School of Information Studies
MS in Library and Information Science
MS in Library and Information Sciences
As part of the School of Information Studies, the Library and Information Science (LIS) program provides thorough grounding in the knowledge, skills, and values of librarianship within the context of an interdisciplinary faculty. LIS coursework stresses both the theory and practice of library science. It includes educational opportunities beyond formal coursework through one-on-one interaction with the faculty; hands-on learning in libraries and information centers; exposure to leaders in the profession; and direct participation in research projects. The program is offered in both campus and distance learning formats and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Our LIS program graduates librarians who are prepared to assume leadership roles in the libraries, information centers, and the broader information environment.
Three themes run through the LIS curriculum: Focus on the users of library and information services. Keeping the needs of users–and potential users–of library and information services in the foreground is a fundamental value of librarianship. Use technology to provide exemplary library and information services. Librarians need to be able to use technology effectively to provide quality library and information services. Manage information services and systems. Librarians in the 21st century must be competent managers of information, capable of innovation, efficiency, and leadership to meet the needs of their clientele.
Curriculum Requirements:The 37-credit LIS curriculum is designed to prepare librarians who have the broad range of knowledge and skills needed for exemplary practice in the library and information profession. Students in the School Media Program should consult the School Media specific curriculum, as there are no electives due to each course being required to meet NY State Education Department requirements for certification.
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Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City