Library Science, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $272.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $355.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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’s 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.


This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Erica Rose
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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Taken the SAT or ACT

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. Be at least 21 years old

  4. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

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

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Semester
June 1

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TED 2160Introduction to Library Services3

Course Number: TED 2160

TED 2360Children's Literature and Education3

Course Number: TED 2360

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 2500Digital Citizenship3

Course Number: TED 2500

Course description coming soon!

TED 4570Capstone Practicum3

Course Number: TED 4570

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 4590Teaching & Learning in Digital Environments3

Course Number: TED 4590

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.

TED 4660Young Adult Literature and Education3

Course Number: TED 4660

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 4710Reference Resources and Services3

Course Number: TED 4710

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 4740Organization of Information3

Course Number: TED 4740

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

Course Number: TED 4760

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 4800Leadership & Management in Libraries & Information Agencies3

Course Number: TED 4800

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $272.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $324.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $816.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $972.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $355.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $407.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1065.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1221.75

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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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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