Library Science, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree with a Concentration in Library Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $398.00

Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree with an area of concentration in Library Science prepares students to be well-educated, credentialed, digitally skilled information professionals capable of enhancing the quality of life in their communities and campuses in today’s 21st century libraries. Modern Librarians 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.

Students in the Library Science, BMS program 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
  • A fully accredited program by the Higher Learning Commission meeting eligibility requirements for those seeking to pursue a graduate degree
  • Award-winning library and informational professionals with a deep understanding of librarianship
  • Access to campus services, including technology services, advising and library resources

Career Outlook: The changing digital landscape has created demand for skilled information professionals in a variety of settings such as academic or community libraries, law, museums or any industry requiring archiving or curating services. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists is projected to grow 9.1% in the U.S. by 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

 Career paths may include:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Library Technician or Director
  • Museum Technician or Conservator
  • School Librarian

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.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High School Diploma

  2. Taken the SAT or ACT

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Be at least 21 years old

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TED 2360Children's Literature3
This course focuses on children's literature as a significant component of a 21st Century educational environment through the use of multiple literacies, e.g., cultural, information, visual, and digital literacy strategies. An emphasis will be based on research-based literacy strategies and literature that supports culturally relevant teaching. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Preparation Program.
TED 2500Digital Citizenship3
The course is an introduction to the basic tenets of digital citizenship including legalities, ethics, privacy and security. The course fosters an awareness of digital citizenship as a topic that impacts pedagogy and programming and reflects best practice in all types of learning communities.
TED 4710Research and Inquiry3
Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities integral to reference resources and services in 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of effective search strategies and efficient use of both print and digital resources, design and promote information literacy instruction that is developmentally appropriate and understand the legal and ethical responsibilities integral to positive and proactive reference services for patrons and diverse learners.
TED 4570Library Science Capstone3
Candidates will gain direct experience and an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities integral to public services, technical services, and the administration in a 21st Century library and information agency at an assigned field site. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to plan, develop, and implement programming and services for patrons and diverse learners in their public, academic and special libraries. Prerequisite: There are no specific course prerequisites for the Capstone Practicum, but students must be in the final two semesters of their Library Science Education Program.
TED 4740Management of Information Resources in Libraries3
This course addresses basic theory and best practice in collection management, descriptive and subject cataloging, and classification of information resources using national standards and resources. The course will address the theories, concepts and activities integral to proactive collection development in 21st Century libraries. Candidates will demonstrate understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of the collection and organization of information resources by appropriately applying the standards of their discipline to ensure access to information and ideas for all patrons.
TED 4800Leadership & Management in Libraries3
The course introduces concepts for effective leadership and management for 21st Century libraries of all kinds (special, public, academic, and school). Candidates will be introduced to vocabulary, philosophies, and processes involved in administration of libraries in support of ensuring quality service to all library patrons. Candidates will be introduced to professional ethics and principles and will be made aware of the best practices in management of library services and facilities.
TED 2160Introduction to Library Services3
This course introduces students to the discipline and profession of library and information science and to the wide array of information organizations whose purpose is to gather, organize, and transfer information to patrons in a diverse society.
TED 4660Young Adult Literature3
This course extends candidates' knowledge of literature for young adults. The course addresses current trends in the genre and engages candidates in activities that support pedagogies in basic, visual, information and cultural literacies.
TED 4590Teaching & Learning in Digital Environments3
This course introduces technology and technical literacies required of educators and information specialists in 21st Century libraries and classrooms. Course content will include information about many different types of learners and literacies and will explore instructional tools and strategies that enhance dissemination of digital information and digital instruction.
TED 3760Adult Services, Programming, and Outreach in Libraries3
This course examines best practices related to serving adult populations in 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Candidates will examine the characteristics of diverse adult populations and design resources, programming, and services to meet their personal and professional needs.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Erica Rose, M.A.

Erica Rose is proud to call herself a 21st-century librarian and takes great joy in working with students as they prepare for their careers in libraries. Her teaching interests include leadership and management, children’s and young adult literature and technology in libraries. Her research pursuits include student engagement in online learning, community engagement in libraries and library leadership and advocacy.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 01
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SemesterJun 01