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Library Science, M.L.S.

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Imagine knowing how to find the answer for just about any question. How about knowing how to help others find solutions to their information problems? In an age of information overflow, librarians know how to pick out the information that is relevant, authentic, and accurate. They use technology, but have a deep understanding of book culture. MTSU is offering the Master of Library Science degree starting in Fall 2016 after previously offering a concentration in an education master’s. The M.L.S. program at MTSU consists of 36 credits, with all courses online except for two field experiences to help produce practice-ready librarians. Each course is tailored to individual student interest, and students are allowed to propose alternative electives in other disciplines. The themes of building a learning environment, leadership, technology, and user-based mindset are reflected in every aspect of MTSU’s program.

MTSU’s MLS program is seeking precandidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Precandidacy status is an indication that MTSU’s M.L.S. program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Precandidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

Graduate named branch manager for Nashville Public Library

Graduate named branch manager for Nashville Public Library

MTSU alumnus Carlos Shivers, a 2012 graduate from the Library Science master’s program, was promoted to manager of the Nashville Public Library’s Edgehill branch in 2016. Shivers, who earned his bachelor’s degree at MTSU in 2006, was working for the Nashville library system when managers encouraged him to return to school for a Library Science degree. “I’ve worked in a library system for over 10 years and just wanted to grow, and I couldn’t grow without getting the degree,” he says. A native of Jackson, Tenn., Shivers worked as a public library assistant in high school but didn’t plan on a library career before doing work-study at MTSU’s Curriculum Collection. Shivers became a librarian at the Madison branch before his recent promotion. He also works with the Limitless Libraries program, which provides delivery and access for any of the city library’s 2 million books and digital items to Metro-Nashville Public Schools.

Mother-daughter alumni each receive schools’ top honor

Mother-daughter alumni each receive schools’ top honor

Ann Nored and daughter Amanda Nored Counts, both graduates of MTSU’s Library Science master’s program, were selected by their faculties as Teacher of the Year at their respective schools in 2015. Nored (’04) is library media specialist at Wilson Central High School, and Counts (’07, ’10) is library media specialist at Hobgood Elementary in Murfreesboro. Both also served on the state Board of Education’s eight-member Library Information Center Rule Review Committee. Nored is in her 11th year at Wilson Central after earning her Master of Education at MTSU under the former Library Science graduate program. She started her career as an accounting and business teacher in Texas, was a stay-at-home mom 11 years, and worked at the University 11 years. Counts, who writes the A Bookshelf Monstrosity blog, is in her sixth year as an elementary school librarian. She earned her bachelor’s degree at MTSU as well as her master’s with a concentration in Library Science. 

Library science degrees allow graduates to work in any setting in which they have interest. Medical, legal, academic, public, children, business are a few types of libraries.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Battle Ground Academy
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Bradley County Schools
  • Campbell County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Five Star Technology Solutions, Sellersburg, Ind.
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Franklin Schools District
  • Gibson County
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Lake County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Linebaugh Public Library
  • Maury County Schools
  • Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) is offered at MTSU starting with the Fall 2016 semester.

MTSU’s MLS program is seeking precandidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Precandidacy status is an indication that MTSU’s M.L.S. program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Precandidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

School licensure will continue to be available with the M.L.S. degree. Master’s candidates may seek an initial license or add an endorsement to an existing license.

Applicants to the M.L.S. program must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken.
  • Submit three professional reference letters.
  • Write a 500-word statement of purpose in pursuing the degree.
  • International students additionally must submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application deadlines are July 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission.

Students already enrolled in the previous Library Science M.Ed. program will be allowed to switch to the M.L.S. if they remain enrolled for two semesters after the change of program.  

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Library Science, M.L.S.

Frank Lambert, Program Director
(615) 898-2583
Frank.Lambert@mtsu.edu

The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree is an online program offered by the Womack Educational Leadership Department. The program is intended to prepare graduates to lead and educate in school, public, and corporate libraries.

MTSU's M.L.S. program is seeking precandidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Precandidacy status is an indication that MTSU's M.L.S. program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Precandidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

Vision of the Library Science Program

MTSU's Library Science program seeks to produce candidates with strong practitioner credentials. Graduates will possess the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to serve as librarians in any setting in order to enrich the life of the individual and support the progress of society.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master's program in Library Science requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. current teacher's license or passing score on Praxis II for those interested only in school library endorsement;
  3. official transcripts from all previous college-and university-level work showing a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  4. three letters of recommendations from professionals;
  5. 500-word essay (Statement of Purpose) regarding applicant's reasons for seeking the MLS at MTSU.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies, not the program director.

Applicant must submit

  1. an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. official transcripts of previous college work;
  3. three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's potential for completing the Master of Science degree in Library Science;
  4. 500-word essay (Statement of Purpose) and a current teacher's license or passing score on Praxis II.

Degree Requirements

Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete 36 semester hours which includes a 15-hour major field core, a 3-hour library administration course, 9 hours of electives, 6 hours of field experience, and a 3-hour capstone course.
  2. complete an e-portfolio on a web-based site as they move through the program to be assessed by at least two faculty members.

Curriculum: Library Science (36 hours)

Major Field Core (15 hours)

  • LIBS 6000 - Librarianship  3 credit hours  

    LIBS 6000 - Librarianship

    3 credit hours

    Presents the broad field of librarianship as a profession. Book and library history, the place of the library as an essential resource for communities, and the role of the librarian in provision of service to all users. The e-portfolio will be planned and designed.

  • LIBS 6010 - Collection Development and User Services

    3 credit hours

    Study of library collections and their relationship to user services. Includes study of the evolution of library collections, the development of information needs, analysis of stakeholder needs, library mission, collection analysis, selection aids, and collection maintenance. Field visits required.

  • LIBS 6015 - Reference Materials and Process

    3 credit hours

    Evaluation and use of print and electronic reference materials, programming for literacy skills, the reference selection process, emerging technologies for reference, and initial development of search strategies.

  • LIBS 6020 - Organizing Library Resources

    3 credit hours

    Study of cataloging and classification of print and non-print material using Library of Congress practices. Includes the examination of automation and future trends for catalogs.

  • LIBS 6060 - Understanding Research for Evaluation in Libraries

    3 credit hours

    Core course in M.L.S. program. Studies of research methods, qualitative and quantitative research, and statistical analysis to achieve decision-making skills based on research results. Emphasis on practitioner skills to evaluate processes, products, and services of libraries. Final project based on a local library and presented to the library at end of the course.

Administration (3 hours)

  • LIBS 6105 - School Library Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of LIBS 6000-level courses. Encompasses the administration and supervision of the modern library and its program. Goals are based on ALA and/or AASL standards and initiates exploration of library improvement and instruction for learning.

  • LIBS 6100 - Management of Libraries

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 6 credit hours of LIBS 6000-level courses. Administration and management of the library. Trends, governance, information literacy issues, and all other elements of managing the modern library addressed.

Field Experience (6 hours)

  • LIBS 6550 - Supervised Field Experience in Library Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 12 credit hours of LIBS courses. Provides direct field experience in a library with practicing materials specialists/librarians at work. Students participate in actual library operations. Planning and implementing programs based on ALA standards mandatory. Seminar opportunities provided for discussion and reflection. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

NOTE: Those seeking an initial teaching license should consult with the program director and licensure office.

Capstone (3 hours)

  • LIBS 6900 - Skills and Issues in the Library

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: LIBS 6100 or LIBS 6105. Final preparation of ePortfolio. In depth examination and practice of all aspects of the library. Students must provide evidence of program goals during the semester. Innovative research into current issues, strategic planning, and advocacy is expected. Restricted to final two semesters.

Electives (9 hours)

Select three courses from the following:

  • LIBS 6310 - Materials for Literacy of Children

    3 credit hours

    Materials suitable for babies, toddlers, and elementary school children. Includes study of reading skills, recreational reading, non-fiction, criteria for evaluating, selecting, and integrating national standards into programming for these patrons. The partnership between library and school curriculum will be included.

  • LIBS 6311 - Materials for Literacy of Young People and Adults

    3 credit hours

    Materials suitable for young adults and adults, including recreational reading; non-fiction; criteria for evaluating, selecting, integrating current standards of library service into programming for these patrons.

  • LIBS 6320 - Information Searching Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of LIBS 6000-level courses. Study of user behaviors will provide the foundation for identifying productive search strategies. Includes information security, study of search engine features and design, and application of information studies to design instruction that fosters efficient and effective searches.

  • LIBS 6330 - Digital Library Collections

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of LIBS 6000-level courses. Provides a theoretical framework for the digitization of materials. Explores user needs, issues, and trends related to digital collections.

  • LIBS 6340 - Integration of Learning Theory, Programs, and Technology

    3 credit hours

    Discusses and examines technology-based materials and adaptation to library literacies instruction and individual learning styles/needs. Design, creation, and production of technology-based materials that reflect professional standards, good online design principles, understanding of instructional design, and audience needs.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester in which the student intends to graduate

VISION of the Library Science Program 

MTSU’s Library Science program seeks to produce candidates with strong practitioner credentials. Graduates will possess the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to serve as a librarian in any setting in order to enrich the life of the individual and support the progress of society.

Mission

The Library Science program strives to advance the profession of 21st-century librarianship, prepare students as information literacy educators for all stakeholders, engage students to be leaders in advocacy and outreach for the profession of librarianship, and support the mission and values of the Library Science program, the College of Education, and the university.

Acknowledging that practice and theory are equally important, the graduates of MTSU’s Library Science program 

  • Embrace opportunities for practice in the administration of library processes and personnel, user services, collection management, core values, and public relations.
  • Are civically engaged and globally responsible librarians;
  • Use research and entrepreneurship to advance the profession;
  • Foster the creation of vibrant libraries in communities;
  • Understand that users require diversity in presenting information and in information problem solving;
  • Appreciate and embrace the unique characteristics of user groups;
  • Represent the profession as a distinguished one that holds a central role in society’s use and understanding of information.

The program supports the mission of the College of Education with student-centered learning environments through:

  • Excellence in teaching,
  • Basic and applied research,
  • Creative endeavors,
  • Quality advisement,
  • Mentorship from practicing librarians,
  • Diverse field experiences,
  • Diverse partnership programs.

Goals

The Library Science program at MTSU will provide candidates

  • With a graduate program tailored to meet their interests and their needs for continued growth and development;
  • With an appreciation of the importance of advocacy for their information resources and for the profession;
  • With an initiate’s attainment of the Competencies defined by the American Library Association.  See Appendix 2

The Library Science program develops collaborative relationships with libraries that are willing to provide professional initiation field experiences so that candidates are given a diverse set of practitioner’s experience throughout the coursework. 

Values

The program subscribes to the Core Values of Librarianship put forth by the American Library Association (2004) and to specific values that the program holds. See Appendix 3

In addition to the ALA Core Values, the library science program regards these as essential values:

  • Candidates are proficient in 21st century librarianship including knowledge of information policy, and information’s role in democratic society
  • Candidates determine goals for their study and career path and then accomplish the goals
  • Candidates are proactive advocates for the education of all stakeholders in attainment of information literacy
  • Candidates provide leadership in the integration of new technologies to advance authentic learning for all users
  • Candidates make significant contributions to organizations in which they serve
    • assessment and accreditation processes
    • programming design processes
    • affording all candidates the opportunities to be successful
  • Candidates master pedagogy so that they can prepare all library users to be proficient in their information seeking behaviors,
  • Candidates obtain the critical knowledge and skills to thrive in the practice of their professional roles.

How MTSU Maintains Its Standards in the MLS

Assessment Collection and Use

Assessment Collection and Use

At the end of each course:

  • Input on the success of the assessments is solicited from the students in the class. (Item 1-2 in Table 3)
  • The instructor notes comments and questions made during the class as indications that some clarification may be needed in the assignments. (Item 1-3 in Table 3

At the end of each semester:

  • The instructor presents the assessment results to the program faculty. The following are considered: revision of any assessment artifact, reassignment of goals to another course, modification of objectives. (Item 1-1 in Table 3)
  • Send curriculum for the MLS to the MLS Advisory Council for suggestions and commentary.
  • Make formal evaluation each semester at the university level. The instructors examine the results when they become available (2 months after class ends).

May of each year:

  • The program coordinator collects data. Convey results to the instructors who meet to discuss which courses need complete revision or partial. 

August of each year:

  • Survey alumni by the Library Science Alumni Council for comments on the program effectiveness in preparing them to be librarians. Solicit suggestions.

Not yet in place, is a system to solicit input from employers of graduates. The LSAC is charged with creating the system for an annual data collection from employers.

The program wishes to seek ideas from all stakeholders in order to keep the program as a responsive, forward-looking leader for librarianship.

Table 3: Procedure to collect evidentiary data

Practice

Item 1

Item 2

Item 3

Data Collection Meeting minutes End-of-course surveys Comments from class
Evaluation Process Exit Portfolio Alumni surveys MAC input
Revision Process Program Faculty minutes of meeting Changes recorded End of year evaluation of results

What does the program do with the data?

Assessment Use

At the end of each semester:
The instructor considers revision of any assessment artifact, reassignment of goals to another course, modification of objectives.

Instructors review evaluations and choose an area of weakness for improvement.

May of each year:
Program revision occurs at the end of each  year. Student achievement is reviewed.

August of each year:
Alumni surveys point the way for revisions in curriculum. Suggestions are implemented if possible.

December of each year:
Employer surveys are reviewed. Curriculum is reviewed in light of these surveys.

The program seeks ideas from all stakeholders in order to keep the program as a responsive, forward-looking leader for librarianship.

Praxis

Library Media Specialist Test 0311 -- Minimum score is 146

Praxis registration Information

Praxis Study Guides
These items are essential resources:

  • Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs
  • ALA documents (Intellectual Freedom, Library Bill of Rights and the interpretations, etc. are available from the  ALA

Study Guides

 

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Frank Lambert
Frank.Lambert@mtsu.edu
COE 348

Dr. Frank Lambert
Frank.Lambert@mtsu.edu
COE 348

Library Science graduate program
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MTSU Box 91
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Graduate Studies
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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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