The Master of Library and Information Studies program prepares its graduates for an exciting and rewarding career in a field that is broad and deep in its vocational variety and committed to freedom of speech, equitable access to information and lifelong learning. The program is accredited by the American Library Association and graduates find positions in academic, public, school and special libraries, as well as in a wide array of other information work.
The MLIS program is available on the main campus in Greensboro and also totally online for students unable to attend class in Greensboro. Our online program is based on a philosophy of connection and for many classes attendance at synchronous web sessions is required. It is a 36-hour degree program designed for either working or full-time students and the average completion rate is 2.5 years for part-time study. There are only four core courses that cover the essential concepts common to all information work and these are supplemented by a full complement of elective courses in specialized information resources, archival management and computer applications. Every student works with an advisor to construct a program that fits the student’s interests, background and career aspirations. There is room for customization with the possibility of two independent study courses and a practicum, or field experience.
The Department also offers the degree with a school library focus that has additional accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE). This concentration includes all of the courses necessary to prepare students for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction which carries reciprocity with many other states.
The central mission of the program is to “connect people, libraries, and information through research, teaching and service to enrich living and working in a global environment.” This informs the work of its faculty, students and alumni.
At UNCG LIS, we promote the concept of IDEA: Information, Diversity, Engagement, and Access to anchor the Department’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. We recognize that diversity in how people look, think, know, and act results in differences in access to information, opportunities, and resources.
We actively work to reduce barriers to create equality in information access. Our faculty, staff, and students are engaged with our community, whether to learn with or about them, or to serve them. Our extended community includes professionals, researchers, community organizers, and others concerned with information needs and solutions. We believe our community makes the difference in our students’ education and our research.