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   Chapter Four - Fields of Study

 Library and Information Science
 About the Program  Graduate Studies Committee  Courses

 Accreditation  Facilities  Areas of Study  Requirements
 Joint Degree Program  For More Information

Degrees Offered

Master of Library and Information Science
Doctor of Philosophy


The University's program for the degree of Master of Library and Information Science has been accredited by the American Library Association. (The ALA does not concern itself with accrediting programs in library and information science at levels other than the master's degree.) The programs for the certification of learning resources personnel have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Texas Education Agency. In the area of information science no accrediting body has been established.

Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities for students in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science include an exceptionally strong collection of books, periodicals, and other materials dealing with library and information science, as well as an Information Processing Laboratory equipped with computers and other technology.

The outstanding University library system is a laboratory for library and information science students. Other laboratory facilities in Austin include the public library; learning resources centers in elementary and secondary schools and a community college; archival repositories focused on international, national, state, and local levels; and many special libraries and information centers in fields such as law, medicine, and theology, in the chemical and electronics industries, and in agencies of the state government.

Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services provides advanced computer equipment and software for instructional and research use, supplementing the school's own computer facility.

Areas of Study

The curriculum provides for specialization in one or more of the areas of librarianship, learning resources, information science, archival and records enterprise, and preservation and conservation studies.

Programs of study in librarianship may emphasize a type of work, such as concentration on information resources and services, on access to information and materials, or on administration; a type of library, such as academic, public, special, law, or medical; a type of materials, such as rare books, archives, government publications, or Latin American materials; or a type of clientele, such as children, young adults, or adults. In the learning resources area, study may focus on work with resources and services in elementary or secondary schools, in junior or senior colleges, in professional schools such as medical schools, or in other settings, such as training centers in business and government.

Specialization in information science provides preparation for information-related careers in business and government as well as for work with information systems in libraries and learning resources centers. Programs of study may emphasize information-system design, information management, or information services. Programs in archival and records enterprise emphasize preparation for careers in archival administration or records management. Those pursuing such careers typically work in government- or business-sponsored archives, in business or governmental records management programs, or in libraries. Programs of study in preservation administration and conservation are designed to prepare the student to maintain library collections and archival holdings, from managing entire facilities to treating individual items. Those pursuing such careers commonly work in academic and research libraries, archives, and private practice.

In all five areas, work at the post-master's-degree level may prepare the student for advanced positions as a practitioner or for research and teaching in the field.

Graduate Studies Committee

Admission and Degree Requirements

Master of Library and Information Science

A student seeking to enter the program must submit an application for admission to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. He or she must also supply the Graduate School of Library and Information Science with satisfactory letters of reference from three persons attesting to the applicant's character, scholarly ability, and professional promise.

Although it is not required for admission or graduation, a reading knowledge of one or more modern foreign languages is usually essential in positions involving work of a scholarly nature in university, public, and special libraries. French, Spanish, German, and Russian have been the languages most commonly needed, but other major foreign languages may be equally useful. Students interested in the Latin American Library Studies program must have a reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese.

Facility in the use of computers is essential in professional work in library and information science. This may be acquired through coursework in the school, but prior knowledge of computer applications is extremely desirable. A working knowledge of statistics and applied psychology is a practical necessity for positions involving administrative responsibilities.

The master's degree program entails thirty-six semester hours of graduate and upper-division coursework (not more than nine hours of the latter). At least twenty-four hours must be in graduate-level library and information science courses, including certain required courses. Up to twelve hours, depending on the student's background and objectives, may be in closely related courses in other subject areas; these courses must augment professional preparation; they do not ordinarily constitute a minor field in the degree program. A student's choice of courses must have the approval of the graduate adviser. A thesis, expository report, or internship report is not required but may be presented as part of the program.

Applicants for degree candidacy are required to have an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 in their MLIS study. Within the overall grade point average, applicants must have an average of at least 3.00 in all library and information science courses, including those not listed on the Application for Degree Candidacy. High grades in courses outside library and information science do not serve to offset an average of less than 3.00 in library and information science. On the other hand, high grades in library and information science may raise the overall average. Library and information science courses that are to be listed on the Application for Degree Candidacy may not be taken on the credit/no credit basis.

Doctor of Philosophy

To be admitted to the program for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a major in library and information science, an applicant ordinarily must have either a master's degree from a school of library and information science accredited by the American Library Association, or a master's degree in a related field, or an equivalent degree from an institution outside the United States. Ordinarily the applicant should have had a substantial period of appropriate work experience after completion of the master's degree. Information about additional requirements is available from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

To earn the doctoral degree, the student must complete at least thirty-six semester hours of coursework approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Each student's program is planned around a fifteen-semester-hour core in accordance with his or her background and objectives. The doctoral program is interdisciplinary, and courses from other fields supplement those in library and information science, as required by the student's objectives.

The student must also fulfill the research tool requirement by demonstrating competence in the following: (1) reading knowledge of one foreign language appropriate to the student's area of research, and (2) knowledge of descriptive, inferential, or nonparametric statistics or qualitative data analysis. The fulfillment of the research tool requirement is usually demonstrated by completion of nine semester hours of coursework in each tool area.

Before admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree the student must pass a qualifying examination in library and information science and related areas. After admission to candidacy, the student must engage in a program of research culminating in a dissertation and a final oral examination in defense of it.

Detailed information is available from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Post-Master's-Degree Advanced Study

A sixth year of advanced study is available to meet the individual needs of experienced professionals who wish to prepare for specialized positions in such fields as administration, archives, information science, school media supervision, particular subjects (including the Latin American libraries field), and work with special groups. The student must have a clearly defined objective. Admission to the sixth-year program requires a master's degree in library and/or information science, or in a related field, and ordinarily at least two years of successful professional-level experience. Other admission requirements include letters of recommendation and an interview with the dean. Completion of thirty semester hours of planned study beyond the master's degree entitles the student to a certificate showing this accomplishment. The plan of study must be approved by the graduate adviser.

An Endorsement of Specialization to the Master of Library and Information Science, requiring twelve semester hours of planned study, may be earned without professional experience.

Detailed information is available from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Preservation and Conservation Studies

Preservation and conservation studies comprises concentrations in preservation administration and conservator studies for libraries and archives. The preservation administration specialization requires at least forty-eight semester hours of study, including the basic courses required for the MLIS. A student who already holds a master's degree in library and information science may pursue the post-master's-degree Advanced Certificate in Preservation Administration, which requires thirty semester hours of coursework.

Three years of full-time study are required for the concentration in conservator studies. Additional admission procedures and deadlines have been established for this concentration: admission to the MLIS program does not guarantee or imply admission to conservator studies.

Further information about these concentrations is available from the director of preservation and conservation studies.

Other Programs of Graduate Work

Professional certification as a learning resources specialist may be earned concurrently with the master's degree; all the courses required for certification except Library and Information Science 388P (Topic 2: Practicum in School Libraries) may also be applied to the Master of Library and Information Science degree program if the student is enrolled in the Graduate School when he or she takes them.

Students in graduate programs in other subject areas of the University may minor in library and information science, with the approval of the officially designated adviser in their major field.

Detailed information about these programs is available from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Joint Degree Program

Master of Library and Information Science/Master of Arts with a Major in Middle Eastern Studies[3]

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science offer a joint program leading to the Master of Arts with a major in Middle Eastern studies and the Master of Library and Information Science. The program combines training in library and information science and study of the cultures and societies of the Middle East and North Africa.

Students seeking admission to the joint degree program must apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Students must be accepted by each program separately in order to be admitted to the joint program. Like all other graduate applicants, the student is responsible for submitting any additional information required by the Graduate Studies Committee for each program.

Students must complete sixty-nine semester hours of coursework, including a professional report co-supervised by a faculty member from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a faculty member from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish equal to that shown by completion of two years of coursework.

Details are available from the graduate adviser of either program.

3. Final approval of this program is pending.

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