Department of Information and 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.  


Information for Life


The department prepares students for proactive engagement in the information professions.

Library science programs

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


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Continued Accreditation

Accreditations & certifications

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

  • American 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.


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  (PDF fill-in form)
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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.


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 CoverA 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

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

Wenda Strickenberger, Secretary 
210 Carlson Library
814 393 2271

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

Last Updated 4/9/18