Library

Librarians perform a wide range of functions in many different types of organizations. While some students develop a strong interest in a specific career specialty, others prefer a more general educational preparation that will provide them with greater flexibility to pursue a variety of options. The Generalist Course of Study guides those students in the selection of a balanced program in the six competency areas defined by the faculty: Professional Identity, Management, Resources, Services, Information Organization, and Technology (see The Professional Competencies for Graduates of the Masters in Library Science Degree Program).

Curriculum

LIS Core Courses (12 credits):

  • LSC 551 Organization of Information
  • LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555 Information Systems in Library and Information Centers
  • LSC 557 The Information Professions in Society

Highly recommended courses for Generalist course of study:

  • LSC 606 Cataloging & Classification
  • LSC 612 Foundations of Digital Libraries
  • LSC 615 Metadata
  • LSC 635 Human Information Behavior
  • LSC 641 Collection Development and Management
  • LSC 650 Information Architecture and Web Design
  • LSC 654 Database Management
  • LSC 672 Management
  • LSC 695A Practicum
  • LSC 675 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
Alternate recommended elective courses:
  • LSC 616 Knowledge Organization Systems
  • LSC 633 Information Retrieval and Analysis
  • LSC 644 Information Literacy Instruction
  • LSC 756 Systems Analysis and Evaluation
  • LSC 881 The College and University Library
  • LSC 887 Institute on Federal Library Resources
  • LSC 888 The Special Library/Information Center
  • LSC 889 The Public Library

Generalist course of study checklist (.docx)

Courses mapped to Professional Competency Areas

Information Organization Resources
/Services
Information Technology Professional Identity
/Management
Required Courses 551 553 555 557
Highly Recommended Courses 606

612
635

641


650 or 654
672

745
Electives 616 633

644
756 No more than one of:

881

887

888

889

*695A, Practicum, is highly recommended for students without prior library and information services experience, and for those who wish to gain first-hand experience in a type of library that they are not familiar with. The practicum can be related to any of the competencies. 

**It is recommended that no more than two may be substituted for highly recommended courses.

Relevant professional associations

Page updated September 2018