PALMER SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION

M.S. IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

In a world transformed by information, an M.S. in Library and Information Science will prepare you for careers as librarians, archivists, records managers and information officers. Accredited by the American Library Association, the 36-credit master's degree fuses traditional library science with information science and state-of-the-art technology. The Palmer School offers a broad array of electives tailored to individual career objectives. Graduates of this highly reputable program pursue positions in the education, corporate and government sectors. For your convenience, LIU Brentwood students can also take classes at Long Island University’s LIU Post campus in Brookville or at the Bobst Library at NYU in Manhattan. LIU Brentwood students are required to take at least one three-credit course at LIU Post.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. in Library and Information Science at LIU Brentwood should submit the Long Island University Online Application for Admission and select "LIU Brentwood" in the "Campus" field.  All original supporting admissions materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume and test scores) should be mailed to:

LIU Brentwood
Admissions Office
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, N.Y.  11717
Phone: 631-273-5112
Fax: 631-952-0809

Copies of the documents may be sent in advance by fax or e-mail.  Your academic advisor will work with you to select courses at various LIU campus locations.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the Master of Science in Library and Information Science/School Library Media must adhere to the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended. Mail to LIU Brentwood Admissions Office.
  • Applicants must have achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average or equivalent in a bachelor's program or in the last two years of the undergraduate program. Applicants who have not have completed their degrees prior to submitting the admission application should submit a transcript without the final semester's grades. Such applicants may be accepted pending receipt of their final degree noted.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate average is below a 3.0 will be required to submit the results of the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test taken in the last five years. Students already holding a master's degree or who can show successful completion of coursework in graduate school will not be required to take the GRE or MAT exams. Mail to LIU Brentwood Admissions Office.  The following GRE scores are required: If you took the test prior to August 1, 2011, a combined verbal/quantitative score of 1000 is required. If you have or will take the test after August 1, 2011 a combined verbal/quantitative score of 300 or above is required using the revised scale. A MAT score of 412 or above is required.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • A current résumé. Mail to LIU Brentwood Admissions Office.
  • A written statement that describes the applicant's motivation for seeking the degree, special areas of interest, and career objectives in the profession (500-1000 words). You may submit this statement in lieu of the Applicant's Personal Statement requested as part of the Online Application for Admission or mail to LIU Brentwood Admissions Office.
  • If you hold a degree from outside the United States your official records of all post-secondary education must be translated by an approved organization such as World Education Services (WES). You may purchase this translation by contacting WES, www.wes.org or telephone at 1-800-937-3895. Request a course-by-course translation with conversion of all grades into a U.S.4- point scale with U.S. degree equivalencies. This translation must be received by the Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by WES.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5. Mail to LIU Brentwood Admissions Office.

LIMITED ADMISSION

Applicants who do not meet the above minimum criteria may be considered for admission as limited matriculants if potential for success in the program and the field can be confirmed by an unusually high GRE or MAT score, extensive and successful experience in the field, outstanding letters of recommendation from professionals in the field, or a personal interview that will demonstrate that the applicant has attained the level of maturity and dedication necessary to pursue study at the master's level.

Students interested in studying at LIU Brentwood, should send application materials to:

LIU Brentwood
Admissions Office
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, N.Y.  11717
Phone: 631-273-5112
Fax: 631-952-0809

Note: Students enrolled in the Palmer School M.S. in Library and Information Science program at LIU Brentwood must complete 3 credits in residence at LIU Post in Brookville, New York.

Course Descriptions

LIS 510 Introduction to Library & Information Science

Overview of the field. Introduction to the history, purpose, functions, and processes of the field, its place in society, practice of the profession in various types of settings, and current issues and trends.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

LIS 511 Information Sources and Services

Philosophy, process, and techniques of information services. Overview of information access and delivery, types of resources and formats used in information services, evaluation and measurement of sources and services, and information seeking processes and behaviors.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

LIS 512 Introduction to Knowledge Organization

Basic principles of bibliographic control. Emphasizes understanding the function of catalogs, indexes, bibliographies, Web-browsers and acquiring the ability to use and interpret these tools effectively. Introduction to bibliographic utilities, online catalogs and indexes, world wide web, metadata and the Dublin Core, MARC formats, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Sears List of Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of LIS 510 is required.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

LIS 513 Management of Libraries and Information Centers

Principles and techniques of management applicable to libraries and information service organizations. Focuses management theory on organizing for library and information services, collections, facilities management, and measurement and evaluation of services.

Credits: 3 On Occasion

LIS 514 Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science

Theoretical and applied research design, methodologies, and evaluations in library and information science. Review of existing research in the field, techniques of proposal preparation, and design of instruments used in the field. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of LIS 510 is required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

LIS 603 Humanities Sources and Services

A study of the nature of the knowledge, historical development, research, and publications in the humanities. Includes the identification and evaluation of bibliographic, reference, and selection sources in philosophy, religion, language, fine arts, minor and applied arts, performing arts, music, and world literature. Prerequisite of LIS 511 is required.

Credits: 3 Rotating Basis

LIS 604 Science and Technology Sources and Services

A study of the background, trends, terminology, and notable publications in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, and technology. Special consideration is given to the forms taken by scientific literature, bibliographic, selection, and reference sources. The needs of the user of various types of libraries are emphasized. Prerequisite of LIS 511 is required.

Credits: 3 Rotating Basis

LIS 605 Social Science Sources and Services

An examination of trends, terminology, and notable works in history, geography, political science, law, education, psychology, economics, business sociology, anthropology, and social sciences. A consideration for the form taken by social science literature. A study of bibliographic, reference, and selection tools in print and electronic formats. Prerequisite of LIS 511 is required.

Credits: 3 Rotating Basis

LIS 607 Health Science Sources and Services

Examines health science reference tools, both print and electronic. Includes study of the National Library of Medicine and health science professional organizations and their publications. Specific attention is given to access to Medline through PubMed. The literature and resources for consumer health information, medical terminology, and Internet resources will be explored. Prerequisite of LIS 511 is required.

Credits: 3 Rotating Basis

LIS 608 Legal Sources and Services Provides

An overview of the tools and techniques of legal research. Students are introduced to the structure and processes of the three major components of the legal system in the United States: common law, statutes, and administrative law. Sources of foreign and international law are examined. Prerequisite of LIS 511 is required.

Credits: 3 On Occasion

LIS 622 Management of the School Media Center

An examination of developments in the principles and strategies for managing information and school information centers. This course examines philosophies and practices related to policy development, budgeting, personnel, resource organization, networking, public relations, and facilities planning including examination of facilities for persons with disabilities and special needs. There will be 25 hours of field experiences (observation) related to the coursework as part of the requirement in SED 52.21 (b)(3)(i). A total of 100 hours of observation must be completed prior to student teaching or practica (internship). Prerequisites of LIS 510, 511, and 512 or permission of the instructor are required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring

LIS 690 Internship

120 hours (or a combined 40 days at two school sites for school media students) during a semester at an approved site, working under supervision of a professional in the field. Guided by a Learning Contract jointly approved by faculty and the site supervisor, students augment what they have been taught in formal courses, further their career objectives, and enhance their skills, competencies, and abilities. For students with extensive library experience, LIS 695 (Masters Project) is available as an alternative to the internship, with permission from the student's advisor and the dean. Prerequsite of LIS 510, 511, 512, 514 and 15 units of electives are required.

Credits: 3 Alternate Fall

LIS 691 Internship - School Media Specialist

The school library media internship is a student teaching experience. It consists of two 120 hour sessions. 120 hours must be spent in an elementary school media center and 120 hours must be spent in a secondary school media center. This is a capstone experience that occurs at the very end of the program. Pre requisite of LIS 510, LIS 511, LIS 512, LIS 514, LIS 620, LIS 622 and LIS 626 are required 

Credits: 3 Alternate Spring

LIS 741 Public Libraries

A study of the philosophy, background, function and place of public libraries in contemporary society. Examines the principles and techniques of public library organization, planning, operation, resources, services and facilities, as well as how to identify and serve groups and organizations in a community. Study of present condition, trends and issues. Emphasis on public service orientation. Prerequisites of LIS 510, 511, and 512 or permission of the instructor are required.

Credits: 3 Alternate Spring

LIS 745 Academic Libraries

A study of the place and function of the academic library within the parent organization with particular concern for library needs of students and faculty. Includes organization and administration, policy-making regarding collections, access, organization, facilities, services, personnel, budget, and finance. Attention is given to higher education, relevant networks, and external influences. Prerequisites of LIS 510, 511, and 512 or permission of the instructor are required.

Credits: 3 On Occasion

Program Requirements

The master's program requires students to complete 36 credits, 30 of which must be in library and information science. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students plan a course of study which develops competency in a particular area, such as information access and retrieval, information science, corporate information center management, bibliographic control, children's and young adult services, and public librarianship, to name a few.

Required M.S.L.I.S courses are:
LIS 510   Introduction to Library & Information Science
LIS 512   Introduction to Knowledge Organization
LIS 514   Introduction to Research in Library & Information Science
LIS 690   Internship or
LIS 691   Internship for School Libraries

In addition, students are required to take one of the following:
LIS 511  Information Sources and Services
LIS 603  Humanities Sources and Services
LIS 604  Science and Technology Sources and Services
LIS 605  Social Science Sources and Services
LIS 607  Health Science Sources and Services
LIS 608  Legal Sources and Services
LIS 609  Business and Economic Sources and Services

Students are required to take one of the following:
LIS 513  Management of libraries & Info. Centers
LIS 622  Management of the School Media Center
LIS 713  Rare Books and Special Collections Librarianship
LIS 741  Public Libraries
LIS 745  Academic Libraries
LIS 747  Special Libraries
LIS 749  Health Sciences Libraries

For Course Descriptions, see the LIU Brentwood Bulletin.

Elective Courses

Students choose from more than 45 elective courses in a wide range of library and information specialties. In addition, the Palmer School offers special topics on new subjects and emerging technologies.

Internship Program

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the Palmer School education is the Internship Program. Every student is offered the opportunity to participate in a capstone internship that will provide them with marketable experience and essential skills for a competitive job market.

Degree Requirements

A student must maintain minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the M.S. Library and Information Science Program for continuation in the program and eligibility for practicum experiences. Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 will be evaluated by the Academic Standing Committee of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, issued a letter of warning, and placed on probation. A student on probation who fails to bring his or her average up to 3.00 in the succeeding semester may be dropped from the program. In addition, a student who receives grades below B in two graduate courses is considered to have an academic deficiency. A third grade below B, after the student receives a formal warning of the deficiency, may cause the student to lose matriculated status or be dropped from the program.

CONTACT

LIU Brentwood
Abagail Van Vlerah, Dean
Abby.VanVlerah@liu.edu

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