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Ma Prog Requirements Aug 3 09

  1. 1. University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science MA Program Degree Requirements June 2009 A total of 12 courses or 36 credits plus the submission of an electronic portfolio are required in order to graduate. Each class represents three credits. 1. Core Classes (all four courses below are required): IRLS 504: Foundations of Library & Information Services IRLS 506: Research Methods for Library & Information Professionals IRLS 515: Organization of Information IRLS 520: Ethics for Library & Information Professionals 2. Distributed Electives (choose one from each of the four categories below): Evaluation of User Needs & Information Resources Focuses on issues related to intermediating information needs and uses, with an emphasis on the identification and evaluation of information-bearing objects singly and in collections. IRLS 521: Children & Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural Society IRLS 524: Information Resource & Services IRLS 532: Online Searching IRLS 533: Medical Online Searching IRLS 560: Information Resources Development IRLS 572: Government Information: Policy & Resources IRLS 585: Information Literacy Instruction IRLS 587: Information Seeking Behaviors IRLS 589: Scholarly Communication IRLS 660: Business Information Resources IRLS 671: Introduction to Digital Collections IRLS 696B: Issues in Libraries: Writing Seminar Management of Information Services Focuses on issues related to the management of information resources, services, organizations, and environments, with an emphasis on planning, evaluating, and strategizing. IRLS 502: Management & Security of Public Non-Profit Information Systems IRLS 561: Academic Library Administration & Practice IRLS 562: Public Library Administration & Practice IRLS 564: Corporate Library Administration & Practice IRLS 565: Health Sciences Library Practice & Administration IRLS 581: School Library Administration & Practice IRLS 608: Planning & Evaluation of Library & Information Centers IRLS 613: Decision Making for Library & Information Professionals 1
  2. 2. IRLS 673: Managing the Digital Information Environment IRLS 681e: Law Library Practice & Administration Information Technology & Networked Digital Information Focuses on issues related to information and communication technologies and networks, with an emphasis on impacts on individual users, groups, organizations, and society. IRLS 570: Database Development & Management IRLS 571: Introduction to Information Technology IRLS 573: Information Technology in Libraries IRLS 574: Digital Libraries IRLS 575: User Interface & Website Design IRLS 614: Information Theory & Transfer IRLS 634: Data Management in Health Care Systems IRLS 646: Health Care Information Theory IRLS 650: Theory of Leadership & Organization IRLS 672: Introduction to Applied Technology IRLS 674: Preservation of Digital Collections IRLS 675: Advanced Digital Collections Cultural Perspectives on Libraries and Information Focuses on issues related to equity and diversity, with an emphasis on the values and service orientation of the library and information professions. IRLS 521: Children & Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural Society IRLS 542: Issues in Special Collections IRLS 550: Information Environments from Hispanic & Native American Perspectives IRLS 551: Equity of Access IRLS 553: Issues in Culture & Information Technology IRLS 554: Diverse Cultures, Communities, & Libraries IRLS 555: Issues in Indigenous Information Services IRLS 556: Adult Services in Public Libraries: Theory & Practice from Cultural Perspectives IRLS 557: Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communities IRLS 559: Marketing of Library and Information Services to Communities IRLS 651: Information Policy & Cultural Perspectives 3. Free Electives • Two classes from the distributed elective categories above or from any other SIRLS courses listed on our schedule. 4. Other Curricular Options (choose two courses, or six credits, from the following): • UA, non-SIRLS, or out of department courses (prior approval is required from faculty advisor) • Most DigIn Certificate Program courses (IRLS 671, 672, 673, 674, 675) 2
  3. 3. • Internship/practicum (limit three credits within 36 credits; faculty advisor approval is required; students may take an additional internship beyond 36 credits but only three credits may be presented for the MA) • Independent study (approval from faculty advisor is required; must be directed by a SIRLS full-time faculty member) • Thesis (usually six credits across two semesters) • Additional SIRLS electives (distributed electives or not). • SIRLS students may only transfer credits earned from another ALA-accredited library and information science program. Up to six transfer credits in which a letter grade of A or B was earned may be accepted upon approval of the student's advisor. Transfer credits cannot be used to take the place of any of the four core courses (IRLS 504, 506, 515, 520). Courses taken at the University of Arizona are not transfer courses; they are out-of- department courses and must also be approved by the student's advisor before they can be applied to the degree. Additional restrictions are placed on out-of-department courses, such as they cannot be older than six years at the time of graduation and a letter grade of at least a B must be earned. In summary, students can present only one internship or practicum toward the 36 credits needed to graduate. If students take two non-SIRLS courses for six credits, UA or otherwise, they cannot then present internship or practica credits for graduation. 5. Electronic Portfolio (required capstone assignment; no credits attached): • An introductory, or beginning, competency reflection is due as part of an IRLS 504 homework assignment • A mid-program competency reflection is due the semester you complete 18 credits; your Plan of Study (POS) will not be approved until you have completed this step • A professional reflection is due any time during your program of study at SIRLS • A final program reflection is due the semester of graduation • ePortfolio website: Please contact any of the following people with questions about the above information: Program Coordinator, Sr., Polly Lindeman Mitchell, Admissions Officer Geraldine Fragoso, Interim Director Tom Wilding, 3