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Master of Arts in Library and Information Science

Academic, Public, Special, and School Library

The School of Information offers an American Library Association Accredited degree program that includes the competencies and skills which are essential for a library and information science professional to perform at a high level of proficiency. Students complete a set of six required core courses as the foundation to the degree and can choose a path through additional electives in alignment with their professional goals and interests.

Note: If you choose the path to specialize in becoming a School Librarian (Educational Media Specialist) please note that certification is granted by the Florida Department of Education. All candidates for Educational Media certification are required to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examination in School Media. For more details about the School Library path, go to http://si.usf.edu/graduate/programs/media/

About the program

Students seeking a MLIS degree must complete 39 semester hours of coursework during which they must maintain an average of "B" or better and no more than two grades of "C" will be accepted. The MLIS degree may be obtained fully "on-line." The School offers most of its courses either fully on-line, blended (with a few face-to-face meetings), and a few fully face-to-face courses.

To receive MLS degree, the student must complete the following 39 hour master's degree program:

  • LIS 5020 (formerly LIS 5404) Foundations of Library and Information Science or LIS 6260 Information Science in Librarianship
  • LIS 6271 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
  • LIS 6409 Introduction to Library Administration
  • LIS 6511 Collection Development and Maintenance
  • LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services
  • LIS 6711 Organization of Knowledge I or LIS 6735 Technical Services in Libraries
  • Elective courses totaling 21 credit hours. These courses must be approved by the student's advisor. Some electives for the School Library (Educational Media Specialist Track are required and prescribed by the department. Go to http://si.usf.edu/graduate/programs/media/ for more information or contact your advisor.

Fieldwork Information

"Supervised Fieldwork" in the Library and Information Science program requires 120 hours on-site under the guidance of a supervisor who is a recognized information professional. LIS 6946 Supervised Fieldwork (3 CR) is a 3 credit graduate course. For information about fieldwork, contact Maria Treadwell, Fieldwork Coordinator, mtreadwe@usf.edu.

Need more information? Please contact the School of Information at email: si@usf.edu or phone/voice: (813) 974-3520. Note: Current LIS students should contact their assigned SI advisor.

 


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symbol for new informationMaster of Science in Information Studies (MSIS)
with a focus on Strategy & Information Analytics

The Master of Science degree in Information Studies with a focus on Strategy & Information Analytics is an applied graduate degree program to train a “next generation” of information and intelligence professionals for the private and public sectors. The MS program is built around an innovative STEM-based model for professional analytic education. The curriculum will focus primarily on developing analytic competencies, and subsequently allow students to focus on specialized subject-matter areas.

The principal aim is to train problem-solvers who understand strategic concepts and analytic methodologies and can apply that knowledge to advance an organization’s interests and objectives. Graduates should be capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; expressing clearly reasoned opinions; and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display. That is, they will know how to use information and apply knowledge to make organizations better. For more information about this program go to: http://rborum.wix.com/sia-1

Program Requirements

The MS in Information Studies with a focus on Strategy & Information Analytics will require 36 Semester Credit Hours of graduate instruction, comprising a total of 10 graduate courses/seminars, an applied internship, and a competency-based capstone project portfolio. Six required core courses (3 cr. each), each correspond to one of the program’s five core knowledge areas: analytic strategy, analytic methods, applied informatics, project management, and analytic communication There will be two optional specialty tracks:

o Strategic Intelligence (The specific form of analysis which is required for the formulation of policy and plans at agency, corporate, national or international levels)

o Cyber Intelligence (The acquisition and analysis of information to identify, track, and predict cyber capabilities, intentions, and activities that offer courses of action to enhance decision making)

There are six required core courses, which correspond to the program’s five core knowledge areas. Those core areas are: analytic strategy, analytic methods, applied informatics, project management, and analytic communication. The six required courses are each three (3) credit hours.

LIS 5937 Information, Strategy, and Decision Making
LIS 5937 Information Analytics
LIS 5937 Advanced Information Retrieval
LIS 6260 Information Science Foundations
LIS 5937 Project Management
ENC 6261 Professional and Technical Communication for Analysts

There is one elective designated for analytic methods. The final two curriculum requirements for the M.S. in Information Studies are each offered at three (3) credit hours.

• Experiential Learning (Internship or Equivalent)

• Capstone (Integrated Portfolio of Competencies)

The six required courses, one Methods area elective, and two other course-equivalent projects total 9 courses/equivalent. Students not pursuing one of the two specialty concentrations may choose their final three-credit elective in consultation with the program advisor.

Students in the Strategic Intelligence concentration must also take Intelligence: Core Concepts, and have Structured Analytic Techniques and Methods as their elective in the Analytic Methods area.

Students in the Cyber Intelligence concentration must also take Intelligence: Core Concepts, Cyber Intelligence, and Advanced Cyber Intelligence (which they can potentially substitute for LIS 5937 Advanced Information Retrieval) and have Structured Analytic Techniques and Methods as their elective in the Analytic Methods area.

For more information, contact Dr. Randy Borum: borum@usf.edu