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The Specialist degree is a post-master's degree designed for students who are interested in gaining knowledge in new areas within the field of information studies. The focus of the program is to improve and develop new skills and additional competencies in the field. The program is planned cooperatively with faculty advisers who will help tailor the program to meet the student's professional needs. The Specialist degree requires successful completion of thirty semester hours beyond the MS/MA degree and an optional culminating paper or project at the completion of the program.

Accreditation

Accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Library Association

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Courses generally have a synchronous online class meeting time scheduled one night on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from either 6pm - 8pm ET or 8pm - 10pm ET. Weekly synchronous class meetings are required and students can participate from anywhere in which they have a reliable internet, headset, and microphone connection. For more information about online education with the School of Information, please visit http://slis.fsu.edu/academics/online/.

Time to Completion

Course work for the specialist degree must be completed within 7 years from the time the student first registers for graduate credit. It is recommended that students take 2 courses for a total of 6 credit hours each semester. This allows most students to finish the program in approximately five semesters.

Careers

The Specialist Degree is a post-master's degree within the School of Library & Information Studies. Students who pursue it are interested in becoming aware of new areas within the field of information studies. They are also interested in improving or developing skills and additional competencies in the field. As a result of this focus, you will acquire the knowledge and competencies to perform at high levels within your specialization.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • LIS5313 Digital Media: Concepts and Production (3)
    This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to creating and using digital-media resources to support learning and collaboration in information professions. Students regularly engage in media analysis and media production activities that incorporate digital image, sound, and video elements; utilize Web-based collaborative tools; and apply knowledge of fair use, copyright, and copyleft to multimedia.
  • LIS5405 Leadership in Technology (3)
    This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to promote organizational leadership and the effective diffusion of technological innovations in school-library media centers and in school districts. The course incorporates National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Library Media and focuses on technology-based instruction and on curricular improvement.
  • LIS5441 Leadership in Reading (3)
    This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for informational professionals to provide collaborative leadership in reading across the K-12 spectrum. Special emphasis is placed on how reading for achievement and reading motivation can successfully be reconciled as essential components of information literacy.
  • LIS5442 Information Leadership (3)
    This course analyzes evidence-based concepts in order to develop a personalized understanding of 21st century leadership. The course focuses on the development of leadership capacity for information professionals, including how to think reflectively as well as strategically, ethically influence others, design and maintain functional organizations, capitalize on a swiftly changing technological environment, and finally to demonstrate vision.
  • LIS5512 School Collection Development and Management (3)
    This course provides an understanding of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to manage human resources and provide effective leadership in a school library media program. Covers collection development and management in school libraries. Required for school media certification. Students should take this course the semester before taking the State of Florida media-specialist exam.
  • LIS5524 Instructional Role of the Informational Specialist (3)
    This course covers the instructional role of the media specialist and methods of participating effectively in curricular planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • LIS5564 Information Needs of Children (3)
    This course covers materials for children in relation to their needs, interests, and abilities. Evaluation and use of printed and audiovisual materials.
  • LIS5565 Information Needs of Young Adults (3)
    Study of media for young adults in relation to their characteristics, needs, interests and abilities. Evaluation and use of print and audiovisual materials.

Total Credit Hours

30

Prerequisites

Requirements include a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, a Master's degree from an accredited college/university, and official test results from a nationally standardized graduate admission test (such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination or GRE), indicating at least 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative portions of the test.

Application Procedures

For more information on how to apply to the Specialist Degree in the School of Library and Information Studies, please visit http://slis.fsu.edu/admissions/graduate/mslis/.

Program Requirements

For more information on the degree requirements for the Specialist Degree in the School of Library and Information Studies, please visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/mslis/.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5945 Internship (1-12)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is an opportunity to learn how library and/or information studies principles and techniques are applied in a professional setting. A minimum of forty-five hours on the job per semester hour earned is required. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Spring 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5313 Digital Media: Concepts and Production (3)
    This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to creating and using digital-media resources to support learning and collaboration in information professions. Students regularly engage in media analysis and media production activities that incorporate digital image, sound, and video elements; utilize Web-based collaborative tools; and apply knowledge of fair use, copyright, and copyleft to multimedia.
  • LIS5442 Information Leadership (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5408.
    This course analyzes evidence-based concepts in order to develop a personalized understanding of 21st century leadership. The course focuses on the development of leadership capacity for information professionals, including how to think reflectively as well as strategically, ethically influence others, design and maintain functional organizations, capitalize on a swiftly changing technological environment, and finally to demonstrate vision.
  • LIS5524 Instructional Role of the Informational Specialist (3)
    This course covers the instructional role of the media specialist and methods of participating effectively in curricular planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • LIS5564 Information Needs of Children (3)
    This course covers materials for children in relation to their needs, interests, and abilities. Evaluation and use of printed and audiovisual materials.
  • LIS5566 Multicultural Literature and Information Resources for Children and Young Adults (3)
    This course identifies and evaluates multicultural literature and information resources for children and young adults in relation to ethnicity and culture of ethnic minorities in the United States. Students locate, access, read, evaluate, and develop strategies to use multicultural literature and other resources to meet information needs of children and young adults.


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