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Generalist

Librarians perform a wide range of functions in many different types of organizations. While some students develop a strong interest in a specific career specialty, others prefer a more general educational preparation that will provide them with greater flexibility to pursue a variety of options. The Generalist Course of Study guides those students in the selection of a balanced program in the six competency areas defined by the faculty: Professional Identity, Management, Resources, Services, Information Organization, and Technology (see The Professional Competencies for Graduates of the Masters in Library Science Degree Program).

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Curriculum

LIS Core Courses (12 credits):

  • LSC 551 Organization of Information
  • LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555 Information Systems in Library and Information Centers
  • LSC 557 The Information Professions in Society

Highly recommended courses for Generalist course of study:

  • LSC 606 Cataloging & Classification
  • LSC 610 Information Architecture and Web Design
  • LSC 615 Metadata
  • LSC 635 Human Information Behavior
  • LSC 641 Collection Development
  • LSC 652 Foundations of Digital Libraries
  • LSC 654 Database Management
  • LSC 672 Management
  • LSC 695A Practicum
  • LSC 745 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
  • LSC 772 Marketing Libraries and Information Services

Alternate recommended elective courses:

  • LSC 616 Indexing, Abstracting, and Thesaurus Construction
  • LSC 633 Information Retrieval and Analysis
  • LSC 644 Information Literacy Instruction
  • LSC 756 Systems Analysis and Evaluation
  • LSC 881 The College and University Library
  • LSC 887 Institute on Federal Library Resources
  • LSC 888 The Special Library/Information Center
  • LSC 889 The Public Library

Generalist course of study checklist (.docx) (.pdf)

Courses mapped to LIS Professional Competency Areas

 

Information Organization

Resources

/Services

Information Technology

Professional Identity

/Management

Required Courses

 551

 553

 555

 557

Highly Recommended Courses

 606

 615

 635

 641

 610

 652 or 654

 672

 745 or 772

Highly Recommended Courses*  695A Practicum (can be related to any competencies)

Electives

 616

 633

 644

 756

 no more than one of:

881

887

888

889

*695A, Practicum, is highly recommended for students without prior library and information services experience, and for those who wish to gain first-hand experience in a type of library that they are not familiar with.

**It is recommended that no more than two may be substituted for highly recommended courses.

 

Relevant professional associations

 

Page updated May 2017

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