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Students must take four core courses from among the areas of professional foundations, information organization, policy, research methods, user needs assessment, and management for career-planning purposes, and choose additional courses either from one or more areas of specialization or by designing an individualized program of study that best meets their career goals. Courses are offered in three broad concentrations: information architecture and technology, information needs and services, and youth information needs and services. The current areas of specialization include general librarianship, information organization, leadership and management, reference and instruction, school media, technology and networking, Web design, and youth services. Additional specializations are developed according to professional needs.

Program tracks available include

The Master of Science in Library and Information Studies degree requires successful completion of at least thirty-six semester hours of graduate coursework. Up to forty-eight credit hours may be required for the School Library Media track.

The FSU School of Information is ranked 3rd nationally in School Library Media, 3rd nationally in Services for Children and Youth, and 14th nationally for Library and Information Studies programs. For more information, complete the Information Request Form.

In addition to the Academic Common Market (ACM) program, the School offers a reduced market rate tuition program to qualified out-of-state students who do not qualify for certification in their state or whose state of residence is not a member of the ACM.

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 to 8pm ET or 8pm to 10pm ET. Attendance in weekly synchronous class meetings is required and students can participate from anywhere they have a reliable internet connection with a headset/microphone connection. For more information about online education with the School of Information, please visit the School's website.

Time to Completion

Course work for the 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 six semesters (2 years), but may vary depending upon the selected program track.

Careers

Library and information professionals work in some of the most diverse and fascinating professional fields available today. For more information about careers, please visit the School's website.

Core Courses

From the list below, students must take:
  • Either LIS5271 or LIS5203,
  • Either LIS5411 or LIS5020, and
  • Both LIS5408 and LIS5703
  • LIS5020 Foundations of the Information Professions (3)
    This course provides background information about the information profession and aims to facilitate optimal information management. Topics include librarianship, the disciplines of library-information science (LIS) and of information technology (IT), the organizations and institutions of the information-provision environment, as well as the applications of technology to information provision.
  • LIS5203 Assessing Information Needs (3)
    Provides students with an overview of the user's perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.
  • LIS5271 Research in Information Studies (3)
    Examines the principles and methods of systems analysis and research in the context of library and information studies. The course discusses typical problems studied and considers problem identification and definition as well as techniques of data collection and analysis, including statistical analysis.
  • LIS5408 Management of Information Organizations (3)
    This course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.
  • LIS5411 Introduction to Information Policy (3)
    This course examines selected fundamental policy questions regarding information and communications, with special attention to intricate policy issues such as information ownership rights, privacy rights, and public access to information. The course examines such issues by focusing on the underlying constitutional principles, laws and regulations, statutes, and government policies that impact such issues. Specific attention is given to federal policies within the United States but state and local policies are examined as needed. Specific course topics include universal service, information equity, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, e-government, and information management. The course focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy.
  • LIS5703 Information Organization (3)
    This course establishes the conceptual and theoretical framework for organizing and retrieving information, including the study of systems, their objectives and structures, formats, standards, and vocabularies. The course also covers the information object and its relationship to organizing systems and to other information objects.

Total Credit Hours

36

Application Procedures

For more information on how to apply to the Master of Science in Library and Information Studies program, please visit the School's website.

Program Requirements

Students must take four core courses and choose additional courses either from one or more areas of specialization or by designing an individualized program of study that best meets their career goals. For more information on the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Library and Information Studies program, please visit the School's website.

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

  • LIS5271 Research in Information Studies (3)
    Examines the principles and methods of systems analysis and research in the context of library and information studies. The course discusses typical problems studied and considers problem identification and definition as well as techniques of data collection and analysis, including statistical analysis.
  • LIS5275 Usability Analysis (3)
    This course covers the design, execution, and reporting of tests for usability of information products and services. This includes cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.
  • LIS5367 Advanced Web Applications (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5362.
    Examines theory, concepts, and techniques for designing, producing, and evaluating World Wide Web applications to meet specific information needs. Students engage in design projects applying theoretical constructs to the provision of Web-based information resources using advanced authoring techniques.
  • LIS5411 Introduction to Information Policy (3)
    This course examines selected fundamental policy questions regarding information and communications, with special attention to intricate policy issues such as information ownership rights, privacy rights, and public access to information. The course examines such issues by focusing on the underlying constitutional principles, laws and regulations, statutes, and government policies that impact such issues. Specific attention is given to federal policies within the United States but state and local policies are examined as needed. Specific course topics include universal service, information equity, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, e-government, and information management. The course focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy.
  • LIS5474 Business Information Needs and Sources (3)
    This course introduces students to print and electronic sources of business information, covers effective methods of access and evaluation of business information, and helps students acquire problem-solving skills and collection-development techniques suitable in business and related disciplines.
  • LIS5528 Storytelling for Information Professionals (3)
    This course provides instruction for the practice and application of the oral tradition of storytelling. The overall intent of the course is to facilitate the oral tradition of storytelling within library and information studies (LIS).
  • LIS5577 Graphic Novels (3)
    A survey of graphic novels, including manga and manhwa, for readers of all ages, but focusing primarily on materials for young adults and adults. Examines issues related to evaluation, collection development, organization, promotion, readers' advisory, programming, intellectual freedom, and the use of graphic novels in school and college classrooms.
  • LIS5631 Health Information Sources (3)
    This course is a practical introduction to a variety of printed and electronic sources used to locate information in medicine, consumer health, nursing, and allied health. Course material is intended for those interested in medical and consumer health information resources in medical, public or academic libraries where clients need health-related information.
  • LIS5916 Cultural Competence for Information Professionals (3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least one database course in the undergraduate or graduate level.
    Given the increasing diversity in our society, information professionals need to develop the competencies required to work for, and with, multicultural and diverse groups. This course examines basic concepts, multicultural competencies, and recommendations from professional resources to work with cultural groups. It explores knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes of cultural competence in general. It also explores competence expectations in organizations at the management, and consumer service levels. The course concludes with recommendations and considerations for engaging people from diverse groups. Please note that this course is not centered in any one specific information agency. Rather, it is focused on cultural competencies in general.
  • 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

  • LIS5203 Assessing Information Needs (3)
    Provides students with an overview of the user's perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.
  • 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.
  • LIS5364 Web Site Development and Administration (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5362.
    This course follows a step-by-step introduction to the topics concerning programming with XHTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL. Topics include acquiring domain names and Web hosting agencies, introduction to Web development and PHP, working with data types and operators, building functions and control structures, manipulating strings, accessing files and directories, manipulating data in arrays and strings, working with databases and MySQL, manipulating MySQL databases with PHP, managing state information, developing object-oriented PHP, and debugging and error handling. In addition, more advanced topics like templates and jQuery are introduced as well.
  • LIS5408 Management of Information Organizations (3)
    This course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.
  • LIS5417 Introduction to Legal Resources (3)
    This course provides an introduction to legal literature and to the tools of legal research to create an understanding of how legal information is organized, structured, and accessed in various settings.
  • LIS5419 Consumer Health Informatics (3)
    This course explores how emerging technologies are being used to empower health consumers and improve their medical outcomes. Students examine different technology-based approaches for health promotion, disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. They evaluate patients' information needs and behaviors to design more effective technology-based health education and behavior change interventions. They also discuss issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels. The course emphasizes an interdisciplinary, user-centered and theory-based approach using concepts drawn from communication, information studies, human-computer interaction, medicine, psychology, and public health.
  • 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.
  • LIS5472 Digital Libraries (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5603, LIS5362. Pre or Corequisite: LIS5703
    This course offers a comprehensive overview of digital libraries, beginning with the conceptual underpinnings of digital libraries and broadening to include issues in the design, management, and evaluation of digital libraries, such as collection management and digitization, knowledge representation, access and user interfaces, archiving and digital preservation, as well as evaluation. The course also discusses the research literature addressing digital-library development.
  • LIS5485 Introduction to Information Technology (3)
    This course introduces students to Information Technology (IT) on a theoretical and practical level. The course reviews the underlying concepts of IT as embodied in operating systems, hardware, application software, website creation and networks. It ensures that all students have mastered minimum skills and knowledge sets and are prepared to carry out assignments requiring IT skills through the program.
  • LIS5487 Information Systems Management (3)
    An introduction to the role of information systems in organizations and how they relate to organizational objectives and structures. Covers the basics of management and information as they relate to each other in the operation of an information center.
  • 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.
  • LIS5603 Introduction to Information Services (3)
    Introduction to reference work using both print and online sources. It also addresses the relationship of reference work to other information services in libraries and other information-providing agencies.
  • LIS5661 Government Information (3)
    This course provides an introduction to government information sources and research, with focus on U.S. government information. Students learn about the structure of government and the dissemination of government information resources to the public, including techniques for locating and using government information sources.
  • LIS5703 Information Organization (3)
    This course establishes the conceptual and theoretical framework for organizing and retrieving information, including the study of systems, their objectives and structures, formats, standards, and vocabularies. The course also covers the information object and its relationship to organizing systems and to other information objects.
  • LIS5711 Cataloging and Classification (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5703.
    This course is an examination of problems of entry, description, and subject analysis including the Library of Congress classification. Covers analysis and evaluation of problems relating to the organization, operation, and management of a cataloging department.
  • LIS5786 Introduction to Information Architecture (3)
    This course provides instruction and learning experiences in user-centered design of information systems, especially Web sites. The entire Information Architecture process from learning the user's needs by developing user personas and scenarios through organizing the information to be presented to specifying the final design parameters, such as low-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes, is covered. The result is a technical solution to a specific information system need that takes into account its social and organizational context. The project-based course design allows students to learn issues and problems in a real-life project of building information architecture for systems.
  • LIS5787 Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5703.
    This course introduces students to the basic theories and principles of metadata design and creation using ER modeling, XML and RDF. The course reviews major conceptual frameworks, ontologies and metadata schemas used in libraries, archives, museums, and digital data repositories. Real-life scenarios and collections are used to highlight and gain understanding of the issues related to metadata creation, aggregation, and reuse.
  • LIS5916 Cultural Competence for Information Professionals (3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least one database course in the undergraduate or graduate level.
    Given the increasing diversity in our society, information professionals need to develop the competencies required to work for, and with, multicultural and diverse groups. This course examines basic concepts, multicultural competencies, and recommendations from professional resources to work with cultural groups. It explores knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes of cultural competence in general. It also explores competence expectations in organizations at the management, and consumer service levels. The course concludes with recommendations and considerations for engaging people from diverse groups. Please note that this course is not centered in any one specific information agency. Rather, it is focused on cultural competencies in general.


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