The online Master of Science in Library and Information Science: School Media meets the same high academic standards of Syracuse University’s on-campus programs. The 36-credit curriculum consists of:
18 credits of primary core coursework
15 credits of secondary core coursework
3 credits of exit requirements
Introduction to the Library and Information Profession – 3 Credits This course focuses on the key components of the library and information field. Students learn about the general structure, issues and problems, research, and literature associated with the library and information profession.
Reference and Information Literacy Services – 3 Credits Students explore the use of print and electronic resources and delivery of services in libraries to meet the information needs of communities in a broad range of contexts. The assignments for this course require you to work in collaboration with a partner library and degreed/certified librarian. Prior to the semester start or during the first week of the semester, you will identify a librarian and library. There must be at least one degreed/certified librarian at that library that agrees to work with you throughout the semester.
Information Resources: Organization and Access – 3 Credits This course is an introduction to theories, tools, and standards for information organization and access, including cataloging rules and formats, content analysis, indexing, classification, and fundamentals of information retrieval systems.
Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment – 3 Credits Students in this course focus on user-centered planning, marketing, and assessment of activities that support core functions of libraries, such as collection development, systems, and public services. The assignments for this course require you to work in collaboration with a partner library and degreed/certified librarian. Prior to the semester start or during the first week of the semester, you will identify a librarian and library. There must be at least one degreed/certified librarian at that library that agrees to work with you throughout the semester.
Information Policy – 3 Credits This course covers public policy issues that affect the information, library, and telecommunication sectors. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of privacy and security, intellectual property, freedom of expression, communications access, and public sector information. Students apply economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis.
Managing a School Library – 3 Credits This course covers the key components to effectively manage a school library, as well as the services, programs, and people in school library facilities. Students gain an in-depth understanding of information flow, curriculum analysis, budgeting, collection organization and management, advocacy, professional development, external resources and services, strategic planning, and staffing.
Secondary Core Coursework
Library & Information Services to Students With Disabilities – 3 Credits This course focuses on inclusive strategies for planning library programs and services to meet the information needs of Pre-K through 12th-grade students with disabilities.
Information Technologies in Educational Organizations – 3 Credits This course covers information and communications technologies, ethical issues, knowledge management tools, collaborative learning technologies, and education databases. On-site project fieldwork constitutes a major portion of course requirements.
Youth Services in Libraries and Information Centers – 3 Credits In this course, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories, practices, media, literature, and emerging trends of youth services from preschool to high school.
Motivating 21st-Century Learning – 3 Credits This course focuses on methods for designing, delivering, and evaluating information and digital literacy skills instruction in schools. Students explore ways to foster librarian-teacher collaboration as well as appropriate interventions to motivate students to learn 21st-century skills.
Literacy Through School Libraries – 3 Credits This course is an introduction to the methods that support and reinforce classroom instruction in developmental reading and language acquisition processes and skills. Students learn about the development of programs and services that foster self-expression, promote literature appreciation, and encourage information-seeking behaviors.
The exit requirement for the LIS: School Media degree is a three-credit internship.
Practicum and Additional Requirements
Fieldwork Students must complete a total of 100 (noncredit) hours of fieldwork in elementary and secondary school libraries before their first practicum experience. A minimum of 15 hours must be spent working with students with special needs.
School Media Practicum – 3 Credits The practicum is completed after fieldwork and consists of 240 (non credit) hours of fully supervised school-based library experiences at the elementary and secondary levels (120 hours in each).
Immersion Hosted twice per year, immersions allow students to meet and collaborate with their peers, learn from guest speakers who are industry experts, and participate in collaborative workshops. Students are required to attend at least one immersion.