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Public Library Program Tracks

Public library service offers opportunities in many areas of expertise. Typically, public librarians focus on a particular area of service and students can benefit from considering the guidelines suggested below. Many of these courses and advisory “tracks” are useful in other specialties as well. Students are welcome to create their own interdisciplinary track if they so desire.

All Master of Science in Library and Information Science students interested in pursuing a career in public libraries are required to take the following core courses:

LIS 510 - Introduction to Library and Information Science
LIS 511 - Information Sources and Services
LIS 512 - Introduction to Knowledge Organization
LIS 514 - Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science
LIS 690 - Internship

PUBLIC LIBRARY – GENERAL

The following courses will be useful for all students entering the field of public libraries (6 credits recommended):

LIS 741 - Public Libraries
LIS 662 - Library Public Relations
LIS 513 - Management of Libraries and Information Centers

ADULT SERVICES and REFERENCE SERVICES

Those students interested in general public librarianship working with adults should consider these courses (3-6 credits recommended):

LIS 508 - Technology for Information Management
LIS 618 - Online Information Retrieval Techniques

In addition, general public library students should consider one or more of the following (9-12 credits):

LIS 5xx - Collection Development
LIS 603 - Humanities Sources and Services
LIS 604 - Science and Technology Sources and Services
LIS 605 - Social Science Sources and Services
LIS 607 - Health Science Sources and Services
LIS 608 - Legal Sources and Services
LIS 609 - Business and Economics Sources and Services
LIS 669 - Government Information Resources

YOUTH SERVICES

Those students interested in public librarianship working with clients from birth through high school should consider these courses in addition to the core and general courses. (9-12 credits)

LIS 733/731- Children’s Literature: Materials, Sources and Services
LIS 729 - Young Adult Literature: Sources and Services.
LIS 628 - Informational Materials: Sources and Services for Youth Service Librarians.
LIS 629 - Integrating Technology in the Library (Integrating Technology into the School Media Curriculum

TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP

Those students interested in public librarianship as teachers and innovators of technology should consider these courses in addition to the core and general courses. (9-12 credits)

LIS 755 - Information Technologies and Society
LIS 770 - Information Systems and Retrieval
LIS 650 - Basic Web Site Design
LIS 651 - Advanced Web Site Design
LIS 901 - Building Digital Libraries (special topics)