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Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science


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Dominican’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science has long been a presence on Chicago’s higher education landscape, first offering library science programs in the 1930s.For more than 80 years, we’ve been there. Inspiring learners. Producing Leaders. Shaping the world of library and information science so that individuals and families everywhere get the most out of their library experience. At the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), ours is a higher standard. A standard founded on rigorous programming, exceptional and personalized instruction, and a deep understanding and appreciation for the needs of working professionals when it comes to graduate education.

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Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science

  1. 1. Innovations in Library Science.
  2. 2. Dr. Kate Marek, Professor and Interim Dean Academic areas of interest: Technology development in information services, including digital libraries and internet applications; information policy; global information issues Teaches the following courses: Introduction to Library and Information Science, Internet Fundamentals and Design, Advanced Web Design, Digital Libraries
  3. 3. • • • • • Give you an overview of librarianship today Tell you about Dominican University What is distinctive about GSLIS? Programs and degree requirements Application process and financial aid options • Questions and answers
  4. 4. • We are guided by relevant professional standards and core competencies
  5. 5. • A master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library and information science program prepares and qualifies you for a professional career in LIS. • Visit
  6. 6. ALA has established standards in: • Mission, goals, and objectives • Curriculum • Faculty • Students • Administration and financial support • Physical resources and facilities
  7. 7. Librarians are expert in • Location, evaluation, selection, acquisition; • Organization, storage and retrieval, preservation; • Creation and dissemination of all types of information (print, digital, audiovisual, and more)
  8. 8. • • • • • • • Youth services librarian Reference librarian Archivist, digital archivist School library media specialist Instructional services librarian Outreach librarian Many more roles!
  9. 9. • • • • • • Academic/college libraries Public libraries Schools (K-12) Special/corporate libraries Archives Museums & other cultural institutions
  10. 10. • Opportunities exist; flexibility is key • Favorable trend: 90% of 2012 grads were employed one year after graduation, compared with 83% in 2011 grads and 79% in 2010 (DU Office of Institutional Research) • GSLIS Career Services support; access to Dominican’s online jobs database; annual Career Day; periodic workshops
  11. 11. “As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.”
  12. 12. “The premier, service-oriented education at GSLIS takes place within the context of the university’s commitment to values-centered student development and our commitment to relevant professional standards, emerging technologies, and cultural inclusivity.”
  13. 13. • • • • • Chicago’s only ALA-accredited MLIS Exceptional faculty with practical experience Small class sizes; personalized experience Wide variety of courses and pathways Flexible options: evenings, weekends, online, downtown, main campus • Proximity to Chicago institutions • Supportive alumnae/i network
  14. 14. • Teaching • Student advising • Scholarship and professional development • Service to the university community
  15. 15. • Four required courses (12 hours) − LIS 701 Intro. to Library & Information Science − LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge − LIS 704 Reference & Online Services − LIS 770 Management of Libraries and Information Centers OR LIS 773 School Libraries • Eight elective courses (24 hours) − More than 80 to choose from
  16. 16. • Completion of degree in 6 years • 3.0 minimum grade point average on 4.0 scale • Technology competency expectations met • Successful completion of an e-portfolio • A thesis is NOT required
  17. 17. • Nine required courses (27 hours) − − − − LIS 701 Intro. to Library & Information Science LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge LIS 704 Reference and Online Services LIS 773 School Libraries − − − − − LIS 716 Leadership and Strategic Communication LIS 721 Library Materials for Children LIS 722 Library Materials for Young Adults LIS 724 Media Services and Production LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries • Three elective courses (9 hours)
  18. 18. Additional Requirements − LIS 728 Clinical Experience I−Student Teaching OR − LIS 729 Clinical Experience II−Internship − Education competencies − Illinois certification/licensure tests − Attend an in-person advising session
  19. 19. • Master of Business Administration, Brennan School of Business at Dominican • Master of Social Work, School of Social Work at Dominican • Master of Arts in Public History, Loyola University Chicago • Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary
  20. 20. 5 courses (out of your electives); may be earned as part of the MLIS, or to returning students with an ALA-accredited MLIS: • • • • Archival & Cultural Heritage Resources/Services Informatics Youth Services Knowledge Management (only 4 courses; may be earned post-baccalaureate) • Certificate of Special Study (post-MLIS)
  21. 21. • A second professional degree for holders of ALA-accredited MLIS or related information degrees, certified school librarians, archivists, etc. • 10 courses (30 hours) • Certificates (up to 2) may count toward the MPS • A thesis is NOT required
  22. 22. • Completion of degree in 3 years (option to extend) • Cohort model; all classes on weekends • Allows professionals to complete the degree without career interruption • 12 courses (36 hours); six required courses & six electives courses • Dissertation
  23. 23. • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution • Official transcripts from all schools attended in sealed envelopes • For GPA below 3.0, submit GRE or MAT scores • Two letters of recommendation • Personal essay • $50 application fee • International students please contact us regarding requirements
  24. 24. • The university recognizes graduate study is a significant financial commitment • Special, limited offer for new students beginning in summer or fall 2013 only • $500 per class across the degree • Up to $6,000 • Details in the acceptance letter
  25. 25. • Federal loans (must be registered for at least 2 courses) code = 001750 • Customized combination of sources for individual needs • Contact: Dominican University Financial Aid Office (Lewis Hall, Room 12),
  26. 26. • Off-campus: -Online College Central Network database at -Job postings bulletin board • On campus: -Faculty assistants -GSLIS office assistants
  27. 27. • • • Attend an upcoming event: • “Like” us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter; join the GSLIS LinkedIn group