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School of Library and
Information Science
2003-2005
Academic Bulletin

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Course Requirements

Master of Library Science (M.L.S.)
Master of Information Science (M.I.S.)
Joint Programs
Certifications
Specialist in Library and Information Science
Ph.D. in Information Science
General Information

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M.L.S. Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Library Science degree must complete 36 semester credit hours of graduate course work, all of which must be taken in the IU School of Library and Information Science. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from another ALA-accredited master's degree program may, with the permission of the dean, be applied to the M.L.S. degree. The transferred courses must have a grade of B or higher and must be taken within the five-year time frame allowed for completion of the degree. Only within recognized joint programs, as outlined in this bulletin, may other non-SLIS courses be applied toward the M.L.S. degree.

M.L.S. Foundation Requirements
(15 credit hours). Choose one course from each area:

  • Assist and Educate Users of Libraries and Information Centers
    L524 Information Sources and Services
  • Develop and Manage Library Collections
    L528 Collection Development and Management
  • Organize and Represent Information Resources
    L505/L525 Organization and Representation of Knowledge and Information
    L520 Bibliographic Access and Control
  • Apply Management and Leadership Skills
    L527 Management of Libraries and Information Centers
    L550 Issues in the Management of Library Services and Programs
    L553 The School Media Specialist
    L587 Rare Book Libraries and Librarianship
  • Conduct and Analyze Research
    L509 Introduction to Research and Statistics
    L643 Evaluation of Information Systems
    L651 Evaluation of Library Sources and Services
M.L.S. Elective Courses
(21 credit hours). In addition to the 15 credit hours of M.L.S. foundation courses, students must complete a minimum of 21 hours of elective courses to complete the 36 hours required for the M.L.S. degree. Any SLIS course can be taken as an elective. Students should consult with their faculty advisors about course selection, and care must be taken to ensure that prerequisites have been satisfied before registering for any course. No more than 6 credit hours may be applied to the degree from the workshop courses under the L595 number. M.L.S. students may complete an internship (L596) for up to 3 credit hours.

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M.I.S. Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Information Science degree must complete 42 credit hours of graduate course work; at least 36 credit hours must be taken in the IU School of Library and Information Science. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from outside the IU School of Library and Information Science may, in certain circumstances and with the permission of the dean, be applied to the M.I.S. degree. These 6 credit hours may be taken in other schools and departments of Indiana University or in another appropriately accredited collegiate institution. Outside courses are warranted only when they are more relevant to students' career objectives and will contribute more to the enrichment of their programs than would additional SLIS courses. Ordinarily, permission for such outside course work must be obtained before enrolling in the course. The course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, must not be applied to another degree (except in the case of a recognized dual-degree program), and must be taken within the five-year time frame allowed for completion of the degree.

M.I.S. Foundation Requirements
(12 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Information Science (3 cr.)
    Must be taken within the first 9 credit hours.
    L501 Introduction to Information Science
Choose one course from each cross-cutting area:
  • Information Technology Systems Analysis and Development
    (3 credit hours)
    L546 User-Centered Database Design
    L577 Design of Information Systems
  • Social Analysis and Management
    (3 credit hours)
    L547 Organizational Informatics
    L564 Computerization and Society
  • Research Methods
    (3 credit hours)
    L509 Introduction to Research and Statistics
    L643 Evaluation of Information Systems
M.I.S. Specialization Area Course
(3 credit hours). Specialization courses are designed to help students develop a career path. Elective courses will fill out a specialization track with great flexibility. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to help with course and career decisions. Select one course:
  • Information Architecture and Design
    L540 Foundations of Information Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Communication
    L542 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
  • Strategic Information Management and Leadership
    L574 Communication in Electronic Environments
  • Information Retrieval Systems Design
    L548 Computer Programming for Information Management
M.I.S. Elective Courses
(27 credit hours). In addition to the 12 credit hours of M.I.S. foundation courses, and the 3 credit hour specialization area course, students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of elective courses to complete the 42 credit hours required for the M.I.S. degree. Any SLIS course may be taken as an elective. Students should consult with their faculty advisors about course selection, and care must be taken to ensure that prerequisites have been satisfied before registering for any course. No more than 6 credit hours may be applied to the degree from the workshop courses under the L595 number. M.I.S. students may complete internships (L596) for up to 6 credit hours.

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Joint Programs

In addition to the SLIS M.I.S./M.L.S. dual-degree program, SLIS offers other joint program options. Students may pursue formal specializations within their master's degrees. Initial application for specializations is made through SLIS. Dual master's degree programs are also available with other units. Admissions to a dual-degree program requires separate admission to both SLIS and to the department or school responsible for the other degree. Both degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Specializations within Master's Degrees
African Studies Librarianship Specialization and M.L.S.
Chemical Information Specialization and M.I.S.
Chemical Information Specialization and M.L.S.
Library Technology Management Specialization and M.L.S.
Music Librarianship Specialization and M.L.S.
Special Collections Specialization and M.L.S.

Dual Master's Degree Programs
SLIS M.I.S./M.L.S. dual degree
African American and African Diaspora Studies (M.A.) and M.L.S.
Art History (M.A.) and M.L.S.
Comparative Literature (M.A.) and M.L.S.
English (M.A.) and Master of Library Science
Folklore and Ethnomusicology (M.A.) and M.I.S.
Folklore and Ethnomusicology (M.A.) and M.L.S.
History (M.A.) and M.L.S.
History and Philosophy of Science (M.A.) and M.L.S.
Journalism (M.A.) and M.L.S.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (M.A.) and M.L.S.
Law (J.D.) and M.L.S.
Musicology or Music Theory (M.A.) and M.L.S.
Russian and East European Studies (M.A.) and M.I.S.
Russian and East European Studies (M.A.) and M.L.S.
SPEA (M.P.A.—Public Affairs) and M.I.S.
SPEA (M.P.A.—Public Affairs) and M.L.S.

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Specializations within master's degrees:

African Studies Librarianship Specialization and Master of Library Science

Candidates in this 45 credit hour joint program receive the M.L.S. degree and a certificate indicating the specialization. Applicants must be accepted to the M.L.S. degree program before being considered for the area studies specialization. To obtain the specialization, students must successfully complete the following 27 credit hours of SLIS courses: M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours), and SLIS electives (12 credit hours), to be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor and the IU Libraries African Studies area specialist.

A total of 18 credit hours from African studies must include: G732 Bibliography of Sub-Saharan Africa (3 cr.), E431 and E432 History of Africa I-II (3-3 cr.), Y338 African politics (3 cr.), E310 Introduction to the Cultures of Africa (3 cr.), and at least 3 credit hours of electives to be chosen in consultation with the African Studies area specialist in the IU Libraries. The courses from African Studies must be taken for graduate credit. If the applicant's background already contains course work that is judged to cover any or all of the required areas listed above, suitable electives chosen in consultation with the African Studies area specialist may be substituted.

Interested applicants may apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships through the African Studies Program, Indiana University, Woodburn Hall 221, Bloomington, IN 47405-6000, (812) 855-6825. Students in this specialization also may be eligible for internship opportunities in the IU Libraries.

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Chemical Information Specialization and Master of Information Science

Candidates in this 42 credit hour joint program receive the M.I.S. degree and a certificate indicating the specialization. They must meet M.I.S. Foundation and Specialization course requirements (15 credit hours) and include in their elective courses L570, L624, and additional courses to total at least 36 credit hours. The Department of Chemistry requires CHEM C471 and C472. Additional courses are to be chosen in consultation with advisers in SLIS and the Department of Chemistry to bring the total graduate credit hours to 42 for the M.I.S. Candidates for this specialization must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

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Chemical Information Specialization and Master of Library Science

Candidates in this 36 credit hour joint program receive the M.L.S. degree and a certificate indicating the specialization. They must complete the M.L.S. Foundation courses, and include in their elective courses L570, L624, and additional SLIS courses to total at least 30 hours. The Department of Chemistry requires CHEM C471 and C472. Additional courses are to be chosen in consultation with advisors in SLIS and the Department of Chemistry to bring the total graduate credit hours to 36 for the M.L.S. Candidates for this specialization must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

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Library Technology Management Specialization and Master of Library Science

This 45 credit hour specialization requires the following courses: M.L.S Foundation (15 credit hours) including L524; L528; L505 or L525; L527/L550/L553 or L587; and L509/L643 or L651. A Specialization Core (9 credit hours) is required: L520, L526, and L570. Specialization electives (15 credit hours) within the following technology application courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor: L545, L546, L552, L566, L571, up to 6 credit hours of L595, L697, or up to 6 credit hours of outside courses (with approval). General SLIS electives (6 credit hours) complete the Specialization. Internships for 3-6 credit hours are available for general SLIS elective L596 credit.

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Music Librarianship Specialization and Master of Library Science

This program is intended primarily for students who do not wish to obtain a master's degree in music from IU. (Candidates are advised that a master's degree in music in addition to an M.L.S. is usually required for positions in music research libraries, especially at institutions offering advanced degrees in music.) The program combines the instructional and professional training resources of the School of Library and Information Science and the Music Library. Applicants are expected to hold at least a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited four-year collegiate institution. Admission to the specialization is a joint decision by SLIS and the admissions committee for the specialization (made up of IU music librarians). It is possible to be admitted to the M.L.S. degree program and not be accepted to the music specialization. To obtain the specialization in music, students must successfully complete the following courses within the 36 credit hour M.L.S. degree program.

  1. MUS M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (3 cr.)
  2. SLIS L596 Internship in Library and Information Science (6 cr.) (P: M539 and L520). Of those 6 credits, 3 credits will normally be in music cataloging; the other 3 credits may also be in music cataloging or in music collection development, reference, or technology.
  3. SLIS L631 Seminar in Music Librarianship (3 cr.) (P: M539, P or C: L520 or consent of instructor.) Topics include music library administration, circulation, collection development, facilities and design, recording collections, reference, and technology; music printing and publishing.
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Dual master's degree programs:

SLIS Master of Information Science (M.I.S.) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.)

The SLIS dual M.I.S./M.L.S. master's degrees can be completed with 60 credit hours of course work rather than the 78 credit hours required if the degrees were undertaken separately. In addition to the standard L401 requirement, students must complete the following according to the guidelines under the individual degrees:

M.I.S. Foundation Courses (12 credit hours)
M.I.S. Specialization Area Course (3 credit hours)
M.L.S. Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)
Electives (30 credit hours—Note that 6 credit hours of electives may be taken outside of SLIS with approval.)

The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously. Students admitted to one degree program may petition in writing for admittance to the second master's degree program. The petition is an update to the original personal goals statement, and should describe academic and career objectives.

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African American and African Diaspora Studies (M.A.) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.)

The dual M.A./M.L.S. program requires completion of a minimum of 58 credit hours of graduate course work. (The degrees, if completed separately, would require 68 credit hours.) Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and meet the admissions criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded at the same time.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science are as follows:

  1. Completion of the M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 cr.)
  2. Either SLIS L623 Information in the Humanities or SLIS L625 Information in the Social Sciences (3 cr.)
  3. SLIS elective courses (12 cr.) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
A minimum of 28 credit hours is required in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies for the Master of Arts degree. For specific requirements, see the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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Art History (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

This program is designed to prepare students for professional library and information specialist positions in fine arts and related libraries and information centers. The program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of graduate course work including a comprehensive set of required courses and overlapping electives. Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Fine Arts/History of Art and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): L596, L623, and L630.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.) chosen from among L570, L571, L576 or L583 to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
At least 30 credit hours in the School of Fine Arts are required. Course work must include A500, A575, and no fewer than two seminars in two areas. Also required are four lecture courses at the 400 and 500 levels, at least two of which must be in Western art. See specific requirements under "Art History" in the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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Comparative Literature (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

This program prepares candidates for positions in academic, research, and other libraries with a humanities orientation. The total program consists of at least 50 graduate credit hours. Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Comparative Literature and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. At least 15 credit hours of SLIS elective courses appropriate to the student's background and interests to bring the total of SLIS credit hours to 30.
At least 20 graduate credit hours are required in comparative literature course work. The Department of Comparative Literature requires certification in at least two foreign languages, which does not count toward the 20 credit hour total required for the degree. Emphasis in the course work may be in Western literatures, East-West relations studies, Third World literatures, film studies, or studies of the interrelations of the arts (literature, music, the visual arts). For specific requirements see the entry for the Department of Comparative Literature in the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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English (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 54 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately. Admission to each of the two master's programs is approved separately on the same basis as for applicants not in the dual program. The Department of English requires an English undergraduate major or its equivalent, and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), both General Test and Subject Test in English Literature. A superior student who has not majored in English may be admitted conditionally, but must remove deficiencies without graduate credit.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S Foundation courses (15 credit hours);
  2. SLIS L623 Information in the Humanities (3 credit hours); and
  3. SLIS elective courses (12 credit hours) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
A minimum of 24 credit hours is required in the Department of English. All students must fulfill the core requirements as outlined in the English Department's Master of Arts with Concentration in Literature or Special Field Master of Arts degree requirements. No thesis or examination is required for the M.A. in English. The M.A. in English does require reading proficiency in one of the following languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish.

Both degrees must be awarded simultaneously to receive the benefit of the overlapping electives. Consult the University Graduate School Bulletin for additional details on the M.A. in English.

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Folklore and Ethnomusicology (Master of Arts) and Master of Information Science

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 57 credit hours rather than the 72 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately. Students take at least 36 graduate credit hours in information science, and at least 21 credit hours in folklore and ethnomusicology. To graduate under the dual-degree option, the two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

  • Master of Information Science (36 credit hours): 15 credit hours of required Foundation/Specialization courses, 21 credit hours of SLIS elective courses.
  • Master of Arts in Folklore and Ethnomusicology (21 credit hours): consult the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.
Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Admissions criteria established for each program must be met. For specific M.A. requirements, see the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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Folklore and Ethnomusicology (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 51 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately. Students take at least 30 graduate credit hours in library and information science, and at least 21 credit hours in folklore and ethnomusicology. To graduate under the dual-degree option, the two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

  • Master of Library Science (30 credit hours): 15 credit hours of required Foundation courses, plus 15 credit hours of SLIS elective courses.
  • Master of Arts in Folklore and Ethnomusicology (21 credit): Consult the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.
Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Admissions criteria established for each program must be met. For specific M.A. requirements, see the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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History (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

Interest in public history, genealogy, historic preservation, and archives and museum administration creates a demand for professionals with expertise in both historical research and information management. The dual M.L.S./M.A. in history program requires completion of a minimum of 50 credit hours of graduate course work. Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of History and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): L516, L586 or History H547 [Archives], L596, and L625.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
A minimum of 20 credit hours is required in the Department of History for the Master of Arts degree. For specific requirements, see the entry for the Department of History in the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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History and Philosophy of Science (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

This program meets the growing demand for information professionals with a scientific academic specialty and prepares students for a variety of positions in library, research, and archival settings. The program consists of a total of approximately 51 credit hours for both degrees. Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): L586, L596, and L624.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
A minimum of 21 credit hours is required in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science for the Master of Arts degree. For specific requirements, see the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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Journalism (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

The dual M.L.S./M.A. in journalism program provides excellent preparation for professional library and information specialist positions in news media and in corporate, academic, and public libraries. The program consists of a total of approximately 51 credit hours for both degrees. Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Journalism and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): L570, L628, and at least one of the following: L623, L624, or L625.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
A minimum of 21 credit hours is required in journalism. For specific requirements contact the School of Journalism, and consult the University Graduate School Bulletin.

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Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

The School of Library and Information Science and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies jointly offer a three-year program that qualifies students for two master's degrees. Study for these two degrees in the dual program (M.A./M.L.S.) can be completed in a total of 51 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours that would otherwise be required to take the two degrees separately. In the dual degree, specific courses contribute to both degrees. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): L570, L596 (under the supervision of the Latin American bibliographer), and L620 (Topic: Latin American Bibliography).
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours to 30.
Students take 21 credit hours of advanced courses relating to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LTAM). The interdisciplinary seminar LTAM L501 (3 credits) must be taken, together with 18 credit hours in other LTAM courses or those Latin American and Caribbean Studies courses that are cross-listed with other departments. All other requirements for completion of the Latin American Studies M.A., including language proficiency and thesis or oral examination, remain as listed in the University Graduate School Bulletin.

Application for admission to the dual M.A./M.L.S. degree program must be made to the LTAM program and the University Graduate School for study toward the M.A. and to SLIS for study of the M.L.S. Students must be accepted by all three units in order to be admitted to the program.

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Law (Doctor of Jurisprudence) and Master of Library Science

The dual M.L.S./J.D. program is intended for students who want to enter law librarianship, in which the law degree is usually required for top positions, and for students who want to enter the legal profession with the training and ability to do their own legal bibliography and research. Students must be admitted to both the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Law. Simultaneous application to the two schools is strongly recommended. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (6 cr.): L530 and L628.
  3. SLIS elective courses (9 cr.), of which L570 and L608 are particularly appropriate, sufficient to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
A minimum of 77 credit hours is required from the School of Law. For specific requirements see the entry for the dual M.L.S./J.D. program in the School of Law Bulletin.

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Musicology or Music Theory (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

The dual-degree program combines an M.L.S. with an M.A. in musicology or an M.A. or M.M. in music theory. It combines the advantages of top-ranked graduate programs in library and information science and in music, and the librarians and professional staff of one of the country's largest music libraries. Through enrollment in these curricula, students may earn two master's degrees by a combination of work in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the School of Music amounting to approximately 60 credit hours (6 credits are shared between the two degrees). Applicants are expected to hold at least a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited four-year collegiate institution. For this program, students must apply for admission to both schools and the Music Librarianship Specialization and meet the admission criteria established for all three. (The admissions committee for the specialization consists of the IU music librarians.) Degrees from both schools must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. MUS M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (3 cr.).
  3. SLIS L596 Internship in Library and Information Science (6 cr.). 3 credits will normally be in music cataloging; the other 3 credits may also be in music cataloging or else in music collection development, reference, or technology (P: M539, L520).
  4. SLIS L631 Seminar in Music Librarianship (3 cr.) (P: M539, P or C: L520 or consent of instructor). Music library administration, circulation, collection development, facilities and design, recording collections, reference, and technology; music printing and publishing.
  5. SLIS elective courses sufficient to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
For the requirements for the M.A. in musicology or the M.A. or M.M. in music theory, see the School of Music Bulletin.

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Russian and East European Studies (Master of Arts) and Master of Information Science

Study for the two degrees can be combined for a total of 60 credit hours rather than the 72 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately.

Requirements for the Master of Information Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.I.S. Foundation, Cross-Cutting Areas, and Specialization Areas course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. SLIS electives (21 cr.), not including SLIS L596 and REEI R620, which are considered part of the Russian and East European Studies degree, chosen in consultation with the advisor, to bring the total of credit hours to 36.
Students take 24 credit hours in Russian and East European Studies, including R600, R601, R620, four area studies courses (one each from the social science group, the historical/geographical group, the sociocultural group, and the literature group), SLIS L596 (in an area pertinent to REEI), and complete all other requirements for the Russian and East European Studies M.A., including the language proficiency exam, M.A. essay, and oral defense.

Application for admission to the dual M.A./M.I.S. degree program must be made to the School of Library and Information Science for study toward the Master of Information Science and to the Russian and East European Institute for study toward the Master of Arts degree. Applicants must be accepted by both degree programs. The student must select an M.A. essay committee of three faculty members representing both REEI and the School of Library and Information Science. Both degrees will be awarded simultaneously. Consult the University Graduate School Bulletin for REEI details.

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Russian and East European Studies (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

Study for the two degrees can be combined for a total of 54 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. SLIS electives (15 cr.), not including SLIS L596 and REEI R620 (SLIS L610), which are considered part of the Russian and East European Studies degree, chosen in consultation with the advisor, to bring the total of credit hours to 30.
Students take 24 credit hours in Russian and East European Studies, including R600, R601, R620, four area studies courses (one each from the social science group, the historical/geographical group, the sociocultural group, and the literature group), SLIS L596 (in an area pertinent to REEI), and complete all other requirements for the Russian and East European Studies M.A., including the language proficiency exam, M.A. essay, and oral defense.

Application for admission to the dual M.A./M.L.S. degree program must be made to the School of Library and Information Science for study toward the Master of Library Science and to the Russian and East European Institute for study toward the Master of Arts degree. Applicants must be accepted by both degree programs. The student must select an M.A. essay committee of three faculty members representing both REEI and the School of Library and Information Science. Both degrees will be awarded simultaneously. Consult the University Graduate School Bulletin for REEI details.

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SPEA (Master of Public Affairs/Information Systems Management) and Master of Information Science

The dual M.I.S./M.P.A. program addresses the demand for information specialists with public management and problem-solving skills. The program requires completion of a minimum of 69 credit hours of graduate course work. Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Information Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.I.S. Foundation, Cross-Cutting Areas, and Specialization Areas course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. SLIS elective courses (18 cr.) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 33.
A minimum of 36 credit hours is required in SPEA. For specific requirements see the entry for the dual M.L.S./M.P.A. program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Graduate Programs Bulletin.

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SPEA (Master of Public Affairs/Information Systems Management) and Master of Library Science

The dual M.L.S./M.P.A. program addresses the demand for information specialists with public management and problem-solving skills. The program requires completion of a minimum of 66 credit hours of graduate course work. Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Library Science degree are as follows:

  1. Completion of SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements (15 credit hours).
  2. SLIS elective courses (15 cr.) to bring the total of SLIS credit hours completed to 30.
A minimum of 36 credit hours is required in SPEA. For specific requirements see the entry for the dual M.L.S./M.P.A. program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Graduate Programs Bulletin.

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Certifications

School Library/Media and Information Technology Certification
Public Library Certification

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School Library/Media and Information Technology Certification

Individuals who hold a valid teaching license may add the certification for Teacher of Library Media (K-12) with emphasis in school media information technology by successful completion of the following 27 credits with grades of B or higher. Students must meet the graduate admission requirements for the School of Library and Information Science. The SLIS director of library media education will be assigned to the student as an academic advisor. Courses successfully completed may also count toward the 36 credit Master of Library Science, accredited by the American Library Association. Students who want to complete the M.L.S. degree should be careful to follow the M.L.S. curriculum requirements. Check the SLIS Web site (www.slis.indiana.edu) for details.

From the School of Library and Information Science
Required courses (18 credit hours): SLIS L520, L524, L533, L551, L553, L596

In addition, SLIS courses in application of technology to instruction (9 credit hours) such as L526, L528, L535, L552, L554, L566, L570, L571, L620, or L595 workshops with topics such as Electronic Materials for Children, or Technology Rich Learning, Video Production, or Grant Writing.

Individuals who do not hold a valid teaching license may establish one in the area of Teacher of Library Media by completing the above 27 credits and 15 credits from the menu of education courses below. They must also pass the national teacher exams, including the specialization in school media, and successfully complete student teaching in school media, which includes 5 credits in a secondary school and 5 credits in an elementary school. These courses are offered through the School of Education.

One 3 credit hour course from: EDUC P510, P515, P516 or P540
One 3 credit hour course from: EDUC H504, H520 or H530
One 3 credit hour course from: EDUC J500, J630 or K505
One 3 credit hour course from: EDUC E535 or S503
One 3 credit hour course from: EDUC L517 or L545

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Public Library Certification

Public Library Certification Requirements

Students who desire certification for positions in Indiana public libraries must meet the requirements established by the State Library Certification Board. For complete information, contact the Indiana Library Certification Board, Indiana State Library, 140 N. Senate, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 1-800-451-6028.

The board lists two kinds of education in determining the grade of certificate granted:

Accredited library education is described as completion of graduate study in an accredited program and validated by a diploma. This level relates to the higher grades of certification: Librarian I, II, or III. Librarian I and II levels have experience as well as educational components. Librarian III is the minimum grade for heads of libraries serving populations of 10,001 to 25,000 and for comparable positions as determined by the library certification board. The Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University meets this requirement.

Approved library education is defined as elementary instruction in library science taken after completion of a prescribed period of undergraduate education. Approved library education requires specified amounts of study in library science and relates to the lower grades of Indiana library certificates. Two levels of approved education are recognized:

  • Intermediate library education requires a bachelor's degree and at least 15 credit hours of library science courses. This meets the requirements for Librarian IV, which is the minimum grade for heads of libraries serving populations of 5,001 to 10,000 and for comparable positions as determined by the library certification board. The following courses at Indiana University meet the intermediate library education requirement for Librarian IV: L520, L524, L527, L528, L533.
  • Minimum library education requires at least two years of undergraduate education and at least 9 credit hours of library science courses. This meets the Librarian V level, which is the minimum grade for heads of libraries serving populations of 5,000 or fewer and for comparable positions as required by the library certification board. The following courses at Indiana University meet the minimum library education requirement for Librarian V: L524, L527, L528.
Students wishing to meet Indiana public library certification requirements must meet all requirements for and be admitted to the M.L.S. degree program.

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Specialist in Library and Information Science

The candidate for the specialist degree must complete 30 credit hours of graduate course work, of which at least 15 must be taken from the SLIS curriculum. The additional 15 credit hours may be taken in another school or department of Indiana University. The student's program should be planned in consultation with the SLIS advisor to meet the student's academic and professional goals. Students must complete the degree requirements within a period of five years.

A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from another accredited university may, in certain limited circumstances and with the permission of the dean, be applied to the Specialist degree. Outside courses are warranted only when they are relevant to the student's career objectives. Ordinarily permission for such outside course work must be obtained before enrolling in the course. The course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, must not be applied to another degree, and must be taken within the five-year time frame allowed for completion of the degree.

A research project or thesis is not required, but students may receive up to 6 hours of credit by completing such work. An average grade of at least B (3.0) must be achieved in all graduate work taken.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Science

The SLIS doctoral program emphasizes a research orientation, focused on advancing and disseminating both basic and applied knowledge about the design, use, management, and evaluation of information systems in all segments of society. The interdisciplinary approach brings together perspectives from information science and the behavioral sciences with appropriate research methodologies. The Ph.D. program prepares the next generation of scholars in the field to conduct research of the highest quality. As a result, emphasis is placed on research experience, public discussion and dissemination of research findings, and the development of methodological skills and theoretical understanding.

SLIS Minor
The School of Library and Information Science offers an outside minor for doctoral students in other fields in accord with the regulations of the University Graduate School. Students usually complete a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit in fulfilling this option. Inquires should be addressed to the director of the SLIS doctoral program.

Ph.D. Program Requirements

Full instructions for the doctoral program are presented in the SLIS Doctoral Program Handbook. The following outline summarizes these requirements.

Course Credits
Program of Studies
Qualifying Examination
The Dissertation

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Course Credits

Each doctoral student at Indiana University is required to complete at least 90 credit hours of an advanced course of study. Up to 30 credit hours earned in a master's or specialist degree program may be transferred to the doctoral program, provided they meet time limit requirements and are relevant to the student's doctoral area of concentration. Of the 90 credit hours, 60 must be taken at the Bloomington or Indianapolis campus (or both) of Indiana University.

All course work, except dissertation credits, must be completed within seven years of matriculation. Students must select at least one minor subject area from those areas of graduate study outside of SLIS that have been approved by the University Graduate School. The determination of minimum requirements and examination procedures (if any) for the minor is entirely at the discretion of the minor department or program.

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Program of Studies

An advisory committee of at least three faculty members oversees the student's program of studies, annual progress reports (portfolio), and preparation for the qualifying examination. At least two members of the committee, including the chair, must be members of the University Graduate School faculty. Two advisory committee members must be from SLIS and one from the student's minor area.

Within the 90 credit hours of the program, the student must taken 13 credit hours of required SLIS research seminars, 9 credit hours of research skills and statistics (which may be from another IU department), at least 24 credit hours that represent a major area within information science, and 12 to 15 credit hours that represent an outside minor area. The dissertation normally equals 15 hours of deferred thesis credit.

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Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination provides students an opportunity to investigate an area in depth, to write a lengthy paper summarizing their findings, and to defend their work publicly before their peers and the full faculty. Upon passing the qualifying exam, the student is nominated to candidacy. Admission to candidacy will not be awarded, however, until all required course work has been completed and/or validated.

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The Dissertation

A research committee of at least four faculty members guides the student through the dissertation research, writing, and final oral defense. The committee members must all be University Graduate School faculty, with the chair and at least one other member being full members. Three research committee members must be from SLIS and one from the student's minor area.

After admission to candidacy, doctoral students must register for at least one credit hour each semester (excluding summer sessions) in order to maintain active student status. The dissertation must be completed and successfully defended within seven years of passing the oral qualifying examination.

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General Information

Grade Computation
Grade of Incomplete
Deferred Grade (R)
Computer Accounts
Placement
SLIS Alumni Association
Summer Sessions
Financial Aid
SLIS Financial Support for Doctoral Students

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Grade Computation

Instructors in the School of Library and Information Science use a grading system that includes plus and minus grades as well as straight letters. Numerical equivalents for these grades are as follows: A+ or A = 4.0; A- = 3.7; B+ = 3.3; B = 3.0; B- = 2.7; C+ = 2.3; C = 2.0; C- = 1.7; D+ = 1.3; D = 1.0; D- = 0.7; F = 0.0.

Letter grades have been defined as follows by student and faculty members of the Curriculum Steering Committee and have been approved by the faculty as an aid in evaluation of academic performance and to assist students by giving them an understanding of the grading standards of the School of Library and Information Science.

  • A (4.0) Outstanding achievement. Student performance demonstrates full command of the course materials and evinces a high level of originality and/or creativity that far surpasses course expectations.
  • A- (3.7) Excellent achievement. Student performance demonstrates thorough knowledge of the course materials and exceeds course expectations by completing all requirements in a superior manner.
  • B+ (3.3) Very good work. Student performance demonstrates above-average comprehension of the course materials and exceeds course expectations on all tasks as defined in the course syllabus.
  • B (3.0) Good work. Student performance meets designated course expectations, demonstrates understanding of the course materials, and performs at an acceptable level.
  • B- (2.7) Marginal work. Student performance demonstrates incomplete understanding of course materials.
  • C+ (2.3)
    C (2.0)
    Unsatisfactory work. Student performance demonstrates incomplete and inadequate understanding of course materials.
  • C- (1.7)
    D+ (1.3)
    D (1.0)
    D- (0.7)
    Unacceptable work. Course work performed at this level will not count toward the M.L.S. or M.I.S. degree; for the course to count toward the degree, the student must repeat the course with a passing grade.
  • F (0.0) Failing. Student may continue in program only with permission of the dean.
    Grades are assigned by individual instructors based on a combination of student performance measures developed for each course. Student achievement of course objectives is usually assessed through the use of multiple performance measures. For example, a combination of several of the following assessment methods is common: examinations, class participation, written assignments and exercises, research papers, or term projects. Other methods, depending on course content and objectives, may include in-class small-group exercises, oral presentations, field-based projects and field experiences, or case study presentations.

    No course in which a student receives a grade of lower than C (2.0) will be counted toward requirements for any SLIS degree. Any required course in which a grade lower than C is received must be repeated; an elective course in which an unacceptable grade is earned need not be repeated, but it may be repeated or another course must be taken in its place. Repeating a course in which an unacceptable grade was earned or taking another in its place does not remove the credit points for that course from the student's grade point average. All grades achieved in SLIS courses will be counted in the SLIS and IU GPA. Since a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for graduation, any grade below B must be balanced by another sufficiently above B to keep the GPA at the 3.0 level.

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    Grade of Incomplete

    The grade of Incomplete (I) may be used on the final grade report at the discretion of the instructor. The grade I indicates that the student's work in a course is satisfactory thus far but has not been completed as of the end of the semester.

    The grade of Incomplete may be given only when the completed portion of a student's work in a course is of passing quality, and may be awarded only upon showing hardship to the student that would make it unjust to hold the student to the original time limit for course completion. It is the responsibility of the student who has incurred a grade of Incomplete in any course to fulfill the requirements of that course within a maximum of one calendar year from the date on which the I grade is recorded. After one calendar year, a grade of Incomplete automatically changes to a grade of F on the student's record.

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    Deferred Grade (R)

    Certain doctoral-level courses, such as L799 and G901, in which candidates enroll while working on their dissertations, are expected to take longer than one year. In these instances, an R, indicating that the grade has been deferred, will be assigned until such time as the dissertation is completed.

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    Computer Accounts

    All SLIS students are eligible for and are required to obtain Indiana University computer accounts immediately upon matriculation. These e-mail addresses form a basis for faculty communication with classes, and are essential for departmental communication with students. Students are also required to subscribe to the departmental LISTSERV "SLIS-L." Administrative notices about financial aid deadlines, graduation application procedures, student part-time job opportunities, etc. are distributed primarily through this LISTSERV. It is the student's responsibility to review all departmental correspondence. Other computer accounts may be needed for individual courses. Indiana University offers a wide variety of technology options. The SLIS Web site provides links and other information.

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    Placement

    Career opportunities in library and information science are varied and interesting. SLIS graduates continue to be placed in top library and information industry positions. The Careers portion of the SLIS Web site has links to job listings and career information. Students are encouraged to read job listings and to explore areas of interest. SLIS has student chapters of professional associations. These groups offer networking and professional development, host guest speakers, and conduct career workshops. The IU Career Development Center on campus also provides numerous resources, from resume writing workshops to job fairs.

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    SLIS Alumni Association

    The School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association has as its purpose the furthering of educational, professional, and social interests of the school and its alumni. The association publishes a semiannual newsletter to keep alumni informed about developments within the school and news of each other. The Alumni Association, in cooperation with the school, also sponsors receptions at annual conferences of state and national professional organizations.

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    Summer Sessions

    The School of Library and Information Science offers one of the largest selections of summer classes proportional to school enrollment. The two summer sessions are a six-week session from early May to mid-June and an eight-week session from mid-June to mid-August. It is possible for some students to complete a SLIS master's degree by attending only summer sessions over the period of five years allowed for degree completion. Students are cautioned, however, that not all courses are or will be available during summer sessions. For additional information consult the course schedules on the SLIS Web site.

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    Financial Aid

    SLIS Merit Scholar Packages
    SLIS financial aid for master's and specialist degree students focuses on SLIS Merit Scholar packages (fee scholarships with part-time jobs). These packages are merit-based and are highly competitive. Each year SLIS awards approximately 30 Merit Scholar packages (to about 10 percent of our students). These packages are for one year, and are not renewable. Most packages include 27 credit hours of tuition remission (excluding university fees of about $22 per credit hour); plus paid hourly positions of 15 hours a week. Packages may vary. Hourly positions include working with SLIS faculty and administration, at the IU Libraries, with SLIS information technology, among other opportunities. These packages are similar to "graduate assistantships" but have some differences. In addition, SLIS has some smaller fee scholarship aid packages. While some SLIS packages are substantive, none will fully fund a graduate education. Students are encouraged to review the other scholarship and aid links listed on the SLIS Web site.

    Several graduate assistantships are available to SLIS students through the University Cyclotron Facility, Department of Chemistry, and, on some occasions, other university departments. These assistantships, which include fee scholarship and stipend packages, require appropriate academic background for part-time service in that unit.

    Financial aid recipients must make adequate progress toward their degrees each semester and meet all other requirements of the award, or financial support may be discontinued. It is the responsibility of each recipient to confirm tax status with the Internal Revenue Service.

    Application Deadline: January 15
    New students must have a completed application on file by January 15 to be considered for SLIS aid packages. Continuing students must indicate their wish to be considered to the SLIS Office according to the guidelines that will be posted on the SLIS listserv. Students may submit an updated resume.

    International Student Aid
    To be considered for SLIS aid packages, international students must have their completed applications to the SLIS Office by January 15. International applications must first be reviewed by the IU Office of International Admissions. International students are encouraged to apply by October 1 so that applications may be processed and forwarded to the SLIS Admissions Office by January 15. The International Admissions Office e-mail is intladm@indiana.edu. SLIS is glad to welcome international students to our programs. Aid resources are limited, however, and international students are advised to seek sponsorship and support from sources other than SLIS.

    SLIS Fellowship and Scholarship Awards
    SLIS offers annual scholarship and fellowship awards. Many of these are provided through the generous gifts of alumni and other SLIS supporters. They are often established in memory or in honor of the person for whom the award is named. Most scholarships/fellowships are given to currently enrolled, full-time master's or specialist degree students. Students who apply for SLIS financial aid by the January 15 deadline will be considered. Faculty members may nominate students for some awards. E-mail notices will be sent out on the SLIS listserv if any different procedures are required. Award decisions will be made by the end of April each year. Examples of the awards available:

    Charles A. and Charles H. Davis Fellowship in Scientific Information—$4,000 annual award to assist graduate students in the study of scientific information

    Janice Kilner Egloff Scholarship—$500 annual award

    Dennis K. Grumling Award—$100 annual award for excellence in cataloging

    Frances E. Hammitt Scholarship—$1000 annual award

    Keith C. Kuhn Tri-State Scholarship—$100 annual award to a student from the Tri-State Area (Southeast Indiana, Southwest Ohio, and Northern Kentucky)

    Margaret I. Rufsvold Graduate Fellowship—$2000 annual award

    Harold and Marjorie Sharp Scholarship—$500 annual award with preference for special library career paths

    Clayton A. Shepherd Scholarship—$2000 annual award with emphasis on information science and technology

    Evelyn Ray Sickels Award—$450 annual award for youth services

    Caroline Smerk Award—$550 annual award for art librarianship

    ALA Spectrum Initiative Matching Award—6 credit hours of fee remission for a student who receives an ALA Spectrum Scholarship and who elects to attend IU

    H. W. Wilson Scholarships—varying awards

    Yuan T'ung Li Fellowship—$1000 annual award to a student of Chinese ancestry

    Other Scholarship and Aid Resources

    Students are advised to check the SLIS Web site often for updated scholarship information. In addition to SLIS departmental aid, there are professional associations and institutions (see examples below) that offer support to library and information science graduate students. Student loans and part-time jobs are also available.

    AIME (Association for Indiana Media Educators) Scholarships are offered to students planning a career in Indiana school libraries and media centers. Application details are published by AIME and by SLIS when they become available.

    ILF (Indiana Library Federation) Scholarships are awarded annually by the ILF to students who are Indiana residents, have economic need, and are studying or wish to study for a career in librarianship. Awards are made each spring, and recipients must agree to work in an Indiana library for one year following degree receipt. E-mail ILF (ilf@indy.net) or call (317) 257-2040 for details.

    The InULA (Indiana University Librarians Association) Julie Ann V. Nilson Scholarship is awarded annually to a full- or part-time student currently enrolled in a School of Library and Information Science master's degree program. A $1,000 award is given each year. Students must complete an application form, a statement of professional philosophy and goals, and arrange to have at least one letter of reference sent directly to the current InULA president as listed on the application each year. InULA reserves the right to publish the winning statement in its newsletter. See www.indiana.edu/~inula.

    The A. R. Zipf Fellowship in Information Management awards $8,000 annually to a student who shows exceptional promise for leadership and technical achievement in information management-sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). See www.clir.org/fellowships/zipf/zipf.html.

    Student employment opportunities in part-time positions on campus and in the community are frequently available. The IU Libraries and the campus University Information and Technology Services (UITS) department are key employers of SLIS students. SLIS also announces opportunities as they become available, and lists links on the SLIS Web site.

    Student loans are managed through the IU Office of Student Financial Assistance, (812) 855-0321 (www.indiana.edu/~sfa). This is a separate process from the SLIS financial aid process.

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    SLIS Financial Support for Doctoral Students

    There are a variety of financial aid sources for doctoral students, including fellowships awarded by the university to outstanding graduate students, and government-funded awards under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. Scholarships established by alumni and supporters contribute to Ph.D. departmental aid packages (for example, the Margaret Griffin Coffin Scholarship and the Sarah Reed Scholarship). Qualified Ph.D. students may apply for the Clayton A. Shepherd Scholarship. SLIS also provides support to Ph.D. students in the form of graduate assistantships and other direct aid. Teaching opportunities are often available. International students are required by the University Graduate School to demonstrate financial independence before being admitted to the program. Questions should be directed to the director of the SLIS doctoral program.

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