MLIS Student Resources

ALA Accreditation 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.

Department contact list

MLIS Program Facts

One Year Retention Rate of Degree-Seeking MLIS Students

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

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 Specialists Entering 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.

2018–2019 Student Guide

2017–2018 Student Guide

2016–2017 Student Guide

2015–2016 Student Guide


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.

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