Department of Library Science

The Department of Information and Library Science is committed to educating students to work in the growing global digital information environment. The department seeks to prepare you to access, evaluate, manage, communicate, create, and adapt the information environment to meet the needs of changing user groups. Through their diverse professional backgrounds and research expertise, the faculty can prepare you for a range of emerging careers in libraries and all types of information agencies.  

Accreditations & certifications

ALA Accreditation Seal

The Clarion University Library Department is accredited by the following organizations:

  • American Library Association
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Pennsylvania School Library Certification
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Approval


Library Science careers

Prospects for the future are extremely positive for well-prepared new graduates guided by creative faculty advisors.  Employment opportunities vary according to educational qualifications and the areas of specialization of the individual preparing to enter the information professions.  The M.S.L.S. graduate who is flexible with respect to geographic location and willing to meet the challenge of serving special groups will have especially good opportunities for employment.


The Department of Library Science works with students to find valuable internship opportunities based on your career objectives.  More information is provided under Co-Ops and Internships.  

Library Science Internship Capstone Course
Internship Affiliation Agreement


Lisa BrennanMy name is Lisa Brennan, and I graduated from the MSLS program in 2010. I'll always be grateful for the outstanding education I received from Clarion, and I thought the Library Science department might be interested in this news. This past week, I received YALSA's award for "Best Literature Program for Teens" for a pleasure pleasure reading program in our school. Their press release can be found via this link.  Clarion's program truly empowered me to effectively serve as a librarian at our school. Our successful reading program is based on several articles I accessed during my studies at Clarion. Harnessing administrative support enable me to put theory into practice.


The Southeastern Library Journal Cover A veteran and mother of four, Linda Christian returned to school and earned her MSLS in  2012 through our distance-learning program. Recognizing a deficit in library services in the  rural mountain regions of her home state, Linda was inspired by Clarion’s Dr. Bernard  Vavrek and the Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship to direct her Master’s level  research toward sociological factors affecting librarianship in rural America. A direct result    of her studies at Clarion included the creation of an educational library initiative called The  Settlement Library Project. Through this venue, Linda serves the online library community  by  advocating for inventive outreach and expanded non-traditional services. As a practicing  certified technical writer and copy editor particularly concerned with issues affecting small  town and solo librarians, she has written topics of interest since 2009.  Linda’s recent  manuscript, entitled “A Passion Deficit: Occupational Burnout and the New Librarian: A Recommendation Report,”was published by the Southeastern Library Association (SELA) in their juried quarterly electronic journal: The Southeastern Librarian (SELn). The article is available here under Back Issues—Select an issue: Vol. 62, no. 4-Winter 2015, and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation is available on SlideShare

Department Contacts

Wenda Strickenberger, Secretary 
210 Carlson Library
+1 814 393 2271

Dr. Linda L. Lillard, Chair
209 Carlson Library
+1 814 393 2383

Toll Free Number: +1 866 272 5612
Fax Number: +1 814 393 2150
General email address:

Last Updated 5/25/16