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.

Library science programs

We offer the following programs for both undergraduate and graduate library science education:

Accreditations & Certifications

The Clarion University Department of Information and Library Science holds the following accreditations and certifications:

  • badgeAmerican Library Association -  The MSLS  program is accredited by the 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.

Capstones

LS570 INTERNSHIP IN LIBRARIANSHIP

Provides an advanced pre-professional experience through work in a cooperating library or information center.  Students are expected to apply and evaluate the theory and practice learned in the classroom; prepare an evaluative paper, and be observed and evaluated by the site supervisor.  Accreditation assessments administered.  Prerequisites: successful completion of at least 30 credit hours, including all other required courses; permission of advisor, internship coordinator, and the department chair.  For students not seeking initial certification.

Library Science Internship Capstone Course 
Internship/ Cooperative Education Learning Agreement and Affiliation Agreement Worksite Provider (PDF fill-in form) 

LS600 RESEARCH IN LIBRARIANSHIP

Intended as a capstone experience for students in the Masters of Science in Library Science program. Provides the opportunity to pursue a research project related to the student's area of specialization or interest and which is based on research strategies developed in LS550. Accreditation assessments administered. Prerequisites: LS550 and successful completion of at least 30 credit hours, including all other required courses; project approval by advisor, instructor, and the department chair. For students not seeking initial teacher certification.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Julie Edholm

Julie Edholm


When Julie Edholm sits down to work as a metadata cataloger for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, she describes and assigns subject headings to items in the Winchester Repeating... (Read more)

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Kiely Fisher


I completed my internship during my last semester (Winter 2017). I originally planned to intern just with the Grove Family Library in Chambersburg, PA, which is... (Read more)

Department Contacts

Dr. Linda L. Lillard, Chair
209 Carlson Library
814 393 2383
LLILLARD@CLARION.EDU

Wenda Strickenberger, Secretary 
210 Carlson Library
814 393 2271
wstrickenber@clarion.edu

Toll Free Number: 866 272 5612
General email address: libsci@clarion.edu

Last Updated 5/24/18