Library and Information Studies

M.L.I.S., Cooperative Programs

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Faculty: Professor Hobbs, interim director, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, and director, Harrington School of Communication and Media; Professors Gilton, Ma, McCarthy, and Mandel.

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies is part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media.

The Master of Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.) degree prepares students for professional service and leadership in libraries and other organizations, including information positions in business and government. Specializations include service to children and young adults, reference and bibliography, organization of information, technical services, information literacy instruction, special collections and rare books, automation, information science, and others. The program leading to the M.L.I.S. is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

The School Library Media Specialist certification program leads to both the M.L.I.S. and eligibility for Library Media Specialist K-12 certification in Rhode Island and other states participating in the Interstate Compact. This program is approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and “nationally recognized” by ALA’s American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Master of Library and Information Studies

Admission requirements: bachelor’s degree (B average); undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or equivalent; GRE or MAT at the 50th percentile or above. GRE or MAT may be waived if undergraduate GPA is above 3.30 or if applicant has successfully completed another post-baccalaureate degree. The completed application package should be received by October 15 for spring admission, March 15 for summer admission, and June 15 for fall admission.

Program requirements: 36 credits, 21 in required core courses (LSC 502, 503, 504, 505, 508, 557, and 595) and 15 in electives, six of which may be taken in courses outside library science when relevant to the student’s specialization; one course (LSC 557) with major paper requiring significant independent research; and a written comprehensive examination. Students in the school library media program must take both LSC 530 and LSC 531. Students who take both LSC 530 and LSC 531 may waive LSC 503. No more than six credits or two courses may be taken in nonmatriculating status for transfer into the degree program.

Requirements for the M.L.I.S. must be met within five calendar years after the date when the student is first enrolled as a graduate student at the University. With the submission of a written request for an extension and a schedule for completion, endorsed by the major professor and the graduate program director, a specific, time-limited extension may be approved by the dean of the Graduate School. Extensions are generally undesirable because of the rapid change in library and information services. If such extensions are granted, courses completed more than five calendar years prior to graduation will no longer be valid, and must be replaced by new courses or reinstated by examination to ensure that the graduate’s knowledge of the field is current.

School Library Media Track: To complete the M.L.I.S. and meet certification requirements, candidates are required to complete LSC 502, 504, 505, 508, 520, 527, 530, 531, 557, and 596. LSC 520, which includes 60 hours of pre-practicum field experience, must be taken in the summer or fall prior to LSC 596. LSC 596, a nine-credit practicum and seminar, includes 12 weeks of fieldwork and must be taken in the final spring semester.

Teacher Certification Program: Candidates who already have an accredited M.L.I.S. degree may apply for the TCP program for school library media. Candidates for certification must apply for admission following GSLIS guidelines and complete the same requirements as M.L.I.S. students in the school library media track. Analysis of transcripts will determine the number of courses needed to complete the TCP.

Certificate in Information Literacy Instruction

A 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate in Information Literacy Instruction (ILIC) is open to current students (who may take it as part of their M.L.I.S. program) and college graduates with or without the M.L.I.S. Completion of the following courses is required: LSC 504, Reference and Information Studies; LSC 524, Teaching About Information; LSC 525, Multiculturalism in Libraries; LSC 527, Information Literacy Instruction; LSC 528, Instructional Technology in Library and Information Services.

Candidates for the ILIC must apply for admission following GSLIS. guidelines and will be required to earn a grade of B or better in each course. A maximum of three graduate credits will be accepted from another graduate library school program for transfer of credit.

M.A. in History and M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program

By proper selection of course work, a student may simultaneously earn the degrees of Master of Arts in history and Master of Library and Information Studies.

Admission requirements: GRE and other requirements listed for history and library science. Applicant must apply and be accepted in both programs. The application to each program must indicate history/library and information studies as the field of specialization.

Program requirements: Students must submit individual programs of study for the 36-credit M.L.I.S. program and the 30-credit program for the M.A. in history. The integrated pursuit of the two degrees makes it possible for six credits of appropriately selected course work from one program to serve as electives in the other, and for six credits of course work to be applied in the opposite direction. Thus, when planned and taken jointly, the two programs can be completed with a total of 54 credits rather than 66 credits.

M.P.A. and M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program

A cooperative program permits joint enrollment in the Master of Library and Information Studies and Master of Public Administration programs. The integrated pursuit of the two degrees makes it possible for six credits of appropriately selected course work from one program to serve as electives in the other, and for six credits to be applied in the opposite direction. Thus, when planned and taken jointly, the two programs can be completed with a total of 60 credits.

Admission requirements: GRE and other requirements listed for M.L.I.S. and M.P.A. Applicant must apply and be accepted in both programs. The application to each program must indicate M.L.I.S./M.P.A. as the field of specialization.

Program requirements: Each student must complete the required core courses for both programs plus three credits of PSC 590 for the M.P.A. After consultation with, and approval of, both departments, students must file separate programs of study for each degree, indicating the courses to be jointly counted. Each student must pass the separate comprehensive examination for each degree.

M.A. in English and M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program

By proper selection of course work, a student may simultaneously earn the degree of Master of Library and Information Studies and Master of Arts in English.

Admission requirements: GRE and all other requirements listed for M.L.I.S. and M.A. in English. Applicant must apply to both programs and be accepted by both. The application to each program must indicate English/library and information studies as the field of specialization.

Program requirements: Students must submit individual programs of study for the 36-credit M.L.I.S. program and the 30-credit M.A. in English. ENG 510, 511, and 514 are required. The integrated pursuit of the two degrees makes it possible for six credits of appropriately selected course work from one program to serve as electives in the other, and for six credits of course work to be applied in the opposite direction. Thus, when planned and taken jointly, the two programs can be completed with a total of 54 credits rather than 66. Students must complete at least 30 credits in librarianship and at least 24 credits in English.

Other Cooperative Programs

Under existing University policy, students may be able to establish cooperative programs with other master’s degree programs within the University. Interested persons should consult with the director.