Our Program offers the only Master’s Degree in the state of Missouri that is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). The 39-credit hour program of study (42 credit hours for students admitted before Fall 2014) involves online (asynchronous and synchronous), face-to-face and hybrid course formats to provide students with the broadest and most instructionally appropriate class opportunities.

ALA accredited

Contact Dr. Denice Adkins program chair, for more information.

Degrees

Library & Information Science Program Mission

The LIS Program contributes to the essential knowledge, skills, and values of librarianship and the information professions through research, education, and outreach.

Instructional Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: To offer students a strong foundation in fundamental LIS principles and competencies
Objectives

  • Student Learning Outcome 1: Students apply knowledge of the foundations of the profession, including its history, ethical issues, values, and foundational principles of librarianship.
  • Student Learning Outcome 2: Students manage the life cycle of informational resources, including information acquisition, management, dissemination, organization, and preservation, in a variety of settings relevant to the work of information professionals.
  • Student Learning Outcome 3: Students apply, assess, and evaluate information technology and systems.
  • Student Learning Outcome 4: Students prepare and effectively communicate information to users.

Goal 2: To promote a recognition of the interdisciplinary, service-based, and user-focused nature of the profession
Objectives

  • Student Learning Outcome 5: Students recognize diverse information needs of user groups and communities, proactively address those needs, and advocate for lifelong learning.
  • Student Learning Outcome 6: Students apply management principles and other cross-disciplinary perspectives to develop best practices in library and information agency environments.

Goal 3: To provide students with the evaluative and analytical skills to respond flexibly and adaptably to future changes and challenges
Objectives

  • Student Learning Outcome 7: Students conduct, critically evaluate, and strategically apply research to libraries, information agencies, and communities.
  • Student Learning Outcome 8: Students recognize the need for additional competencies in specialized areas and relevant standards from the applicable associations or accrediting bodies.

Program policies

LIS Advisory Council

The LIS Advisory Council is made up of practicing librarians from across Missouri and Nebraska. The purpose of the council is two-fold. First, they advise the LIS faculty regarding curriculum needs and library hiring trends, providing guidance and correction when necessary. Second, they serve as spokespersons for the LIS program in Missouri and Nebraska, helping others to understand the program and what its strengths are.

The Advisory Council currently has ten voting members, made up of representatives from school, public, and academic libraries. *The Missouri State Librarian serves as an ex-officio member.

  • Mariann Amass, Librarian, Waynesville Middle School, Waynesville, MO
  • Angela Bruno, Librarian, Carman Trails Elementary School, St. Louis Metro
  • Melissa Carr, Director, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia MO
  • Jacque Gage, Director, Joplin Public Library, Joplin, MO
  • Joyce Neujahr, Director of Patron Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha – Criss Library
  • Jerome Offord, Dean of Library Services and University Archives, Lincoln University
  • Steven Potter, Library Director and CEO, Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO
  • Barbara Reading, State Librarian, Missouri State Library
  • Dr. Stephanie Tolson, Dean of Learning Resources and Academic Support, St. Charles Community College