MLIS Program & Performance

The School of Library & Information Science MLIS program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1931 and remains the only ALA accredited program in Louisiana. The MLIS program at LSU is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Conditional accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2022.Seal of the American Library Association. Text in the seal reads, "American Library Association. ALA Accredited. Committee on Accreditation."

Recruitment & Retention

SLIS Enrollment

Fall 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
MLIS 120 149 187 193 175 241 316
CARST       21 19 31 15
CRIM     13 12 4 8 10
CSLIB 1 3 9 12 14 17 6
Total 121 152 209 226 212 297 347

 

MLIS Retention

The calculation of retention rate is based on students beginning the program in the fall semester and graduating within the five-year limit allowed for completion of all requirements.

Fall 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
MLIS 94% 75% 69% 74% 80% 83% 83% 83% 76%

Source: LSU Office of Budget & Planning

 

MLIS Average Time to Degree

Fall 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
2 Years 71% 49% 65% 60% 42% 34% 44% 33%
3 Years 18% 40% 17% 22% 50% 36% 14% -
4 Years 7% 5% 11% 13% 8% 5% - -
5 Years 4% 6% 4% 5% 0% - - -

Source: LSU Office of Budget & Planning

 

Graduation & Placement

Degrees Granted

Year MLIS CARST CRIM CSLIB
2015-16 46 - - -
2016-17 37 - - -
2017-18 89 - 2 3
2018-2019 75 19 3 9
2019-20 43 16 2 5
2020-21 73 17 4 8

Source: LSU Office of Budget & Planning

 

MLIS Placement Data

In 2019, SLIS began administering an exit survey for all graduating students. The following data indicates student employment status at the time of graduation.

  2019-2020
(n=6)
2020-2021
(n=32)
2021-2022
(n=22)
Total
(n=60)
I am not currently employed and am seeking a position 0% 13% 23% 15%
I am currently employed in a non-LIS capacity and am seeking a position 50% 13% 32% 23%
I am currently employed in an LIS capacity, but am/will be seeking a new position 33% 38% 14% 28%
I am currently employed in an LIS capacity and will continue to work in this position
0% 31% 27% 27%
Other 17% 6% 5% 7%

Other responses

  • I am currently 1/2 employed in a LIS position and 1/2 in a substitute teaching capacity and am seeking a full-time position.

  • I am not currently employed and have secured an LIS position for next school year.

  • Paraprofessional library role, wanting salary role.

  • I am not seeking any new position.

Source: SLIS Exit Survey

 

In 2019, SLIS began administering surveys of alumni 3 years after graduating. The following data indicates alumni employment information based on graduating year.

  2015-2016
(n=5)
2016-2017
(n=9)
2017-2018
(n=18)
Total
(n=32)
Currently Employed 100% 89% 94% 94%
Not Employed 0% 11% 6% 6%

 

  2015-2016
(n=5)
2016-2017
(n=8)
2017-2018
(n=17)
Total
(n=30)
Academic Library 40% 50% 18% 30%
Archive 0% 0% 0% 0%
Museum 0% 0% 6% 3%
Public Library 0% 50% 41% 37%
School Library 20% 0% 24% 17%
Special Library 40% 0% 0% 7%
Other 0% 0% 12% 7%

Source: SLIS Alumni Survey