Library and Information Science Program 

 

 

The Library and Information Science Program in the Information Studies builds and offers courses in both theoretical foundations and practical application of various subjects in Library and Information Science, which includes the essential theories, research and foundations of library and information science, management and organization of library and information services, organization of information, information sources and media, information literacy, information services, information technology for Library and Information Services, plus other LIS related topics.

 

The Library and Information Science Program in the Information Studies builds and offers courses in both theoretical foundations and practical application of various subjects in Library and Information Science, which includes the essential theories, research and foundations of library and information science, management and organization of library and information services, organization of information, information sources and media, information literacy, information services, information technology for Library and Information Services, plus other LIS related topics.

 

Department Program Goals

 

  1. Recruit and retain a diverse student body by maintaining a flexible and supportive learning environment.
  2. Graduate information professionals who demonstrate leadership in LIS services, especially in urban and multicultural communities.
  3. Advance and contribute to the field of LIS through research, consulting, and continuing education efforts of students, graduates, and faculty.

 

Library and Information Science Program Objectives

 

Manage recordable information and knowledge.

  • Describe the social, political, ethical, cultural, economic and legal aspects of information creation, access, and use.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to sustain the cycle of recordable information and knowledge in society.

 Provide information and instructional services to address the diverse needs of users.

  • Assess user information needs in order to determine what is needed to improve service for constituents.
  • Develop and implement information and instructional services to address specific needs.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the provision of information and instructional services.

 Integrate and use current research to advance the LIS professions.

  • Leverage the evolving body of knowledge from relevant fields to guide decisions and practices.
  • Conduct original research that advances the field’s knowledgebase and candidate’s professional knowledge.

 Employ information technologies to enhance services.

  • Evaluate situations to determine the best technical solution.
  • Effectively utilize technology to add value to the field.
  • Assess how changing technologies impact the field.

 Provide specialized LIS services.

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform within his/her specific specialization.

 

The Library and Information Science Program has several options:

  • Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization (MSLIS)
  • Non-Degree Endorsement in School Library Media for Certified Teachers
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Archives and Records Management

 

The Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) prepares professionals to design and manage library and information services in a variety of settings. The program is designed to reflect an urban focus with the following specializations:

  1. School Libraries
  2. Archives and Record Management
  3. Academic Libraries
  4. Public Libraries 

 Chicago State University's Library and Information Science program has been granted candidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Candidacy status is an indication that the Department of Information Studies' Library and Information Science program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kimberly Black, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies

9501 South King Drive

Education Building, Room 208

Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Phone: 773.995.2598

Fax: 773.821.2441

Email: kblack21@csu.edu