Library and Information Studies

LSC 595: Apply and Reflect – Professional Field Experience

An important requirement of the MLIS program, the Professional Field Experience (LSC 595) gives you the opportunity to explore the relationship between theory and practice through real-world field experiences.

For Site Supervisors

If you’d like to host a GSLIS student in your library or institution, please review the
PFE Site Supervisor Guidelines, then submit a job description to our database that students will be able to review.

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a 3-credit capstone course for students seeking an MLIS degree. Prerequisite for LSC 595 is the completion of at least 18 hours of GSLIS course work with a B average.

Host sites may require or prefer relevant electives. Students will not ordinarily be permitted to pursue a PFE in the library or institution in which they are employed.

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If you see an opportunity you might be interested in, feel free to contact the site supervisor that is listed to set up an interview, or contact your PFE faculty supervisor to assist you. Also keep your eyes out for our PFE Open House events that are held in the fall and spring semesters. Many PFE supervisors will be attending the Open Houses and this is your chance to meet them first-hand and make a lasting

Credit by Examination

Students entering GSLIS with significant professional experience may apply for three credits by examination for this course, as described in the Graduate School Manual,Section 7.30. To qualify, the student’s experience must be professional rather than paraprofessional or clerical in nature. Credit by Examination will consist of a portfolio reflecting on the student’s professional experience and achievements in the context of the GSLIS.