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School of Library and Information Sciences

Greetings from the Dean

We invite students, alumni, visitors, and potential students to explore our webpages to learn more about the School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) and its current activities. The SLIS continues to remain cutting-edge and competitive in a global information and digital world while also keeping a keen sense of its original mission to help make the Library and Information Science workforce a more diverse and exciting place, rich with innovation and social responsibility.

In 2007 the SLIS introduced its first course in Digital Librarianship and has since developed a full concentration. Students graduating in this area are able to help supply the market needs for digital access to materials.  This new concentration brings our total number of concentrations in the Master of Library Science (MLS) to six (Academic Librarianship, Archives and Records Management, Digital Librarianship, Public Librarianship, Media Specialist (School Librarian), and Special Librarianship).There are three concentrations in the Master of Information Sciences (MIS) program (Networking and Communications, Strategic Information Management, and Health Informatics). The SLIS continues to offer two Joint Degree Programs, the JD/MLS (with the School of Law) and the MBA/MIS (with the School of Business). The JD/MLS is one of only fourteen such programs in the country.

The SLIS continues to build upon its grants from the National Library of Medicine and the UNCF, and a mini-grant from North Carolina government by developing the recently approved Health Informatics concentration. In response to a growth in healthcare electronic records and medical care analysis of data, this program will expand opportunities for SLIS students in a new, vital area of information expertise and will help address the needs of the state of North Carolina and beyond in health. Our emphasis on better understanding diversity as emphasized in three IMLS Grants has grown from students’ understanding diversity locally and nationally to understanding diversity globally. Building on our course in Global Library Systems, we have enhanced that diversity by instituting in 2007 a Study Abroad program with the Royal School of Library and Information Studies in Denmark.

Alumni in all our areas of concentrations and joint degree programs continue to do well in the job market and in the field of Library and Information Sciences. Our goal is to make our graduates even more competitive by keeping our concentrations cutting-edge and marketable. The need for practitioners is very evident. The need for academicians is even greater. We are finding more and more of our students who are prepared for Ph.D. work. Of our recent graduates, there are five students matriculating in Ph.D. programs (Jason Alston, LaTesha Velez, RaShauna Brannon, Roy Brown and Jamia Mills). Our graduates continue to excel in leadership and other positions in public and private institutions.

If you are interested in applying to our program, please contact our offices at 919-530-7320 or email vpjones@nccu.edu for more information. Our classes are available evenings, Saturdays and online. All of our concentrations except Archives and Digital Librarianship are offered fully online. Details are available at www.nccuslis.org.

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