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Library and Information Science

Bachelor of Science degree in Library and Information Science

What Do Librarians Do?

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.

Coursework

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:

  • LIS 401 Reference and Information Services
  • LIS 405 Cataloging and Classification
  • LIS 408 School Libraries
  • LIS 411 Collection Development
  • LIS 415 Public Libraries
  • Choice of: LIS 416 Technology in the School Library, LIS 457 Information Technology and Libraries or LIS 458 Web Design and Evaluation
  • Choice of: LIS 417 Children's Literature or LIS 418 Young Adult Literature
  • Choice of: LIS 440 Information Ethics or LIS 445 Information for Multicultural Populations
  • LIS 489 Library Practicum
  • LIS 491 Library Instruction

Degree Options

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:

  • LIS 201 Introduction to Information Literacy
  • LIS 401 Reference and Information Services
  • Choice of: LIS 416 Technology in the School Library, LIS 457 Information Technology and Libraries or LIS 458 Web Design and Evaluation
  • 3 additional LIS electives for a total of 18 credit hours

More about this Major

Outcomes

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.

Many graduates of the LIS BS program go on to earn a Master of Library and Information Science online at Southern Miss. The MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association.

Courses You Might Take

LIS 201: Introduction to Information Literacy

Introduction to practical and theoretical aspects of information management, including skills in locating, retrieving, and using relevant, reliable information.

LIS 406: Cataloging Multimedia Objects

Prerequisite: LIS 405. Study of the principles and methods of descriptive and subject cataloging and classification of multimedia materials.

LIS 417: Literature and Related Media for Children

A survey of children’s literature, traditional and modern, and other related materials for use by and with children from birth to grade 6.

LIS 418: Literature and Related Media for Young Adults

Study of adolescent literature and other related materials for use by and with young people in grades 7-12.

LIS 419: Programs and Services for Youth

Introduction to activities programming for youth and its relation to learning and libraries.

LIS 428: Storytelling

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.

LIS 433: History of the Book

A study of the origins and early development of books and printing in Western Europe and the Americas.

LIS 457: Information Technology and Libraries

Examines various applications and contexts in which computers and other forms of information technology are utilized in different types of information centers and libraries.

LIS 458: Web Design and Evaluation

Introduces principles of web design and development including basic HTML coding and evaluation of websites including library websites.

LIS 480: British Studies: Studies in Librarianship and LIS 487: British Studies - Research

Southern Miss students tour a library collection in the U.K.

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.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Mr. J. Edmand Pace

Advisor and Instructor

Favorite Course: LIS 201: Introduction to Information Literacy

Expertise: Information Literacy, Undergraduate Advising

Dr. Chris Cunningham

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: LIS 458: Web Design and Evaluation

Expertise: Information Science and Technology, Web Design and Development 

Dr. Matthew Griffis

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: LIS 433: History of the Book

Expertise: Library History, History of the Book, Archival Studies

Dr. Catharine Bomhold

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: LIS 417: Literature and Related Media for Children

Expertise: School Libraries, Resources for Multicultural Populations

Dr. Stacy Creel

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: LIS 419: Programs and Services for Youth

Expertise: Public Libraries, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature

Dr. M.J. Norton

Associate Professor

Expertise: Academic Libraries, LIS Foundations

Dr. Teresa S. Welsh

Professor and Director

Favorite Course: LIS 480/487: British Studies

Expertise: Information Literacy, Archival Studies, British Studies

Dr. Xinyu Yu

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: LIS 406: Cataloging Multimedia Objects

Expertise: Cataloging, Digital Libraries

Ms. Jessica Whipple

Instructor
 
Favorite Course: LIS 440: Information Ethics

Expertise: Health information and consumer health information-seeking habits

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