MLIS Placement, Graduation, and Retention Information

In August 2017 SLIS collected employment data for MLIS graduates from 2014 to 2016. During that three year period, there were 134 graduates and information was obtained for 110 (82% of graduates). 


Those that work in libraries are employed in different types of libraries as follows:

Graduates are advancing in their employment by moving into managerial and administrative positions in libraries and in library systems. The following chart includes graduates who are library directors, library system directors, and section heads within large libraries. Graduates' likelihood of moving into these types of positions increases with their years of experience beyond graduation:

Most Common Specialties

For many alumni we did not have specific job descriptions, just that they worked in a library, or were a librarian. But for those for whom we found specific information, these were common specialties:

  • Children’s, Youth (in public & school libraries) = 22
  • Info Technology, Info Science within & outside libraries = 12 (Ex: Digital Asset Manager (company), Network Engineer (bank), Data Analyst, 2 Information Specialists (companies), 2 IT Analysts, 2 Website Developers, and other jobs)
  • Medical & Health librarianship = 6
  • Archives within & outside libraries = 6
  • Collections, cataloging, technical services = 6
  • Reference, instructional, information librarian = 5

Most MLIS Graduates Stay in Oklahoma

  • Employed in Oklahoma = 80%, f=90
  • Employed and/or residing outside Oklahoma = 20%, f=22
  • In Texas = 7
  • Other = AK, AR, CA, CO, GA, HI, LA, MD, MT, ND, NE, NM, OH, TN (2) 
  • N=112 

Graduation, Attrition, Retention

The following calculations were made using a dataset of SLIS student data provided by official OU records for students who were admitted to the program from 2010 through 2017:

For students who graduated during this time period:

  • 4.9% took less than 2 years to graduate
  • 83.7% took 2-3 years
  • 11.3% took more than 3 years

Since the OU Graduate College grants 5 years for students to complete a master's degree without petitioning, attrition/retention was calculated for students who entered the program more than 5 years ago. 

For students who entered the program from 2010 through 2012, 73.5% (161) graduated and 26.5% (58) did not (N=219).