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Earn your Master's degree in Library and Information Science at the San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information. According to SJSU iSchool alumni, the graduate program's top strengths are flexibility, online learning environment, curriculum, faculty, and cost. The MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association. Learn more about this nationally ranked MLIS program at:


<ul><li>1.EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. EXPANDED OPPORTUNITIES.Masters Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) 100% OnlineWith a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the San Jos State University School of Information, the possibilities are truly endless. Whether youre considering a career in information science or librarianship, the breadth of our curriculum will prepare you for a wide range of professional careers at diverse organizations and industries. Plus, youll connect with our engaging community of award-winning faculty, future information professionals, and thousands of alumni from around the globe.I would recommend the MLIS program because of the wide range of electives. I was able to graduate with a solid set of skills applicable to multiple environments. Spring 2014 graduate </li></ul><p>2. Alumni Career SpotlightsTony Brooke (MLIS 2014) is putting his skills in digital media asset management to work, establishing a new metadata standard for the music industry. Through his company, he helps clients handle their large audio and video collections and has more than 90 releases in his discography, including two Grammy- nominated albums. Sean Senti (MLIS 2013) followed the MLIS programs archival studies and records management career pathway. Hes now working as an Assistant Project Manager at the Environmental Protection Agencys Superfund Records Center in San Francisco, Calif., where he manages the day-to-day operations of its records division. Stephanie hardy (MLIS 2012) is an Instructional Services Librarian and Archivist at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, VA. She enjoys a variety of job duties, including writing and updating resource guides, providing reference services, and preserving, arranging, and organizing documents and photos.Im glad I took a broad variety of courses, so that my preparation to be a youth or school librarian was also applicable to working in higher education. Lisa Hubbell (MLIS 2013) Learning Commons Director Patten University Oakland, CAWhat is Your Dream Job? Our alumni are putting their Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degrees to work at medical facilities, law firms, libraries, high-tech companies, universities, government agencies, K-12 schools, corporate information centers, non-profit organizations, and more. Their business cards carry titles such as Digital Asset Manager, Content Specialist, Metadata Librarian, Digital Archivist, Taxonomy Manager, Teacher, and Web Technologistjust a sampling of the myriad professional positions you can hold with an MLIS degree.Choose From Many Career PathwaysThe numerous electives and variety of course topics available to our MLIS students allows them to pursue any number of career pathways. All of our graduates receive a diploma that says theyve earned an MLIS degree, without noting any specialization. However, weve developed several career pathways to help students explore and select electives. Many students choose courses from more than one career pathway, building comprehensive skill sets that are transferable to a wide range of organizations and career opportunities.Career PathwaysCareer Development ResourcesOur school offers a wealth of career development resources that will help you find the career pathway that is right for you and launch your job search. These resources include self-assessment quizzes to help you pinpoint your career direction, rsum workshops, job search tips and strategies, job listings, and career guidance. All of our schools career resources are freely available on our website at Current students can also get individualized career coaching and support from our schools dedicated career center liaison.Emerging Technologies Digital ServicesDigital CurationInformation Organization, Description,Analysis, and RetrievalLeadershipand ManagementArchival Studies andRecords ManagementLibrarianshipInformation Intermediation and InstructionWeb Programming andInformation Architecture 3. Check outsome of ournewest MLIS coursesCybersecurityInformation VisualizationBig Data AnalyticsCommunity InformaticsDigital CurationOpen Source SoftwareDigital CopyrightMasters Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at San Jos State University School of InformationPersonalized Learning Our students can customize their educational experiences to fit their interests and career objectives, selecting from a diverse array of electives offered each semester. The MLIS curriculum is continually evaluated and updated to align with the job market and emerging trends in the rapidly expanding information profession. With both three-unit and one-unit electives to choose from, students have the opportunity to study a topic in depth and expand knowledge in a variety of areas. In all courses, students explore how to use emerging technology. Many MLIS electives specifically focus on technology, such as courses in data mining, web analytics, digital libraries, information visualization, and mobile applications.InternshipsMLIS students can gain real-world experience in an information center while expanding their professional network by completing an internship as part of their coursework. Our robust internship program offers more than 200 internship opportunities each semester, allowing students to choose the one that best fits their professional interests. How do internships work in our exclusively online MLIS program? Students have the option to complete an on-site internship located near their home. Or they can complete a virtual internship, where they interact with a host organization that may be located nearby or across the continent. Our expansive virtual internship program gives students the opportunity to engage in exciting learning opportunities that fit their career aspirations, regardless of where they live. Although we dont require our MLIS students to complete an internship, many take advantage of the programs numerous benefits. From trying out different organizations and positions, to building their professional network and work experience, to enjoying the ultimate reward of full-time employment, student interns are enthusiastic about our internship program.Professional NetworkingNetworking opportunities abound at our school. All new MLIS students receive a complimentary one-year membership in their preferred professional association, joining the American Library Association (ALA), Special Libraries Association (SLA), Association for Information Science &amp; Technology (ASIS&amp;T), or Society of American Archivists (SAA). MLIS students also benefit from the opportunity to participate in our schools active professional association student chapters. Students interact with their peers and professional leaders through virtual networking events, workshops, and conferences, as well as blogs and online discussion forums. Our student chapters have won numerous awards recognizing their excellence and their innovative approach to serving online students, including the 2014 ALA Student Chapter of the Year and 2012 ASIS&amp;T Student Chapter of the Year.Program Snapshot43 units units to earn your degree15 total courses: 6 required courses + 9 electivesChoice of thesis or e-portfolio for culminating experienceThe main benefit of my virtual internship is the real-world experiences I am gaining that can be added to my rsum. Also, I live in Washington state and my internship is in Indianahow cool is that! Faylene Keep, MLIS student and virtual internGET INVOLVED Professional Association Student Chapters Student Research Journal Research Assistantships Professional Conferences 4. 5 Benefits of our Schools Fully Online Delivery Model1. Coursework and instruction are designed for online learning. Our instructors are experts in online teaching and only teach online courses.2. Technology is at the forefront of everything we do, with dedicated resources to support adoption of new technologies that advance our online learning environment. 3. All of our students are online students, who may live across town or on the other side of the globe, providing a diversity of perspectives that enrich each students learning journey.4. All of our schools resources are focused on supporting online students, including our career counseling, academic advising, and technology support team. 5. Our faculty can focus all their time, energy, and creativity on meeting the needs of our online students. Our programs are only offered online.Outstanding FacultyOur faculty members are award-winning scholars and leaders in their academic and professional communities around the globe. Serving as investigators for grant-funded research projects, they play an instrumental role in the evolution of our field. They author books and journal articles, speak at international conferences, and lead professional associations. They contribute their expertise as scholars and educators in areas as diverse as information visualization, big data, informatics, cybersecurity, information governance, management, emerging technology, youth services, digital archives, preservation, knowledge management, and reference services. Many are former practitioners, and some are currently working in the field, bringing a practical perspective to their courses.I was really drawn to the flexibility of the program. I loved the online learning approach and the innovative ways technology is used to bring students and instructors together from all over the world. Stacey Nordlund (MLIS 2012)Interactive Online EnvironmentEvery MLIS course at our school is taught exclusively online. Our instructors are experts in online teaching and receive ongoing training and mentoring to stay up to date with the latest developments in online education. They use emerging technology in their courses to enrich student learning in our engaging and interactive online environment. Our instructors and students exchange ideas and perspectives via live web conferences, recorded audio lectures, screencasts, emails, online discussion forums, blogs, instant messaging, and social networks. The multimedia format enlivens the learning experience while introducing students to the same types of tools theyll use in their future careers. Our students get the preparation and technical assistance they need to be successful in our online program. Before new MLIS students dive into their first courses, they are introduced to our schools technology in a guided learning experience. This highly supported, one-unit introductory course ensures students are ready to hit the ground running and be successful in our schools online learning environment.Our Online MLIS Program Fits into Your Life Earn your MLIS degree from San Jos State University without stepping foot on the Silicon Valley campus. There are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events. Begin the program when most convenient for you. You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester. Complete the program at your own pace. You can attend as a full-time or part-time student, choosing the Fit coursework around your schedule. Most course content is delivered asynchronously.number of courses you want to takeeach semester. Intern at information centers and high-tech companies located across the country through our virtual internship program. Access the resources you need virtually, including academic advising, faculty office hours, library resources, career counseling, technical support, and more. 5. Applying to the MLIS ProgramWere excited that you are considering earning your ALA-accredited MLIS degree from the San Jos State University School of Information. You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester. Please check our website for application instructions and current application deadlines: Requirements: A bachelors degree from any regionally accredited institution in any discipline with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 A general understanding of computers and technology Access to a computer with Internet connection International applicants must have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version) or 100 (Internet-based) We do not require a GMAT or GRE test, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, or a rsum.TuitionThere are two types of fee structures at our school. Our Regular Session students live near the San Jos State University campus (zip codes 936xx-958xx), and their tuition is established by the California State University system. Our Special Session students live anywhere in the world, except the San Jos, California catchment area. Special Session tuition is $474 per unit, with a total cost of $20,382 for the degree (43 units). Fees are subject to review and change. Details about tuition for Regular Session students can be found on our website at: school awards several scholarships every year to current students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 and are applied toward course fees. In addition, the College of Applied Sciences and Arts awards scholarships to graduate students, and San Jos State University has hundreds of scholarships available to students, ranging from $100 to $2,500 per year. Many professional associations also offer scholarships for students studying library and information science. Scholarship opportunities are subject to change.AssistantshipsMLIS students have the opportunity to work part time as student assistants, helping our faculty and staff while gaining hands-on experience with research and professional projects. Most student assistantships are virtual positions and do not require in-person interaction. These paid positions vary each semester.The MLIS programs online delivery method is a smoothly oiled machine that has worked well for me over here in Japan. Ruth Bender, MLIS studentThree Step Application Process: Fill out the online application formPay the $55 application feeSend your transcripts123 6. Welcome to the SJSU iSchool!Please join us for an online information session and learnmore about how our school can prepare you for an excitingcareer as an information professional. Scan this code withyour smartphone for upcoming open house dates.Dr. Sandra Hirsh,Professor andDirectorJuly 2014Our Alumniare working at:Applied MaterialsGoogleLibrary of CongressCorbis ImagesHarvard Law School LibraryCredoSacramento Public LibraryClark County School DistrictInnovative InterfacesStanford Universityand more!AboutThe San Jos State University (SJSU) School of Informationprepares individuals for careers as information professionals.Graduates work in diverse areas of the informationprofession, such as user experience design, digital assetmanagement, information architecture, electronic recordsmanagement, information governance, digital preservation,and librarianship.The SJSU School of Information is a recognized leaderin online education and receiv...</p>


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