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Programs Offered Through Brooks Library


Minor in Library and Information Science

Type B Certificate in Library and Information Science

Minor in School Library Media Studies

All programs are online

 

FAQs


What can you do with a minor 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. However, 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 could 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 the minor take me to complete?

The minor can be completed over the course of 2 or 3 years. The Type B 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?

You do not have to join the program a particular quarter. The two prerequisite courses for any of the program tracks are LIS110 and LIS201. LIS110 is offered every quarter, including summer quarter. LIS201 is offered summer, fall, and winter quarters.

What major or background is required for these programs?

The LIS Minor and the LIS Type B 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.

For the School Library Media Studies Minor, you also need to be enrolled in a teacher certification major. This minor leads to an endorsement in School Library Media and requires completing the WEST-E Library Media test.

Program Faculty

LIS110 Research Fundamentals (1)

Stacy Taylor, Gerard Hogan

LIS201 Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)

Aimée Quinn

LIS310 Information Literacy and User Services (3)

Elizabeth Brown

LIS314 Technology in Library and Information Science (3)

Stacy Taylor, Elizabeth Brown

LIS345 Library Research Methods and Information Literacy (4)

Geri Hopkins

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

Varies

LIS410 Collection Development (3)

Maureen Rust, Ginny Blackson

LIS411 Introduction to Archives (3)

Julia Stringfellow

LIS412 Library Management & Leadership (3)

Elizabeth Brown, Ginny Blackson, Maureen Rust

LIS414 Organization of Knowledge (3)

Zebulin Evelhoch, Mary Wise

LIS415 Role of the School Library Media Specialist (5)

Ginny Blackson, Maureen Rust

LIS490 Internship (3 Credits)

Varies

LIS492 School Library Media Clinical Experience & Portfolio (4)

Ginny Blackson, Maureen Rust

 

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

LIS345 Library Research Methods and Information Literacy

LIS345.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, Instruction Coordinator | elizabeth.brown@cwu.edu

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

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