Department of Information and Library Science
Information for Life
The department prepares students for proactive engagement in the information professions.
Library science programs
We offer the following programs for both undergraduate and graduate library science education:
- B.S. in Liberal Studies with a Library Science Concentration
- M.S.L.S. (online)
- M.S.L.S. School Library Media (online)
- M.S.L.S./Juris Doctor cooperative program with the Widener School of Law
- M.S.L.S./M.A. in Applied History cooperative program with Shippensburg University
Accreditations & certifications
The Clarion University Department of Information and Library Science holds the following accreditations and certifications:
- American Library Association - The MSLS program is accredited by the American Library Association.
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Pennsylvania School Library Certification
- Pennsylvania Department of Education Approval
Library Science careers
Prospects for the future are extremely positive for well-prepared new graduates guided by creative faculty advisors. Employment opportunities vary according to educational qualifications and the areas of specialization of the individual preparing to enter the information professions. The M.S.L.S. graduate who is flexible with respect to geographic location and willing to meet the challenge of serving special groups will have especially good opportunities for employment.
LS570 Internship in librarianship
Provides an advanced pre-professional experience through work in a cooperating library or information center. Students are expected to apply and evaluate the theory and practice learned in the classroom; prepare an evaluative paper, and be observed and evaluated by the site supervisor. Accreditation assessments administered. Prerequisites: successful completion of at least 30 credit hours, including all other required courses; permission of advisor, internship coordinator, and the department chair. For students not seeking initial certification.
LS600 RESEARCH IN LIBRARIANSHIP
Intended as a capstone experience for students in the Masters of Science in Library Science program. Provides the opportunity to pursue a research project related to the student's area of specialization or interest and which is based on research strategies developed in LS550. Accreditation assessments administered. Prerequisites: LS550 and successful completion of at least 30 credit hours, including all other required courses; project approval by advisor, instructor, and the department chair. For students not seeking initial teacher certification.
My name is Lisa Brennan, and I graduated from the MSLS program in 2010. I'll always be grateful for the outstanding education I received from Clarion, and I thought the Library Science department might be interested in this news. This past week, I received YALSA's award for "Best Literature Program for Teens" for a pleasure pleasure reading program in our school. Their press release can be found via this link. Clarion's program truly empowered me to effectively serve as a librarian at our school. Our successful reading program is based on several articles I accessed during my studies at Clarion. Harnessing administrative support enable me to put theory into practice.
A veteran and mother of four, Linda Christian returned to school and earned her MSLS in 2012 through our distance-learning program. Recognizing a deficit in library services in the rural mountain regions of her home state, Linda was inspired by Clarion’s Dr. Bernard Vavrek and the Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship to direct her Master’s level research toward sociological factors affecting librarianship in rural America. A direct result of her studies at Clarion included the creation of an educational library initiative called The Settlement Library Project. Through this venue, Linda serves the online library community by advocating for inventive outreach and expanded non-traditional services. As a practicing certified technical writer and copy editor particularly concerned with issues affecting small town and solo librarians, she has written topics of interest since 2009. Linda’s recent manuscript, entitled “A Passion Deficit: Occupational Burnout and the New Librarian: A Recommendation Report,”was published by the Southeastern Library Association (SELA) in their juried quarterly electronic journal: The Southeastern Librarian (SELn). The article is available here under Back Issues—Select an issue: Vol. 62, no. 4-Winter 2015, and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation is available on SlideShare.
Dr. Linda L. Lillard, Chair
209 Carlson Library
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Wenda Strickenberger, Secretary
210 Carlson Library
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