Library Science, BS Ed (Library Science)

Bachelor of Science

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

The evolving global information society makes library science professionals more important than ever. Librarians strengthen 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 capable of enhancing quality of life in their communities, campuses and in a diverse array of niche markets in business, health and social/advocacy agencies.

The Library Science, BS Ed program was designed by the University of Nebraska at Omahas (UNO) College of Education. Students who complete this program will have a Library Science major and choice of a minor that allows candidates to build on a second body of expertise.

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. 

Job 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 

The success of this program is demonstrated through our students. Graduates from UNOs 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 

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


This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Rebecca Pasco, Ph.D.
Professor

A tireless advocate for school librarians, Dr. Pasco lives by the words of Marian Wright Edelman, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” Pasco served as a school librarian before leading UNO’s nationally recognized Library Science program for the last 19 years. Her research interests include library and information sciences, literacy, distance education and equity issues.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Completed coursework

    Students should have a two-year associate's degree from an accredited institution plus a high school diploma or GED. Request information or call to speak with an adviser about transfer credit or meeting these prerequisites.

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) DE, KY and NY, 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 Sessions
June 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
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 adviser. (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 4750Advanced Cataloging and Classification3

Course Number: TED 4750

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 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 & Management in Library & 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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