Teresa S. Welsh, Director
118 College Drive, Box 5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Bomhold, Creel, Cunningham, Griffis, Norton, Pace, Welsh, Yu
The purpose of the School of Library and Information Science is to educate students for careers in the information professions. Covering all types of media formats, the curriculum prepares future information professionals to create, develop, organize, access and evaluate print and digital resources in a variety of settings.
The Bachelor of Science in library and information science prepares students to work in a public or other type of library or to pass the PRAXIS exam for school library licensure. The graduate program in library and information science is the only master's program in Mississippi accredited by the American Library Association (see the Graduate Bulletin). Students are encouraged to join and support the activities of the Library and Information Science Student Association, the American Library Association, the Special Libraries Association and the Mississippi Library Association.
Academic Standards for a Major in Library and Information Science
Any student who satisfies admission requirements to the university through the Office of Admissions is eligible for admission to the School of Library and Information Science. All students majoring in library and information science must have their major program approved by the director of the school and have a completed program plan on file in the director's office.
During the first two years at the university, the library and information science major should acquire a broad general education in the liberal arts and sciences. The student's choice of a degree program should be determined by his or her career goals and in consultation with a faculty adviser or the director of the school.
Students desiring to prepare for positions in public, academic or corporate libraries or information centers or other information professions should follow the general Bachelor of Science degree program described below; this program requires 45 credit hours. General library and information science majors must also complete the requirements for a senior capstone course for their major, and sufficient elective hours from any departments of the university to complete the 124 semester hours required for a degree. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all library science courses. A minor in another field is recommended.
Students are advised that in order to qualify for many professional positions in the library field, especially those in public, college and special library fields, a Master of Library and Information Science degree is required. See the Graduate Bulletin for information on the graduate program in library and information science.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceNon-degree