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Library Science, MLS

Master of Library Science

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.


  • LIS-S 401Computer-Based Information Tools 3 Credits
  • LIS-S 501Information Sources and Services3 Credits
  • LIS-S 502Acquisitions and Management of Knowledge and Information3 Credits
  • LIS-S 503Organization and Representation of Knowledge and Information3 Credits
  • LIS-S 504Cataloging3 Credits
  • LIS-S 505Evaluation of Information Sources and Services3 Credits
  • LIS-S 506Introduction to Research3 Credits
  • LIS-S 524Adult Reader’s Advisory3 Credits
  • LIS-S 533Online Searching3 Credits
  • LIS-S 541Information Policy3 Credits
  • LIS-S 551Library Management3 Credits
  • LIS-S 552Academic Library Management3 Credits
  • LIS-S 553Public Library Management3 Credits
  • LIS-S 554Library Systems3 Credits
  • LIS-S 571Materials for Youth3 Credits
  • LIS-S 572Youth Services3 Credits
  • LIS-S 574Information Instruction3 Credits
  • LIS-S 575Public Library Services3 Credits
  • LIS-S 605Internship in Library and Information Science 3 Credits
  • LIS-S 631Advanced Cataloging3 Credits
  • LIS-S 632Advanced Resource Management3 Credits
  • LIS-S 634Metadata3 Credits
  • LIS-S 652Digital Libraries3 Credits
  • LIS-S 656Scholarly Communication3 Credits
  • LIS-S 671School Media3 Credits
  • LIS-S 672Seminar on Literature for Youth3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $451.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1353.99
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1433.50
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4300.50

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    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

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