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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.

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

  • 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.
  • LIS5275 Usability Analysis (3)
    Design, execution, and reporting of tests for the usability of information products and services. Covers cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.
  • LIS5362 Design & Production of Network Multimedia (3)
    Examines the theory, concepts and techniques for designing, producing, and evaluating networked multimedia resources to meet specific information needs. Students engage in collaborative design projects applying theoretical constructs from communication, education, engineering, graphic design, and information science to the provision of resources using multimedia network technologies.
  • LIS5385 Social Media Management (3)
    This course focuses on social media - specifically we focus on the tools, information management and communication functions through hands-on work with designing and managing social media sites. Students participating in this class will actively design, implement, and coordinate numerous projects that build a foundation in social media while allowing students to gain valuable leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
  • 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.
  • LIS5418 Introduction to Health Informatics (3)
    This survey course evaluates medical informatics from a stakeholder perspective. Beginning with a brief overview of the US health care system, the focus then shifts to understanding to what extent health information needs are met using technology for users such as providers of health care services, clinician educators, consumers, and caregivers.
  • LIS5426 Grant Writing, Evaluation, and Administration (3)
    This course develops basic skills in planning, evaluation, and financial management, as well as application of these aspects to the overall management task in the information organization.
  • LIS5484 Introduction to Data Networks for Information Professionals (3)
    This course discusses networking and telecommunications technologies, and management of modern data networks, with emphasis on the building blocks of local and wide area networks. Subjects covered include networking architectures, topologies, models, layers, protocols, IP sub netting, equipment, operating systems, security and various tools and utilities. Also covered are economic and policy issues inherent to telecommunications, and management skills that the professional in this field need to master.
  • 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.
  • LIS5511 Management of Information Collections (3)
    This course covers the principles of collection development and intelligence gathering, including selection, acquisition, distribution, circulation, preservation, and de-selection of information resources in academic, public, and special library environments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LIS5576 Information Needs of Adults (3)
    Selection criteria, aids in selection and evaluation of materials relative to adult needs, publishing and production trends. Emphasis is on contemporary print and non-print materials for public library collections.
  • LIS5590 Museum Informatics (3)
    Provides an introduction to the study of how technical innovations influence the social world of museums by exploring the nature of information technology in museums and the way modern information systems have shaped the museum environment.
  • LIS5602 Marketing of Library and Information Services (3)
    The course covers concepts, techniques, and illustrations needed to develop first-rate nonprofit marketing skills for libraries and information services. These skills facilitate cost-effective and customer-centered strategic planning.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LIS5736 Indexing and Abstracting (3)
    This course takes a practical approach to indexing and abstracting, covering manual and automatic processes and methods, as well as database organization and design. Emphasis is on indexing and abstracting in an online environment with attention to production rules, standards, markup languages, and file organization.
  • LIS5751 Computers as Persuasive Tech (3)
    This course explores the design and use of digital technologies for the purpose of influencing individuals' attitudes or behaviors in a number of contexts (i.e., e-commerce, social marketing, education, health, etc.). Computers as persuasive technology or "captology" is an interdisciplinary field that draws on theories and methods of psychology, human behavior studies, communication and human-computer interaction to inform the design of persuasive experiences delivered through interactive and computational technologies.
  • LIS5775 Information Security (3)
    This course is an introduction to the concepts and issues associated with digital computer and network security and the skills necessary to assess and improve the security of servers, desktop systems, and digital networks. This includes information on security policy and legal issues.
  • LIS5782 Database Management Systems (3)
    Examines the basic principles, elements and concepts of design, implementation and utilization of database management systems. Within database management systems, treats various models of data and databases. Also considers the administrative tasks associated in the database management environment.
  • LIS5788 Management of Health Information Technology (3)
    This is an introductory course in management of Health Information Technology (HIT) within a variety of organizational contexts. It is designed to develop a conceptual framework for intergrating fundamental HIT management concepts, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management process that relates to health related organizations.

Summer 2016 Course Offerings

  • LIS5025 Educational Concentration & Strategy for School Librarians (3)
    This course will introduce future school librarians to the educational concepts and strategies necessary to function successfully in schools. It will examine basic language and concepts of human growth and development, teaching and learning, classroom management, individual differences, standards and observations, as well as contemporary issues related to the field. Relationships with other members of the learning community will be examined.
  • 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.
  • LIS5255 IT and Older Adults (3)
    This course examines the information and technology needs, uses, and seeking of older adults, with attention to aging in society, successful longevity, lifelong learning, health information, information service provision and evaluation, technology and interface design, technology affordances, and information use environments of older adults.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LIS5418 Introduction to Health Informatics (3)
    This survey course evaluates medical informatics from a stakeholder perspective. Beginning with a brief overview of the US health care system, the focus then shifts to understanding to what extent health information needs are met using technology for users such as providers of health care services, clinician educators, consumers, and caregivers.
  • 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.
  • LIS5489 Network Administration (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5484.
    This course introduces students to the design, operation, and management of networked systems from local area networks (LANs) to the Internet. Includes communications concepts, technical, and application issues with a focus on managing a network.
  • 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).
  • LIS5567 International Literature for Children and Young Adults (3)
    This course provides graduate students an opportunity to read and evaluate literature for children and young adults from an international perspective, that is, literature originating in a nation other than the United States.
  • 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)
    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.
  • LIS5916 Managing Innovation and Change (3)
    The course is designed for advanced undergraduate students and masters students who wish to develop skills needed to manage both strategic and tactical innovations in information-based organizations. The management of technological innovations and the resulting changes to organizational operations is a key component of successful organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Therefore, a distinct focus will be on understanding the tools and techniques for analyzing and managing information-based innovations and change in contemporary organizations.
  • RED5337 Supervision and Instruction in Secondary School Reading (3)
    Application of the reading process to the secondary school curriculum. Diagnostic procedures and instructional strategies useful in developing school reading programs.


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