MLIS Track: Libraries, Leadership, and Transforming Communities

Master of Library and Information Studies (Online)

The Libraries, Leadership, and Transforming Communities track prepares graduates to have the management and leadership knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in the marketplace and obtain positions in libraries and information organizations such as director/assistant director, department head/manager, project manager, and marketing coordinator, among many others. In this track, students will:

  • broaden their knowledge of ethics, values, and foundational principles of the library and information professions and professional associations;
  • develop an understanding for the necessity of community outreach, advocacy, and the formation of strategic alliances;
  • gain an appreciation for, and openness to, the opinions and skills of colleagues and being able to work with others to achieve a common goal;
  • hone their personal philosophy of the management of libraries, innovative and ethical community leadership, and library advocacy.  

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 570 (3 credits) Leadership in Information Professions

Public Relations and Advocacy

  • LSC 517 (3 credits) Community Relations for Libraries

(Select 1 from the list)

  • LSC 525 (3 credits) Multiculturalism in Libraries
  • LSC 527 (3 credits) Planning and Developing Library Instruction

Communities and Contexts
(Select 1 from the list)

  • LSC 503 (3 credits) Collection Management
  • LSC 515 (3 credits) Information Ethics and Policy
  • LSC 516 (3 credits) Information and Culture
  • LSC 521 (3 credits) Public Library Service
  • LSC 522 (3 credits) College and University Library Service
  • LSC 523 (3 credits) Special Library Service
  • LSC 560 (3 credits) Human Information Behavior


  • 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