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Hello and welcome to Dominican University's SOIS! Here is information that will help you get started in your MLIS, MSIM, MLIS/PhD accelerated, MPS, certificate, or school library media endorsement program. If you are getting started in the doctoral program, much of this information will still be relevant to you but please also be sure to reach out to doctoral program director Dr. Karen Snow.
You’re accepted! Now what? Newly registered (scroll down)?
IMPORTANT! View this series of videos from the various student services offices across the University (registrar, security, student accounts, etc.). Then:
1) Start with registration (Registrar’s Office,Lewis Hall, first floor, Room 115)
To view the course schedule visit the MyDU intranet, which will become your main portal to access most services at the University. Once there, select Course Search in the box on the bottom left (you will need to scroll down a little). Select the appropriate semester, and “Library and Information Science” for the Department if you are seeking an MLIS, PhD, certificate, or MPS; "Information Management" if you are seeking an MSIM. A listing of courses for the semester you have selected will display. An “F” in the STATUS column indicates that the course has been closed (all the seats are filled). Hint: See below for new student course recommendations.
Submit your completed Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office to register for classes. You may submit your form in person, via fax, or scan and email. You only need to register using this form your first semester. You may register online starting your second semester.
Double check course times and locations prior to the first day of class.
2) Visit Student Accounts (Lewis Hall, first floor, Room 119)
If you are going to park on campus, you will need to purchase a parking pass at Student Accounts or online (www.dom.edu/mydu -- Resources -- Business Office -- Online Payment). You will receive a receipt for your payment, which you will take to…
3) The Support Center (Lewis Hall, lower level, Room 048)
Present your receipt from Student Accounts along with proof of ownership (such as insurance), vehicle registration, a valid driver’s license, and the make, model and plate number of your car to obtain your parking pass.
Fill out a Star Card application in order to obtain your student ID card. There is no charge for the ID card. Hint: Make sure you look nice! The Support Center will be taking your picture for your ID card.
4) If possible, schedule a visit with your faculty advisor
Although not required, it is highly recommended you meet with your advisor early and often. At any point you may switch your advisor if you find another faculty member would better suit your needs.
5) If you have time, take a walk around campus or schedule a tour to become familiar with your new surroundings.
6) While at Home
Look for an email from our Information Technology department. It will provide you with the steps you need to set up your Dominican email address, username and password. Hint: Once you set up your Dominican email address, all communications from the university, your professors, etc. will come to this email address. Get in the habit of checking it often!
Begin, if you haven’t already, to think about financing your education by contacting the Financial Aid department about loans at (708) 524-6809 or email@example.com. You can also visit them while on campus in Lewis Hall, first floor, Room 120 (near Student Accounts and the Registrar’s Office).
Make sure your FAFSA is on file with Dominican if you are interested in being considered for an SOIS Departmental Scholarship (first and last course tuition-free!) View full details, including deadlines, on our website.
Begin to fill out your Health History and Certificate of Immunity Forms. Students taking six or more credit hours at any of Dominican's campuses must submit the required health forms (dom.edu/wellness) prior to their first class. The Certificate of Immunity is a legal requirement of the State of Illinois. Fines will be incurred each semester for students whose records are missing, incomplete, or not valid. You can submit your health forms in person to the Wellness Center or by fax to (708) 488-5072. All health-related questions can be directed to (708) 524-6229.
7) If you need anything, contact Catherine Galarza-Espino or (708) 524-6983.
8) Finally, welcome to Dominican University's School of Information Studies! We are so glad you are here!
New Student Course Selection Guide
As a new GSLIS student in the MLIS program, you will be registering for courses from this group of 3 core courses and 1 required management course.
- LIS 701 Introduction to Library and Information Science; no prerequisite. This is the recommended first course for all MLIS students.
- LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge; prerequisite or co-requisite is LIS 701.
- LIS 704 Reference and Online Services; prerequisite or co-requisite is LIS 701.
One of the following management courses is required. Choose one depending on your area of interest. School Library Media Program students may also choose LIS 770 as an elective in addition to LIS 773.
- LIS 770 Management of Libraries & Information Centers; prerequisite or co-requisite is LIS 701.
- LIS 773 School Libraries; prerequisite or co-requisites are LIS 701, LIS 703, and LIS 704.
New MSIM students all begin with the following two courses:
IM 701 Information in Society, Organizations, and Cultures; no prerequisite. This is the first course for all MSIM students.
IM 703 Information Architecture; prerequisite or co-requisite is IM 701.
All Other Programs (PhD, certificates, etc.)
1) Purchase Your Textbooks. Textbooks can be purchased at the Stepan Bookstore on the first floor of Power Hall. You can contact the bookstore at (708) 524-6983 or www.dom.bkstr.com. Make sure to have your course number and section handy when purchasing textbooks.
2) Pay Tuition. Tuition is due on the first day of classes and can be paid in the Student Accounts Office (cash or check) or online (credit card). A bill will not be mailed to you.
3) Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships. SOIS department scholarships and financial aid in the form of loans are available to you. For information about financial aid, please contact Dominican's Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about SOIS scholarships, please visit the Tuition & Aid section.
4) Apply for a Part-Time Student Job. There are a limited number of part-time jobs in the Rebecca Crown Library, several graduate assistant positions available in SOIS, and other positions university-wide. Visit http://www.dom.edu/jobs.
5) Get Involved with Dominican’s Student Organization. The Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) is SOIS's student chapter of ALA and serves the students of Dominican’s SOIS. SOIS students automatically become LISSA members when they enter the program.
6) Review Expectations for Technology Competence. SOIS helps students become leaders in librarianship and information science. In order to be successful in the program students must have a basic understanding of computer technologies. As students progress through the program, certain courses may require additional technology competencies. These skills will be identified in the course syllabus. More information and helpful recourses can be found in the Technology Competencies section.
7) Review ePortfolio Requirement
MyDU – Schools – Graduate School of Library and Information Science – ePortfolio requirement in the left gray menu bar.
8) Looking Ahead…
a. Stay in contact with your advisor. S/he is an important piece to your future success.
b. Schedule a meeting with the Career Services Coordinator if you intend to apply for LIS 799 Practicum. Hint: Schedule the meeting at least 1½ semesters prior to desired practicum term.
c. Apply for graduation at the Registrar’s Office or on MyDU when the time comes.
d. Submit your ePortfolio for review when the time comes.
9) Need help? Let the appropriate staff or faculty member know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help!