Established in 1966, the Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) offers a MS in Information and Library Science program that is 36 credit hours, or 39 credit hours for the MS in School Librarianship. The program must be completed within five years and prepares graduates for entry-level professional employment in libraries and other information agencies. It is one of seven ALA accredited programs in New York State. Of the seven, three are public, of which one is the University at Buffalo. The Department has 11 full time faculty, 4 staff members and approximately 250 students.
The MS in Information and Library Science degree consists of three required core courses and nine electives. The MS in School Librarianship requires 39 credit hours; these include the five required core courses, and five additional required school library media courses, two electives, and a practicum. To be certified as Library Media Specialists, students must meet the New York State requirement of 12 credit hours of education courses, which may be taken before, during, or after completing the requirements for the MS in School Librarianship. Delivery methods for courses vary and represent traditional on-campus teaching as well as web-based synchronous and asynchronous distance education.
Initial accreditation for DLIS was awarded in 1972 and the program has been continuously accredited by ALA review in 1975, 1977, 1983, 1991, 1999, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015 (2006, 2009 and 2012 conditional accreditation). For more information on the Accreditation process, please visit the ALA website.
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