The Catholic University of America

School of Library and Information Science

Officers of Instruction


Kimberly B. Kelley, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Mathilde V. Rovelstad, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Ph.D.
Youngok Choi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mary Edsall Choquette, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
William Kules, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Joan Lussky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
David Shumaker, M.S.
Clinical Associate Professor

Associates of the Faculty

Rev. Stephen Almagno, O.F.M.
Franciscan Monastery
Judith Bateman, Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America (retired)
Rae Best, J.D.
George Mason University Law Library
Jennifer C. Boettcher, M.B.A., M.L.S.
Georgetown University
Ellie Briscoe, M.A.
National Geographic Society
Edwin S. Clay III, M.S.L.S.
Fairfax County Public Library
Linda Crump, M.A.
Patricia Evans, Ph.D.
Supreme Court of the United States
Maralita Freeny, M.S.L.S.
Prince George's County Memorial Library
Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America
James Gillispie, M.A.
The Johns Hopkins University
Randolph Hock, Ph.D.
Bruce Hulse, M.S.L.S.
Washington Research Library Consortum
Sheila Intner, M.L.S., D.L.S.
Simmons University (retired)
Karen King, M.S.L.S., M.B.A.
University of Virginia
Ned Kraft, M.L.S.
Department of State
Beverly Lammay, M.Ed., M.S.L.S.
Ibironke O. Lawal, M.A., M.L.S.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Kristina Lively, M.L.S.
National Endowment for Democracy
Douglas Lind, J.D.
Georgetown University Law Library
Katherine Marek, Ph.D.
Dominican University
William Mayer, M.L.S.
George Washington University
Douglas McElrath, M.A., M.L.S.
University of Maryland
Kate Mertes, Ph.D.
Mertes Editorial Services
Wilda Newman, M.S.L.S.
Knowledge Associates
Alex Northrup, M.S.L.S.
Foxcrost School
Jennifer Nutefall, M.L.S.
George Washington University
Anne Osterman, M.L.S.
American University
Sydney Pierce, Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America (retired)
Bruce Rosenstein, M.S.L.S.
USA Today
Abigail Ross, M.S.L.S.
Keller and Heckman, L.L.P.
Diane R. Schnurrpusch, M.S.L.S.
Defense Technical Information Center
Timothy Steelman, M.S.L.S.
Queen Anne School
Roberta Shaffer, J.D.
Federal Library & Information Center Committee
Helen Sherman, M.Ed., M.S.L.S.
Defense Technical Information Center
Diane Tuccillo, M.L.S.
Diane van der Reyden, M.L.S.
The Library of Congress
Alphonse Vinh, M.Div., M.L.S.
Joan Weeks, M.A., M.A., M.S.L.S.
The Library of Congress
Raymond A. White, M.A., M.S.L.S.
The Library of Congress


Assistance to the Faculty, Students and Alumni

Anita Coleman
Jeannine Marino
Pamela Strassburger


The School of Library and Information Science was founded at The Catholic University of America in 1939 as the Department of Library Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. It has been accredited continuously by the American Library Association since 1948. The school library media program of study is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In 1974, in recognition of the increasing importance of its role in information services, information science was incorporated into the name of the department. On Jan. 1, 1981, the university elevated it to school status.

Vision, Goals and Objectives

Within four years The Catholic University of America will provide and promote the most innovative and interesting School of Library and Information Science program in North America (June 2005).

Program Goals and Objectives

Educate professionals for positions in diverse emerging and existing library and information environments:

  • Recruit and admit students prepared to participate actively in our program.

  • Offer a curriculum based on academic knowledge from interdisciplinary fields.

  • Maintain a personal face-to-face approach to working with students while also offering them more online class experiences.

  • Help each student make the most of her/his interests and abilities.

  • Evaluate our success using student learning outcomes.

Pursue excellence by holding ourselves to high standards in teaching, research and service while striving to be an interesting and innovative graduate program of study in library and information science:

  • Continue a commitment to excellent teaching.

  • Embrace opportunities unique to being in Washington, D.C.

  • Diligently develop the resources necessary to support the program.

  • Build innovation into the program and the courses.

Create new knowledge in the fields of library and information science:

  • Contribute to scholarly inquiry through original faculty research.

  • Provide opportunities for students to participate in research projects.

  • Include information professionals from multiple environments in our planning activities.

  • Foster collaboration among tenure-track faculty and adjuncts.

Demonstrate a commitment to having a positive impact on society:

  • Educate the "whole person" in the tradition of The Catholic University of America by concentrating on the scholarship, values and ethics inherent in the academic and Catholic traditions.

  • Educate leaders who will address professional values and societal issues, especially those that relate to information and knowledge.

  • Educate professionals who will represent the information professions with distinction.

M.S. in L.S. Program


The Admissions Committee of the School of Library and Information Science reviews each applicant's entire record. The committee considers academic performance, background, talent and other attributes that are needed by the information professions. Readiness to engage in academic work, analytic and conceptual thinking ability, strong writing skills and a commitment to the application of new techniques and concepts to the information professions are also considered. These qualities are exemplified in the following components of the application:

  • Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Studies, which can be found at, accompanied by a $55 nonrefundable application fee.

  • A GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for an undergraduate degree is preferred. Academic work at the undergraduate level should reflect a broad general education from a regionally accredited college or university. The transcript sent must show coursework completed, grades obtained and the basis of grading in effect at the institution. It should be sent by the institution from which you graduated directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. 20064.

  • We welcome students holding advanced degrees. Admission is based on the same criteria as for those without graduate work. We urge you to see the statement below titled Previous Graduate Degree.

  • We need test scores only from students whose undergraduate GPA is under 3.0. Those who earned less than a 3.0 in undergraduate work can demonstrate to the admission committee that they are qualified for academic work by earning a combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination, sent directly by the Education Testing Service. (The ETS code for CUA is 5104.) It is important for you to know that there are some university scholarships that you can compete for only if you have submitted GRE scores.

  • A short (fewer than 500 words) personal statement about how your current and/or past academic and work experiences, including volunteer work, have influenced your ability to become a leader in the information professions.

  • Three letters of reference from persons who are familiar with your employment (paid or volunteer) or academic success should be sent directly to the graduate admissions office by the author.

  • A pre-admission interview may be requested by the school after all written material has been reviewed.

International Students

Applicants from non-English-speaking nations whose previous education has not been at institutions of higher education in the United States or other English-speaking nations are required to certify their proficiency in English by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System, IELTS. A minimum score on the TOEFL of 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) is expected. On the IELTS an Overall Band score of 6.5 or higher is required. The school may recommend that the student take advantage of intensive English instruction on campus either as part of the admission process or after a campus interview. International applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination.

All of the above materials should be sent to:

The Catholic University of America
Office of Graduate Admissions
Washington, DC 20064

Application Deadlines

To ensure consideration, we recommend the following dates for applications:

April 1 Applicants for starting in Summer Sessions
Aug. 1 Applicants for fall admission
Nov. 1 Applicants for spring admission

For the most current information on registering for visiting student status or for post-master's study, please call the School of Library and Information Science at 202-319-5085.

Financial Aid

University Financial Aid

While much financial aid available to students is administered by the School of Library and Information Science (see Special Scholarships below), students should apply directly to the university Office of Financial Aid for loans to fund their education and for any need-based financial aid administered by the university (e.g., the campus work-study program) for which they might qualify. All documents intended to satisfy requirements for such financial aid should be sent directly to:

The Catholic University of America
Office of Financial Aid
Washington, D.C. 20064


For more information see Financial Aid in these Announcements or call the financial aid office at 202-319-5307.

Special Scholarships

In addition to scholarships identified in the Financial Aid section of the Announcements, the students at the School of Library and Information Science are welcome to apply to the dean's office for consideration for scholarships distributed by the school. The application letter should include your permission to review your admission materials. The dean's office nominates students for university scholarships as described earlier in these Announcements. There are several one-half tuition scholarships for study in the School of Library and Information Science. Students who want to be considered for university scholarships must submit the General Aptitude Test scores from the Graduate Record Exam even if the scores were not needed for admission.

Additional scholarships from endowments that have been contributed to the School of Library and Information Science are administered through the school. The school's Rovelstad Scholarship provides a year's tuition to a continuing part-time student who is, like most financial aid recipients, selected on the basis of merit. Other such scholarships typically are granted in amounts ranging from $200 to $1,000 as funds become available.

The school also makes funds available on a short-term basis from a loan fund administered by the school.

An up-to-date compilation of sources of aid is available directly from SCOLE, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. A limited number of loans are given each year by the local chapters of the Special Libraries Association and the District of Columbia Library Association and other professional groups. For information concerning the availability of scholarships and loans, contact the Office of the Associate Dean.

Graduate Library Professional Program and Scholarship

The Graduate Library Preprofessional Program, GLP, administered by The Catholic University of America Libraries with the cooperation of the School of Library and Information Science, provides selected students in the library and information science program with preprofessional work experience in the university libraries. The library staff includes several GLP positions in the university libraries. These become available in January, May or September, as those holding the positions complete their degree programs. A similar program is administered by the Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library of the Columbus School of Law.

The GLP Program allows students to complete their degree requirements within a two-year period and combines full-time, salaried work with part-time study. Participants receive the Graduate Library Preprofessional Scholarship, which provides six credit hours of tuition per semester.

Candidates for the GLP positions should be new students officially admitted to the Master of Science in Library Science program. Full details and applications may be obtained from the administrative office, The Catholic University of America, 315 Mullen Library, Washington, D.C. 20064, 202-319-5055.

For more information about GLP positions in the law library, contact the circulation librarian or head, technical services, The Catholic University of America, Judge Kathryn J. Dufour Law Library, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C. 20064, 202- 319-4331 or 202-319-5547.

Special Tuition

A Catholic School Teacher's Tuition Waiver for one half of the student's tuition is available to fulltime teachers, administrators, librarians and guidance counselors who are employed by a Catholic elementary or secondary school.

The School of Library and Information Science is able to offer students who work with the following organizations special tuition discounts:

  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (public libraries)

  • Loudoun County Public Schools

  • District of Columbia Public Schools

  • Library of Congress

For further information contact the SLIS Office.

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 semester hours of graduate credit is required for receipt of the master's degree, for which 30 semester hours must be taken in the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America and completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B).

The university normally expects that requirements for master's degrees will be completed within three years.

Computer Competency Requirement

Competence in basic computer applications (e-mail, word processing, use of the Internet, use of library online catalogs) is required for students in library and information science. Many of our entering students are already proficient. For those who are not, a series of workshops are offered on Saturdays at the beginning of each semester. These workshops are free, and cover a series of topics (including both background information and hands-on experience) from the basics of computing at SLIS to the creation of Web pages. Students are expected to be familiar with the information covered in the workshops; this material will not be taught in regular library and information science classes.

Core Courses

All students are required to complete with a passing grade the following core courses: CLSC/LSC 551, 553, 555, and 557. These courses cover the central elements of the curriculum: acquisition and organization of information, retrieval and dissemination of information, technological applications, information sources and services, and the important policies, standards and ethical issues facing information professionals. A core course requirement may only be waived if the student has comparable transfer credit. Students are urged to complete the core courses within the first 18 semester hours of coursework.

Elective Courses

The school offers a rich array of specialized courses and joint-degree programs. Students will work with their academic advisers to design a sequence of courses appropriate to their professional objectives.

Comprehensive Examination

Candidates for the M.S. in L.S. degree must pass a comprehensive examination. Students may not register for this examination earlier than the final semester of coursework. Registration for the examination requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for courses taken in the School of Library and Information Science, with no provisional reports of incomplete (I) remaining on the student's record.

The school sends written notification to students informing them of the results of the comprehensive examination. Those who fail must retake the entire examination in a subsequent term. Candidates who fail a second time are no longer eligible to receive a master's degree.

The comprehensive examination tests a common knowledge base that will qualify the candidate to perform professionally and provide a foundation for the individual to acquire greater expertise as needed.

Questions from former semesters and more details are available on the school's Web site.

Courses at Off-Campus Sites

Through an arrangement with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the School of Library and Information Science currently offers courses leading to the M.S. in L.S. degree in various locations in Fairfax and Loudoun counties and in Richmond, Va.

The school also offers courses at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. These courses are open to nonemployees of the Library of Congress on a space-available basis.

All students should expect to earn credits on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as not all courses can be available at an off-site location. Information about off-campus programs and specific course offerings for a given semester is available from the school office and the Web site. In fall, spring and summer sessions, SLIS usually offers two to four courses at each off-campus site. The school also offers a few online courses most semesters and a few hybrid courses in which online material substitutes for some class meetings.


Letter grades are given to students taking courses for credit unless these courses are graded "pass-fail." The quality of a student's performance in a particular course, including such factors as ability to meet deadlines and participation in class discussion, is the only basis for a grade. Faculty will provide feedback to students evaluating the performance on which a grade is based.

Students are cautioned that any grade below a full B (3.0) is considered marginal in the School of Library and Information Science programs, and grades of C are viewed with grave concern. Students receiving two grades of C or a single grade of F will be dismissed from the program. Students receiving low grades should consult with instructors and advisers immediately about ways of improving their academic performance.

Students at the School of Library and Information Science are expected to be aware of and adhere to the information in the General Section of these Announcements on grades and grade reports (including incompletes, unethical practices, academic honesty, change of grade, dismissal) and change of enrollment (including leave of absence, change of course, withdrawal from a course and withdrawal from the university).


A provisional report of I (incomplete) may be given to a student who, for legitimate reasons, has not completed course requirements, provided that work already completed is of passing quality. Students receiving more than one incomplete may not take further coursework while more than one provisional report remains on their record.

Students granted provisional grades of I (incomplete) must complete all work and have permanent grades reported to the registrar by the midpoint of the next academic term (i.e., the midterm date specified in the registrar's academic calendar), whether the student is enrolled during that term or not.

If by that date the incomplete (I) is not replaced by a passing grade, the grade of F (failure) will be recorded for the course. Any request for an extension of this deadline must be made in advance of the deadline and approved by the dean as well as by the instructor.

Students are reminded that grades of F normally result in dismissal from the program.

Independent Study

Academic credit may be earned for concentrated study in a subject or problem to meet a student's special need or interest. Students enroll in a formal course (LSC 891-902) and work under the direction of a tenure-track faculty member. Arrangements must be made with the instructor well in advance of registration. Except in unusual circumstances, Independent Study should be taken in fall or spring semester, not in summer.


Through its practicum, the school offers a unique opportunity to gain professional experience in one of the many libraries in the Washington metropolitan area. Students may earn three graduate credits by working 120 hours under the supervision of a professional librarian who is not their direct supervisor at their place of employment. Hours of the practicum may be arranged at the mutual convenience of the student and supervisor. A variety of public, academic, school and government libraries, as well as special libraries and archives, have served as practicum sites.

A student may usually take one practicum as part of the M.S. in L.S. program. All students who are planning to work as school media specialists must plan to take a practicum (LSC 908) course. Further details about the practicum and a partial list of previous sites are available on the school's Web site or the practicum coordinator.

Joint-Degree Programs

Joint-degree programs provide students with opportunities to combine work in two disciplines in order to acquire competence in specialized areas of library and information science. Such programs allow students to obtain two graduate degrees sooner than they could acquire each independently. Applicants for joint degrees must submit complete separate applications (including the application fee and all required supporting documents) to both degree granting units of the university. Joint degrees are conferred simultaneously after all requirements for both degrees have been met.

Joint J.D. (Law)-M.S. in L.S. Program

The School of Library and Information Science and the Columbus School of Law offer a joint-degree program to provide academic preparation for law librarianship. Many law library positions require both a law degree and a library and information science degree. The total number of library and information science semester hours of graduate credit required is reduced to 27, and a student in the program may apply up to 12 library science credits toward the J.D. degree.

Joint M.A. (History)-M.S. in L.S. Program

The School of Library and Information Science and the Department of History in the School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint-degree program requiring a total of 51 semester hours of graduate credit-21 in history and 30 in library and information science. Completion of both degrees separately would require a total of 66 hours.

Joint M.S. (Biology)-M.S. in L.S. Program

The School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint-degree program requiring a total of 60 semester hours of graduate credit. Of the total credit hours, between 24 and 30 must be in biology and between 30 and 36 must be in library and information science.

Joint M.A. (Musicology)-M.S. in L.S. Program

The School of Library and Information Science and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music offer a joint degree program in music librarianship in which students take 30 semester hours of graduate credit in library and information science and 24 hours in the graduate program in musicology.

Joint M.A. (English)-M.S. in L.S. Program

The School of Library and Information Science and the Department of English in the School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint-degree program that enables students to have careers as editors in publishing, humanities librarians or antiquarian booksellers. The program requires 54 semester hours, 30 hours in library science and 24 in English.

Joint M.A. (Religious Studies)-M.S. in L.S. Program

The School of Library and Information Science and the School of Theology and Religious Studies offer a joint degree requiring a total of 51 graduate semester hours, 27 in library and information science and 24 in religious studies. Two specializations are available: Religious Studies and Archival Management, and Librarianship and Religious Studies.

School Library Media Program

The school library media program is selected by students who wish to work with young people in school libraries of public and private K-12 institutions. The Catholic University of America program is recognized by the states of Virginia and Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The course of study has program accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, NCATE and by the American Library Association, ALA.

Very specific requirements must be fulfilled in order to receive the state-issued certificate, which is required to work in public school libraries. Students who lack valid teaching certificates should be aware that there is a high probability that they will be required to take some education courses, in addition to the courses listed below, to qualify for certification as a school media specialist.

Required core courses for all students are:


LSC 551 Organization of Information
LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
LSC 555 Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
LSC 557 Libraries and Information in Society

Students interested in receiving the school library certification are required to take the following electives:


LSC 603 Technical Services
LSC 606 Cataloging and Classification
LSC 772 Media Services in Libraries
LSC 776 Design and Production of Audiovisual Materials
LSC 813 The School Library Media Center
LSC 854 Media for Children
LSC 855 Media for Adolescents
LSC 908 Practicum

Transfer or Waiver of Credit

Courses outside the field of library and information science may be approved for transfer. The purpose of allowing courses to be taken outside of the professional program of the school is to give students opportunities to gain competencies not available in the school that will substantially contribute to their education as information professionals. The student must demonstrate how the course will materially and specifically contribute to the student's professional education, make the student's program a more cohesive whole, and lead to a specific educational attainment for the student.

Students without previous library education courses or extensive experience are advised to confine their efforts to library and information science courses. When the transfer of credits is approved by the dean of the school, the student will receive a letter verifying the transfer.

A maximum of six semester credit hours may be transferred or waived to reduce the length of the M.S. in L.S. program under the conditions listed below.

Previous Graduate Degree

A student who holds one or more accredited graduate degrees when admitted to the school will be automatically exempt from six semester credit hours, but all remaining credit must be earned within the School of Library and Information Science. An official transcript of the graduate degree must be submitted at the time application is made to the school.

Transfer of Credit for Courses from Another Institution

Students may request that six semester credit hours of graduate coursework from another institution be accepted for transfer into the M.S. in L.S. program.

Students requesting transfer of credit must submit a completed Transfer of Credit Request Form for each course; an official transcript issued to the school directly from the institution attended, and catalog descriptions of the course. The transfer must be approved by the student's adviser and the dean of the school. Guidelines for acceptance of credits are as follows:

1. The student has already successfully completed 12 semester hours in the school with at least a 3.0 average.

2. The courses were taken by the student after receiving the bachelor's degree.

3. A grade of B or better was received in the course(s) for which the transfer of credit is requested.

4. The course(s) taken are designated on the official transcript of the granting academic institution as graduate courses, and the transcript is on file in the office of the School of Library and Information Science. (An official transcript is one issued by the institution attended that is forwarded directly to the school office and bears the seal of the university, the signature of the registrar, and the date of issue.)

5. The student is not already excused from six semester hours because the student holds a graduate degree in another subject area.

Approval for transfer of credit involves a number of factors, including the accreditation status of the institution from which graduate courses are transferred, the specific content of the courses, and their relevance to the program of study that the student is pursuing at The Catholic University of America. A primary consideration is that the transferred courses not duplicate the content of courses taken in the master's degree program at Catholic University.

Waiver of Core Courses

Although no more than six semester hours can be accepted for transfer, some coursework in library and information science may be acceptable in lieu of core courses in the school, but such acceptance of one or more course waivers will in no way result in a decrease in the number of credit hours required for the M.S. in L.S. An elective course must be taken for each course waived.

Students must petition for waiver of core courses by completing the appropriate request form. An official transcript and a catalog description must also be submitted. Waivers of core courses must be approved by the student's adviser and the dean of the school.

Additional Information

Courses Open to Undergraduates

Courses at the 500 and 600 levels are open to undergraduates at The Catholic University of America, who may begin graduate studies in library and information science while fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements. The students must obtain the permission of their advisers as well as the dean of the School of Library and Information Science. Credits earned in excess of those required for the undergraduate degree may be applied toward the M.S. in L.S. program only after the undergraduate degree has been conferred and the student has officially applied and been accepted by the Admissions Committee to the program.


The school maintains a listserv to which all students are required to subscribe and on which official Announcements, as well as other material of interest to students are posted.

Advising System

Upon admission to the school, students are assigned advisers based on the areas of interest stated in their applications. Students are expected to make contact with faculty advisers by e-mail, in person or by phone each semester. Advisers assist students in planning academic programs, reviewing progress, and career counseling. It is the school's philosophy that regular contact between advisers and students contributes both to the student's success and to our ongoing evaluation of the program. Students are expected to plan a balanced program of study of core courses, basic courses, and specialized electives with the assistance of their advisers. Course selections should be approved by the student's adviser.

Career Services

In addition to the advising system at SLIS, students will find career placement services available from the university Office of Career Services. Full- and part time positions made known to SLIS are distributed to students through the e-mail listserv.

Continuing and Post-Master Education

Librarians, archivists and information specialists who wish to update and expand their professional competencies should contact the school office (202-319-5085) for information on new opportunities for continuing education.

Admissions requirements include an accredited master's degree in library and information science and are otherwise the same as for the MSLS program.

Disability ServicesM

SLIS is committed to making its programs and information accessible to all qualified individuals with documented learning, physical or other disabilities.

The location of the school offices (second floor of Marist Hall) and some classrooms make it necessary for us to make special accommodations, and we are very willing to do so. However, we can respond only through voluntary disclosure of a disability to the Office of Disability Support Services (Pryzbyla Center, Suite 207,, 202-319-5211), as early as possible. After the initial disclosure to the office, students will receive a letter each semester from that office to expedite a request for reasonable accommodations.

Honor Society

Beta Phi Mu, an international honor society in library service, established the Iota chapter at the school in 1964. The faculty nominates outstanding students who meet the requirements as defined by the society for invitations to join the society in the calendar year following their graduation.

Student Organizations

All students registered in the M.S. in L.S. degree program are members of the Association of Graduate Library and Information Science Students, which each year elects officers and sends representatives to the Graduate Student Association of The Catholic University of America. AGLISS invites speakers to the campus and schedules social events during the school year, maintains a lounge in Marist Hall for the use of students, and sends a representative to the school faculty meetings.

There are active student chapters of the Special Libraries Association and the American Society for Information Science and Technology and the American Library Association. Students also participate in the activities of other area professional associations, including the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C., and the Catholic Library Association.

Academic Program at SLIS

The curriculum of the Master of Science in Library Science degree at CUA is made up of three parts: courses required of all students, general electives useful to many students, and electives designed for students who want to specialize in a particular area of librarianship. Advisers help students design your schedule and to adapt it if you change your mind as you go through the program. Starting with the required courses is strongly recommended; they are prerequisites for future courses. Many students choose not to specialize; others are interested in specific work environments, like music or law libraries, school media centers, archives or special collections.

For students interested in broader areas-such as technology, information services, services to special population groups (from children to users of corporate libraries), management, or cataloging and indexing, advisers might suggest a broad array of general electives rather than the specialized ones. This will provide an education that can be used in a variety of settings.

Courses Offered

Note: Classes offered by the School of Library and Information Science at off-campus, satellite locations are preceded with the CLSC department code. Courses offered on campus are preceded with the LSC department code.

Please consult the registrar's Web site at for descriptions of courses offered in the current semester.


CLSC/LSC Course Title
551 Organization of Information
553 Information Sources and Services
555 Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
557 Libraries and Information in Society
559 Storytelling
561 Oral History
601 History of the Book
603 Technical Services
606 Cataloging and Classification
607 Management
608 Collection Development
609 Preservation
610 Internet Searches and Web Design; Tools and Technologies
630 Archives Management
702 Advanced Information Sources and Services
704 Humanities Information
706 Social Science Information
708 Science and Technology Information
710 Searching, Authoring, Teaching Internet Resources
712 Foundations of Digital Libraries
713 Advanced Cataloging and Classification
715 Organization of Internet Resources
716 Indexing, Abstracting and Thesaurus Construction
718 Programming for Web Applications
727 OnLine Information Retrieval
728 Advanced OnLine Information Retrieval
730 Use and Users of Libraries and Information
740 Database Management
457 Research Methods in Library and Info Science
746 Library and Information Service Evaluation
772 Media Services
776 Design and Production of Multimedia
782 Government Information
801 The College and University Library
807 The Public Library
809 Adult Services
813 The School Library Media Center
818 The Special Library/Information Center
819 Business Information
820 Information Literacy
825 Law Librarianship
826 Legal Literature
828 Advanced Legal Research
831 Music Bibliography
833 Music Librarianship
841 Rare Book Librarianship
842 Special Collections
843 Art and Museum Librarianship
854 Media for Children
855 Media for Adolescents
870 Health Sciences Literature
871 Health Sciences Librarianship
874-879 Special Topics in Librarianship
882 Institute on Federal Library Resources
895- 899 Independent Study
906 Practicum
908 School Library Medium Practicum