Library Science

Undergraduate

B.S. Integrative Studies: Library and Information Studies Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in integrative studies, library and information studies concentration, prepares students to work as paraprofessionals and provisional librarians in a variety of settings, including public libraries in Pennsylvania. It introduces students to the exciting worlds of information management and information transfer, in both traditional and emerging venues. The B.S. in integrative studies with a concentration in library information studies serves as an excellent preparation for studying toward a master's degree in library setting (such as Clarion's American Library Association-accredited M.S.L.S. degree), which is the recognized professional credential for the practice of librarianship. This program is offered at the Clarion campus and online.

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Graduate

M.S.L.S. Information and Library Science

Clarion University’s Master of Science in information and library science program was the first of its kind in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. At Clarion University, an increasingly popular way to earn your M.S.L.S. degree is online. Classes are offered online for those individuals who wish to complete their program on a full-time or part-time basis. You may begin taking classes during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The future goals of the students in this program will vary. Within the M.S.L.S. degree the following concentrations are also available: reference and user services, and local and archival studies. This program is offered only online.

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M.S.L.S. Information and Library Science: Local and Archival Studies

Clarion University's M.S.L.S. in local and archival studies concentration allows you to construct a coherent program of study in the area of local and archival studies. This group of courses provides you with a skill set necessary for work in information environments dealing with local and archival documents such as libraries, archives, historical societies, etc. You will master skills in the areas of management of collections, information technology, and digital resources. You will be qualified for public library local history/genealogy positions, academic library reference and archives positions, and local special collection management positions in settings outside of libraries. This program is offered online.

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M.S.L.S. Information and Library Science: Reference and User Services Concentration

Clarion University's M.S.L.S. in reference and user services concentration allows you to construct a coherent program of study in the area of reference and user services. This group of courses will provide you with a skill set necessary to provide instruction and information services for patrons in all types of libraries. You will master skills in the areas of general reference sources and services, instructional design and delivery, specialized sources and services such as business sources, government information, resources in the humanities, and resources in the social sciences. This program is offered online.

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M.S.L.S. School Library Media

Clarion University’s Master of Science in Library Science in school library media consists of courses that prepare students to be school librarians but Clarion University does not grant actual school library media certification. A student wishing to obtain Pennsylvania Library Science Certification for K-12 who holds a valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate can complete the M.S.L.S. school library media and then check with the Pennsylvania Department of Education for additional certification requirements. Students from other states should check with their state department of education to determine certification requirements. This program is offered only online.

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Certificates And Certifications

Post Masters Certificate of Advanced Studies in Library Science

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 on a full-time or part-time basis and consists of 12 graduate credits. This certificate focuses on the area of library science. This program is offered only online.

Last Updated 12/12/19