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School Librarianship (Library & Information Studies, M.L.I.S)

The Masters in Library and Information Studies with a Concentration in School Librarianship is for licensed teachers seeking to add a school library endorsement to a teaching license. Students will be advised into a 30-credit-hour plan of study leading to an endorsement in library media K-12. Students interested in school librarianship who do not have a teaching license should apply for the Master of Library and Information Studies degree and may have additional coursework and requirements.

School Librarianship (Library & Information Studies, M.L.I.S)


Description


What is Library and Information Studies at ODU like?

The Masters in Library and Information Studies with a Concentration in School Librarianship is for licensed teachers seeking to add a school library endorsement to a teaching license. Students will be advised into a 30-credit-hour plan of study leading to an endorsement in library media K-12. Students interested in school librarianship who do not have a teaching license should apply for the Master of Library and Information Studies degree and may have additional coursework and requirements.

Program Highlights


What makes Library and Information Studies at ODU unique?

  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions they will need for careers in a complex information and technology-based society.

  • Engage students with their communities by providing project-based learning and internships in real-world settings.

  • Focus on the preparation of culturally responsive librarians who can provide resources and services for increasingly diverse communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.

  • Connect students to library and information professions.

  • The Master of Library and Information Studies Program at Old Dominion University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Initial accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Fall 2028.

  • Nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians and CAEP and by the Virginia Department of Education for the preparation of school librarians.

  • Learn more about the Master of Library and Information Studies program by visiting: Library & Information Studies at ODU

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$73,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in library science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Librarians

$60,760

MEDIAN SALARY


Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Library and Information Studies at ODU?

LIBS 608:
Foundations in Library and Information Science


This course provides social, cultural, and historical perspectives on libraries and librarianship. The purpose, functions, and processes of information and library science are explored. Current types of libraries and information agencies are explored including certification and licensure for various specialties. Legal, ethical, advocacy, and economic policies, trends, and positions are addressed.

LIBS 612:
Research Methods in Library and Information Studies


This course will introduce students to theoretical and applied research design, methodologies, and evaluation of research in library and information science |LIS). The course will include a review of existing research, allowing students to evaluate and assess the potential value of literature and research findings through critical analysis. Basic qualitative and quantitative research protocols will be learned through this class.

LIBS 680:
Culturally Responsive Librarianship


This course provides thought-provoking background and practical suggestions for engaging with a diverse population. Participants explore their own assumptions about race, class, and culture and learn strategies for creating environments and an open dialog that are culturally inviting to all.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Library and Information Studies at ODU?

Students entering the MLIS program in Library and Information Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Applicants may hold a bachelor's degree in any field. Applicants to the School Library Concentration must have a teaching license. Students interested in school library licensure who do not have a teaching license may be advised into additional coursework and testing.

  • A Virginia Collegiate Professional License or an equivalent license from another state.

  • A 500 word essay addressing how this degree will forward your pursuit of lifelong learning.

  • Application to Graduate School

  • Current Resume

  • If the applicant's primary language is not English, submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that meets the University's current standard.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Name:

Sue Kimmel


Location:

3108 EDUCATION BUILDING , NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5714


For General Inquiries:

libraryscience@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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