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Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Brochure

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Brochure



95% of the spring 2013 exit survey respondents said they would recommend the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science's fully online Master of Library and Information ...

95% of the spring 2013 exit survey respondents said they would recommend the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science's fully online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program to someone interested in earning an MLIS degree.

According to SJSU SLIS alumni, the graduate program's top strengths are flexibility, online learning environment, curriculum, faculty, and cost.

The SJSU information school's MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association.

Learn more about this nationally ranked MLIS program at: slisweb.sjsu.edu



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    Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Brochure Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Brochure Document Transcript

    • EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. EXPANDED OPPORTUNITIES.With a Master’s Degree in Library and Whether you’re considering a career in Plus, you’ll collaborate with award-winningInformation Science from San José State information science or librarianship, the breadth faculty, future information professionals, andUniversity, the possibilities are truly endless. of our fully online curriculum will prepare you thousands of alumni from around the globe.for any number of exciting career opportunities.“The online learning environment was great, theinstructors were excellent, and the courseworkprepared me well for my career.”Fall 2012 GraduateMaster’s Degree inLibrary and Information Science (MLIS)
    • ’TRACY(Guza) Wolfe(MLIS 2011)is a Media Manager at Corbis Images inSeattle, Washington. She works withthe communications team at the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, handling thedigital asset management system for allof their photography.RonCascella(MLIS 2011)is working as a Web ProductionAssistant at Adobe Systems in Seattle,Washington, putting his MLIS skillsto work developing web pages andmanaging Adobe s digital assets.LauraMoody(MLIS 2004)landed her dream job as the first PublicServices Librarian at the new Rock andRoll Hall of Fame Library and Archivesin Cleveland, Ohio. Moody is workingwith her colleagues to develop what isplanned to be the largest collection ofrock and roll research in the world.What Do You Aspire To Be?Our alumni are putting their Master of Library and Information Science(MLIS) degrees to work in diverse and global information landscapes,encompassing varied industries and professional positions.SJSU SLIS graduates work at medical facilities, law firms, public libraries,academic libraries, high-tech companies, schools, and more. Their businesscards carry titles such as Information Architect, Usability Analyst, Librarian,and Web Technologist – just a sampling of what you can be.Discover your dream career Choose from many pathwaysSJSU SLIS offers a wealth of career The wide range of electives availabledevelopment resources that will help to our MLIS students allows them toyou find the career pathway that’s pursue numerous career pathways.right for you. These resources include All of our graduates receive a diplomaself-assessment quizzes to help you that says they earned an MLIS degree,pinpoint your career direction, without noting any specialization.résumé workshops, job search tips However, we’ve developed a dozenand strategies, job listings, and career career pathways to help studentsguidance. All of our career resources explore and select electives. Manyare freely available on our website: students choose courses from moreLibrarianshiphttp://slisweb.sjsu.edu/careers than one career pathway, buildingskillsets that are comprehensiveand transferable to a wide range oforganizations and industries.Career PathwaysLeadershipand ManagementArchival Studies andRecords ManagementYouthLibrarianshipDigitalServicesSpecialAcademicLibrarianship Information InstructionTeacher Information RetrievalLibrarianshipEmerging Technologies“I entered the job marketwith usable skills.”Spring 2012 graduatePublicLibrarianshipWeb Programming andInformation Architecture
    • Check outthe titles of some of ournewest coursesCuration of New Digital MediaData MiningInformation VisualizationTablet ProgrammingTechnology ForecastingThe Hyperlinked LibraryWeb Analytics“The internship at NASA wasthe perfect opportunity to gainexperience and start working for anagency that will put me on the pathto a career in government archives.”Ratana Ngaotheppitak (MLIS 2011)G E T I N V O L V E D• Professional AssociationStudent Chapters• Student Research Journal• Research Assistantships• Professional ConferencesMaster’s Degree in Library andInformation Science (MLIS)at San José State University School of Library and Information SciencePersonalized LearningSJSU SLIS students can customize their educational experience at our School to fittheir interests and career objectives, selecting from more than 60 electives offeredeach semester. The MLIS curriculum is constantly evaluated and updated to align withtoday’s job market and emerging trends in the library and information science field.In all courses, students explore how to use emerging technology. Many MLIS electivesspecifically focus on technology, such as courses in data mining, web analytics,information visualization, and use of mobile devices in information environments.Program Snapshot15 total courses:43 units Choice of thesis or e-portfolio6 required courses + 9 electivesto degree for culminating experienceInternshipsMLIS students can gain real-world experience in an information center whileexpanding their professional network by completing an internship as part oftheir coursework. Our robust internship program offers more than 200 internshipopportunities each semester, allowing students to choose the one that best fits theirprofessional interests.How do internships work in our fully online MLIS program? SJSU SLIS students havethe option to complete an on-site internship located near their home. Or they cancomplete a virtual internship, where they interact with a host organization that may belocated nearby or across the continent. Our expansive virtual internship program givesstudents the opportunity to engage in exciting learning opportunities that fit theircareer aspirations, regardless of where they live.Although we don’t require our MLIS students to complete an internship, many takeadvantage of the program’s numerous benefits. From trying out different organizationsand positions, to building their professional network and work experience, to enjoyingthe ultimate reward of full-time employment, student interns are enthusiastic aboutour program.Professional NetworkingNetworking opportunities abound at the SJSU School of Library and InformationScience. All new MLIS students receive a complimentary one-year membership intheir preferred professional association, including the American Library Association,Special Libraries Association, American Society for Information Science & Technology(ASIS&T), and ARMA International.MLIS students also benefit from the opportunity to participate in our School’s activeprofessional association student chapters. Students interact with their peers andprofessional leaders through virtual networking events, workshops, and conferences, aswell as blogs and online discussion forums. Our student chapters have won numerousawards recognizing their excellence and their innovative approach to serving onlinestudents, including the 2012 ASIS&T Student Chapter of the Year.
    • ----5Benefitsofour2. Technology is at the forefront ofeverything we do, with dedicated4. All of our School’s resourcesare focused on supporting onlineSchool’sFullyOnlineDeliveryModelresources to support adoption of newtechnologies that advance our onlinelearning environment.students, including our careercounseling, academic advising,and technology support team.3. All of our students are online 5. Our faculty can focus all their time,1. Coursework and instruction are students, who may live across energy, and creativity on meeting thedesigned for online learning. town or on the other side of the needs of our online students. OurOur instructors are experts in globe, providing a diversity of programs are only offered online.online teaching and only teach perspectives that enrich eachonline courses. student’s learning journey.Outstanding FacultyOur faculty members are award-winning scholars and leadersin their professional communities. Serving as investigators forgrant-funded research projects, they play an instrumental rolein the evolution of our field. Many are former practitioners,and some are currently working in the field, bringing apractical perspective to their courses. They contribute theirexpertise as educators and scholars in areas as diverse as schoollibrary media services, management, emerging technology,youth services, digital archives, preservation, knowledgemanagement, and reference services.Innovative Online EnvironmentEvery MLIS course at our School is taught fully online.Our instructors are experts in online teaching and receiveongoing training and mentoring to stay up-to-date with thelatest developments in online education. They use emergingtechnology in their courses to enrich student learning in ourengaging and interactive online environment.Our instructors and students exchange ideas and perspectivesvia live web conferences, recorded audio lectures, screencasts,emails, online discussion forums, blogs, instant messaging, andsocial networks. The multimedia format enlivens the learningexperience while introducing students to the same types oftools they’ll use in their future careers.“Using these communication technologies in thelearning environment was fun, and it was also part ofmy training as a real-world information professional.”Kate Tasker (MLIS 2012)As an MLIS student at our School, you’ll interact with yourinstructors frequently and conveniently. Our instructorswill facilitate your learning and engage with you throughouteach course. They are also committed to responding to yourquestions quickly, using a variety of communication tools,including instant messaging, emails, phone calls, and onlinediscussion forums.Our students get the preparation and technical assistancethey need to be successful in our online program. Before newSLIS students dive into their first courses, they are introducedto our School’s technology in a guided learning experience.This highly-supported, one-unit introductory course ensuresstudents are ready to hit the ground running and be successfulin our School’s online learning environment.Our Online MLIS Program Fits into Your Life• Earn your MLIS degree from San JoséState University without stepping footon the Silicon Valley campus. Thereare no on campus orientations or otherrequired in-person events.• Begin the program when mostconvenient for you. You can apply foradmission in the fall or spring semester.• Complete the program at your ownpace. You can attend as a full timeor part time student, choosing thenumber of courses you want to takeeach semester.• Fit coursework around your schedule.Most course content is deliveredasynchronously.• Intern at an information center orhigh tech company located acrossthe country through our virtualinternship program.• Access the resources you need virtually,including academic advising, facultyoffice hours, library resources, careercounseling, technical support, and more.
    • “Given the current trends inthe field, I think this degreewill give me a competitiveedge over recent gradswho completed a moretraditional MLIS program.”Spring 2012 graduateApplying to the MLIS ProgramWe’re excited that you are considering earning your ALA-accredited MLIS degree from the San José State UniversitySchool of Library and Information Science. You can apply foradmission in the fall or spring semester. Please check ourwebsite for current application deadlines:http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/applicationdeadlinesmlisAdmission Requirements:• A Bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited institutionin any discipline with an overall GPA of at least 3.0• A general understanding of computers and technology• Access to a computer with Internet connection• International applicants must have a TOEFL scoreof 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version)or 100 (Internet-based)We do not require a GMAT or GRE test, letters of recommendation,a statement of purpose, or a résumé.Three StepApplication Process:123Fill out the online application formPay the $55 application feeSend your transcriptsTuitionThere are two types of fee structures for our MLIS students.Our regular session students live near the San José, Californiacampus, and their tuition is established by the California StateUniversity System. Everyone else is considered a special sessionstudent. Special session is open to all students, regardless ofwhere they live. Special session tuition is $474 per unit, witha total cost of $20,382 for the degree (43 units). Details abouttuition for regular session students can be found on ourwebsite: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/feesScholarshipsEach spring, our School awards several scholarships to currentMLIS students who have demonstrated academic excellence.In addition, San José State University has over 900 scholarshipsavailable to students, ranging from $100 to $2,500 per year.AssistantshipsMany MLIS students work as student assistants, helpingSJSU SLIS faculty and staff while gaining hands-on experiencewith research and professional projects. Student assistantshipopportunities vary each semester. Student assistantships arepaid part-time positions.“I believe the SJSU SLIS program is the bestchoice for those who seek a holistic learningexperience in our field.”Spring 2012 graduate
    • About SJSU SLISThe San José State University School of Library and InformationScience is a recognized leader in online learning and is a memberof the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) and Quality Matters. In2012, the School’s online programs received a score in theexemplary range according to the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard forthe Administration of Online Education Programs.In addition to the fully online Master of Library andInformation Science (MLIS) program, SJSU SLIS offers thefollowing programs:• Teacher Librarian Program• Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA)• Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science• San José Gateway PhD ProgramAccreditationsOur MLIS program is fully accredited by theAmerican Library Association (ALA). The program hasbeen continuously accredited by ALA since 1969. Inaddition, San José State University is accredited by theWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).Contact UsFor more information about ourMLIS program, please contact:Linda Main, PhDAssociate DirectorEmail: Linda.Main@sjsu.eduWelcome to SLIS!Scan this code with your smartphone to watch a brief videofrom Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at SJSU SLIS.Let the learning begin:slisweb.sjsu.edu