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Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Library and Information Science

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Admission Requirement(s): C.A.S. applicants must have completed a master's degree in library and information science, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 also is required in the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate degree program. The Admissions Committee makes every effort to assess applicants on their probable degree of success in the program, rather than relying only on how well the applicant meets the formal requirements. Contact the GSLIS admissions officer with questions about the admissions process: (217) 333-7197.


  • Letters of reference from three individuals, with at least one from a librarian/information scientist and the remainder from employers or teachers, including a representative of the library/information science program that granted the professional degree.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 620 or higher (or 260 or higher for the computer-administered version; 104 or higher [at least a 25 in each section] for the IBT). The test can be administered in the student's home country but should be arranged at least one year before the applicant expects to begin the program. The IELTS test is also accepted with a minimum score of 7 in each section.

Technical Requirement(s): Computer Literacy Requirements In order for us to teach our courses at the graduate level, you are expected to know how to compose and print a research paper with appropriate figures and/or tables using a standard word processing program. If you own a computer, you should know how to set it up, load software, and use a modem. You may gain these skills at a local community college, through self-tutoring, or elsewhere. You are encouraged but not required to have your own computer. Several computer firms offer educational discounts through the University MicroOrder Center. Other skills vital to GSLIS course work are outlined here; you can pick up these skills before you begin the program, or by taking special free workshops that are offered by GSLIS during the week prior to the fall semester. When classes start, you will be expected to have three basic competencies: 1. Elementary knowledge of a Microcomputer Operating System. This means that you can do such tasks as save to a floppy disk, find a file, create a directory or folder, and start a program. The on-campus GSLIS lab is Windows-based. 2. Information retrieval skills. You need the ability to use the UIUC on-line catalog and common bibliographic databases found in many libraries, such as those on CD-ROM. You should have the following Internet information skills: connecting to other computers via telnet, transferring files, and finding information on the Web. 3. E-mail and bulletin board skills. You should know how to use e-mail and electronic bulletin boards, with proper etiquette, and become familiar with the communication functions of the GSLIS computer system known as Alexia. In addition, certain skills are expected to be acquired during your first semester: 1. Basic HTML coding. Workshops will teach basic HTML codes for putting information on the Web. 2. Basic UNIX. You will need some simple UNIX commands to use the Alexia system and to complete some of your homework assignments. 3. Databases. All students will design simple databases during the first semester. If you have the opportunity to acquire some of these additional skills before you arrive, please do. We will also provide workshops during the semester.


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