Library & Information Science (LIS)

Customizing the MLIS

The Library & Information Sciences field consists of a rich variety of libraries requiring diverse skills and talents from its professionals. Due to the various types of libraries in the field, we allow students in our MLIS program the opportunity to focus on specific types of libraries and information oriented processes. Our department offers courses to allow students to focus their scholarly work on particular areas of librarianship within a larger array of different types of libraries.

Below are some suggested courses to help students plan out a particular destination in their studies. None of these courses are required, but they can help students who wish to refine their academic experience within a particular facet of librarianship.

School library and other licensure programs are described here.

Archives or Special Collections

  • LIS 610 Collection Management
  • LIS 639 History of Information Technologies
  • LIS 658 Archives Management
  • LIS 688 Special Collections
  • LIS 688 Preservation Management in Libraries and Archives


  • LIS 641 Cataloging and Classification
  • LIS 643 Metadata

Children & Youth

  • LIS 617 Materials for Children
  • LIS 618 Materials for Adolescents
  • LIS 635 Libraries and Technology
  • LIS 663 Library Services for Young People
  • LIS 674 Seminar: Issues of the Virtual Community

Digital Collections

  • LIS 631 Emerging Technologies
  • LIS 644 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 643 Metadata

Instruction Librarian

  • LIS 635 Libraries and Technology
  • LIS 665 Information Literacy
  • LIS 672 Instructional Design

Public Library Certification

  • Click here for information about NC public librarian certification from the NC State Library
  • Click here for information about state and regional public librarian certification in other states
  • LIS 610 Collection Management OR
  • LIS 617 Materials for Children AND LIS 618 Materials for Adolescents
    (You can take either LIS 610 or LIS 617 with LIS 618; A combination of collections and resources)

None of these courses are required. These are suggestions to help you focus your studies in the LIS program.

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