Public Library Leadership Concentration

See yourself leading an information revolution in public libraries? The Public Library Leadership Concentration prepares MLIS graduates to positively engage with the range of opportunities facing the post-modern public library: extended community involvement, incorporation of emerging technologies, and pro-active advocacy for service populations..

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Declaration of Intent Forms

To pursue the Public Library Leadership Concentration students must fill out and submit the Declaration of Intent form.

Questions?

Questions?

For questions, please contact
Joyce Latham
PLL Concentration Coordinator
latham@uwm.edu

The Traditional, The Digital, and You

Our Research

Learn more about our current research on Wisconsin librarians' reactions to the Pew report on "Library Services in the Digital Age". PLL Research Site>>

Public library leaders build vital, resilient communities through their understanding of user needs, community partnerships, access to information and library services, and the legal and financial frameworks of public libraries. The objective of SOIS’ PLL Concentration is to enable graduates to take strong leadership positions with sensitivity to community needs and the possibilities engendered by new media technologies.
Career Opportunities

Library Director • Public Services Librarian • Adult Services Librarian • Coordinator of Library and Information Services • Information Services Specialist • Patron Services Manager • Outreach Coordinator • Young Adult Coordinator • Children & Young Adult Library Coordinator


Program Requirements

Any SOIS Masters of Library and Information Studies student may choose to pursue the Public Library Leadership Concentration. The concentration is a credential which appears on your transcript, and is completed within the context of the MLIS program.  The student's concentration program must be approved by the Director of the Public Library Leadership Program. Submit the Declaration of Intent Form [.pdf | .doc] for approval.

The following guidelines apply:

  • A minimum grade of “B” (3.00 grade points) is required in all SOIS courses applied toward the concentration.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credits from an institution other than UWM may count toward the concentration, subject to Graduate School and SOIS transfer policies and procedures. UWM graduate coursework taken prior to admission to the current degree program is subject to standard transfer limits. Any transfer credits applied toward a concentration are part of the total transfer limit for that degree.
  • A student may not earn a concentration and a certificate based on identical coursework.

Required Courses:

  • 736 - The Public Library (3 credits)
  • 861 - Seminar in Intellectual Freedom (3 credits)
  • 891 - Special Topics in Library and Information Science: Public Libraries: Philosophy, Politics and Policy (3 credits)
  • 999 - Independent Research (3 credits)

And any 3 of the following courses:

  • 520 - Managing Library Collections (3 credits)
  • 524 - Management of Library and Information Services (3 credits)
  • 622 - Information Marketing (3 credits)
  • 661 - Ethics and the Information Society (3 credits)
  • 670 - Production and Utilization of Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
  • 685 - E-publishing and Web Design (3 credits)
  • 862 - Legal Issues for Library and Information Managers (3 credits)

Who We Are

Professors

Joyce Lathum

Joyce Latham, Assistant Professor
Director of the Public Library Leadership Concentration

Jessica Moyer, Assistant Professor


Lecturers

Hansen, Catherine

Catherine Hansen, Lecturer