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School of Library and
Information Science
2009-2011
Academic Bulletin

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Course Requirements

Master of Library Science (M.L.S.)
Master of Information Science (M.I.S.)
Dual Degrees and Specializations
State Certifications
Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture
Specialist in Library and Information Science
Ph.D. in Information Science
General Information

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M.L.S. Degree Requirements

The Master of Library Science degree can be completed with 36 credit hours of graduate course work in the School of Library and Information Science, plus the prerequisite (3 credit hour course) S401 Computer-Based Information Tools. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from another ALA-accredited master’s degree program may, with approval, 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. Your course of study builds a foundation in five areas of librarianship, then allows you to work with your advisor to choose advanced elective courses to develop the knowledge and skills needed for your career goals.

Prerequisite: S401 Computer-Based Information Tools (3 credit hours)
The School of Library and Information Science requires that each student be computer, network, and information literate and be familiar with basic operations that will be used throughout the student’s course work. This knowledge is a prerequisite for many courses in the SLIS curriculum and will form the basis for further learning and skill development throughout students’ academic and professional careers. To acquire this base, each student must complete SLIS S401 (normally taken during the first semester). S401 must be completed within the first 9 degree credit hours. S401 does not count toward the M.L.S. degree credit hours.

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

  • Assist and Educate Users of Libraries and Information Centers
    S501 Reference
  • Develop and Manage Library Collections
    S502 Collection Development and Management
  • Organize and Represent Information Resources
    S503 Representation and Organization
    S504 Cataloging
  • Apply Management and Leadership Skills
    S551 Library Management
    S552 Academic Library Management
    S553 Public Library Management
    S671 School Media
  • Conduct and Analyze Research
    S505 Evaluation of Resources and Services
    S506 Introduction to Research
    S519 Evaluation of Information Systems
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 S603 number. M.L.S. students may complete an internship (S605) 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 approval (using the “Outside Course Approval Form”), be applied to the M.I.S. degree. These 6 credit hours may be taken at Indiana University, or at another university. 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. The SLIS M.I.S. program helps to educate a distinctive information professional, one whose expertise includes understanding the human side of information and information technologies and applying this understanding to practical problems. The curriculum has been designed to provide a sound conceptual foundation for developing leadership-oriented careers and enabling students to develop expertise in one or more specific areas.

M.I.S. Requirements (21 credit hours)

  • Fall Semester
    S510 Introduction to Information Science (3 cr.)
    S511 Database Design (3 cr.)
    S515 Information Architecture (3 cr.)
  • Spring Semester
    S513 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)
    S516 Human Computer Interaction (3 cr.)
    Programming Requirement (3 cr.)
  • Summer Semester
    Electives
  • Second Fall Semester
    S556 Systems Analysis and Design (3 cr.)
    Electives

M.I.S. Elective Courses: (21 credit hours)

In addition to the 21 credit hours of M.I.S. requirements, students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours of elective courses to reach 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 of the technical workshops may be applied to the degree from under the S603 number. M.I.S. students may complete internships (S605) for up to 6 credit hours.

M.I.S. Programming Requirement

The 3 credit hour open ended programming requirement can be fulfilled with a variety of programming courses in or outside of SLIS, or waived if a student has programming experience. Options to meet this requirement:

  • Take a SLIS programming course(s): S517 or two S603 (programming) workshops.
  • Take a graduate level programming course in another IU Department as part of the six credit hours of allowed outside course work.
  • Waive the requirement by completing a course waiver form and having the form approved by the M.I.S. Program Director. (If the course is waived, then a student would have an additional 3 credit hours of electives).

Technology Literacy Requirement

The School of Library and Information Science expects entering Master of Information Science students will have a basic level of computer literacy, meaning a familiarity with basic applications that will be used throughout the coursework. S401 Computer-Based Information Tools provides this preparation. M.I.S. students in the new Fall 2007 curriculum are not required to take this course, but are responsible for the knowledge and skills taught in S401. These include:

  • The ability to use applications including spreadsheets, databases, online searching tools and electronic mail and the ability to integrate the use of these tools.
  • An understanding of and proficiency in the use of Internet-based tools (SSH, SFTP, and the World Wide Web), and Internet information resources.
  • The ability to use the Unix, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows computer platforms to create and manipulate documents, and to transfer documents from one platform to the other.
  • Familiarity with the basic concepts of online searching and retrieval, including controlled vocabulary, Boolean logic, indexing, search languages, and common bibliographic and full-text databases.
  • The ability to use computer tools to communicate and share documents, using tools such as electronic mail, e-mail attachments, HTML, and LISTSERV.

It is important that all SLIS students have the knowledge and skills described above. Students who cannot demonstrate the required skills will be advised to take S401 in their second semester.

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Dual Degrees and Specializations

In addition to the M.I.S./M.L.S., SLIS offers other joint program options. Dual master’s degree programs are available with other units on campus. Admission 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. Students may also pursue formal specializations within their master’s degrees.

Specializations within Master’s Degrees
African Studies Librarianship and M.L.S.
Archives and Records Management and M.L.S.
Art Librarianship and M.L.S.
Chemical Information and M.I.S.
Chemical Information and M.L.S.
Digital Libraries and M.I.S
Digital Libraries and M.L.S
Library Technology Management and M.L.S.
Music Librarianship and M.L.S.
Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship 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.
African 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 M.L.S.
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 (M.A.) or Music Theory (Master of Music) and M.L.S.
Public Affairs (M.P.A.—Public Affairs) and M.I.S.
Public Affairs (M.P.A.—Public Affairs) 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.

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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 African 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 + S401), 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.), E531 and E532 History of Africa I-II (3-3 cr.), Y657 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.

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Archives and Records Management Specialization and Master of Library Science

Candidates in this 36 credit hour specialization receive the M.L.S. degree with a certificate indicating the specialization. In consultation with their advisors, students complete the M.LS. Foundation requirements (15 credit hours + S401), Specialization requirements (18 credit hours), and (3 credit hours) of electives.

Specialization requirements include: S581 Archives and Records Management (3 credit hours), S605 (3 credit hour internship working in a position related to archives and records management), and at least 12 credit hours from the following list of classes: S582, Preservation; S584, Manuscripts; S604, Topics in Library and Information Science; S685, Electronic Records Management or other courses chosen in consultation with the Specialization Advisor.

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Art Librarianship Specialization and Master of Library Science

Candidates in this 36 credit hour specialization receive the M.L.S. degree with a certificate indicating the Art Librarianship Specialization. This specialization is intended for students who do not wish to pursue a master of arts in art history from Indiana University. In consultation with their advisors, Art Librarianship Specialization students complete the M.L.S. foundation requirements (15 credit hours + S401), and 21 credits of electives, including the following required courses: FINA A575 Research Sources in Art History (2 credit hours), S521 Humanities Information (3 credit hours), S651 Art Librarianship (3 credit hours), S605 Internship in Library and Information Science (4 credit hours).

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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 requirements (21 credit hours) and include in their elective courses S533 Online Searching, S523 Science and Technology Information, and Informatics I571 Chemical Information Technology or another course on chemical information chosen with the specialization advisor. Additional courses are to be chosen in consultation with advisors. 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 (15 credit hours + S401), and include in their elective courses S533 Online Searching, S523 Science and Technology Information, and Informatics I571 Chemical Information Technology or another course on chemical information chosen with the specialization advisor. Additional courses are to be chosen in consultation with advisors. Candidates for this specialization must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

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Digital Libraries 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. Students in the Digital Libraries Specialization must complete the M.I.S. Foundation requirements (21 credit hours) and complete S652 Digital Libraries (3 credit hours). Students must also complete a minimum of 9 additional credit hours from the following list of classes: S532 Information Architecture for the Web, S561 User Interface Design for Information Systems, S634 Metadata and S605 Internship related to digital libraries for 2-6 credit hours. Additional courses are to be chosen in consultation with the Specialization advisor.

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Digital Libraries 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 with S503 Representation and Organization as the Organize and Represent Information Resources option. They must also complete S652 Digital Libraries (3 credit hours) and complete a minimum of 9 additional credit hours from the following list of classes: S532 Information Architecture for the Web, S561 User Interface Design for Information Systems, S634 Metadata and S605 Internship related to digital libraries for 2-6 credit hours. Additional courses are to be chosen in consultation with the Specialization advisor.

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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 courses (15 credit hours + S401). A Specialization Core (9 credit hours) is also required: S504 Cataloging, S554 Library Systems and S533 Online Searching. Specialization electives (15 credit hours) within the following technology application courses must be chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor: S516, S556, S511, S621, S652, S532, S561, up to 6 credit hours of S603, or up to 6 credit hours of outside courses (with approval). General SLIS electives for 6 credit hours complete the Specialization. Internships for 3-6 credit hours are available for general SLIS elective S605 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 into the specialization is a joint decision by SLIS and the Music Specialization Admissions Committee (composed of IU music librarians). Students are encouraged to include a résumé and reference letters from professors of their academic music subjects. 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 M.L.S. degree program:

  1. Completion of the SLIS M.L.S. Foundation course requirements
    (15 credit hours).
  2. MUS M539 Music Bibliography (3 cr.)
  3. SLIS S605 Internship in Library and Information Science (6 cr.) (P: M539 and S504). Two 3 credit internships in one or two areas related to music librarianship (i.e., music cataloging, music collection development, music reference, music technology), approved by the coordinator of the Music Librarianship Specialization.
  4. SLIS S655 Seminar in Music Librarianship (3 cr.) (P: S504, P or C: M539 or consent of instructor.)
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Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship Specialization and Master of Library Science

Candidates in this 36 credit hour specialization receive the M.L.S. degree with a certificate indicating the specialization. In consultation with their advisors, students complete the core course requirements (15 credit hours plus S401), 18 hours of specialization credits, and 3 hours of SLIS electives. They must complete S583 Rare Book Librarianship and 12 credits from the following electives or other courses approved by the director of the specialization: S580 History of Libraries, S582 Preservation, S584 Manuscripts, S629 Topics in Information Sources and Services, S652 Digital Libraries, S680 The Book to 1450, S681 The Book 1450 to the Present and S684 Descriptive Bibliography. Students must also complete S605 for a 3 credit internship working in a position related to rare books or manuscripts. There are limited openings in this highly competitive specialization, which is available only on the Bloomington campus.

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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 S401 requirement, students must complete the following according to the guidelines under the individual degrees:
M.L.S. Foundation credits (15 credits),
M.I.S. Foundation courses (21 credits), and
24 credits of electives.

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 (minimum 500 words) 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 (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 cr.)
  2. Either S521 Humanities Information or S522 Social Sciences Information (3 cr.)
  3. SLIS elective courses (12 cr.)

A minimum of 28 credit hours is required in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies for the Master of Arts degree. See the University Graduate School Bulletin for specific requirements.

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African Studies (Master of Arts) and Master of Library Science

The dual M.A./M.L.S. program requires completion of a minimum of 56 credit hours of graduate course work, rather than the 66 credit hours required if the two degrees are earned separately. Students must apply for admission to the masters programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the African Studies Program and meet the admissions criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded at the same time.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 cr.), with S551 Library Management to fulfill the management and leadership skills requirement.
  2. Either S521 Humanities Information or S522 Social Sciences Information (3 cr.)
  3. SLIS elective courses (12 cr.)

A minimum of 26 credit hours is required for the Master of Arts degree. Contact the African Studies Program for details.

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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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): S521 Humanities Information, S651 Art Librarianship and S605 Internship in Library and Information Science.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.) chosen from among S533 Online Searching, S532 Information Architecture for the Web, S652 Digital Libraries, or S633 Indexing.

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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours):

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. At least 15 credit hours of SLIS elective courses appropriate to the student’s background and interests.

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 two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. SLIS S521 Humanities Information (3 credit hours).
  3. SLIS elective courses (12 credit hours).

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. 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.

  1. Master of Information Science (36 credit hours): 21 credit hours of required M.I.S. Foundation courses, 15 credit hours of SLIS Elective courses.
  2. 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.

  1. Master of Library Science (30 credit hours): 15 credit hours of required M.L.S. Foundation courses, plus 15 credit hours of SLIS Elective courses. The S401 prerequisite is also required.
  2. 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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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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 credit hours): S581 or S584, S605, and S521 or S522.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 credit hours).

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 minimum of 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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): S581 or S584, S523, and S605.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.).

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 minimum of 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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): S533, S525, and either S521 or S522.
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.).

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 for the two degrees taken separately. Students must apply for admission to the master’s programs of both the School of Library and Information Science and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department and meet the admissions criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (9 cr.): S533, S605 (internship under the supervision of the Latin American bibliographer), and S629 (Topic: Latin American Bibliography)
  3. SLIS elective courses (6 cr.).

Students take 21 credit hours of advanced courses relating to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LTAM). The interdisciplinary seminar (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.

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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 I.U. School of Law. Simultaneous application to the two schools is strongly recommended. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. Other required SLIS courses (6 cr.): S654 and S525.
  3. SLIS elective courses (9 cr.), of which S533 and S640 are particularly appropriate.

A minimum of 79 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 IU School of Law Bulletin.

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

The dual-degree program combines an M.L.S. with an M.A. in musicology or an 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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. MUS M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (3 cr.).
  3. SLIS S605 (6 cr.) (P: M539, S504). Two 3 cr. Internships in one or two areas related to music librarianship (e.g., music cataloging, music collection development, music reference, music technology), approved by the coordinator of the Music Librarianship Specialization.
  4. SLIS S655 Music Librarianship (3 cr.) (P: M539, P or C: S504 or consent of instructor).
  5. SLIS elective courses (3 cr.)

For the requirements for the M.A. in musicology or the M.M. in music theory, see the University Graduate School Bulletin and the School of Music Bulletin.

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Public Affairs (Master of Public Affairs) 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 (SPEA) and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Requirements for the Master of Information Science degree (33 hours) are:

  1. M.I.S. Foundation course requirements (21 credit hours).
  2. SLIS elective courses (12 cr.).

A minimum of 36 credit hours is required in SPEA. For specific requirements see the entry for the dual M.I.S./M.P.A. program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Graduate Programs Bulletin.

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Public Affairs (Master of Public Affairs) 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 (SPEA) and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 credit hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. SLIS elective courses (15 cr.).

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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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 (36 credit hours) are:

  1. M.I.S. Foundation course requirements (21 credit hours).
  2. SLIS elective courses (15 cr.), not including SLIS S605 and REEI R620 (SLIS S629), which are considered part of the Russian and East European Studies degree, chosen in consultation with the advisor.

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 S605 (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.

In addition to the SLIS S401 prerequisite, the requirements for the Master of Library Science (30 credit hours) are:

  1. M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 credit hours).
  2. SLIS electives (15 cr.), not including SLIS S605 and REEI R620 (SLIS S629), which are considered part of the Russian and East European Studies degree, chosen in consultation with the advisor.

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 S605 (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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School Library/Media and Information Technology Certification

This is a certification by the State of Indiana that can be completed within the credit hours of the Master of Library Science.

Students must meet the graduate admission requirements for the School of Library and Information Science. 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. 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 successfully completing the following 27 credits with grades of B or higher.

Required SLIS courses for the certification = (27 credit hours plus S401):
(18 credit hours)

  • S501 Reference
  • S504 Cataloging
  • S571 Materials for Youth
  • S574 Information Inquiry for School Teachers
  • S671 School Media
  • S605 Internship in Library and Information Science
  • 9 SLIS credit hours in instructional technology and/or information technology must also be completed. Approved options include: S516, S554, S556, S511, S621, S573, S533, S532, and S652. Students may also take S603 Workshops in Library and Information Science such as web graphics, XML, UNIX, Perl/CGI, video production, grant writing, electronic materials for children and young adults and collaboration for high tech learning; S604 Special Topics in Library and Information Science such as digital collections, media resources and advanced internet and web design; and, S629 Topics in Information Sources and Services such as information sources and technologies for patrons with special needs.

Note: To fulfill MLS requirements, S502, one of the research/evaluation courses (S506, S519, S505) and one elective are necessary.

  • 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 generally 15 additional required credits from the School of Education. (Consult with the School of Education for specifics.) 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.

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Public Library Certification

This is a certification by the State of Indiana that can be completed within the credit hours of the Master of Library Science.

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; phone, 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: S501, S502, S504, S551, S571.
  • 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: S501, S502, S551.

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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Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture

This is a SLIS certificate program.

The professional role of the information architect encompasses project management and the organization of work flows within a team-based approach to the design of information structures. Coursework must be completed within three (3) years of entering the certificate program. No credits may be transferred from another graduate or undergraduate program in order to satisfy the requirement for 18 credit hours of coursework. The student must maintain a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum course grade of B. Any course in which the student earns a grade of less than B must be repeated to remain in the certificate program.

Students must complete 18 graduate credit hours; credits counted toward another degree may not be applied toward the Certificate. Required courses include: S512 Information Systems Design, S515 Information Architecture, S516 Human-Computer Interaction, S556 Systems Analysis and Design, S633 Indexing, S690 Capstone in Information Architecture.

If a student has completed equivalent graduate coursework in one or more of the required content areas prior to admission to the program, this coursework may be applied to satisfy content requirements for the certificate. The student may then select from a list of elective courses to meet the 18 credit hours of coursework required for the certificate. Elective courses include: S503 Representation and Organization, S511 Database Design, S513 Organizational Informatics, S517 Web Programming, S519 Evaluation of Information Systems, S520 Information Seeking and Use, S561 User Interface Design for Information Systems, S603 Workshop in Library and Information Science, S604 Topics in Library and Information Science, S634 Metadata, S635 Ontologies, S636 Semantic Web, S637 Information Visualization, S643 The Information Industry, S661 Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Human-Computer Interaction, CSCI A548 Mastering the World Wide Web, INFO B659 Topics in Artificial Intelligence: Web Mining, and BUS S531 Advanced Web Applications Development.

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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. SLIS S401 Computer-Based Information Tools is a prerequisite for many of our courses.

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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 take 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 21 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

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 S799 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 the 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 $35 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 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 [at] indiana [dot] 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

Lois Eleanor Kidwell Scholarship—$1,800 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

Charles B. Shaw Fellowship—$4,000 annual award for potential primarily in the area of academic librarianship

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.

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. see: www.ilfonline.org/AIME/index.htm.

ALA (American Library Association) Scholarships See the ALA website: www.ala.org

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 [at] indy [dot] net) or call (317) 257-2040 for details.

The InULA (Indiana University Librarians Association) Julieann 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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