Hack Your Program: University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

23/09/2011 § 2 Comments

Eric Phetteplace is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. He reads philosophy, writes poetry, and is sort of obsessed with the differences between various web browsers. He graduated from GSLIS in May of 2011.

The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. By Kalev Leetaru, used with permission.


The opinions in this post are solely mine and do not represent my place of employment or the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I did not take every course or talk to every professor, so I can only vouch for a small part of the school, but hopefully prospective students will find this snapshot useful in making their decision.


GSLIS offers an M.S. in Library and Information Science, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies, and a PhD. There are several concentrations and certificates available: Bioinformatics, Digital Libraries, Data Curation, Youth Librarianship, K-12 School Librarianship, Special Collections, and Community Informatics. There are about 570 M.S. students and a little over 50 apiece for the C.A.S. and PhD, though the majority of students are actually enrolled off-campus through theLEEPonlineeducationprogram.

The M.S. is 40 credit hours has only two required courses: LIS501 Information Organization and Access, and LIS502 Libraries, Information, and Society. Each concentration requires a handful of additional courses. There is a 2-hour practicum course which can be taken anywhere as long as you have an M.L.S. to supervise you. The recommended time for completion is two years but it is possible to finish in one. There is no mandatory final project or thesis for the M.S. but those who choose to stay on and receive a C.A.S. write a thesis. « Read the rest of this entry »

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