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The purpose of the Master of Library and Information Studies is to prepare students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to become highly proficient librarians, media specialists, and information authorities. Students are advised through a 30-credit-hour plan of study completed with an advisor and filed with the program director in the semester when 12th credit hour is completed. Coursework may focus on a type of library: academic, public, or special or an area of library and information work such as youth services or evaluation & assessment. Coursework for the MLIS is offered asynchronously and online with two face to face requirements: attendance at the Summer Institute held on campus in Norfolk, VA and at a professional conference. Coursework is project-based and students are expected to spend time in a library for most courses. All students complete an internship.
Equips students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions they will need for careers in a complex information and technology-based society.
Engages students with their communities by providing project-based learning and internships in real-world settings.
Focuses on the preparation of culturally responsive librarians who can provide resources and services for increasingly diverse communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.
Connects students to library and information professions.
The Master of Library and Information Studies Program at Old Dominion University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Initial accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Fall 2028.
Learn more about the Master of Library and Information Studies program by visiting: Library & Information Studies at ODU
This course provides social, cultural, and historical perspectives on libraries and librarianship. The purpose, functions, and processes of information and library science are explored. Current types of libraries and information agencies are explored including certification and licensure for various specialties. Legal, ethical, advocacy, and economic policies, trends, and positions are addressed.
This course will introduce students to theoretical and applied research design, methodologies, and evaluation of research in library and information science |LIS). The course will include a review of existing research, allowing students to evaluate and assess the potential value of literature and research findings through critical analysis. Basic qualitative and quantitative research protocols will be learned through this class.
This course provides thought-provoking background and practical suggestions for engaging with a diverse population. Participants explore their own assumptions about race, class, and culture and learn strategies for creating environments and an open dialog that are culturally inviting to all.
Students entering the MLIS program in Library and Information Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Applicants may hold a bachelor's degree in any field. Applicants to the School Library Concentration must have a teaching license. Students interested in school library licensure who do not have a teaching license may be advised into additional coursework and testing.
A 500-word essay addressing how this degree will forward your pursuit of lifelong learning.
Application to Graduate School
If the applicant's primary language is not English, submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that meets the University's current standard.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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