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Library and Information Science Department

Obtaining a Degree Online

The primary focus of the Library and Information Science program is the Associate of Arts degree, which prepares students to enter library and information careers. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and values that are fundamental to professional competence in the library and information services field.

Because information services today are heavily dependent on computers and online resources, the curriculum includes a great deal of hands-on practice with these tools. The choice of electives includes courses in computer applications and business management, which are useful for work in any kind of library. Students are able to complete the Associate of Arts degree in Library and Information Science completely online.

Many graduates work as paraprofessionals (library technicians) in local public and elementary school libraries, as well as in the CSI Library. The program also attracts library staff and school teachers who are looking for a few courses to update their skills, earn recertification credits, or fill the State requirements for the Education Media Generalist endorsement.

Planning for the Future

LIIS faculty provide advising and counseling for students who are considering library and information science careers. There are several possible career tracks in public, school, and academic libraries. Students intending to become secondary school librarians in Idaho need to know about the educational and certification requirements set by the State. Those interested in becoming professional librarians need to make long-term plans, considering such things as the type of library they wish to work in, a subject specialty, and management training they might wish to pursue on their way to an American Library Association accredited MLS/MLIS degree.

The department also provides courses in basic library skills and information literacy that are open to all CSI students. These courses are intended to introduce students to the variety and complexity of today’s digital world, and to provide the concepts and skills needed to make the best use of them.

The Next Step

Completion of the LIIS program of study is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree in Library and Information Science, and meets the general education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Some graduates will work as paraprofessionals (library technicians), while others may choose to continue their studies at various four-year institutions. Students intending to become librarians should consider pursuing an American Library Association accredited MLS/MLIS degree. Requirements for school librarians (Education Media Generalists/Library Media Specialists) vary from state to state, but generally include valid teaching credentials with a special media endorsement or certification. Although some courses in the program may be transferable to various four-year programs, transferability will depend on the specific requirements of the college in question, and therefore students who plan on continuing their education in the field, should talk to their advisor very early in their academic career and will need to work closely on course selection with the institution to which they are planning to transfer.