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20 Credits

The Certificate in Library and Information Science is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methods and means of gathering, organizing, and disseminating information. The certificate is appropriate for any students who wish to gain a greater understanding of the field of library and information science without completing an undergraduate minor and/or non-matriculated students already employed as a library paraprofessional.

All students in the certificate program will be required to complete 8 credit hours in the core curriculum. Students may choose four courses within the remaining curriculum areas depending on their specific interests.

Who might be interested in this certificate?

  • Students interested in library-related careers
  • Library paraprofessionals wishing to gain further education in the field of library and information science

Program Requirements

20 Credit Hours

Required Courses (8 Credits)

  • LIS 110 Research Fundamentals (1)
  • LIS 201 Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)
  • LIS 245 Research Methods in the Digital Age (4)

Elective Courses (12 credits)
Choose 4 of the following courses:

  • LIS 310 Information Literacy and User Services (3)
  • LIS 314 Technology in Library and Information Science (3)
  • LIS 410 Collection Development (3)
  • LIS 411 Introduction to Archives (3)
  • LIS 412 Library Management & Leadership (3)
  • LIS 414 Organization of Knowledge (3)
  • LIS 398/498 Special Topics in Library and Informational Science (3)

Library and Information Science Course Descriptions

LIS 110 Research Fundamentals (1)
Designed for students new to research at the college level. Course explores the research process, different information sources, effective search strategies, and services for researchers.

LIS 201 Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)
Introductory course explores the role of libraries, types of libraries and services provided, areas of work within the profession, library ethics, and professional networks.

LIS 245 Research Methods in the Digital Age (4)
This course examines methods of information gathering and sharing in academic and social environments. Students explore applications of the research process, learn strategies for identifying and synthesizing information, and discuss research influences on scholarly conversations. Formerly LIS 345, students may not receive credit for both. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, and Spring).

LIS 310 Information Literacy and User Services (3)
This course will cover information-seeking theories, methods, and user behaviors. Principles and philosophies of library reference service, information literacy, reading, listening and viewing guidance, and information resources will be explored.

LIS 314 Technology in Library and Informational Science (3)
This course provides a review of the hardware and software used in libraries. Provides an introduction to technology tools, processes, and web applications that support the delivery of library services.

LIS 398 Special Topics (3)
See the catalog and speak with your advisor to learn more about upcoming special topic courses.

LIS 410 Collection Development (3)
This course covers the basic components of collection development and management. Topics to be explored will include selection, planning, budgeting, and maintenance of library collections.

LIS 411 Introduction to Archives (3)
This course provides an introduction to the profession of archival studies. In addition to the history, development, and nature of work in the profession, the basics of collections management and development, intellectual control, preservation, conservation, and technological applications will be presented.

LIS 412 Library Management and Leadership (3)
This course will cover the policies and procedure necessary for the effective operation of a library and information center. The course will explore the policies and procedures required for budgeting, planning, promoting and assessing library and information programs.

LIS 414 Organization of Knowledge (3)
This course provides an introduction to the organization of print and electronic resources. Topics to be covered include cataloging and classification of resources, use of controlled vocabularies, and intellectual access to those resources.

LIS 490 Internship (3-5)
This course provides hands-on instruction and experience in a library, archive, museum, or other information centers.

LIS 498 Special Topics (3)
See the catalog and speak with your advisor to learn more about upcoming special topic courses.

Reader/Content Advisory Course (3-5)
Students will select from a variety of preapproved courses from other academic disciplines that provide in-depth analysis of a literary genre or historical period. This requirement is designed to enable students to advise readers on fiction and nonfiction titles in a specific area of interest.

Apply to start the LIS Certificate

To apply for the certificate, complete the online application.

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Brown
Associate Professor | Instruction Coordinator
509-963-1960

Apply to finish the LIS Certificate

For current students in the LIS Certificate, as you approach the end of your coursework for the LIS Certificate, please fill out the certificate completion form to alert us of your intended completion date.

Schedule of Course Offerings

Schedule of Course Offerings
Course FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
LIS 110 X X X
LIS 201 X
LIS 245 X X
LIS 310 X
LIS 314 X
LIS 398/498*
LIS 410 X (Offered on even years)
LIS 411 X (Offered on odd years)
LIS 412 X
LIS 414 **
LIS 490 X X X

* Special Topics courses are offered on an irregular schedule

**Not offered in fall 2022, talk to advisor about course substitutions.

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