Library & Information Science FAQs

If you have additional questions, contact the School at slisinform@kent.edu or 330-672-2782.

What is the library and information science program like at Kent State University?

The library and information science program at Kent State University has a history of excellence. As the only American Library Association-accredited master's program in Ohio, SLIS at Kent State is the center of library and information science scholarship, research and education in the state, and among the top 20 programs in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. Students in the library and information science program prepare for professional careers in all types of libraries and information centers, as well as for positions within the information industry. They may pursue a general M.L.I.S. degree or choose a specialization.

What types of students are in the M.L.I.S. program?

There are more than 600 students in our master's program, ranging in age from their early 20s to early 60s. About 50 percent of our students currently work in libraries. Their undergraduate majors vary widely, from English to history, dance to computer science. This is a field that appeals to people from many different kinds of backgrounds. It is also typically a field that attracts a higher number of women than men. Many of our students already hold another master's or professional degree.

Why should I get an M.L.I.S.?

The M.L.I.S. degree can open the door to hundreds of career opportunities, in all sorts of libraries, information centers, research facilities and so on. For more details, visit What You Can Do With an M.L.I.S. and the specialization page to determine what best aligns with your interests and career goals.

Does the School help students with the job search process?

Students can register with Career Exploration and Development at Kent State for professional job search assistance. You should also consult the resources on our Careers in Library and Information Science page. In addition, job announcements are posted regularly to the school's listserv. 

How long does it take to find a job once I receive my M.L.I.S. degree?

The length of time it takes to find a professional position in the information field will vary from student to student. Surveys of SLIS alumni from the past five years have indicated that 92 percent of our graduates found employment within 12 months or more of completing the master's program. Many of these were students with no previous library experience. Approximately 88 percent of our graduates with library experience found employment within the first 12 months after graduation.

When and where are classes held?

All library and information science courses are offered online. You can earn your M.L.I.S. degree by taking your classes entirely online. Each semester, a select number of courses and workshops are also offered at Kent State Universtiy's Kent Campus and at the SLIS Columbus site. When you register for a class, please pay attention to the class details in the schedule regarding when and where a class is held. Specifically, in the class schedule, each class entry has its "Meeting Dates," "Days," and "Time" to indicate when the class is held, and "Location" to indicate where it is held. Online classes have their locations listed as "WEB COURSE."

What is an online course?

An online course is delivered through the Internet and Web-based software. Online courses will be delivered online through Blackboard Learn, Kent State's virtual classroom management system. Students receive course content, submit assignments, complete exams and interact with the instructor and other students through Blackboard Learn.

How do I use Blackboard Learn, the university-supported course management system?

The university's Information Services division offers resources and support — including helpful tutorials — for students who are new to Blackboard Learn. If you ever encounter problems with the system, you have 24/7 access to the university Helpdesk at 330-672-HELP (4357) or via the Information Services support website.

What computer skills do I need? What are the technology requirements for SLIS students?

The technological proficiencies and technology requirements for online students are explained on the Proficiencies and Tools for Online Students page.