average of "B" or better and no more than two grades of "C" will be accepted. The MLIS degree may be obtained fully online.

General M.A. in Library and Information Science

Core Requirements (18 Credits)

LIS 5020 Foundations of Library and Information Science
LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services
LIS 6711 Organization of Knowledge I
LIS 6409 Intro to Library Administration
LIS 6271 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
LIS 6511 Collection Development and Maintenance

Elective Requirements (21 Credits)

Students can consult with their faculty advisor on what courses to take by utilizing the MLIS Program Plan. Students are required to take a technology elective as part of the degree requirements. 

LIS 5268 3 Microcomputer Applications Library and Information Centers (Technology Elective)* see below
LIS 5315 3 Instructional Graphics
LIS 5418 3 Health Informatics for Medical Librarians
LIS 5566 3 Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
LIS 5937 3 Selected Topics in Library Studies
LIS 6110 3 History of Libraries
LIS 6206 3 Adult Services in Libraries
LIS 6225 3 Storytelling
LIS 6303 3 Preparing Instructional Media
LIS 6316 3 Visualization of Knowledge
LIS 6402 3 Advanced Library Administration
LIS 6432 3 Seminar in Academic Libraries
LIS 6445 3 Seminar in Public Libraries
LIS 6455 3 Organization and Administration of the School Media Center
LIS 6472 3 Seminar in Special Libraries
LIS 6473 3 Law Librarianship
LIS 6475 3 Health Sciences Librarianship
LIS 6773 3 Digital Curation
LIS 6482 3 Web Archiving
LIS 6565 3 Books and Related Materials for Young Adults
LIS 6564 3 Materials for Children
LIS 6609 3 Online Information Sources and Services
LIS 6661 3 Government Documents
LIS 6724 3 Classification and Cataloging of Non-Book Materials
LIS 6726C 3 Indexing and Abstracting
LIS 6514 3 Digital Libraries
LIS 6906 3 Independent Study
LIS 6946 3 Supervised Fieldwork

*Technology Elective - The School of Information defaults to LIS 5268 Microcomputer Applications Library and Information Centers to meet the technology elective. For students who already have a foundational understanding of information technology, this course may be substituted by another elective but must be approved prior to registration by the students faculty advisor.

Fieldwork Information

"Supervised Fieldwork" in the Library and Information Science program requires 120 hours on-site under the guidance of a supervisor who is a recognized information professional. LIS 6946 Supervised Fieldwork (3 CR) is a 3 credit graduate course. For information about fieldwork, contact Denise Shereff, Fieldwork Coordinator at dshereff@usf.edu

 

School Media/Youth Services Emphasis

To earn an M.A. degree with an emphasis on Youth Services / School Librarianship / School Media Specialist, the student must complete the 18 core credits for the general program and can select 21 credits from courses listed below. Students should be aware of other Florida Department of Education requirements.

LIS 6303 Preparing Instructional Media
LIS 6455 The Organization and Administration of the School Media Center
LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services
LIS 6303 Preparing Instructional Media
LIS 5937 Teaching Information Literacy
LIS 6565 Books and Related Materials for Young Adults
LIS 6564 Materials for Children
LIS 5937 Digital Storytelling
LIS 5566 Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
LIS 5937 STEM: Youth Learning in the Library
LIS 6946 Supervised Field Work *

*An elective may be substituted for LIS 6946 Supervised Fieldwork if the student is already working as a school librarian or has significant experience in a school library. Students who have substantial experience in one or more of the areas above may be able to substitute other courses with their advisor's approval.

 

ePortfolio

The School of Information requires students to complete an ePortfolio as their culminating assessment for the Masters of Arts in Library and Information Sciences. Students are required to be enrolled in at least 2 credit hours during the semester they complete their culminating assessment and during the semester they graduate. Deadlines and more in-depth information are provided to students on the department's CANVAS site. From the landing page, you can select Culminating Assessments.

What is the ePortfolio?

The ePortfolio represents a culminating assessment of your learning based on the LIS MA program's student learning outcomes and professional preparation for the field of Library and Information Science. Although the LIS program provides guidelines and advising as you go down the pathway to complete your ePortfolio, it is you, the student, who is responsible for its planning, design, creation, and presentation.

The ePortfolio includes representative artifacts from the 6 core classes, specialty electives, and co-curricular activities which have helped prepare you as an information professional. It is the student's responsibility to determine and gather appropriate artifacts and write a focused narrative which best represents their synthesis of program outcomes. The artifacts and narrative should be presented in a way which clearly indicates their knowledge and application of program outcomes. Faculty advisors, mentors, and LIS administration are here to help guide you through your program and help you find choices to lead you to your professional goals. It is the student's responsibility to create the ePortfolio and meet any deadlines imposed.