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MS in Library and Information Science Curriculum

  • Newly revised curriculum for 2017
  • 15 courses total (45 credits) - 6 required courses plus electives (see Specializations below)
  • Students culminate their studies with a Capstone Project, allowing them to gain practical work experience in the field before graduation
  • Program can be completed through a broad range of electives in in the LIS program and/or drawn from the strengths of other CCI information science course offerings 
  • Average time to complete an MS: 1.5 years of full-time study or 2.5 years of part-time study 
  • INFO505 Information Professions and Professionals 
  • INFO506 Users, Services, & Resources 
  • INFO507 Leading & Managing Information Organizations 
  • INFO590 Organization of Data and Information 
  • INFO591 Data and Digital Stewardship 
  • INFO890 Capstone Project 

Students may customize their degree toward their areas of professional practice by completing specializations in the following domain areas:

Digital Technology Services

Introduces collaborative technologies that enable the design and implementation of digital services. Focuses on data analytics, content description technologies (such as XML), systems technologies, and user interface technologies.
  • Professional Interests: Data Analytics/Service Specialist; Digital Services Specialist; Digital Stewardship/Data Specialist; User Experience Specialist
  • Sample courses: 
    • INFO 552: Introduction to Web Design 
    • INFO 605: Introduction to Data Management 
    • INFO 657: Digital Library Technology  
    • INFO 659: Introduction to Data Analytics   
    • INFO 608: Human Computer Interaction 
    • INFO 633: Information Visualization 
    • INFO 658: Information Architecture
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Information and Data Services

Focuses on the developments of information and data service functions and products, such as intellectual access to physical and digital information resources, searching and resource organizing, knowledge representations and discovery, metadata schemes and tools, intellectual property rights and electronic publishing.
  • Professional Interests: Archival Specialist; Knowledge Organization/Metadata Specialist; Scholarly Communications Specialist; Subject Specialist
  • Sample courses: 
    • INFO 560: Introduction to Archives I 
    • INFO 622: Content Representation  
    • INFO 660: Cataloging and Classification 
    • INFO 662: Metadata and Resource Description
    • INFO 750: Archival Access Systems 
    • INFO 753: Introduction to Digital Curation 
    • INFO 755: Electronic Records Management 
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User and Community Services

Analyzes the resources necessary to support diverse users across many types of information organizations in public and/or private settings. Surveys problems solved by project management, design, and customer service to support a variety of community information resource needs.
  • Professional Interests: Academic Library Specialist; Community Engagement, Education, and Outreach Specialist; Information Literacy Specialist; Health Informatics Specialist; Public Library Specialist; User Services Specialist; Youth Services Specialist
  • Sample courses: 
    • INFO552: Introduction to Web Design 
    • INFO649: Library Programming
    • INFO650: Public Library Service
    • INFO651: Academic Library Service 
    • INFO665: Collection Development 
    • INFO682: Storytelling 
    • INFO683: Resources for Children
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