MLIS Track: Information Equity, Diverse Communities, and Critical Librarianship

Master of Library and Information Studies (Online)

The MLIS track in Information Equity, Diverse Communities, and Critical Librarianship is a 12-credit graduate program that enables librarians and other information professionals to acquire foundational knowledge, skills, and competencies required for a diversifying workplace. This track teaches social justice approaches for libraries and information institutes; critical theoretical foundations for understanding information equity and critical thinking skills around anti-racism, race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, and immigration in libraries.

The following courses comprise the track:

Core Courses

  • LSC 502 (3 credits) Lead, Manage, & Connect Lib & Info Services
  • LSC 504 (3 credits) Searching for Answers: Meeting Users’ Information Needs
  • LSC 505 (3 credits) Organization of Information
  • LSC 508 (3 credits) Introduction to Information Science and Technology
  • LSC 595 (3 credits) Apply and Reflect


  • LSC 525 (3 credits) Multiculturalism in Libraries

Diverse Communities
(Select 2 from the list)

  • LSC 511 (3 credits) Critical Disability Approaches in Library and Information Studies
  • LSC 512 (3 credits) Immigrant and Migrant Information Contexts and Practices
  • LSC 517 (3 credits) Community Relations for Libraries

Critical Librarianship
(Select 1 from the list)

  • LSC 513 (3 credits) Social Justice in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • LSC 515 (3 credits) Information Ethics and Policy
  • LSC 516 (3 credits) Information and Culture


  • 9 credits (6 credits from career-related courses in other online accelerated graduate programs with the approval of your advisor and program.)

Total = 36 credits

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Program Director

Valerie Karno, J.D., PhD.
Associate Professor, Director
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies