- MS Library Science/PA K-12 Certification
- MS Library Science/Juris Doctor
- Continuing Education
- Distance Education
- Graduate Assistantships/Scholarships
The mission of the Department of Library Science of Clarion University is to educate individuals for careers in a diverse information society.
To achieve its mission, the department will:
Teach students the major theories, principles, and current and emerging practices in the field
II. Leadership and Service
Instill in students the qualities, knowledge, skills, and passion inherent in effective leaders
Teach students to understand, design, conduct, and disseminate research in the library professions and related disciplines
IV. Professional Development
Provide opportunities for lifelong learning
The graduate program in library science provides professional study encompassing principles and techniques common to all types of libraries and information centers with the opportunity for advanced work in areas of special interest. The curriculum reflects today's applications of information technology in libraries and information centers.
The master's program at Clarion University was initiated in 1967 and has the distinction of being the first graduate library science program offered within the State System of Higher Education. The program has been accredited by the American Library Association since 1976.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Library Science degree program must meet Office of Graduate Studies admission requirements with the following additions:
an overall QPA for the baccalaureate degree of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; or
a 3.00 QPA for the last 60 credits of the baccalaureate degree with an overall quality-point average of at least 2.75; or
a 2.75 to 2.99 overall QPA for the baccalaureate degree with a score of at least 412 on the Miller Analogies Test or a combined score of at least 1,000 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination; or new test equivalent, or
a graduate degree in another discipline with an overall QPA of at least 3.00
International students are required to achieve a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL.
M.S.L.S. with Pennsylvania Library Science Certification
In addition to the above, students earning their initial M.S.L.S. certification with Pennsylvania Library Science Certification program must meet the following additional requirements:
completion of at least six credits of college-level mathematics; and
completion of at least six credits of college-level English composition and literature.
Applicants without valid teacher certification must also pass the Praxis I pre-professional skills tests. State law limits the number of applicants with an overall quality-point average for the baccalaureate degree of less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale who can be admitted to the School Library Media Certification program.
Students may begin their studies any semester, however, to complete the program in one year on campus requires a fall semester start. All students must enroll in LS 504 as close as possible to the start of their program as the department's course schedule permits. For most students this will be in their first term of study.
A maximum of six graduate semester hours may be transferred and/or waived in any of the following ways:
Acceptable graduate credits in library science completed at Clarion University as a non-degree student or at another institution with an ALA-accredited program may be transferred and applied toward the master's degree. The student is responsible for filing an official graduate transcript of any work presented for transfer credit with the chair of the Department of Library Science.
Graduate credit in related disciplines may be transferred upon prior approval by advisor and chair.
The degree of Master of Science in Library Science is conferred upon the candidate who has met the following requirements:
The completion of 36 hours of approved graduate study, including six required core courses (LS 500, 501, 502, 504, 550, and 573), one management course (LS 532 or 534), and five elective courses.
The maintenance of a cumulative average of 3.00 or higher. A student who receives a grade of "C" or lower in two or more courses is disqualified as a candidate in the degree program unless special permission to continue is obtained from the dean of the College of Education and Human Services and the coordinator of Graduate Studies.
The completion of all degree requirements within a six-year period. Course work over six years old may not be applied toward the degree.
A student wishing to obtain Pennsylvania Library Science Certification, K-12, must hold a valid teaching certificate (or meet the requirements for preliminary certification by taking required undergraduate courses); complete 36 semester hours of an approved curriculum in library science. Students without prior certification will take twelve semester hours of student teaching; students with emergency Pennsylvania Library Science Certification may petition the department to substitute a portfolio for the internship requirement.
Required courses for the Master of Science in Library Science degree with Pennsylvania Library Science Certification, K-12, include: LS 500, 501, 502, 504, 529, 532, 550, 577, 583, 589, and one elective course.
The department offers a joint M.S.L.S./J.D. program in cooperation with Widener University School of Law's Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, campus. Students must be admitted to both programs separately. Any six credits of coursework taken as part of a student's J.D. program may be applied to that student's M.S.L.S. program, and vice versa. These courses will be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisors.
The department also offers a joint MSLS/MA in Applied History program in cooperation with Shippensburg University. Students must be accepted by each instruction through a separate applications process at teach university. Students enrolled in the joint program will receive a six-hour (two-course) reduction in total hours required for the two degrees.
Certificate of Advanced Studies
The Certificate of Advanced Studies program is designed to provide the post-master's student an opportunity to expand and update professional skills and competencies through a structured pattern of continuing education. Study may be either full- or part-time. On a full-time basis, the certificate may be completed in two semesters. Requirements include a written statement of personal/professional goals, completion of a program of 24 graduate credits within a four-year period, and maintenance of a 3.00 QPA.
Documentation required for admission includes a goals statement, an official transcript from the school that granted the ALA-accredited master's degree in library science, completed university application for admission form and recommendation forms, and the application fee. Further information is available from the Graduate Studies office.
Individuals not interested in a formal degree or certificate program may enroll in courses as a non-degree student; however, no more than six credits of work completed as a non-degree student may later be transferred to a degree or certificate program. Students must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, submit a completed application form and official transcripts, and pay the application fee. Further information is available from the Graduate Studies office.
As part of its commitment to meeting the needs of all residents of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Department of Library Science offers an online program that utilizes various Web-based delivery techniques.
The program consists of the same MSLS graduate courses as the on campus program at Clarion University and students plan a cohesive course study with their faculty advisor. See www.clarion.edu/libsci for current program offerings. These courses may be taken part of the MSLS, the Certificate of Advanced Studies program, or individually for continuing education progress
The Department of Library Science has available a number of assistantships for both entering and continuing students. Continuing students may compete for several department scholarships. For more information concerning assistantships, refer to the general information section of this catalog. Graduate students are eligible for the following department scholarships:
The Ahmad F. M. Gamaluddin Scholarship in Library Science
The Charles R. Flack Scholarship in Library Science
The Elizabeth A. Rupert Graduate Scholarship in Library Science
The H. W. Wilson Scholarship
The Helen Ferry Shields Scholarship
Scholarship application deadlines are announced through the department's listservs. Applications for graduate assistantships are included in the packet of information sent to all prospective students.
Additional information on financial aid may be obtained from the booklet, Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies, published by the American Library Association Committee on Education.
Students are assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the program. Students must discuss course scheduling with their advisor to register for classes each semester. At any time, a student may ask for a different advisor having greater expertise and experience in the student's area of interest. In addition to assisting students in developing a program of study, faculty advisors work with students to develop career objectives, prepare resumes, and plan a job search.
LS 570 enables a student to anticipate the librarian's professional role and to gain related experience. The major purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with practical problems in the field by providing laboratory experience in the professional atmosphere of a cooperating library or information center. For more information, contact your advisor.
Resources and Facilities
The Department of Library Science is located on the second floor of Carlson Library. The department offices, classrooms, and laboratories accommodate a variety of activities for students and faculty within a compact area. The library science classroom is a smart classroom with additional ITV equipment. Students have ready access to a variety of Web-based resources through the department's computer laboratory.
Current Studies in Librarianship
Current Studies in Librarianship is a forum for research by library science students on subjects of general interest to librarians. It is published jointly by the Department of Library Science and the Office of Graduate Programs under the co-editorship of Dr. James T. Maccaferri, Dr. Karen Cook, and Dr. Rhonda Clark. Current Studies in Librarianship is indexed by Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) and Library Literature and Information Science.
Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society
Beta Phi Mu was founded in August 1948 at the University of Illinois by a group of leading librarians and library educators. The motto of the society is "Aliis Inserviendo Consumor," which reflects the dedication librarians must possess toward service to others if books are to become instruments of liberal education.
Beta Phi Mu approved a chapter at Clarion in August 1978. The chapter, Beta Sigma, was installed and the first members were initiated in spring 1980. Membership in this international society is granted to a graduate of a library school program accredited by the American Library Association who has earned a 3.75 scholastic average on a 4.00 scale and has been recommended by the library school faculty. The faculty recommendation attests to the candidate's professional competence and promise. At present, the local chapter is permitted to grant membership to only 25 percent of the graduating class each year.
Opportunities for Service
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION STUDENT CHAPTER
The American Library Association Student Chapter was established in 1992 and formally recognized by the Student Senate in 1993. It provides both undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for professional education and service beyond those provided by course work. Chapter activities include round table discussions, field trips, participation in community projects, and sponsorship of colloquium speakers.
SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION STUDENT CHAPTER
The Special Libraries Association Student Chapter was established in 1996 and officially recognized by the association in the same year. Special libraries and information centers are found in businesses, government agencies, museums, hospitals, and professional associations. The student chapter offers students opportunities to learn more about special librarianship by visiting special libraries, by sponsoring speakers, and by participating in service projects in local libraries.
Students are encouraged to participate in developing and evaluating department policies and procedures through membership on department and university committees.
Prospects for the future are extremely positive for well-prepared new graduates guided by creative faculty advisors. Employment opportunities vary according to the type of library, educational qualifications, and the areas of specialization of the individual preparing to enter the profession. The librarian who is flexible with respect to geographic area and willing to meet the challenge of serving special groups will have especially good opportunities for employment.
Clarion University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Library Science assist both students and alumni in obtaining positions in libraries and related agencies by acting as a clearinghouse for current job information and by posting vacancy announcements. The student must request official academic transcripts from the university registrar. The Department of Library Science publishes a comprehensive position listing on the department Web page.
The Office of Career Services provides assistance to all graduates by maintaining a file of vacancy notices received from public schools, government agencies, business, and industry. It also provides assistance in preparing resumes and in developing interview and communication skills.