Contact: Library director, 309-794-7266.
Graduate programs in Library & Information Studies (LIS) do not specify a preference for any particular undergraduate major. Accordingly, Augustana does not offer a pre-LIS major, minor or concentration, but does offer relevant courses and pre-LIS advising to assist students majoring in any discipline(s).
The key to preparing for graduate work in library and information science is a broad and demanding liberal arts education. Such an education develops the skills that will be needed for graduate study: critical thinking, reading and comprehending difficult material, writing and speaking clearly, and conducting thorough research using sources thoughtfully and effectively.
All students considering careers in academic, public, or special (e.g., corporate, law, or medical) libraries, K-12 media centers, archival or special collections work, information science, or museum studies should contact the pre-LIS advisors.
To develop the skills needed for graduate school and for the GRE (Graduate Record Exam, required by many graduate programs), pre-LIS students are encouraged to take ENGL-201 (English majors will take ENG-274), PHIL-110, and COMM-104 or COMM-204. These courses will provide students with a solid foundation upon which to develop their writing, critical reasoning, and speaking skills. In addition to these basic courses, a variety of other courses may be appropriate depending on individual needs and interest. Strong computer skills are highly desirable; courses in Computer Science are recommended if the student is interested in library systems management, digital initiatives or database construction.
COMM-104 Public Speaking 3 credits
COMM-204 Argumentation and Oral Advocacy 3 credits
ENGL-201 The Writing Process 3 credits
ENGL-274 Writing About Literature (if student is an English major) 3 credits
PHIL-110 Critical Reasoning 3 credits
As an understanding of information literacy and the nature of advanced research is vitally important to the study of library and information science, students are encouraged to actively pursue opportunities for upper-level research within their chosen major(s), which may include discipline-specific research methods courses, Senior Inquiry projects, and/or independent study.
Depending on individual interest, students may choose to enroll in additional courses that will prepare them for further study in a specific area of library and information science. For example, a student interested in K-12 school librarianship or children's librarianship may take ENGL-314: Children's Literature, or ENGL-332: Adolescent Literature, while a student pursuing information science may take CSC-121: Explorations in Computing.
OTHER SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
Advising: The pre-LIS advisors provide guidance in curriculum planning and the graduate admissions process. Pre-LIS students should consult the pre-LIS advisors in addition to their advisor(s) in their major program(s) of study. Students interested in becoming a Media Specialist (K-12) and seeking teacher certification should meet with an Education department advisor and the pre-LIS advisor.
Student employment: It is strongly recommended that students interested in library and information science seek employment in a library, either at Augustana's Thomas Tredway Library or at a public library in the Quad Cities or the student's hometown. If applying to work at the Thomas Tredway Library, students should indicate their interest in studying library and information science on their employment application(s). Working as a peer tutor for Augustana's Reading/Writing Center also could be valuable.
Additional Activities: Participation in extracurricular activities such the Web Authors Guild, or peer tutoring at the Reading/Writing Center are also recommended, as appropriate to individual students' interests. Volunteering at a local public or school library can also provide valuable experiences.