To obtain an MA is LIS, you do not need to select an area of specialization. However, students' programs often are designed around particular career goals, and we offer courses in the following focus areas that you can choose to take to prepare yourself for working in a specific area of LIS.

The degree requirements include your initial five core courses (15 s.h.) and seven elective courses (21 s.h.) that may be chosen from the electives listed below. The below list is compiled to offer suggestions for mapping your plan of study, based on on any specific career or academic interests you may have.

**Please note that some our course offerings may not have an online section. Please contact Katie McCullough or your academic advisor with any questions.

Academic Librarianship

Course Offerings:

SLIS:5041 College and University Libraries
SLIS:5700 Cultural Heritage
SLIS:6100 Database Systems
SLIS:6110 Evidence Based Practice
SLIS:6130 Community Engagement
SLIS:6150 Information Behavior
SLIS:6330 Archives: Theory and Practice
SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6345 Stewardship of Information and Collections
SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics
SLIS:5600 Reading Culture: History and Research in Print and Digital Media
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
 

Archives & Special Collections 

Course Offerings:

SLIS:5700 Cultural Heritage
SLIS:6100 Database Systems
SLIS:6110 Evidence Based Practice
SLIS:6130 Community Engagement
SLIS:6150 Information Behavior
SLIS:6330 Archives: Theory and Practice
SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6345 Stewardship of Information and Collections
SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics
SLIS:4900 Preservation **
SLIS:6145 Digital Preservation and Stewardship
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
SLIS:6255 Beginning Rare Books Cataloging
SLIS:5600 Reading Culture: History and Research in Print and Digital Media

Certificate:

Special Collections Librarianship Certificate

Digital Humanities Librarianship

Course offerings:

SLIS:6100 Database Systems
SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6330 Archives: Theory and Practice
SLIS:6150 Information Behavior
SLIS:6345 Stewardship of Information and Collections
SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics
SLIS:4900 Preservation
SLIS:6145 Digital Preservation and Stewardship
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
SLIS:6380 Analysis of Scholarly Domains
SLIS:6585 Visualization
SLIS:6590 DH Capstone **
SLIS:7290 DH Theory & Practice **

Certificate:

Public Digital Humanities Certificate

Information Processes

Course Offerings:

SLIS:6020 Literacy and Learning
SLIS:6150 Information Behavior
SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics

Book Studies and Rare Books

Course Offerings:

SLIS:6330 Archives: Theory and Practice
SLIS:6130 Community Engagement
SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6345 Stewardship of Information and Collections
SLIS:4900 Preservation **
SLIS:5600 History of Readers and Reading
SLIS:6145 Digital Preservation and Stewardship
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
SLIS:6380 Analysis of Scholarly Domains

Certificate and Joint Degree:

Book Studies and Library and Information Science (BLIS) Certificate

MA LIS and Book Studies MFA with University of Iowa Center for the Book (UICB)

Informatics 

Course Offerings:

SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6100 Database Systems
SLIS:6130 Community Engagement
SLIS:6150 Information Behavior
SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
SLIS:6380 Analysis of Scholarly Domains
SLIS:6585 Information Visualization

Certificates:

Information Science Certificate

Health Informatics Certificate

Geoinformatics Certificate

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Certificate

 

Certificate:

Health Informatics Certificate

Public Librarianship

Public libraries provide informational, educational, and recreational materials and a wide range of services for a diverse clientele. Although public libraries receive the bulk of their funding from local taxes, they also may be organized on a regional or statewide cooperative basis. The variety of uses, services, materials, and organizational structures of public libraries makes this a challenging area of librarianship. Public librarians need to develop skills in analyzing the communities they serve, designing comprehensive marketing plans to meet their needs, implementing the plans in a cost-effective way, and evaluating the success of their efforts.

Course Offerings:

SLIS:5042 Public Libraries
SLIS:6100 Database Systems
SLIS:6110 Evidence Based Practice
SLIS:6130 Community Engagement
SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics
SLIS:5200 User Education: Multimedia
SLIS:5220 Resources for Children
SLIS:5230 Resources for Young Adults
SLIS:5240 Resources for Adults
SLIS:5600 Reading Culture: History and Research in Print and Digital Media
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification

Teacher Librarian - MA and School Media Certification 

Required Courses:

SLIS:5010 Cultural Foundations
SLIS:5020 Computing Foundations
SLIS:5030 Conceptual Foundations
SLIS:5044 Contextual Foundations - School Library Media Administration
SLIS:5200 User Education: Multimedia
SLIS:5239 Resources for Young Adults
SLIS:6020 Literacy and Learning
SLIS:5220 Resources for Children
SLIS:6110 Evidence Based Practice
SLIS:6530 School Library Practicum
SLIS:6330 Collection Development
SLIS:6115 Information and Inquiry

Youth Services

Course Offerings:

SLIS:5042 Public Libraries
SLIS:6110 Evidence Based Practice
SLIS:6130 Community Engagement
SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics
SLIS:5200 User Education: Multimedia
SLIS:5220 Resources for Children
SLIS:5230 Resources for Young Adults
SLIS:5600 Reading Culture: History and Research in Print and Digital Media
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification