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M.S. in Library and Information Science

With Specialization in Academic and Special Librarianship

The 36-credit Master of Science in Library and Information Science program – accredited by the American Library Association – offers you an opportunity to specialize in Academic and Special Librarianship. Because the field of library and information science touches countless areas of academic research and corporate enterprise, you can personalize your education by selecting from one of the following primary tracks that best suits your distinctive career goals.

1. Academic Libraries
Courses in this plan of study will provide students with an understanding of the library and information services within post-secondary institutions. Students may also consider the Palmer School’s Scholar/Librarian Dual Degree Program offered in partnership with New York University.

2. Special Libraries
If you are anticipating a career in a specialized area such as law, medical or business libraries, museums, scientific or technical centers, music, art, rare books, or other information resources in public or private organizations, you may consider this area.

3. Digital Librarianship
The field of Digital Librarianship touches every aspect of the profession, from archives and rare books to teen services and Web 2.0 applications.

4. The Health Sciences
Students who want to work in health science environments such as hospitals, research institutes, government or other public service agencies require a specialized background. The program also provides the basic courses for eligibility in the Academy of Health Information Professionals of the Medical Library Association.

5. Technical Service/Knowledge Organization
Management and control of bibliographic information and knowledge resources in all formats requires an understanding of retrieval tools, bibliographic utilities, descriptive cataloging, classification and indexing systems, and standards and rules that enable organization of bibliographic records and transfer of information.

Academic Libraries

Courses in this plan of study will provide students with an understanding of the library and information services within post-secondary institutions. Aspects of library and information services unique to higher education and current issues in both public and independent institutions will be emphasized through this group of courses. Students may also consider the Palmer School’s Scholar/Librarian Dual Degree Program offered in partnership with New York University.

Highly Recommended:

618 – Online Information Retrieval Techniques
745 – Academic Libraries

Recommended:

5xx – Collection Development
662 – Library Public Relations
669 – Government Information Resources
714 – Archives & Manuscripts
755 – Information Technologies & Society

Special Libraries

The following concentration of courses is appropriate for a student anticipating a career in specialized environments. These settings may include law, medical or business libraries, museums, scientific or technical centers, and may deal with music, art, rare books, or other specialized information resources in public or private organizations. Courses emphasize the analysis and management of programs and services, automation and specialized client groups and resources.

Highly Recommended:

520 – Records Management
618 – Online Information Retrieval Techniques
747 – Special Libraries

Recommended:

669 – Government Information Resources
768 – Abstracting & Indexing for Information Systems

Recommended Depending on Your Subject Interest:

603 – Humanities Sources & Services
604 – Science & Technology Sources & Services
605 – Social Science Sources & Services
607 – Health Science Sources & Services
608 – Legal Sources & Services
609 – Business & Economic Sources & Services

Digital Librarianship

The following concentration of courses is appropriate for a student anticipating a career utilizing contemporary technologies to enhance the preservation of, and access to, information in all its formats.

Highly Recommended:

5xx – Web 2.0
650 – Basic Web Design
651 – Advanced Web Design
657 – Introduction to Preservation
763 – Metadata: Description and Access
770 – Information Systems and Retrieval
7xx – Human Computer Interaction
901 – Building Digital Library
7xx – Digital Preservation

The Health Sciences

Students who want to prepare themselves for work in libraries or information centers in various health science environments such as hospitals, research institutes, higher education, government, or other public service agencies require a specialized background. The highly recommended courses also provide the necessary basic courses for eligibility in the Academy of Health Information Professionals of the Medical Library Association.

Highly Recommended:

607 – Health Sciences Sources & Services
749 – Health Science Libraries

Recommended:

604 – Science & Technology Sources & Services
618 – Online Information Retrieval Techniques
669 – Government Information Resources

Technical Service/Knowledge Organization

Management and control of bibliographic information and knowledge resources in all formats require an understanding of retrieval tools, bibliographic utilities, descriptive cataloging, classification and indexing systems, and standards and rules that enable organization of bibliographic records, and transfer of information.

Highly Recommended:

512 – Knowledge Organization
763 – Metadata: Description and Access
765 – Knowledge Representation
768 – Abstracting and Indexing
773 – Comparative Bibliography
901 – Advanced Cataloguing
901 – Digital Archive Collections

Recommended:

520 – Records Management
722 – Electronic Records
768 – Abstracting & Indexing for Information Systems
7xx – Human-Computer Interaction