Pathways

Archival and special collections

The widespread digitization of texts and availability of electronic media have made archives and special collections in libraries and other organizations more important than ever. MS students gain familiarity with the concepts and language used in appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation and conservation, and reference services (and how technology plays a role) in this area.
Sample Job Titles: Curator; Special Collections Librarian; Archivist; Records Manager; Digital Archivist; Registrar
Sample Courses:
IS 458 Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals
IS 504 Reference and Information Services
IS 507 Introduction to Bibliographic Metadata
IS 580 Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship
IS 581 Administration and Use of Archival Materials
IS 582 Preserving Information Resources
IS 584 Archival Arrangement and Description
IS 586 Digital Preservation
IS 590AV Audio Visual Materials in Libraries and Archives
IS 590CA Community Archives

Data and asset management

Data and information are ubiquitous. Libraries and organizations depend on professionals who can manage, clean, organize, and interpret data to make decisions, assess services, support research, and make new discoveries. MS/LIS students are prepared to be instrumental contributors to libraries and a variety of organizations through strong theoretical and technical understanding of data in society and within organizations.
Sample Job Titles: Data Services Librarian; Data Curator; Metadata Specialist; Digital Repository Librarian; Digital Asset Manager; Information Architect Taxonomist
Sample Courses:
IS 452 Foundations of Information Processing
IS 457 Introduction to Data Science
IS 507 Introduction to Bibliographic Metadata
IS 531 Foundations of Data Curation
IS 532 Theory & Practice of Data Cleaning
IS 560 Digital Libraries
IS 561 Information Modeling
IS 562 Metadata in Theory and Practice
IS 586 Digital Preservation
IS 590PM Project Management

Information organization and management

At the core of libraries and most organizations is well-organized information that should allow users to perform research, make decisions, or merely satisfy a personal inquiry.  MS/LIS students are prepared to apply information organization standards and tools; utilize, maintain and develop systems to organize information; and create usable interfaces to information systems.
Sample Job Titles: Cataloger; Web Services Librarian; Information Architect; Metadata Analyst
Sample Courses:
IS 490DB Introduction to Databases
IS 507 Introduction to Bibliographic Metadata
IS 560 Digital Libraries
IS 561 Information Modeling
IS 562 Metadata in Theory & Practice
IS 590DH Digital Humanities
IS 590DT Data Mining
IS 590IP Information Policy
IS 590PM Project Management
IS 590PV Privacy in the Internet Age

Knowledge management and competitive intelligence

The modern globalized workplace relies on fast, accurate information. Knowledge managers research, organize, and analyze information on which major strategic decisions are based. Businesses and other organizations also rely on systems to store valuable information that is used by employees to make integral contributions. In order to provide this information support and system management, MS/LIS students develop research and analysis techniques to represent information and to customize and efficiently utilize systems that manage critical organizational information.
Sample Job Titles: Prospect Researcher; Research Analyst; Business Intelligence Manager; Competitive Intelligence Analyst
Sample Courses:
IS 490DB Introduction to Databases
IS 504 Reference and Information Services
IS 538 Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management
IS 539 Information Consulting
IS 540 Applied Business Research
IS 543 Sociotechnical Systems
IS 559 Network Analysis
IS 590IP Information Policy
IS 590PM Project Management
IS 590PV Privacy in the Internet Age

Research and information services

Research, reference, and instruction help to guide the research and information services pathway here at the iSchool.  Exploring and assessing information needs and practices from the past to the present provides students with a strong foundation to be successful in the field. Coursework will provide opportunities to explore methods of research, strategies for instruction, and the intricacies of reference work.
Sample Job Titles: Adult Services Librarian; Reference and Instruction Librarian; Electronic Resources Librarian; Law Librarian; Learning Resource Center Manager; Health Sciences Librarian; Business Librarian
Sample Courses:
IS 503 Use and Users of Information
IS 504 Reference and Information Services
IS 505 Administration and Management of Libraries and Information Centers
IS 507 Introduction to Bibliographic Metadata
IS 508 Collection Development
IS 547 Information Services for Diverse Populations
IS 567 Academic Librarianship
IS 585 International Librarianship
IS 590LW Web Design and Construction for Organizations
IS 590PM Project Management

Youth and School Librarianship

Youth services and school librarianship is a rich concentration involving the study of children's and young adult literature; storytelling and folklore in the oral tradition; young reader/writer interactions in multiple literacies; and librarianship in public and school settings. MS/LIS students who use this pathway as a guide will be excellent candidates for work as an information professional serving children and young adults in public libraries, school libraries, and nontraditional institutions through which young people seek or are provided with educational and entertainment resources.
Sample Job Titles: Children's/Youth/Teen Librarian; eMedia Coordinator; Youth Collection Development Librarian; Library/Media Specialist; School Librarian; Library Information Specialist
Sample Courses:
IS 445 Information Books and Resources for Youth
IS 451 Introduction to Network Information Systems
IS 490YS Youth Services Community Engagement
IS 504 Reference and Information Services
IS 506 Youth Services Librarianship
IS 508 Collection Development
IS 515 Media Literacy and Youth
IS 516 School Library Media Center (K-12)
IS 527 Literacy, Reading, and Readers
IS 547 Information Services for Diverse Populations