Department of Information and Library Science Programs
The Certificate in School Library Media - Cross Endorsement prepares currently certified teachers for cross endorsement as school library media specialists. Students may seek optional dual enrollment in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. Please contact the school library media graduate coordinator for further information.
The Certificate in School Library Media - Teacher Certification offers the opportunity to gain initial certification as a teacher in Connecticut. This program welcomes both mid-career professionals seeking a career change and recent graduates with an interest in teaching and school libraries. Currently school library media specialists are a designated shortage area in Connecticut, and employment opportunities are available in both high needs, urban and suburban districts. The teacher certification may be combined with dual enrollment in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. Please contact the school library media graduate coordinator for further information.
The library profession is constantly evolving to manage the almost daily advances in technology – as well as the increasing sophistication of library users.
The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree, the only fully online program at a public institution in the State of Connecticut, drives learning by preparing students with essential skills and knowledge to succeed as an information professional.
The MLIS, a 36-credit program, provides new horizons for those seeking to advance careers in information professions. Your future job awaits in libraries, archives and museums. Plus, the explosion of data has led to a resounding call by government and private industry for a large workforce trained in library and information sciences. Graduates will find strong career ladder in the profession and the future looks bright.
For those seeking initial certification as school library media specialists or a cross endorsement to an existing teacher certification, the dual enrollment option combines the MLIS degree and a School Library Media Graduate Certificate.
Whether you are interested in advancing your current career or looking to make a career change, we invite you to explore the new Master of Library and Information Science program at Southern.
The minor in information management and services is designed to provide students who enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs with multidisciplinary understanding of skills and knowledge needed to deal with problems of representing, storing, manipulating, and using digital information in the contemporary workplace.