Discussion about the MLIS degree and what could be done to produce well-prepared new librarians for the workforce abounds in the current literature. As the ALA Committee on Accreditation re-evaluates its standards, and frustrated librarians continue to add to the over 150 comments on the Library Journal editorial "Can We Talk about the MLS?" by Michael Kelley, the time to re-evaluate the MLIS degree has arrived. In order to effectively move forward, however, a gap in the literature must be addressed: an overview of the MLIS as it currently stands is needed. This dataset presents information about the current requirements, opportunities, and structure of 60 of the 64 ALA-accredited library science programs as a basis of comparison and a foundation for future change. The data were gathered through investigation of program websites and direct consultation of program administration personnel. The results show existing trends among programs in required courses, services and opportunities available for students, online vs. in-person courses offered, and admission requirements. The information gathered in this study may be useful to library school administrators and faculty, those in libraries responsible for hiring and/or training new LIS professionals, recent LIS graduates, those in LIS graduate programs, and those considering which LIS program to attend.
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