Welcome to the School of Library & Information Science. If you are considering earning an MLIS at LSU you have made a good decision. We offer three specializations including archives, information management, and libraries. Students have many choices when they decide on career paths within each specialization and will find that we offer a wide variety of elective courses and learning opportunities. The MLIS is the preparation you need for your first job as well as your second and third jobs within the information professions.
It is possible to earn the MLIS as a full-time student in about a year and a half, or as a part-time student taking up to five years. Students can earn the degree in face-to-face classes in Baton Rouge, or by taking courses entirely online, or by taking some courses in each format. We welcome new students twice a year, with admissions in Spring (January) and Fall (August) semesters.
Our faculty will serve as your mentors and advisors. They will help you to select the best courses to take to meet your career goals. Even if you are not on campus you will be able to get to know them as they get to know you.
SLIS alumni work in 49 states and more than 25 countries. They are in public libraries telling stories to toddlers and are indexing legislation. They teach children and adults how to search for and evaluate information, and they design databases and manage knowledge. They answer reference questions on all topics and organize information in all formats. They are leaders in professional organizations and are authors of significant publications.
We look forward to having you join SLIS!
Dr. Ed Holton