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Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics Online

Complete Coursework: Varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $437 per credit hour

Overview


Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics Online

In the Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics online program, you will study the science of connecting people with technology and information.

The Library and Information Science field requires information to be managed and used effectively in all of its many forms and functions. Courses in this program focus on three broad areas of expertise for information specialists: Organizing information, Accessing information, and Assessing information. Develop skills for use in positions such as: Library Paraprofessional, Information Services Manager, Online Researcher, and Online Content Editor.

Courses

In order to earn the Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics online, students must complete 13 core courses (39 credit hours), 37 general education credit hours, nine credit hours of required electives, 21 credit hours of minor courses, and 14 credit hours of free electives—for a total of 120 hours. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

Undergraduate admission is required for all NKU bachelor's programs. To apply, create an account (using an email and password) and follow the on-screen instructions. Any and all transcripts from colleges attended will need to be sent directly to the university. Please reach out to one of our enrollment specialists for assistance with any step in the admission process.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in in Library Informatics online degree program can vary depending on transfer credits. Tuition is $437 per credit hour, not including required fees. The application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes, and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics online, students must complete 13 core courses (39 credit hours), 37 general education credit hours, nine credit hours of required electives, 21 credit hours of minor courses, and 14 credit hours of free electives. Students should consult with their academic advisor to devise their individual degree plan and to answer any questions about required and elective courses.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers understanding the basic concepts of informatics in a context including computer technology; examination of hardware and software; impact computers have on society including employment, privacy, ethics, and security; working with information as a resource. The course includes computer laboratory exercise in Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and internet technology applications.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers strategies, techniques, and tools for professional programming in a business environment; problem definition, software design, program design, and system implementation; development of systems of programs to implement common business applications.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An elementary introduction to programming for those with no previous programming experience. Emphasis on understanding how to read and write basic procedural programs, and on understanding the concepts of algorithm and execution. PREREQ: A grade of C or better in MAH 099 or equivalent.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a foundational course that introduces students to the cross-disciplinary skills needed to assess information needs, and access and evaluate information sources.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Graphical descriptive measures; numerical descriptive measures; probability; hypothesis testing, estimation; analysis of variance; chi-square; regression; analysis by means of statistical software.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course looks at core concepts for the design, creation, and manipulation of relational databases, as well as analysis of data requirements, conceptual modeling, definition of the relational model, relational database design and normalization, and database implementation; manipulation of relational databases using relational algebra with SQL. Prerequisite: C or better in MAHD 099 (or higher).

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the principles of Management Information Systems and is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of MIS and to apply problem-solving skills in Excel, Access, and Web development. Prerequisites: junior standing, STA 212 or STA 205 or STA 250 or BIS 275 and demonstrated competency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, e.g., completion of INF 101 or equivalent transfer work or placement.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will learn about the impact of culture and other social differences on individual use of information and the theories of learning and information use. Our information society will be examined, along with how information is created, recorded, mass produced, disseminated, and used by individuals and groups.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will examine and become familiar with content identification systems used to manage large information databases. Classic as well as innovative systems will be studied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will study all aspects of digital searching interfaces as they relate to information management and user needs. Special emphasis will be placed on library searching techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will teach the importance of critical reading in assessing information and its sources. Topics such as the authority, motivation, and intent of the author will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will engage in an investigation of recent developments and trends within information organizations as well as societal issues affecting information systems and services.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines higher-level information literacy skills and their application. Students learn how to access and assess information that is presented in a variety of formats. Prerequisite: LIN 175.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students propose and work on projects that allow them to integrate academic experience into real-world situations. Students undertake assignments to build organizational competencies such as communication skills, teamwork, and critical thinking. Prerequisites: LIN major and senior standing.

Students must complete the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a special study of one aspect of information use and management. The course topics offered will vary based upon emerging developments in the field or the availability of an authority to offer a specialized educational opportunity to library informatics students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores intellectual property and information rights issues facing today’s libraries and archives. Patents, trademarks, and copyrights are discussed in relation to intellectual property creators and consumers; Fair Use and the First Amendment are tied to Information Access. Copyright matters in Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, Electronic Reserves, and Classroom Instruction are examined. Basic legal and ethical issues include freedom of information, internet regulations, privacy, cybercrime, security, etc. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course will cover the development and use of modern management theory and practices in the ever-changing work environment of libraries and other information agencies. In particular, the management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and budgeting will be discussed. The course is taught entirely online. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Students must take 21 credit hours in a declared minor.

Students must take 14 credit hours of free electives. Remember, some of these may have to be at the 300/400 level to reach the required 45 total hours of 300+ work for graduation.

Students must take 37 credit hours of general education courses, selected from the following categories. Note, some general education courses may be part of the major/minor/focus requirements. If so, those courses may be used to count for both general education and the major/minor/focus.

  • General Education Courses:
    • Communication; Written (3)
    • Communication; Written II (3)
    • Communication; Oral (3)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry;
  • Mathematics and Statistics (3)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry;
  • Natural Sciences with lab (4)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry;
  • Natural Sciences without lab (3)
    • Self and Society;
  • Cultural Pluralism (3)
    • Self and Society;
  • Individual and Society (3)
    • Self and Society;
  • Individual and Society (3)
  • Culture and Creativity (3)
  • Culture and Creativity (3)
  • Global Viewpoints (3)
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Admissions


It's time to get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics online program, along with information on required documentation.

Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics Online Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics online program are evaluated on a holistic basis and must meet the following requirements:

Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are students who have graduated from high school and have previously attempted coursework for credit (other than college credits taken while in high school) at another regionally accredited college or university.

Students who have a GPA of at least a 2.00 from a regionally accredited institution and who have 24 or more transferable credit hours must submit the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee.
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required on your end.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended.

Students with a GPA of at least 2.00 and fewer than 24 transferable credit hours are evaluated based on the freshman admission standards and must supply the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee.
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required on your end.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended.
  • Final and official high school transcript or GED scores.
  • ACT or SAT or COMPASS/Accuplacer test scores.

Freshman Applicants

A freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not attempted coursework at a regionally accredited college or university (other than college credit earned while in high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation).

Students who are 21 years or older and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee.
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required on your end.
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores.
  • COMPASS/Accuplacer scores (our placement office can help you schedule these tests)

Students who are under 21 years old and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • An online application form.
  • A $40 nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores.
  • Required ACT scores for undergraduate admission: 18 (English, math, reading), or required SAT scores for undergraduate admission: (prior to March 2016) 430 (math and writing subscores), 450 (critical reading), or (March 2016 forward) 23.5 (math), and 25 (reading, writing, and language).

Some courses may require additional placement testing depending on transfer credit or ACT scores.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Admissions
400 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Program Per Credit Hour* Per Course*
Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics $437 $1,311

*Does not include $960 in total fees that will be divided and assessed by credit hour based on the number of hours taken.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the B.S. in Library Informatics Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 17, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 12, 2018 October 17, 2018 December 7, 2018
Spring 1 January 14, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 7, 2019 January 14, 2019 January 9, 2019 March 1, 2019
Spring 2 March 18, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 May 3, 2019
Summer 1 May 13, 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 8, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2 July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 26, 2019 June 26, 2019 August 16, 2019
Fall 1 August 19, 2019 August 5, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 14, 2019 August 20, 2019 October 4, 2019
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 17, 2019 December 6, 2019
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