Tini Tiny Survey on Library Education

Lately, I’ve been talking to students at other library schools as well as library staff here as I do a bit of homework for my “What I Learned in Library School” post. I realized that I needed a bit more information so I’ve created a 5 question survey for library students and librarians.

If you could help me out by answering this tini tiny survey that would be very helpful. I will of course, share my results here.

[update] WOW! What a response. I was limited with my free account to 100 answers and you all hit that very very quickly. I have upgraded my account, so if you weren’t able to get your survey submitted, you can now. [/update]

[update2] With over 500 responses, I have closed the survey, I am going to clean up the data (make school names consistent and add a few classes that a lot of you mentioned) and then post the results – keep an eye out. [/update2]

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  1. In the MLIS program at the University of South Carolina, the following courses were required at the time I enrolled (Jan 2007):

    SLIS 701: Intro to Librarianship
    SLIS 702: Intro to Classification and Organization
    SLIS 703: Intro to Reference
    SLIS 704: Intro to Library Management
    SLIS 705: Intro to Library Research
    SLIS 706: Intro to Computing

    Six additional courses must be taken to fulfill the requirements for the MLIS, for a total of 36 semester hours. No thesis is required. The new curriculum requires only three core courses, and 706 can be exempted by demonstrating proof of basic computing skills. 36 hours of study are still required for the MLIS.

  2. Nicole,

    I clicked on the link to your survey and was told that the survey is closed. Did you already close the survey? If not, I’d like to add my input.


  3. In the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Program, after Fall 2005, these courses are required:
    LIS403: Evaluation of Information Services
    LIS404: Principles of Management
    LIS407: Reference/Information Services
    LIS415:Information Organization (Cataloging and Metadata)
    LIS488: Technology for Information Professionals.
    A total of 36 credits is needed for the degree, which can be completed through the WISE consortium of LIS programs, at the Boston campus, or at the Mt. Hoyloke campus. No thesis is required.

  4. Wayne State University requires:

    Intoduction to the Profession
    Basic Cataloging (Organization of Information)
    Basic Reference
    Library Management and Administration
    Research Methods for Librarians
    Information Technology (In the beginning there was a computer…)

    We then had to take 6 other classes in our area of interest.

    Thank you!

  5. The survey was closed. Do you just want us to post a response?

  6. Survey was closed. I could not answer your questions.

  7. Hi Nicole:
    I clicked on the link to your survey, but was told it was closed. I will keep checking back as I would like to add my thoughts. Thanks!

  8. I find, as Lisa did, that the survey is closed (08:20 ADT). At Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s GSLIS, the required classes when I enrolled (July, 2003) were:

    LIS390 (now LIS502): Libraries, Information, and Society
    LIS380 (now LIS501): Information Organization and Access

    That’s it! 380/501 was a full “unit” (four grad. credits), 390/502 could be taken for either a half or a full unit, and a total of 10 units (40 credits) was required for the degree. No thesis, master’s project, or practicum was required.

    I remember being pleased with the tremendous flexibility of the program, which seemed to suit the generalist as well as the specialist. But, now that I’m in the professional world, I’m astonished at how few requirements there were!

  9. WOW! What a response. I was limited with my free account to 100 answers and you all hit that very very quickly. I have upgraded my account, so if you weren’t able to get your survey submitted, you can now.

  10. I will be very interested in what you find out and hope you’ll tabulate the result.

  11. I will and I’ll post them here on the blog.

  12. At the University of South Florida (2001)
    I think these were the required courses — it has been awhile so I’m a bit fuzzy.
    Basic Reference
    Cataloging in Small Libraries
    Research Methods

    Internship/practicum (optional) and Comprehensive (necessary)

    Euem Osmera

  13. At the University of Missouri – Columbia, when I was going through the program, there were five required courses.
    7301 Introduction to Information Technology (3 credits)
    7313 Managing Collections & Access (3 credits)
    7312 Principles of Cataloging & Classification (3 credits)
    7314 Reference Sources & Services (3 credits)
    7315 Management of Information Agencies (3 credits)

    There was also a required Research class and a Practicum was optional. It seems that is no longer the case. The research class is no longer required, but the Praticum is!
    7380 Practicum in School Libraries (ARR credits)

    Plus they’ve added this required class
    7305 Foundations of Library and Information Science (1 credit)

    Hope that helps.

  14. I took the survey, but I thought I would add additonal information.

    Required: Information Profession, Technical Services, Information Storage and Retrieval, and Practicum.

    Other classes are determined by a student’s specialization (academic, school, public, or special).

    For the academic specialization I chose the following electives, but no specific classes were required.

    Library Technology Systems, College and University Libraries, Web Development for Library Professionals, Cataloging, Reference Materials, Library Management, Marketing and Advocacy, and Collection Development.

  15. This came to me via email:

    I completed your survey and saw it had the MLS and MLIS options, but thought you might be interested in this information also. I am currently working on a Master of Science in Library Media Management at Saint Vincent College in PA. The following is a list of the courses we are required to take (and, yes, cataloging is one of them).

    Required (33 credits)

    GCLM 603 Introduction to Reference Work and Bibliographic Instruction
    GCLM 613 Electronic Library Automation and Cataloging
    GCLM 623 Creative Programs for Children and Young Adults
    GCLM 633 Advanced Studies in Children’s Literature
    GCLM 643 School Library Administration and Management
    GCLM 653 Internship in the School Library
    GCLM 663 Literature and Reading for Young Adults
    GCBA 665 Management Information Systems
    GCED 605 Statistics and Research Design
    GCED 625 Instructional Technology
    GCED 635 Instructional Methodology

    Electives (Choose 3 credits)
    GCED 615 Curriculum and Systems Design
    GCED 610 Current Issues and Trends in Education
    GCED 670 Visual Thinking and Learning
    GCED 695 Managing Financial and Material Resources

  16. I missed the survey due to family vacation, but I did want to chime in with my experience at the University of Western Ontario where we had lots of required classes back in the late 1990’s. They have less required classes now, which seems to be the trend.

    I liked having lots of required classes as it gave me a really good overview of all areas of library science and forced me to take classes that I might have skipped otherwise. Some of these courses that I would not have taken (such Indexing) have been invaluable to me in my career at unexpected times. Cataloging was required in addition to Indexing. We had 9 required classes and 6 electives. My memory may be fuzzy, but our required classes were:

    1. Perspectives on Library and Information Science
    2. Cataloging
    3. Indexing (in which we created our own thesaurus)
    4. Collection Development
    5. Information Technology
    6. Research Methods (aka statistics)
    7. Management
    8. Reference and Information Services
    9. ???

    I will need to look at my transcript to remember number 9. Basically, each term you took 2 or 3 required course and 2 or 3 electives. I see that UWO now has 6 required courses, of which a few seem to be combining the above courses.

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