Graduates from this program are prepared to work in a variety of libraries and information environments using people skills, problem-solving skills, and their ability to organize, access and evaluate information.
LIS 201 Introduction to Information Literacy is available face-to-face in a computer lab or online. All LIS courses meet in virtual classrooms online.
The upper-level LIS required courses include:
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available with this major.
LIS majors may choose to earn a dual degree with another major or a LIS major with another minor.
A minor in LIS is offered to students in other majors:
As a K-12 school librarian with the bachelor’s degree in LIS and successful completion of the praxis exam, graduates will be prepared to teach information skills; manage the library collection, facility and program; and collaborate with teachers and parents.
As an information professional in public libraries, academic libraries, or museums and archives, students can assist patrons in finding and evaluating information as well as support library operations and technology.
Introduction to practical and theoretical aspects of information management, including skills in locating, retrieving, and using relevant, reliable information.
Prerequisite: LIS 405. Study of the principles and methods of descriptive and subject cataloging and classification of multimedia materials.
A survey of children’s literature, traditional and modern, and other related materials for use by and with children from birth to grade 6.
Study of adolescent literature and other related materials for use by and with young people in grades 7-12.
Introduction to activities programming for youth and its relation to learning and libraries.
Prerequisite: LIS 417 or 418. A study of oral tradition and folk literature with emphasis on selection of stories and the art and technique of storytelling. Provides practice in storytelling.
A study of the origins and early development of books and printing in Western Europe and the Americas.
Examines various applications and contexts in which computers and other forms of information technology are utilized in different types of information centers and libraries.
Introduces principles of web design and development including basic HTML coding and evaluation of websites including library websites.
Comparative studies of library and information-related institutions, bibliographic organization, models of service and professional practice in the United States and Great Britain; and in-depth research projects.
Advisor and Instructor
Favorite Course: LIS 201: Introduction to Information Literacy
Expertise: Information Literacy, Undergraduate Advising
Favorite Course: LIS 458: Web Design and Evaluation
Expertise: Information Science and Technology, Web Design and Development
Favorite Course: LIS 433: History of the Book
Expertise: Library History, History of the Book, Archival Studies
Favorite Course: LIS 417: Literature and Related Media for Children
Expertise: School Libraries, Resources for Multicultural Populations
Favorite Course: LIS 419: Programs and Services for Youth
Expertise: Public Libraries, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature
Expertise: Academic Libraries, LIS Foundations
Professor and Director
Favorite Course: LIS 480/487: British Studies
Expertise: Information Literacy, Archival Studies, British Studies
Favorite Course: LIS 406: Cataloging Multimedia Objects
Expertise: Cataloging, Digital Libraries
Favorite Course: LIS 440: Information Ethics
Expertise: Health information and consumer health information-seeking habits
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All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
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