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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Library and Information Science (LIS)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 25.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 39

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Information Department (LIS)
4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Jim Andrews
Phone: 813-974-2108


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The mission of the School of Information Science is to educate students for careers and leadership roles in library and information professions that serve the needs of a culturally diverse, technological society; to contribute to the body of theoretical and applied knowledge in the discipline; and to serve current and emerging needs in the University, the community, and the profession. For Goals, Objectives, and Student Learning Outcomes, refer to the program's web page.

For students interested in School Library Media as a profession, completion of the USF/SLIS program results in (1) a Master of Arts degree accredited by the American Library Association, which will allow the recipient to work in all types of libraries, (2) a program for Educational Media Specialist approved by NCATE, the National Commission for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and (3) appropriate coursework for passing the state examination for certification as an Educational Media Specialist for Grades K-12 in the state of Florida. For more information, see the web page.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 1

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

GRE is required with preferred minimum scores of 550V, 450Q. However, the LIS program will waive the GRE requirement if the student meets one of the following criteria:

  • 3.5 or higher GPA in a completed master's degree program from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.25 or higher GPA in upper division undergraduate work from a regionally accredited institution
  • Doctoral degree (including professional degrees such as the J.D. and M.D.) from a regionally accredited institution

All students not meeting one of the above criteria will be considered for conditional admission based on all of the following criteria:

  • A preferred minimum score of 550 on the Verbal section and 450 on the Quantitative section of the General GRE test. An EXADEP score equivalent to a score of 550V and 550Q on the GRE General test may be substituted for the GRE scores.
  • An academic writing sample
  • Three written letters of recommendation

Conditional admission status will be converted to regular status upon completion of the first three LIS courses with a GPA of 3.5 or above. LIS 5020 must be included as one of these courses.

  • A satisfactory score on the TOEFL (79 on the internet-based test and 550 on the paper-based test) may be required for natives of non English-speaking countries.
  • All students are required to write a statement describing their purpose and goals in the LIS program.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Program Hours: 39 credit hours minimum

Core courses 18 credit hours
Technology Elective 3 credit hours
Electives 18 credit hours
Comp Exam/Portfolio

Students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average of “B” or better and no more than two grades below "B" will be accepted. Transfer credit from other recognized graduate schools is limited to six semester hours taken within the last five years with grades of “B” or better. All transfers must be approved by the candidate’s faculty advisor. Transfer credits must be posted to a student’s permanent record no later than one full term prior to graduation.

Required Core Courses 18 credit hours
The student must complete the following 39 hour program, including six core courses:
LIS 5020        3        Foundations of Library and Information Science OR
LIS 6260        3        Information Science in Librarianship
LIS 6271        3        Research Methods in Library and Information Science
LIS 6409        3        Introduction to Library Administration
LIS 6511        3        Collection Development and Maintenance
LIS 6603        3        Basic Information Sources and Services
LIS 6711        3        Organization of Knowledge I OR
LIS 6735        3        Technical Services in Libraries

Technology Elective - 3 credit hours
LIS 5268        3        IT Concepts for Information Professionals
For students who already have a foundational understanding of information technology, this course may be substituted by another elective. All students are expected to select courses, in coordination with their advisers, which will foster competencies and understanding of theory, application, and use of technology.

Electives - 18 credit hours
These courses must be approved by the student's advisor. Some options include:
LIS 5268        3        Microcomputer Applications Library and Information Centers
LIS 5315        3        Instructional Graphics
LIS 5333        3        TV in Schools and Libraries
LIS 5418         3        Health Informatics for Medical Librarians
LIS 5566         3        Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
LIS 5937         4        Selected Topics in Library Studies
LIS 6110         3        History of Libraries
LIS 6111         3        History of Children's Literature
LIS 6206         3        Adult Services in Libraries
LIS 6212         3        Reading Guidance Programs in Libraries and Classrooms
LIS 6225         3        Storytelling
LIS 6303         3        Preparing Instructional Media
LIS 6316         3        Visualization of Knowledge
LIS 6402         3        Advanced Library Administration
LIS 6432        3        Seminar in Academic Libraries
LIS 6445         3        Seminar in Public Libraries
LIS 6455         3        Organization and Administration of the School Media Center
LIS 6463         3        Library Networks and Systems
LIS 6464         3        Library Systems Analysis and Planning
LIS 6472        3        Seminar in Special Libraries
LIS 6473         3        Law Librarianship
LIS 6475         3        Health Sciences Librarianship
LIS 6773         3        Digital Curation
LIS 6482         3        Web Archiving
LIS 6542         3        The Curriculum and Instructional Technology
LIS 6565        3        Books and Related Materials for Young Adults
LIS 6585        3        Materials for Children
LIS 6609         3        Online Information Sources and Services
LIS 6610         3        Information Sources and Services in the Humanities
LIS 6620         3        Information Sources and Services in the Social Sciences
LIS 6624         3        Information Sources and Services in Business and Law
LIS 6630         3        Information Sources and Services in Science and Technology
LIS 6661         3        Government Documents
LIS 6724        3        Classification and Cataloging of Non-Book Materials
LIS 6726C         3        Indexing and Abstracting
LIS 6712         3        Organization of Knowledge II
LIS 6514         3        Digital Libraries
LIS 6906         3        Independent Study
LIS 6946         3        Supervised Fieldwork
LIS 6949        2-6        Practicum in Archives and Special Collections

Courses Outside the School
Degree-seeking students are permitted to enroll in courses, usually limited to six semester hours, outside the School of Information when, in the context of the development of a purposeful program, an interdisciplinary approach seems appropriate. Students must obtain the prior approval of their Faculty advisor.

Culminating Assessment

Comprehensive Examination Portfolio
Assessment of Competencies for the Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science ? In Lieu of a Comprehensive Examination, s tudents admitted beginning in the Fall 2016 Catalog Year are required to submit a portfolio in accordance with program provided guidelines which exhibit competencies acquired during their master’s program based on standards of the American Library Association.

Portfolio timeline: Students will begin creating and collecting artifacts and other examples of work beginning in their first semester of study. Portfolios must be reviewed by an advisor or other program designee midway through the student’s program and then submitted prior to graduation according to the program guidelines for final approval as part of graduation requirements.

ALA-USF, ASIST-USF, and SLA-USF are student chapters of the American Library Association, American Society for Information Science & Technology and Special Libraries Association linked with the School of Information and are open to all members of the University community interested in information science or librarianship. All provide programs and guest speakers of interest to the campus community, maintain several discussion lists, and publish a newsletter for their members. These organizations are the voice of students in the school, and members of the associations are included on committees within the School.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

LIN5700, LIN6081, LIN6675, LIN6720, LIN6748, TSL5371, TSL5372, TSL5440, TSL5525, TSL6945,