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 online Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Library Science is 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.
  • A fully accredited program by the Higher Learning Commission meeting eligibility requirements for those seeking to pursue a graduate degree.
  • 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 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 and employment for Educational Instruction and Library Workers is projected to grow 8%, faster than the average for all occupations.

Career paths may include:

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

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)

  3. Student must 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

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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