Competency List

The curriculum for the San Jose State University Master of Library and Information Science program requires all graduates to complete education in 15 core competencies to ensure that they have the  “knowledge, skills, and abilities… that define and unite information professionals regardless of where they practice” (SJSU, School of Information, n.d.).

Each course has set Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) integrated within them and those PLOs can be found on the MLIS Core Competencies web page. For ease of use I have also included them below.

(Taken from the SJSU School of Information) Each graduate of the Master of Library and Information Science program is able to…


Demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of intellectual freedom within that profession


Describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice


Recognize the diversity (such as cultural and economic) in the clientele and employees of an information organization and be familiar with actions the organization should take to address this diversity


Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy


Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems


Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items


Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele


Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies


Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information


Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors


Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories


Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the ability to design a research project, and the ability to evaluate and synthesize research literature


Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations


Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria


(For students entering from Spring 2015) Identify ways in which information professionals can contribute to the cultural, economic, educational, and social well-being of our global communities



San Jose State University, School of Information. (n.d.). MLIS core competencies (program learning outcomes). Retrieved from