Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science Master’s ProgramThe Library and Information Science (LIS) Program contributes to the essential knowledge, skills, and values of librarianship and the information professions through research, education, and outreach.

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.

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Please contact Dr. Denice Adkins, Program Chair, for more information.


Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: To offer students a strong foundation in fundamental library and information science principles and competences.

  • Objective 1: Students apply knowledge of the foundations of the profession, including its history, ethical issues, values, and foundational principles of librarianship.
  • Objective 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.
  • Objective 3: Students apply, assess, and evaluate information technology and systems, including emerging technologies, as they affect the delivery of information.
  • Objective 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.

  • Objective 5: Students recognize and respond to diverse information needs and user groups and serve as advocates for lifelong learning.
  • Objective 6: Students apply management principles and cross-disciplinary perspectives to inform best practices in library and information agencies.

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

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