Administered by the Department of Information Science at the University of North Texas, our Master of Science degree program gives you a strong foundation and sets you apart in the rapidly changing field of library science.
The Library Science master's program provides the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as a library science and information professional. Many graduates work in public libraries, academic libraries or special libraries maintained by government agencies, corporations, law firms, museums or medical centers. You can focus your studies on one of the following areas based on your career goals. Descriptions about each focus area are available on the next panel.
The master's program is accredited by the American Library Association (50 E. Huron St.; Chicago, Ill. 60611-2795; telephone 800-545-2433). This distinction means we have passed strict academic standards for excellence in education and secured a place among the leaders in the field.
Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended. The core courses are offered online with a face-to-face component known as a web institute.
Distance students participating in the web institute format meet at a web institute host site for either one nine-day institute or two four-day institutes and complete the remaining courses online. Cohorts are available in:
Outstanding student support and accolades The educational experience is enhanced by student organization activities, interaction with local chapters of national professional associations and pre-professional work with community libraries and corporations.
In addition to the ALA accreditation, our programs have been nationally recognized and received numerous other recognitions. The accolades include:
Provides the skills needed for production, archival and preservation of records, appraisal and acquisitions. Also prepares you to work with imaging for archives, museums and libraries.
Equips you to work in an environment that supports distributed learning. Also provides grounding in information and telecommunication technologies that underpin distributed learning, as well as a better understanding of copyright and intellectual property issues.
Prepares graduates to succeed in a wide range of positions in both private and public organizations. Also provides leadership and demonstrates theoretical knowledge of library and information science and their applications in different fields.
Supplies the necessary skills to organize information for a wide variety of information formats, resources, systems and environments. Graduates may be responsible for library cataloging, classification, metadata development and use.
Grooms you for careers in law libraries, information organizations using legal information resources and information publishers. Enables law librarians to play key roles in the management of legal information in diverse settings.
Primes you for a career in different library settings including metropolitan, suburban, rural, public and academic libraries where they can provide library services to people who teach and work with youth and youth-related information services.
Through the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium , you'll have access to a variety of offerings from other consortium members. We plan to enrich the WISE offerings through several of our courses each semester.
The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge assembles scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate and consult on technologies and practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness. TxCDK provides research support services for faculty members and doctoral students, and it sponsors lectures and workshops.
Additional research labs include the Information Research and Analysis Lab , the Intelligent Information Access Lab and the Visual Thinking Lab
We're also members of several key organizations and consortiums that provide unique research opportunities to our students. Among them is the iSchools organization, which allows you to be trained in research by world renowned scholars.
You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School and supply the department the following:
For forms and more information about program admission requirements, visit our website. We also offer personal advising by phone and in person.
The university and department offer multiple options to help you pursue your graduate degree. The options include loans, library or teaching assistantships, scholarships, internships or co-ops, and part-time employment.
Flexible scheduling allows you to work part time or full time while pursuing your degree. Libraries, agencies and corporations offer part-time employment, internships or co-op experiences
Yvonne J. Chandler,Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Legal information services and research; Internet resources and services; education for library and information services.
Ana D. Cleveland, Regents Professor; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Medical informatics; information storage and retrieval; indexing and abstracting.
Yunfei Du, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Academic libraries; international librarianship; learning styles; e-learning
Elizabeth Figa, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois. Ethnographic study of information retrieval, information behavior, storytelling and oral tradition; narrative analysis; historical research methods.
Martin Halbert, Associate Professor and Dean of Libraries; Ph.D., Emory University. Leadership and social change; digital libraries.
Suliman Hawamdeh, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Sheffield (United Kingdom). Digital information management; knowledge management; information organization and information retrieval; organizational learning and learning organization.
Janet Hilbun, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University. School libraries; young adult literature.
Jeonghyun Kim, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Digital content management in libraries, museums and archives; human information behavior; information architecture.
Shawne D. Miksa, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. Organization, control and access to information entities; classification research and theory; information retrieval; bibliometrics; scholarly communication.
William E. Moen, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Information and Director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge; Ph.D., Syracuse University. Information organization; metadata; networked information discovery and retrieval; information technology standards; development and implementation; information policy; digital libraries; networked services design.
Brian O'Connor, Professor; Ph.D., University of California- Berkeley. Image document access; information seeking behavior; browsing studies; representation of questions and documents.
Barbara Schultz-Jones, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Collaboration networks; social networks; school library automation; information literacy in K-12 schools.
Daniella Smith, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. School libraries; professional leadership theory and development.
Maurice Wheeler, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Management; leadership; organizational culture; diversity; public libraries.
Oksana Zavalina, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois. Cataloging and classification; metadata; subject analysis; human information behavior
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