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Master of Library and Information Studies

The ability to generate, access, and use information has become the key factor in personal, social, and economic growth. The expanding global information society is encouraging the free flow of information; and the impact of rapidly changing information and communications technologies is reshaping our personal, educational, and social activities, our organizational and political practices, and our local, national, and international institutions. The impact of these changes on all types of organizations and on the professionals who manage them is unprecedented. Managing, organizing, and providing access to information have become key elements in the promotion of a free and democratic society. Information management covers not only resources in traditional library settings, but encompasses all information assets whether they are physical or digital. Information studies practitioners encourage lifelong learning through providing access to information in a multicultural society.

The University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies is the only American Library Association-accredited master's degree in Oklahoma (Conditional accreditation). The Master of Library and Information Studies offers specialized tracks within traditional library settings and supports the development of skills, knowledge, and attitudes required in information agencies and in positions of information management, storage, organization, access, and use within profit and not-for-profit institutions.

SLIS offers a comprehensive degree program through coursework and practical experience. The MLIS degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of completed coursework. Students complete their degree through one of three options: passing a comprehensive examination, completing a written thesis, or completing a portfolio.

MLIS Career Opportunities

Library Journal's 2019 survey found, "Full-time working 2018 graduates earn on average $55,357, a healthy increase of 6.2 percent over last year, and an impressive 24 percent increase from 2011 levels. The average hourly rate of $19.76 for 2018 is up almost 4 percent over the prior two years. This hourly wage translates into an annual full-time salary of more than $41,000."

Also see Library Journal's salary chart for the following types of LIS jobs:

  • Reference/Information Services
  • User experience/Usability analysis
  • School librarian/School Library Media Specialist
  • Children's services
  • Administration
  • Archival and preservation
  • Metadata, Cataloging & Taxonomy
  • Training, Teaching & Instruction
  • Data analytics
  • YA/Teen services
  • Teacher librarian
  • Adult services
  • Circulation
  • Digital content management
  • Public services
  • Technical services
  • Access Services
  • Information technology
  • Data curation & management
  • Collection development/Acquisitions
  • Records management
  • Outreach
  • Solo librarian
  • Emerging technologies
  • Systems Technology
  • Market intelligence/Business research
  • Patron programming
  • Knowledge management
  • Website design
  • Assessment
  • Government documents
  • Communications, PR, and social media
  • Rights & Permissions
  • Grant writing


Other possible specializations that don't appear on this list include librarians for special topics libraries such as law libraries, music libraries, fine arts libraries, engineering and math libraries, and other specializations.