Library Science, BS Ed

Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Concentration in Library Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
    Credits
  • $259.00
    In-State
  • $398.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The evolving global information society makes library science professionals more important than ever. The online Library Science, BS ED program was designed for those with a passion for enhancing the quality of life in their communities, campuses and schools by strengthening the link among individuals, information and technology.

The changing nature of skills required for 21st-century public, academic and special libraries has created a high demand for well-educated, credentialed, community-wise, digitally-skilled information professionals. 

Online Library Science, BS Ed students enjoy:

  • Meeting and learning alongside librarian professionals in their geographic area and collaborating with students around the world.  
  • An accredited, affordable degree that takes a balanced approach to key concepts in public services, technical services and leadership. 
  • Accessible, award-winning faculty with a deep knowledge of librarianship 
  • Access to campus services, including library resources, technology services and advising.   
  • A high-quality undergraduate library science program available online.

The success of this program is demonstrated through our students. Graduates from UNO's Library Science programs enjoy very high employment placement rates upon graduation. In particular, this program boasts an employment placement rate of nearly 100% after graduation. This program has produced nearly a third of all Nebraska library leadership.

Additional opportunities demonstrated by our alumni include:

  • Collaborating on projects with faculty members which include in-depth research in academic libraries  
  • Advocating for clients through law libraries  
  • Designing and implementing community-wide collaborative projects  
  • Curating rare collections of materials in museums  
  • Disseminating information about current treatments in medical libraries  
  • Supporting innovation in business and industry through corporate libraries

Career Outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 13% growth from 2012 to 2022 for library assistants, 9.8% for library science teachers and 7.83% for librarians in the state of Nebraska. Nationally, the projected growth rate for librarian/information jobs is 7%, including 13,580* new librarian/information specialist jobs over the next 7 years.

The need for library professionals is often greatest in rural areas, where the role of the library is a central fixture in these communities. 

Career paths may include public, academic, law, medical and corporate libraries and include (but are not limited to) 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 

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

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 Literature and Education3
Explores story, poetry, drama, and informational materials for children. Examines current issues, recent materials, and the theoretical and research base of this field to develop meaningful and creative learning, literacy, and library experiences for children. Literacy resources and activities for students from preschool through grade six.
TED 4800Leadership & Management in Libraries & Management in Library & Information Agencies3
Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities integral to leading and managing 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of leadership principles and management strategies that engage policies and procedures that support the personal, academic and professional needs for patrons and diverse learners.
TED 2500Digital Citizenship3
Course description coming soon!
TED 4710Reference Resources and Services3
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 4570Capstone Practicum3
This three credit hour supervised practicum is designed to give librarians an overview of the public services, technical services, and leadership and management of libraries and information agencies. Prereq: Minimum 24 hours of library science coursework and permission of advisor. (Application deadline February 1 for Fall practicum; October 1 for Spring practicum)
TED 4740Organization of Information3
A basic course in cataloging and classification. Course content and laboratory work is designed to engage candidates in descriptive and subject cataloging procedures proscribed by the American Library Association and the Library of Congress. Introduction to basic cataloging and classification principles and procedures, AACRIIR standards, and records in MARC format.
TED 4760Managing Collections in Libraries & Information Agencies3
Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities integral to proactive collection management in 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of community analysis, collection analysis, and the ability to conduct critical evaluations of a diverse array of information resources.
TED 4750Advanced Cataloging and Classification3
Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities of descriptive and subject cataloging of non-book materials (including serials and digital resources) in 21st Centry libraries and information agencies using the Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification schemes and Library of Congress subject headings. Prereq: TED 4740
TED 4660Young Adult Literature and Education3
Explores story, poetry, drama, and informational materials for young adults. Examines current issues, recent materials, and the theoretical and research base of this field to develop meaningful and creative learning, literacy, and library experiences. Literacy resources and activities for students in middle and high school.
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 topics include information literacy, instructional design in digital environments, Web page design and construction, social networking and learning, and academic integrity.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$259.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$311.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$777.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$933.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$398.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$450.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1194.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1350.75
Erica Rose, M.A.
Instructor

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 SessionsJun 01
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