North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
School of Library and Information Sciences
Dean Irene Owens
Welcome to the School of Library and Information Sciences.
We invite students, alumni, visitors, and potential students to explore our webpages to learn more about the School of Library and Information Sciences.
We have had some recent initiatives that I would like to share with you.
Our emphasis on understanding diversity emphasized in three IMLS Grants has grown from students understanding diversity locally and nationally to understanding diversity globally. Dr. Ismail Abdullahi who teaches our Global Library Systems course has enhanced that diversity by instituting in 2007 a Study Abroad program to the Royal School of Library and Information Studies in Denmark.
Other initiatives in the SLIS include the establishment also in 2007, our first Digital Libraries course which has now led to a new concentration for our program bringing our total number of concentrations to 6 (Academic Libraries, Archives and Records Management, Digital Libraries, Public Libraries, Media Specialists (School Libraries), and Special Libraries). There are two concentrations in the Master of Information Sciences program (Networking and Communications and Strategic Information Management). The SLIS continues with its two Joint Degree Programs, the JD/MLS (with the School of Law) and the MBA/MIS (with the School of Business). To further our efforts in Digital Librarianship, future plans include the development of a Certificate Program in Digital Librarianship for persons who have already received the MLS to come back and re-tool for the current market. . The SLIS also plans to build upon its grants from the National Library of Medicine and the UNCF, and a mini-grant from North Carolina government by developing a Health Informatics concentration for MIS degree students. Dr. Deborah Swain and Dr. Gabriel Peterson are developing a proposal to provide courses and specialty training to improve skills and knowledge of health, nursing, medical, and clinical informatics, including the collection, storage, and access to various kinds of electronic health records. In response to a growth in healthcare electronic records and medical care analysis of data, this program would expand opportunities for SLIS students in a new, vital area of information expertise.
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 being prepared for Ph.D. work. Currently, there are four (?Jason Alston, LaTesha Velez, Roy Brown and Jamia Mills) of our recent graduates who are matriculating in Ph.D. programs