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How do I plan my M.L.I.S. program?

Developing a plan for what classes you will take during what semesters is essential to your success in the M.L.I.S. program. The links on this page (and elsewhere on the SLIS website) will get you started in the right direction.

    • Talk to your advisor. (Your advisor's name and contact information are in the letter and email you received regarding your admission to the program. You can also find the name in FlashLine, under the Student Tools & Courses Tab, Academic Profile section.)

      • Table of faculty advising areas
        (Note: all full-time faculty are located on the Kent Campus except three, who are based at the SLIS location in Columbus: Dr. Belinda Boon, Professor Nancy Lensenmayer and Dr. Miriam Matteson)
    • Review the Program Statement form. (You'll want to keep this handy throughout the course of your M.L.I.S. studies.)

      • A Program Statement Form must be completed by all students in the Master of Library and Information Science program, and they are typically completed with the assistance of the student’s academic advisor.

      • The Program Statement Form is available under the “Forms and Documents” link, and then under “Advising materials” on the page. Some specializations within the School have specific program statement forms, so be sure to select the one appropriate to your specialization and your catalog year (i.e., the academic year in which you were admitted).

      • The Program Statement Form provides general guidance in terms of which core courses you are required to complete during your program, when to take the courses, and how many coursework and/or workshop credits are required for you to complete the degree, as well as choices related to the culminating experience portion of the program.

      • Again, your Program Statement Form is best completed with your academic advisor (including selecting the culminating experience that works best for your career goals), so be sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor soon after you enter the program to discuss the form and your options while pursuing your degree.

    • Read descriptions of the courses and workshops in the course and workshop catalogs.

    • Consider taking an IAKM course or two (or three or four).

      • For those pursuing an M.L.I.S. specialization, there are a variety of Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) courses which may be taken as electives during your program. These courses may be particularly useful for those pursuing specializations in digital librarianship, health librarianship, special librarianship, or other niche library experiences.

      • Most M.L.I.S. specializations allow for 12 credits/4 courses of elective credits from the IAKM program.

      • Consult your academic advisor regarding which IAKM courses may be a good fit for your specialization within the M.L.I.S.
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