Table III-40
Curriculum Changes Under Consideration

Type of Change Under Consideration

Number of Schools Reporting Possible Change

Changes in Core/Required Courses


Adding 6th Year or Post-Master's Program


Adding Doctoral Program


Changing Length of Master's Program


Adding Joint Master's Program


Other Changes


  • Alabama ¾ Considering adding a management requirement to core beginning 8/96.
  • Albany ¾ Revising MLS and MSIS degree curricula into a unified degree program with separate tracks.
  • Alberta ¾ Considering revising capping exercise requirements.
  • British Columbia ¾ May add a joint MLIS/MAS program and a master’s in children’s lit.
  • Clarion ¾ Indicated plans to replace one core course with a new introductory course "Introduction to Information Professions".
  • Clark Atlanta ¾ Indicated plans to review core courses in relation to technology.
  • Drexel ¾ Indicated the review of BSIS and Ph.D. programs.
  • Emporia ¾ Discussing revised curriculum and indicates minor tuning may take place.
  • Florida State ¾ Considering lengthening the program from 36 to 42 hours.
  • Hawaii ¾ Considering major changes to take advantage of merger with Information and Computer Sciences.
  • Iowa ¾ May add new courses and cluster courses into 4 groups, requiring a smaller core and adding distribution requirements from each cluster.
  • Kent State ¾ Indicates considering renaming and redescription of courses and the introduction of required structure for elective courses.
  • Louisiana State ¾ May add a joint program with the history department.
  • Maryland ¾ Plans a review of courses that meet management requirements.
  • Montréal ¾ Expects to add a new master’s program in September 1998.
  • NC Central ¾ Focusing on university priorities of diversity, collaboration and technology.
  • Oklahoma ¾ Considering a revision of elective courses.
  • Pittsburgh ¾ LIS may change one required course to managing change.
  • Pratt ¾ Considering changes in LIS 604 - Tech. for Information Storage/Retrieval and further changes in content for LIS 607 - Tech. Services and LIS 665 - Automated Library Operations. Also under consideration is a certificate program in record management.
  • Puerto Rico ¾ Considering reducing the number of credits required from 42 to 36. However, the number of courses will increase. Information management and access will be the major focus. The new curriculum is aimed at developing a professional able to work in a broader environment rather than traditional library.
  • Queens ¾ May review GIS 700, 701, 702, 703 and examining management courses.
  • Rutgers ¾ Considering adding a second technology course, a six-credit addition to the master’s degree, a joint program with Management, Computer Science or Education, and integrating MLS and MCIS course offerings.
  • St. John’s ¾ Developing a non-degree certification in information systems.
  • South Florida ¾ May raise the number of required hours for master’s degree.
  • Southern Connecticut ¾ Indicates the faculty is considering alternative delivery methods.
  • Southern Mississippi ¾ May develop more courses for the 6th year degree.
  • Tennessee ¾ Reviewing concentrations.
  • Texas Woman’s ¾ Indicates it may develop new courses.


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