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Programs Offered Through Brooks Library

Minor in Library and Information Science

Certificate in Library and Information Science

All programs are online

 

FAQs


What can you do with a minor or certificate in Library & Information Science?

Having a background in library science can prepare you for positions as a library paraprofessional in public, school, or special libraries—depending on your track. The types of skills that you will learn through the program focus on research, public service, organization, library technology, archives, and general information management that can be applied to many disciplines. Some of the career directions you could pursue with a background in library science include:

• Archives
• Information Management
• Public Library Technician
• Publisher Representative
• Academic Library Para-professional
• Records Management
• Research Management
• School Library Aide
• Technical Writer

 

Do you need to attend classes on campus?

No. There are some course choices that are offered in-person, but these are electives and optional. All required courses are offered online. 

How long will it take me to complete the Minor or Certificate?

The minor can be completed over the course of 2 or 3 years. The certificate can be completed in 1 very full year, or over a number of years.

When can I start the program? Do I need to start a particular quarter?

The best time to join the program is in fall or winter. The two prerequisite courses for any program track are LIS110 and LIS201. LIS110 is offered every quarter, including summer quarter. LIS201 is offered fall and winter quarters.

What major or background is required for these programs?

The LIS Minor and Certificate do not require a particular major or background. These are appropriate for people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Many people who pursue librarianship also happen to have a background in the humanities, but you can have a background in pretty much anything.

Program Faculty

LIS110 Research Fundamentals (1)

Open

LIS201 Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)

Aimée Quinn

LIS310 Information Literacy and User Services (3)

Elizabeth Brown, Lauren Wittek

LIS314 Technology in Library and Information Science (3)

Maura Valentino

LIS245 Research Methods in the Digital Age (4)

Geri Hopkins

LIS398/498 Special Topics in Library and Informational Science (3)

Aimée Quinn, Varies

LIS410 Collection Development (3)

Maureen Rust, Sabrina Juhl

LIS411 Introduction to Archives (3)

Julia Stringfellow

LIS412 Library Management & Leadership (3)

Elizabeth Brown, Maureen Rust

LIS414 Organization of Knowledge (3)

Maura Valentino

LIS490 Internship (3 Credits)

Varies

 

Example Course Syllabi


LIS110 Research Fundamentals

LIS110.pdf

LIS201 Foundations of Library and Information Science

LIS201.pdf

LIS310 Information Literacy and User Services

LIS310.pdf

LIS314 Technology in Library and Information Science

LIS314.pdf

LIS245 Research Methods in the Digital Age

LIS245.pdf

LIS410 Collection Development

LIS410.pdf

LIS411 Introduction to Archives

LIS411.pdf

LIS412 Library Management & Leadership

LIS412.pdf

LIS414 Organization of Knowledge

LIS414.pdf

LIS490 Internship

LIS490.pdf

 

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Brown

Associate Professor | Instruction Coordinator 

James E. Brooks Library
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

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