MLIS Student Resources

From accreditation details and scholarships, to course planning tools and ePortfolio help, get the MLIS program information you need.


ALA Accredited seal The MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association.

ALA Contact Information:
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795
Phone: 312-280-2432
Fax: 312-280-2433


Learn about ways to get more involved and reach out to MLIS faculty and staff.

One Year Retention Rate of Degree-Seeking MLIS Students

Year % Retention Number of New Students Enrolled Fall Semester
2010 80% 40
2011 72.5% 40
2012 93% 43
2013 76.3% 38
2014 83.3% 24
2015 93.1% 29
2016 80% 20
2017 71.4% 28

Note: Only new degree-seeking graduate students (both full and part time) are included above; non-degree and certificate/licensure students are excluded.

Source: 2018 IRPA Fact Book.

Average Time to Degree

Schedule Years
Full-time 2.78
Part-time 3.75
Overall 3.03

Placements and Salaries
The MLIS program has taken part in the annual Library Journal Placements & Salaries report since 2012. View a summary report for 2012–2017 graduates.


St. Catherine University requires each program to have an Outcomes-Based Assessment Plan (OBAP) for assessment of student learning and program evaluation.

MLIS Program Student Learning Outcomes
In 2015–2016, MLIS faculty reviewed the program's Student Learning Outcomes. New learning outcomes will be in effect in AY 2017–2018.

In AY 2017–18, the outcomes-based assessment plan is undergoing a major revision to create a plan for assessment of the new learning outcomes.

SLMS students will also need to use the Minnesota State Standards for Library Media SpecialistsEntering and Exiting Student Surveys

MLIS Student ePortfolios
An ePortfolio has been a degree requirement for MLIS students since fall 2011; the first portfolios were submitted in 2013. Students are required to show which of their portfolio artifacts demonstrate achievement of specific student learning outcomes. The guidelines for the ePortfolio were updated in spring 2015. A two-member faculty committee reviews submitted ePortfolios in the fall and spring semesters. Through fall 2016, 128 ePortfolios have been submitted, reviewed and passed by the faculty reviewers.

Program Reports
These reports are available on request. Email

  • Annual reports to the Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University
  • Biennial Narratives (2011, 2013, 2015) to the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation (ALA-COA)

Academic Calendars

The academic calendar contains vital Registrar dates, such as when classes begin for a semester, drop/add deadlines, the last day to withdraw from a class, registration and more.

The Registrar’s calendar contains the most up-to-date information. However, you should always check the course syllabus when the instructor makes it available, because instructors sometimes make adjustments in their specific class calendar. Syllabi are required to be posted two weeks before a class begins. If you do not see your syllabus, contact your instructor.

Student Guide

The MLIS student guide contains vital information for students including degree requirements, policies, expectations, contact information and more.


Students new to the program are assigned a faculty advisor at the time of orientation. New students may request a specific advisor if they have a preference. Students may request a change of advisor by emailing

“Pathways” are available for students who are interested in specific careers in library and information science.

Pathway Faculty Advisor(s) Recommended Competencies and Courses
Academic Libraries David Lesniaski, Sook Lim, Sheri Ross View Courses
Archives and Special Collections Molly Hazelton, Deborah Torres View Courses
Information Science and Digital Libraries Sook Lim, Kyunghye Yoon, Joyce Yukawa View Courses
Managerial Leadership Sook Lim, Anthony Molaro View Courses
Public Libraries Anthony Molaro View Courses
School Libraries Heidi Hammond View Courses
Special Libraries Kyunghye Yoon View Courses
Technical Services David Lesniaski, Sheri Ross View Courses
User Services Anthony Molaro, Joyce Yukawa View Courses
Youth Services Heidi Hammond, Sarah Dahlen View Courses

Course Planning

Course Grid
This grid is helpful when filling out your draft course form and planning ahead for courses you might wish to take.
Two-Year Course Grid for Academic Years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
Two-Year Course Grid for Academic Years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019
Two-Year Course Grid for Academic Years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017

Draft Course Plan
Students are required complete a draft of a course plan their first semester in consultation with their faculty advisor.

MLIS students:
If you started the program fall 2011–spring 2015, use this form.
If you started the program summer/fall 2015 or later, use this form.

School Library Media Specialist Program (SLMS) students:
If you hold a current Minnesota teaching license, use planning guide A.
If you do not hold a current Minnesota teaching license, use planning guide B.

Course Catalog
View MLIS course descriptions.

Past Syllabi
Instructions for viewing past MLIS course syllabi

Currently the program offers a 2-credit Practicum (LIS 7992) for students who completed the 1-credit Touchstone course and need a two-credit practicum to meet their degree requirements and a 3-credit Practicum (LIS 7993).

For an overview of the Practicum course, review the LIS 7992/7993 Practicum spring 17 syllabus or view the course descriptions in the catalog. Students must have permission from the instructor to enroll in the course and must meet the prerequisites.

Independent Study (LIS 8010 Special Studies in Librarianship)
If you are interested in an independent study, view course description and prerequisites in the catalog or download and read over the LIS 8010 Guidelines.

Decision Tree For Meeting Degree Requirements
The following information applies only to students who started program fall 2011 through spring 2015. The 2-credit Capstone and 1-credit Touchstone courses are no longer program requirements. Students who fell under the Capstone/Touchstone requirements (fall 2011–spring 2015) can use this decision tree to view their options, and consult with their faculty advisor with any questions. The Touchstone class has been taught out, and the final Capstone course was taught in spring 2017.


MLIS students are required to complete an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) as a degree requirement. You must submit your ePortfolio and have it approved to be eligible to receive your diploma. The ePortfolio is introduced to new MLIS students in LIS 7010, Introduction to Library and Information Science.

Students in the School Library Media Specialist program (SLMS) have separate requirements and processes for the ePortfolio—contact Dr. Heidi Hammond if you have questions.

View ePortfolio requirements, including important submission dates for the review process.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
When creating your ePortfolio, you will need to use the MLIS program’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

For students who started their ePortfolios using the old SLOs (prior to Summer 2017), a SLO Crosswalks document is available and will help with transfer to the new SLOs.

SLMS students will also need to use the Minnesota State Standards for Library Media Specialists.

Your faculty academic advisor also serves as your advisor for your ePortfolio during the time you are in the program. If you have questions about the ePortfolio process or guidelines, contact your faculty advisor.

ePortfolio Review
A two-person faculty committee reviews your ePortfolio the semester you submit your ePortfolio for approval.


MLIS Awards, Scholarships & Research Grants
Type Name When Awarded, Who Awards Amount
Award Sister Marie Cecilia Marzolf CSJ Founders Award For Outstanding Student. Awarded by MLIS faculty 1-2 times an academic year to graduating student. No monetary award
Award Local Chapter Beta Phi Mu Research Paper Award (Beta Phi Mu is the national LIS honor society) Awarded annually by MLIS Chapter Beta Beta XI. Awardee invited to present paper at chapter’s annual meeting, which is usually held in May. Monetary amount determined by chapter
Scholarship Urban Library Project (ULP) Scholarship Used as supplemental funds for students receiving the ALA Spectrum Scholarship or named an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Spectrum Scholarship Applications are due March 1. The next ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diversity Workforce application cycle begins April 1. up to $5,000
Scholarship MLIS Scholarship for academic achievement and leadership potential Applications due: usually due March 15. Call for 2019 applications. Due Date: Friday, March 15, 2019. Awarded annually spring semester; continuing student at 18 credits or more, at least two classes remaining in program. Reviewed by faculty. $2,000
Scholarship Graduate Admissions Merit-based, determined by MLIS Admissions Committee, 2–3 times per academic year. First priority for awards will be given to candidates who apply by the deadline. $5,000
Scholarship MLIS Admissions Merit-based, determined by MLIS Admissions Committee, twice per academic year. First priority for awards will be given to candidates who apply by the deadline. $2,125
Scholarship H.W. Wilson Scholarship Merit-based, determined by MLIS Admissions Committee (summer, fall, spring new student). First priority for awards will be given to candidates who apply by the deadline. $1,250
Scholarship Kathleen Leary Wisconsin MLIS Scholarship Awarded by Financial Aid to an MLIS student from Wisconsin with financial need. up to $2,000

External Scholarships

Find external scholarships (financial aid) and get updates and reminders about upcoming scholarship opportunities through the St. Kate's MLIS community blog.


Students should begin considering the graduation process at least one semester ahead of the semester they would like to graduate. In order to graduate, students must fulfill the MLIS degree requirements for the requirements that were under effect at the time they entered the program. Check with your advisor if you are uncertain about your degree requirements. Please scroll down this page to see a number of topics related to graduation.

Registrar’s Declaration of Intent to Graduate Form Due Dates
Students planning to graduate must fill out the Registrar's Intent to Graduate Form by May 15 for December graduation, or by November 30 for May graduation.

MLIS Graduate Reception
The MLIS program holds a reception for graduating students. Here, honors and awards are announced and a representative from Alumnae/i Relations describes benefits available to new alums.

Surveys for Graduating Students
The Office of Institutional Research Planning and Accreditation (IRPA) will ask you to fill out a graduating student survey for the University. The MLIS program will ask you to fill out the MLIS Student Exiting Survey, about a month prior to commencement. The University will also contact you for an alumni survey one and five years out from graduation.

Post Graduate Certificate
The MLIS program offers a Certificate of Special Study requiring 15 credits beyond the MLIS degree, chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Contact graduate admission if you are interested in a post graduate certificate.