Most academic research libraries require their librarians to have not only the MLS degree, but a master’s degree in a particular subject area as well. NYU and LIU Palmer offer qualified students the opportunity of selecting one of dozens of major programs from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS), and from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, students may select the master’s degree in either Media, Culture and Communication, Food Studies or Costume Studies. Once admitted to both universities, students apply to be a part of this unique program that offers a mentorship under the direction of a subject specialist librarian at NYU’s Bobst Library (see below). The entire program is offered at Palmer’s NYU site in Bobst Library. Students take a total of approximately 13 fewer credits in the dual degree program than if they took each master’s degree separately.
The following admission requirements apply to all dual degree applicants:
• Applicant must be accepted into both the Palmer School under the current admissions requiremtns for the MSLIS program and a participating program at NYU (all GSAS programs; Steinhardt School’s programs in either Costume Studies, Food Studies, or Media, Culture and Communication
• Once admitted to BOTH universities, applicant should request the Dual Degree Program Intention to Enroll Application from the Palmer School Manhattan Director
• Candidates admitted to the dual degree will meet with the head of the mentorship program at a mutually convenient time to help determine mentor assignments
Completing the Program
After completing 12 credits at NYU and after completing 12 credits at the Palmer School, students in the dual degree program will:
Students are responsible for applying for this transfer of credit and should do so once 12 credits are completed at either institution.Orientation
Dual Degree Program students must participate in a one-week intensive orientation to the program. This orientation is offered only at the start of the fall semester. For this reason, students may not be eligible for the Dual Degree program if they have progressed in their Palmer or GSAS studies before applying for admission to the program. Students already enrolled in either the Palmer School or NYU should consult with an advisor from the dual degree program to be apprised of their eligibility.
Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the dual degree is the mentoring program which is specifically designed to train future librarians who aspire to be subject specialists in academic and cultural institutions. For students who hope to work as an archivist, an information officer in a specialized library, or as a library generalist, it might be possible to design an internship in an appropriate setting outside of Bobst. Meetings with the mentors of the program will help determine the direction your individual program will take.
Mentors are selected from the ranks of the NYU librarians and archivists, and occasionally from other cultural institutions and assigned to new dual degree students based upon the student’s interests and program. The goal is to give guidance, instruction, and support through a collegial network of professionals. There are specific benchmarks that students must reach to complete the mentorship which is graded as a pass/fail course.
Students are enrolled in the mentorship, LIS 785, for 4 credits, through Palmer, in their first semester. Mentors and their assigned students develop an initial Learning Contract which is reviewed each semester.
The mentorship of 160 hours introduces dual degree students to the requirements of the field, offering the opportunity for hands-on experience within a theoretical framework. The center of this program is a series of required modules, which include Reference/Instruction, Collection Development, Digital Scholarship and Professional Development. The program provides the flexibility to customize the mentoring experience to the needs of the individual student. Past students have spent part of their mentorship at the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Morgan Library, the New York Historical Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and IBM among many other organizations.