The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Library and Information Studies

Academic Programs

The Department of Library and Information Studies is one of the six academic departments of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) is the only degree offered by the department, and the program leading to that degree is accredited by the American Library Association.

Within the MLIS program, students may elect areas of specialization in public, academic, special, or school librarianship. The School Library Program specialization is designed to lead to licensure by the state of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for School Librarians (076), School Library Supervisors (078), and Instructional Technology Specialists (077).   There is also a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) for Special Endorsement in Computer Education which can lead to licensure for technology facilitator (NC 079).   All  licensure programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Graduates of our program find careers in public, academic, school, corporate, and museum libraries, as well as many other settings throughout the country and abroad. There is tremendous diversity in the kinds of employment available to holders of the MLIS degree that range from traditional library settings to federal agencies, corporations, and information product vendors.

The department welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. The arena of library and information studies is so diverse that any undergraduate preparation is appropriate. Our faculty is committed to educating information professionals capable of connecting people, information, and libraries.

General

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, as well as a variety of roles in both public and private agencies as information specialists. The MLIS requires 36 semester hours with at least 24 hours at the 600-level or above.

The MLIS is accredited by the American Library Association and is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the licensure of school librarians. Graduates qualify for the North Carolina Public Library Certification.

LIS courses are offered online or on the Greensboro campus. Students may earn the MLIS without ever having to come to the Greensboro campus.

Required Core Courses (13 hours)

* LIS 600 Foundations of Library and Information Studies (3)

* LIS 620 Information Sources and Services (3)

* LIS 640 Organizing Library Collections (3)

* LIS 650 Library Administration and Management (3)

* LIS 698 Capstone Experience in Library and Information Studies (1)

Additional Technology Requirement (3 hours) 
Select one 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 (17 hours)

Seventeen hours are selected with advisement from other graduate courses in Library and Information Studies or cognate fields. A minimum of 5 hours may be at the 600-level or above. Students in licensure programs in school and public libraries should confer with faculty for specific requirements.

Capstone Experience

Students must complete a professional portfolio or master’s project.

School Library

The master of library science degree is an entry-level requirement for all North Carolina school librarians. Additionally, school librarians are licensed as teachers.  As is true for the MLIS degree on the whole, any undergraduate preparation is appropriate.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) MLIS is accredited by the American Library Association and is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the licensure of school librarians. The school library program is nationally recognized by NCATE using the ALA/AASL professional education association guidelines. The school library licensure concentration requires 36 semester hours. Students without a valid North Carolina teaching license will be required to take additional coursework as well as an additional practicum. School library licensure candidates will be required to present passing scores on the PRAXIS specialty area exam in addition to meeting degree requirements at the end of the program. School library graduates also qualify for the North Carolina Public Library Certification.

Students desiring to work on school library licensure should submit a School Library Declaration of Intent  form to the school library program coordinator at the beginning of their program or as soon as they decide they would like to pursue licensure.

UNCG’s school library faculty work closely with students to provide numerous opportunities for authentic experiences in school library settings. Students are supported through instruction and individualized feedback. They have the opportunity to participate in practicums, lesson development, collection analysis, facility design, and media production. Regardless of whether or not a student has a background in education, the MLIS program can help students fulfill the requirements for school library licensure while earning the MLIS degree.

Download the SLM Handbook for more information.

MLIS Core Courses (13 hours)

* LIS 600 Foundations of Library and Information Studies (3)

* LIS 620 Information Sources and Services (3)

* LIS 640 Organizing Library Collections (3)

* LIS 650 Library Administration and Management (3)

* LIS 698 Capstone Experience in Library and Information Studies (1)

Designated Electives (15 hours)

* 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)

Capstone Experience

Students must complete a professional portfolio or master’s project.

School Library Supervisor

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, as well as a variety of roles in both public and private agencies as information specialists. The school library director/supervisor is a system-level school library professional who may be identified as Director of Library Media Services, Director of Media and Technology, Coordinator of Library Media Services, or Library Supervisor. Competencies are required in the areas of administration, supervision/management, and curriculum development for this certification area.

Licensure 
Director/Supervisor (Masters level) certification is required for service as Director of Media Services in a school system. Certification is based on eligibility to hold the Media Coordinator (076) certificate plus 9 graduate semester hours of credit in administration, curriculum development, and supervision and three years of acceptable experience as a school librarian. 

Coursework (based on enrollment) leading to eligibility for Media Supervisor (078) licensure is offered to applicants who already have an MLIS degree, a Media Coordinator (076) licensure, and 3 or more years experience.

Online Education

Students have two options to earn the MLIS degree. Those who desire a campus experience may complete the entire MLIS program on the UNCG campus. Students desiring to complete the program fully online may do so without ever having to come to campus. Online classes are offered predominately synchronously with some asynchronous components.

Technology Requirements:

  • Computer headset and microphone
  • Broadband connection

UNCG LIS will host Town Hall meetings each semester with our Department Chair where you can learn about developments in the program and ask questions.

Each semester Career Day events feature panelists from a variety of libraries and information agencies. Career Day includes experienced librarians as well as recent graduates to give you an overall picture of the job search and what to expect once you get the job.

Our Greensboro campus events are accessible to distance education students via live-streaming or videocast.

To learn more about online education and resources at UNCG, see The Division of Continual Learning: http://online.uncg.edu/marketing/dcl/.

To learn more about online programs at UNCG, see UNCG Online http://online.uncg.edu/.

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