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ALA-Accredited Library Programs available in California and Online

Interested in a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)? View the ALA-accredited library programs below available in California and virtually. Click on the university logo to learn more about that institution's program.

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CSULB     Drexel     SJSU     UCLA     UNT

The Librarianship Program at CSULB is designed to prepare fully-qualified, outstanding librarian professionals, and emphasizes meeting the information and reading needs of its diverse youth population. It offers a Master of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Technology and Media Leadership degree and a Teacher Librarian services credential. The state and NCATE-accredited program is based on the principles and philosophy of the American Association of School Librarians, and is strongly committed to diversity. Course delivery is provided in face-to-face and online formats to meet the needs of various communities. 

The iSchool at Drexel - College of Information Science and Technology expands your career by providing the opportunity to earn a distinguished degree or certificate on your schedule through quality education with Drexel University Online! CLA members and immediate family are entitled to a 10-25% tuition reduction and deferred billing options on over 100 top-ranked online programs. Develop your skills and knowledge as you advance your career with one of “America’s BEST Colleges 2011” as ranked by U.S.News & World Report. Learn more at your partner page:  


The School of Library and Information Science at San José State University offers a nationally ranked, ALA-accredited, fully online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree, as well as a fully online Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science designed for working professionals who want to stay current with emerging trends. The fully online Master of Archives and Records Administration degree (MARA) is a unique graduate program designed for students who want to pursue leadership roles in information governance. The San José Gateway PhD Program is offered in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, one of Australia’s top 10 research institutions. The School also offers a myriad of lifelong learning opportunities, designed to strengthen the professional community. Let the learning begin:

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The UCLA Department of Information Studies is a part of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and offers an ALA-accredited Master’s in Library & Information Science (MLIS), which has three focus areas: Library Studies, Archival Studies, and Informatics; a PhD in Information Studies; and the Moving Image Archive Studies M.A., an inter-departmental program jointly sponsored by the UCLA's Film and Television Archive, and the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in the School of Theater, Film and Television. The internationally respected and highly published faculty members are conducting research at the forefront of their fields in areas such as information and media literacy, digital preservation, electronic recordkeeping, the use of digital libraries in learning, and the development of information services and systems for ethnic and other marginalized communities. An unparalleled internship program comprising over 300 library, museum, archives, corporate, and other settings across Southern California extends classroom learning and supports the development of practical experience and applied knowledge for professional students.

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The University of North Texas College of Information, in collaboration with California State University Northridge Library, offers the MLIS to a cohort of students through a unique program that blends institutes at CSUN with a highly interactive online experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in local student organizations and activities and to choose from eight Programs of Study. These specializations include Health Informatics (Ranked #3 by U.S. News and World Report), Law and Legal Informatics, Information Organization, as well as a General Program of Study. Enrollment in the cohort is limited in size and to the Greater Los Angeles area to ensure a vibrant learning community linked to the local community.

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The success of both public and private organizations in the 21st Century depends on the speed and precision with which they can collect, organize and disseminate information. The professionals who perform collection, organization and dissemination of information, such as librarians, information managers, researcher or archivists, find stimulating career options in a wide variety of settings. Librarians and Information professionals promote lifelong learning in locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information, and are committed to intellectual freedom. The field of library and information science is characterized by its enormous diversity.

Today's librarians and information professionals can choose almost any environment-university research libraries, school libraries, public libraries, high technology industries, law firms, to name a few; can work with the clientele they prefer; handle a variety of materials; manage technology; and enjoy a variety of activities from information design to personnel management and budgeting. Whether it's matching books to readers, providing statistics to scientists, or getting musical scores for conductors, the information professional likes solving problems and interacting with people. Because library and information science is a service oriented profession, librarians and information professionals must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills. And, in a field that is constantly affected by dramatic technological change, flexibility and resourcefulness are essential.

A master's degree in library and information science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association is required for most professional positions. Graduate schools welcome a diverse student population, and people from all backgrounds are urged to explore the possibilities of an advanced degree in library and information science.