What Do We Look Like Now?
SLIS continues to grow, implementing new and exciting courses and programs. Here are a few highlights from the past two years.
There are currently 207 students enrolled in our graduate degree and certificate programs, which is almost double the enrollment in the Fall of 2015. In addition, undergraduates are now enrolling in our general education class and our minor in Library Science. All signs point towards continued growth.
In the Fall of 2017 SLIS offered its first undergraduate general education course, which is also our first Communication Intensive (CxC) course. Introduction to Information & Society educates students about the development of the information society and the ways in which information interacts with modern society. Through the examination of issues such as information access, information power, censorship, intellectual property, privacy, democracy and social networks students expand their understanding of the role of information within a global society.
Students were admitted to the minor beginning in the Spring of 2017. The minor consists of the general education course described above and four additional courses that cover topics such as libraries in the information age, public services in libraries, technical services in libraries, and collection development. The minor appeals to students who wish to know more about the library environment and those considering careers as paraprofessionals in libraries.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Library Science
This certificate was recently approved by the Board of Regents and will be admitting students for the Spring 2018 semester. The certificate consists of the same five courses as the undergraduate minor. To be admitted to the certificate program, individuals must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college with a minimum GPA of 2.75. The certificate program and the minor will equip graduates with the skills necessary to provide paraprofessional services in public and academic libraries.
Paraprofessionals provide necessary support for the professional library staff and account for over eighty percent of library positions held in Louisiana. The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that employment for library paraprofessionals will continue to increase at a rate of 5% per year. All courses for the certificate and the minor are offered as 100% asynchronous online classes, allowing individuals to work around their existing schedules.
Graduate Certificates in RIM and School Librarianship
In the past two years, SLIS established two graduate certificate programs, one in Records & Information Management (RIM) and one in School Librarianship. The 15 credit-hour RIM certificate prepares graduates for careers such as Records and Information Management Officer, Information Governance Officer, Digital Assets Manager, Enterprise Content Manager, or equivalence, in various industries, such as government and municipal, healthcare, legal, financial services, insurance services, oil and gas, education, and telecommunications. This certificate is offered in partnership with the Institute of Certified Records Managers. Our first RIM certificate graduate will walk across the stage this December.
The 18 credit-hour certificate in School Librarianship is for certified teachers in Louisiana who are seeking add-on certification in school librarianship. Certified librarians develop collections that meet the curricular needs of the school, collaborate with teachers in integrating literature into their lesson plans, and assist students with finding reading materials that are interesting and age-appropriate. Several individuals have successfully completed the certificate program.
All courses for both certificates are offered as 100% asynchronous online classes.
Doctor of Design
The LSU College of Art & Design implemented a new Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation degree in the Fall 2017 semester. SLIS will play a vital role by offering appropriate coursework in museum studies, cultural heritage resource management, and preservation to students in the program.