In Fall 2018, the Department of Library and Information Science launched fully online classes, phasing in two online and weekend classes (OWL) classes each term over the next several terms until all OWL classes will be replaced by online courses. Only the OWL classes will convert, and we will continue to hold face-to-face classes both on campus and at the Library of Congress. All enrolled students may opt to enroll in any online class offered and all current OWL students may opt to enroll in any face-to-face class offered.

With the new online curriculum, School Library Media (SLM) students can complete their degree by taking all online courses. Other students may also complete their degree requirements by taking all online courses based on this sequence. Meanwhile, students can take a practicum in DC areas or any areas of their selection. A comprehensive exam is required and taken during the last semester or after the last semester as a graduation requirement.

The updated two-year plan reflects the new plan.

Course sequence

The online curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills that are valuable to any information intensive environments, including academic, corporate, public, special libraries and other information centers.

  • 1st Fall

    LSC551: Organization of Information

    LSC557: The Information Professions in Society

  • 1st Spring

    LSC553: Information Sources and Services

    LSC555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers

  • 1st Summer

    LSC641: Collection Development and Management

    LSC654: Database Management

    LSC848: Media for Children

  • 2nd Fall

    LSC606: Cataloging and Classification

    LSC635: Human Information Behavior

    LSC731: Media Integration in the Curriculum

  • 2nd Spring

    LSC650: Information Architecture and Web Design

    LSC675: Research Methods in Library and Information Science

    LSC872: Administration of School Library Media Programs

    LSC695B: SLM practicum

  • 2nd Summer

    LSC672: Management

    LSC772: Marketing Libraries and Information Services

    LSC752: Design and Production of Multimedia

    LSC849: Media for Young Adults


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Online and Weekend Learning Program

The Online and Weekend Learning Program combines synchronous and asynchronous online instruction with monthly Saturday face-to-face classes.

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