Library and Information Science Master’s Degree

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Promote justice and equality through the power of literacy.

What role do libraries play in times of crisis or disaster?  How do different communities share and receive critical information?  What do you do with an ancient artifact?  These are questions you’ll explore as a graduate student in Library and Information Science at the iSchool.

Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928, The iSchool’s Library and Information Science program centers around one goal: to change how communities and organizations use libraries and information resources for the better.  

We take a uniquely tech-driven and human-centered approach to understanding information in the context of social media and “fake news,” data protection and privacy, and diverse cultures and communities.  Through coursework and residency workshops ranging across 11 focus areas, you’ll experience the broad reach of librarianship and explore what it means to be a librarian today.

Our LIS degree program is 36 credits, and is typically completed within 2 years. The program prepares you for a career in a broad range of organizations, including academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, government agencies or cultural institutions.

The 36 credits are distributed as follows:

  • 18 credits in Core Knowledge and Skills
    • 3 credits in Introductory Core
    • 9 credits in Information Resources Core
    • 6 credits in Management and Policy Core
  • 15 credits in electives
    • Can be used toward a C.A.S. in Data Science, a Focus Area, or however you wish.
  • Graduate Immersion Milestone Event – non-credit, required
    • This 2-to-3 day residency workshop presents emerging topics in the information studies field. Students must complete one residency workshop during the duration of their program of study. You can find more information by visiting the iSchool Seminar page.

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Here at the iSchool, our vision is to provide quality professional education for library and information science professionals. Our goals and outcomes guide our direction, provide a framework for assessing our achievement, and most importantly, communicate our beliefs in the foundational skills that modern library professionals must have.

Graduates of the iSchool’s Library and Information Science program:

  • Apply the skills and attitudes of visioning, entrepreneurship, advocacy, planning and management to leadership in the information field.
  • Manage information resources and the information life-cycle through the processes of collection development, representation, organization, preservation, curation, access, and dissemination in accordance with physical, virtual, and technical infrastructure and needs.
  • Apply appropriate pedagogical and learning theory principles in the design, development, implementation, and assessment of library instruction and learning that contribute towards an information and technology literate society.
  • Design and employ policies essential for creating and providing information services and resources guided by the values of patron privacy, equitable access, intellectual freedom, and ethical use of information.
  • Possess the skills to respect, engage, and collaborate with a diverse community in order to advocate for and construct inclusive, meaningful, and participatory library services, programs and resources.
  • Perform and assess research based practices through the application of information literacy, inquiry, and research methods including data discovery, analytics and qualitative measures.

Within the LIS program, you can choose a focus area to further specialize your skill set for your future career.

Academic Librarianship

Prepare to work with students, professors, scholars, researchers, and the public.

Data Librarianship

Facilitate the management, maintenance, and preservation of information, locating data for business or academic use, using statistical methods to understand what stories a dataset tells, or organize data for later retrieval.

Historical Materials

Curate, preserve, and present historic and archival collections to the public, and work to digitize collections.

Instructional Librarianship

Prepare to teach patrons how to be information literate, how to use the newest technologies, and more.

Management

Hone your leadership skills to better connect with coworkers and patrons. You’ll learn the basics of budgeting, staffing, organizational culture, planning and assessment, marketing, and project management.

Public Librarianship

Learn about organizing, budgeting, and marketing programs for all ages, managing interlibrary loan programs, and troubleshooting library technologies.

Public Service Librarianship

Learn to assess the needs of a community and provide the appropriate programming, and perform outreach, research, reference, and reader’s advisory services to meet the information needs of patrons.

School Media

School media librarians focus on promoting digital literacy and technology skills within K-12 Schools.

Special Librarianship

Explore preservation, conservation, and the digitization of special collections.

Technical Service Librarianship

Make collections accessible and convenient to use, catalog and classify new materials, preserve older items, maintain a library’s online catalog, and troubleshoot a library’s learning technologies.

Youth Services Librarianship

STEM learning initiatives, the proliferation of the makerspace movement, and the widespread use of emerging technologies from a young age prove that the role and responsibilities of children’s and young adult librarians go beyond recommending a good read. Networking and marketing are important facets of a Youth Services Librarian’s job, as well as building relationships with parents, caregivers, and teachers in the local community.

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Delve deeper, explore farther.

In addition to getting practical, on-the-job experience, you’ll have opportunities to join a research lab or collaborate with faculty on their academic work, exploring  the role of information in furthering social justice.

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Pursue your interests.

Explore topics that interest you most. Our flexible program offers focus areas, a specialization or standalone Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media, and the opportunity to solidify your expertise with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science.