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Library and Information Studies

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4217 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-2900; uw-slis@slis.wisc.edu; www.slis.wisc.edu

Professors Downey, Eschenfelder; Associate Professors Kim, Smith, Whitmire; Assistant Professors  Rubel, Senchyne, Willett; Faculty Associate Salo

Student services coordinator: Tanya Cobb, 4217 H. C. White Hall, 608-263-2909; student-services@slis.wisc.edu

Faculty diversity liaison: Associate Professor Ethelene Whitmire, ewhitmire@wisc.edu

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), within the College of Letters & Science, offers courses at the undergraduate level and degree programs at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. SLIS courses are an integral part of an undergraduate certificate in digital studies. Two courses, LIS 201 (The Information Society) and LIS 202 (Information Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society), are exclusively for undergraduates. LIS 301 (Information Literacies in Online Spaces), LIS 340 (Topics), and LIS 341 (Topics) are designed primarily for undergraduates. Courses 400 and above may require permission of instructor to register, but interested undergraduate students are encouraged to do so.

The information professions help people create, organize, store, analyze, distribute, send, and use information in all its cultural forms, both digital and analog.  The professions are concerned with helping people solve problems using information and information systems. Completion of the digital studies certificate with an LIS focus prepares students for a variety of careers including information resource manager, web and digital media designer, data manager, database analyst, metadata specialist, systems analyst, search specialist, researcher, and information product ,and service sales representative.

Students interested in pursuing a professional library or archives position will need to continue on to a master's degree in LIS, as the basic level of education for library and archives professional positions is a master's degree built on a bachelor's degree in any subject area.

Courses for Undergraduates

Two courses, LIS 201 (The Information Society) and LIS 202 (Information Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society), are exclusively for undergraduates.  LIS 301 (Information Literacies in Online Spaces), LIS 340 (Topics), and LIS 341 (Topics) are designed primarily for undergraduates. Courses 400 and above may require permission of instructor and a minimum of 3.0 GPA to register, but interested undergraduate students are encouraged to do so.

Courses for Undergraduate Education Majors. Students interested in school librarianship need a license to teach in Wisconsin to hold a School Library Media Specialist license. The SLIS faculty advisor should be consulted on the program requirements.

Information also is available on the SLIS Web site.