Library Science, M.L.S.
When the discipline of library science emerged in the second half of the 19th century, it focused on the study of library operation and administration. Today's professionals are leaders in applying technology to facilitate access to information.
The Master of Library Science is a 36 credit hour program accredited by the American Library Association. You take foundation courses in five areas of librarianship, and then work with your advisor to select advanced elective courses.
As a student in the program, you learn about libraries' role in contemporary society. You develop an understanding of key policy issues and technological trends, and come to recognize how these issues and trends affect not only libraries, but other information organizations, as well.
Intensive course work links you to fellow students across Indiana and other states. You converse, work in teams, and complete individual projects with instructors-as-coaches. You tie general principles to observations and experiences in your own home area. Customized options include internships, directed readings, and directed research.
Graduates of the program are able to assist library users, develop and manage collections, organize information resources, conduct effective research, and make the most effective use of information technologies. They are prepared for careers in public services, technical services, reference services, and collection development at public, school, academic, and special libraries.