Library Science, BMS
Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree with a Concentration in Library Science
Why Pursue This Program
Well-educated, credentialed, digitally skilled, information professionals capable of enhancing the quality of life in their communities and campuses is one way to describe the 21st-century librarian. These diverse individuals are needed in the areas of public, academic, law, medical and corporate libraries along with specialty markets in the social/advocacy and business areas.
Librarians strengthen the links among information, technology and individuals. Professionals in this vital field facilitate access to public data and information resources as well as to technology and basic information services for both rural and urban communities.
The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) with an area of concentration in Library Science is a strong program choice for individuals who have varied academic experience or those completing an associate degree. The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree is a fully accredited undergraduate degree and holds the same value as other degrees in liberal arts or sciences.
Online BMS (Library Science) students enjoy:
- The opportunity to bring together the courses they have taken at other colleges and universities and combine them to accomplish their academic goal
- Meeting and networking with library professionals in their geographic area and learning alongside students around the world.
- An affordable, accredited program that takes a balanced approach to key concepts in leadership, public services and technical services
- Award-winning library and informational professionals with a deep understanding of librarianship
- Access to campus services, including technology services, advising and library resources
Job Outlook: The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts a growth rate for librarian/information jobs of 7% from 2012-2022 with approximately 13,580 new librarian/information specialist jobs over the next 7 years*.
Career paths may include work in law, academic, public and corporate libraries and include the following job titles:
- Academic librarian
- Media archivist
- Law librarian
- Public library director
- Youth Services Librarian
- Technical Services specialist
- Medical librarian
- Digital archivist
- Technology coordinator
The success of this program, alongside the Library Science BS Ed, is demonstrated through our students. Graduates from the University of Nebraska at Omaha Library Science programs enjoy very high employment placement rates after graduation.
In addition to high job placement, opportunities demonstrated by our alumni include:
- Supporting innovation in business and industry through corporate libraries
- Dissemination of information about treatments in medical libraries
- Curating of rare collections in museums
- Designing and implementing community-wide collaborative projects
- Client advocating through law libraries
- Collaboration with faculty members on projects involving in-depth research in academic libraries
More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelor's programs in the United States, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies.
The BMS program obtained this national ranking from U.S. News and World Report as one of the best bachelor's degree programs in the country. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Detailed results are available on the U.S. News website.
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.