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.
Initiated in the Fall of 2016, the new MLIS program provides students with training as librarians/information specialists. Hiring institutions include libraries of all types, archives, and museums, as well as private businesses and state and federal agencies needing researchers. There is a strong career ladder in the profession, providing many advancement opportunities. The future looks bright, with the Occupational Outlook Handbook showing librarian job numbers growing at the rate of 9% for the next 8 years.
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.