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.
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.
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.
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.