Library & Information Science Major

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The Library & Information Science Graduate Level Program is a major offered by Drexel’s Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree. The Master of Science in Information - Library & Information Science (MSI-LIS) degree combines the study of people, information, and technology. It prepares graduates to work in libraries and corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and other information intensive environments. Our Library Science (LIS) major takes an interdisciplinary and technology-infused approach to information and its application to everyday opportunities and challenges. This is a flexible, American Library Association approved program, offered online, in person, and in a hybrid form, to allow our students options to tailor their academic careers to fit their lifestyles.

Students who are part of our Masters in Information Library Science Major, benefit from being a part of one of the oldest continuously operating library and information science (LIS) graduate programs in North America. Drexel’s program builds on founder Anthony J. Drexel’s vision of “a University with a difference.” Our students learn to create, protect, organize, manage, curate, analyze, retrieve and disseminate data and information in multiple media across the wide range of information domains. As graduates, they help advance knowledge, manifest social responsibility, promote community outreach, improve society as global citizens, and lead the library and information field as practitioners and scholars.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of Drexel’s Master of Science in Library & Information Science (MSLIS) program is to integrate information technology, professional knowledge and experiential learning and prepare our graduates to lead and innovate in libraries and information organizations of all types. (Approved Sept. 21, 2018.)

LIS Data and Program Assessment

MS in Information - Library & Information Science Degree Program Features

  • Accredited by the American Library Association since 1924
  • Courses taught by top-tier researchers and leading information and library science professionals
  • Covers subject knowledge in areas such as information literacy, responsible citizenship and ethical reasoning, as well as “soft skills” including communication, critical thinking, leadership, customer service, professional practice, and personnel management concepts
  • Experiential learning through a two-term capstone project, ensuring that students have practical work experience by the time they graduate and are prepared to enter the workforce at a professional level
  • Customize the degree by choosing from Drexel's many graduate minors and electives, or pursue a dual degree with other CCI graduate degree programs
  • Consistently highly ranked by U.S.News & World Report (11th in 2018), which also rated the College in the following specialty areas (2017): Digital Librarianship (7th), Health Librarianship (3rd), Information Systems (4th), and Services for Children and Youth (7th)

The Library Science Major within the Masters in Information Degree is an ALA accredited program is Available

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • On Campus
  • Online

Library & Information Science Curriculum

MSI degree LIS majors gain knowledge in LIS service and operations, information ethics and information service management, while advancing skills in technology-focused digital content. The curriculum combines core and specialized knowledge and aligns theory and practice in a two-term capstone, preparing LIS majors for the professional workplace.

The Library Science Program is an interdisciplinary, 45-credit, 15-course program that features:

  • Three foundation courses;
  • Five core courses;
  • A choice of five elective courses, which allows students to tailor their degree to specialize in library media or pursue additional focuses within the Library Science Masters Level Major;
  • A capstone course (spanning two quarters): students can pursue a project-based capstone or an optional research project.

Sample Library Science Courses:

  • INFO 560 Intro to Archives: Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of archives, including an overview relating to the elements of an archival program and the role and work of archivists. Focuses on the functions of the archives, such as acquisition, appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation, reference, outreach, and technology in archives.
  • INFO 590 Foundations of Data and Information: Introduces and explores principles, techniques, and theoretical contexts of data, information, and digital content across a range of settings. Addresses organizing practices and knowledge, and implications for back-end system functionality, and front-end user access. Addresses existing and emerging data standards and tools applicable to data and information, as well as social and economic aspects, services, and future boundaries and contexts for data and information. Specific topics include information structures and standards, representation, metadata, knowledge organization, classification, linked data, network analysis, interface design, and AI implications.
  • INFO 591 Data and Digital Stewardship: Examines traditional and emerging approaches to data management, data curation, and data service across the full range of information organizations (including, libraries, archives, museums, data centers, software industries, etc.). Introduces foundations of data infrastructures and data representation in all the activities related to care and management of digital objects over their lifecycles. Discusses methods and issues related to accessibility, security, preservation, privacy and ethics of using and managing digital records.
  • INFO 650 Public Library Service: Surveys information services provided through public libraries, with attention to governmental and funding issues, determinants of use, extending services to non-users, and cooperation among libraries.
  • INFO 687 Issues in Information Literacy: This course covers two broad topics: 1) the concept of information literacy and related key issues such as information accuracy, authenticity, privacy, and how information evolves in online environments; and 2) how people learn—basic learning theories, approaches, and preferences that can be applied in a variety of information contexts, such as public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries, corporations, and government entities.

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Other MS in Information Graduate Majors and Related Certificate Programs

The MS in Information also offers graduate majors in Digital Content Management and Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience (UX). For those seeking to broaden or update their professional skills, Drexel CCI offers certificate programs in areas such as Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience and Healthcare Informatics.

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