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Refer to the catalog (http://coursecatalog.syr.edu/) which is revised yearly, for University rules and regulations. It is your responsibility to be informed about your program requirements. You should consult your faculty advisor or the Graduate Academic Advisor, if you have any questions or uncertainties. NOTE: The Course Catalog is only updated once per year in the summer, so if you see a discrepancy in your requirements, check with Academic Advising (for example, using 635 or 682 in place of 618).

Course descriptions

Brief course descriptions are listed in the Graduate School Catalog, on the school’s website, and in the school’s own brochures. Each faculty member is also required to post a copy of the syllabus for each course taught every term. These syllabi are found on the course schedule page (iSchool Graduate Courses) by clicking on the individual course and choosing the most recent semester/term.

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A link to all iSchool internship guides is always available on the iSchool website (https://ischool.syr.edu/careers/career-resources/internships/). These guides contain all the information and instructions necessary for doing an internship. For students entering the program Fall 2022, the internship will be an elective and IST773 will be the exit requirement.  For students who entered the program before Fall 2022, they must petition to waive the internship in lieu of 773 which will be first offered Spring 2023.

Email and Email Lists (Listservs™)

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  • Focus on the users of library and information services: Keeping the needs of users—and potential users—of library and information services in the foreground is a fundamental value of librarianship.
  • Use of technology to provide exemplary library and information services: Librarians need to be able to use technology effectively to provide quality library and information services.
  • Management of information services and systems: Librarians must be competent managers of information, capable of innovation, efficiency, and leadership to meet the needs of their clientele.

Core Courses:

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15 credits

M.S.L.I.S. core courses provide a solid grounding in the knowledge, skills, and values of the library and information profession. The 1815- credit M.S.L.I.S. core has three parts introductory course (3 credits), information resources courses (9 credits), and management and policy courses course (6 3 credits).

For on-campus students, the schedule of the M.S.L.I.S. core courses is:

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Class #

Course Title

Course Information

IST 511

Introduction to the Library and Information ProfessionCultural Competence for Information Professionals

  • 3 credits
  • Offered in the fall on campus

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Class #

Course Title

Course Information

IST 605

Reference and Information Literacy Services

  • 3 credits
  • Offered in the fall on campus

IST 613

Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment

  • 3 credits
  • Offered in the spring on campus (2nd year students)

IST 616

Information Resources: Organization and Access

  • 3 credits
  • Offered in the fall on campus 

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Management  Course: 3 credits

Class #

Course Title

Course Information

IST 614*, 717**

Management Principles for Information ProfessionalsLibrary Management and Leadership

  • 3 credits
  • Offered in the fall and spring on campus

IST 618***

Information Policy

  • 3 credits
  • Offered in the fall and spring on campus

*IST 661 - Managing a School Library also fulfills this requirement and is a part of the School Media specialization requirements. IST 661 is 3 credits and offered online traditionally in October and April. 

** IST 717 - Advanced Library Managment may be substituted in place of 614

*** IST 635 or IST 682 may be substituted in place of 618

Core Course Availability for Online Students



For online students, the schedule/rotation of the M.* Students who enrolled before Fall 2022 may use IST614 in place of 717.


Core Course Availability for Online Students

For online students, the schedule/rotation of the M.S.L.I.S. core courses is:

Class #

Course Title

Availability

511Introduction

to the Library and Information ProfessionCultural Competence for Information Professionals

All quarters

605

Reference and Information Literacy Services

All quarters

613

Library Planning, Marketing, and AssessmentJanuary,

April, and October All quarters

614

Management Principles for Information Professionals


All quarters

616

Information Resources: Organization and Access

All quarters

618*

Information Policy

All quarters

* IST 635 or IST 682 may be substituted in place of 618





Electives:

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18 credits

Electives allow students to extend their core knowledge and skills in directions of their choice. The M.S.L.I.S. Focus Areas can help students select courses more easily.

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There are three ways to fulfill the exit requirement for students who entered the program before Fall 2022:

IST 973 – Internship in Information Studies

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Internships can be suggested by the iSchool Career Services staff and faculty members, or the student can pursue sites on his or her own initiative. Once a contact is made, however, the internship must be arranged through the school in order to qualify. To start the internship process, review the Internship Guide (coming soon).

Students should note that the School of Information Studies cannot guarantee a paid internship arrangement. Some internship sites receive many applications, which means that selection is competitive. Sometimes the internship which bests meets your learning requirements will require you to relocate to that site for the length of the internship.

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The most recent version of the Proposal for Independent Study Course form can be found at:  Advising Forms

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For students who enter the program Fall 2022 and after, the Exit Requirement will be IST773 Reflective Portfolio. The internship may be done as an elective.

Waiver for Prior Work Experience

The M.S.L.I.S. program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). According to guidelines set by the ALA, credit cannot be waived for prior or current work or life experience. However, your prior or current work experience should guide the choice of courses and electives, and will help to inform any future work situation, and may permit you to take an extra elective in place of an internship.

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Students may petition to change the primary delivery format of their degree program. Email iadvising@syr.edu to request a Graduate Program Transfer Form.

On-campus students (semester calendar) may apply for admission to the online learning program (quarter calendar), given extenuating circumstances that prevent them from continuing in the full- or part-time on-campus program. Since online learning students may always take campus-based courses, they do not frequently request a change of program format.

On-campus students do not need to petition to change the primary delivery format of their degree program in order to take an elective which is offered online in the semester calendar.

Flex Format: M.S.L.I.S. to School Media

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For the first year of study, campus-based Flex Format students apply and are admitted into the M.S. in Library and Information Science program. They take their core classes in an on-campus classroom setting and then transition to the online quarter plan to take the school media courses. This gives School Media students the opportunity to build relationships with campus-based students, faculty, and staff, as well as take full advantage of on-campus resources, events, and networking opportunities. NOTE: Plans are in consideration for making all required courses for school media to be available on campus with IST courses or petitioning to accept selected courses from the School of Education.

At the end of the first year, using the Internal Transfer form requested from iadvising@syr.edu, Flex students transfer into the M.S. in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization for the remainder of their coursework, which is completed online.

Flex Format students and online M.S.L.I.S. students who wish to transfer to the School Media specialization must meet additional NYSED requirements, which include taking the GRE exam, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and a specific personal statement related to student learning, prior to starting school media coursework. The most up-to-date School Media specialization requirements are outlined in the application checklist located on the iSchool website: https://ischool.syr.edu/admissions/checklists/lis-lis-school-media-checklist/ Note that the application fee is not necessary for current students. NOTE: As of July Fall 2023, only certified teachers may be admitted to the LIS: School Media Programinternship hours will double from 240 to 480 for students who do not hold a prior teaching certification/license.

MSLIS: Plan Your Program and Choose Your Professional Pathway

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All students must complete six required courses. It is highly recommended that you take the MSLIS core courses in the first two semesters/quarters:

LIS core courses:

  • IST 511 Introduction to the Library and Information ProfessionCultural Competence for Information Professionals
  • IST 605 Reference and Information Literacy Services
  • IST 616 Information Resources: Organization and Access
  • IST 613 Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment (taken in second year)

Common core courses across master’s degrees:

  • IST 614 Management Principles for Information Professionals - or take 661 or 717
  • IST 618 Information Policy (recommended not to take at same time as 613) - or take 635 or 682IST 717 Library Management and Leadership (IST614 is acceptable for students entering the program prior to Fall 2022)

For the professional pathways and course examples listed below, the following abbreviations indicates the delivery format and availability: S – Semester; Q – Quarter; S/Q – Semester and Quarter; and * – Indicates pending demand and instructor availability.

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IST 611 - Information Technologies in Educational Organizations (Q)

IST 617 - Motivational Aspects of Information Use (S)IST 635 - Collection Development and Access (S/Q)IST 646 - Storytelling for Information Professionals and Access (S/Q)

IST 649 – Human Interaction with Computers (S)

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Examples of courses you can take:

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IST 604 - Cataloging of Information Resources (pending demand)

IST 631 - Theory of Classification and Subject Representation (pending demand)

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IST 612 - Youth Services in Libraries and Information Centers (Q)

IST 617 - Motivational Aspects of Information Use (S)

IST 646 - Storytelling for Information Professionals (S)

IST 662 - Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals (S/Q)

IST 663 - Motivating 21st Century Learning (SInstructional Leadership for School Librarians (Q)

IST 672 - Public Library as Institution (S/Q)

IST 682 - Cultural Competence for Information Professionals (S/Q)

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Courses with an * indicate core M.S.L.I.S. courses.

Introductory

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Course: 3 credits

Class #

Course Title

Course Information

IST 511*

Introduction to the Library and Information ProfessionCultural Competence for Information Professionals

  • 3 credits
  • Available semester and quarter

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Class #

Course Title

Course Information

IST 605*

Reference and Information Literacy Services

  • 3 credits
  • Available semester and quarter

IST 613*

Library Planning, Marketing and Assessment

  • 3 credits
  • Available semester and quarter (2nd year students)

IST 616*

Information Resources: Organization and Access

  • 3 credits
  • Available semester and quarter

 Management

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Course:

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3 credits

Class #

Course Title

Course Information




IST 618*

Information Policy

(May substitute with 635 or 682)

  • 3 credits
  • Available semester and quarter

IST 661

Managing a School Library

  • 3 credits
  • Available quarter

IST618 was required but as of Fall 2021 is an elective.

 School Media Core Courses: 15 credits

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Class #

Course Title

Course Information

IST 972

School Media PracticumFully supervised and evaluated school-based library experiences at the elementary and secondary levels (120 hours each)Practicum

Fully supervised and evaluated school-based library experiences at the elementary and secondary levels (120 hours each). Certified teachers may omit the 120 hours for the grade level they work in. Beginning Fall 2023, students without prior teaching certification who are entering the program, internship hours will be 240 in elementary and 240 in secondary. For certified teachers, the requirement will be 50 hours.

 School Media Core Course Availability for Online Students

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The course number for school media practica is IST 972. The For students entering the program prior to Fall 2023, the student registers for IST 972 once (240 hours total), with both 120-hour practica experiences counting towards the grade in the course. You MAY carry practica hours into two quarters and not only the quarter in which you enroll. You do not need to register/pay again if you extend into another term.

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One difference between our campus and our online M.S.L.I.S. is the course schedule which differs from the typical University semester schedule. Traditional SU semesters run three times per year for 15 weeks: one in the fall, which begins in August, one in the spring, which begins in January, and one in the summer, which begins in May. https://www.syracuse.edu/academics/calendars/academic-year/  Courses offered in our online M.S.L.I.S. run four times per year, or in quarter terms, for 11 weeks. SU has a separate academic calendar, a quarter-term calendar, which provides dates and deadlines specifically for our online classes. This academic calendar lists registration dates, financial deadlines, first day of asynchronous coursework, first day of face-to-face live classes, final examination dates, grade availability, etc. The 2019-2020 quarter term calendar can be found at syracuse.edu/academics/calendars/quarter-term/.

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The iSchool has very few requirements in term of order of classes. However, M.S.L.I.S. students are expected to take IST 511 and IST 605 during their first semester or quarter. IST 605 must be taken before IST 613, which should be taken in the second year. We recommend NOT taking 613 and 618 at the same time.

How do I know when registration opens for the various semesters and quarters?

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Students who already possess a master’s degree in library science from Syracuse University, or another accredited institution, can be certified as school library media specialists by completing the coursework requirements described under our Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media (C.A.S. School Media). In addition to the 21-credit C.A.S., those who process an M.S.L.I.S. degree also need to complete the six workshops required by New York State for certification, Dignity for All Students (DASA) workshop, state teacher exams, fingerprinting, fieldwork, practica, and other NYSED requirements. NOTE: NYSED changes in 2026 2023 will result in admitting only certified teachers to the CAS: School Media Specialization as of July 2023in double internship hours, from 240 to 480 in addition to 100 hours of fieldwork.

Why are education courses not required?

Syracuse University School of Information Studies has worked with the New York State Education Department to design a curriculum that integrates all necessary educational preparation as part of our comprehensive school media specialization. At the completion of the M.S.L.I.S. with School Media specialization, all requirements for New York State certification will be satisfied. This includes the 2011 mandate from NYSED for a three-credit course on working with students with disabilities (IST 564). *NOTE: NYSED changes in 2026 will result in admitting only certified teachers to the School Media Specialization as of July 2023.

What is a credentials file?

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