Thursday, October 29, 2015

Online course: Area and International Studies Librarianship

Dear All,

In spring 2016, the IU Libraries Area Studies Department is offering an online course, Area and International Studies Librarianship. 

We will be able to enroll students beyond the boundaries of Indiana University.  If you know librarians, library students, or others interested in Area Studies Librarianship would you kindly help us spread the word?  This course is team-taught by the entire department, who collectively have global subject expertise. Additionally, we will bring in other relevant experts in our discipline.

You will find more details about the course in the flyer and application instructions (attached below). International students are welcome; all non-IU students, please see the attached form for enrollment information. If you have any questions about the class, please feel free to contact Marion Frank-Wilson at

Wen-ling Liu

Wen-ling Liu
Librarian for East Asian Studies and Tibetan Collection
Wells Library E860
Indiana University Libraries
1320 E 10th St.

How to apply for an ILS non-degree seeking program

Follow this link:

If you have never applied to an Indiana University program before you will need to “Create a new guest account.” If you are currently an employee or student of IU, you should be able to use your onestart/ username and password to log in.

Once logged in please select the following options:

Academic Program: Information and Library Science Nondegree
Academic Plan: ILS Nondegree
Term: Spring 2016
Select “Next”

Please complete the applicable personal information.

Because this is a non-degree seeking program, you will not need to supply any reference letters or transcripts at this stage of the application process. (International applicants will need to supply transcripts. This is an IU Office of International Services requirement. Please feel free to contact us for more information or with questions.)

On the final page of the application you will be required to enter information for at least one reference. Because we do not need any references at this point, please use your own personal information in the blanks provided. You will receive an email asking to supply a reference for yourself, but this can be ignored.

Once these steps are completed you should be able to submit your application. Please make sure to disable your pop-up blocker as the application fee payment page opens as a pop-up.

The application fee is $55.00 for domestic applicants and $65.00 for international applicants.

**If you are an international application please contact the ILS office at as there may be extra steps involved with the application process**

Should you choose to complete an ILS degree in the future, 2 courses taken while a non-degree seeking student can be applied towards a Master of Information Science, or Master of Library Science degree.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact the ILS administrative office by email at or by phone at (812) 855-2018.

ILS Admissions


This class will provide students the opportunity to explore issues related to area studies librarianship, focusing on COLLECTIONS, DISCOVERY, and ADVOCACY.

Topics include:
  • history and current trends in the US
  • collection development
  • reference and instruction
  • outreach
  • partnerships and collaboration
  • emerging technologies

Taught by librarians from the Area Studies Department of Indiana University Libraries. To learn more visit

Students will:
  • Hear from prominent guest speakers from other institutions.
  • Learn about important tools for working with area and international studies collections.
  • Gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing area studies librarianship.

Hardware requirements:
  • webcam
  • microphone and speakers
  • high-speed internet

Appropriate for current library science students, practicing librarians, and those with subject expertise that are interested in librarianship.

For more information about the course, contact Marion Frank-Wilson at For more information about registration, contact the ILS ad-ministrative office at or call (812) 855-2018.

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