LIS Concentrations

Quick Jump:
Collection Development | Information Organization | New Media | Information Technology
Reference Services | Public Libraries | Academic Libraries | School Library Media | Special Libraries

These are not required tracks for graduation in preparation for particular jobs but only suggestions to help you plan your course of study. Please remember that the school library media concentration offers New York State certification and therefore has a special set of requirements set forth by the New York State Education Department.

Required Courses for All Concentrations

  • LIS 507 Information Life Cycle
  • LIS 508 Information Users and Use
  • LIS 575 Introduction to Research Methods

These courses are suggestions, not requirements. Review this guide prior to registering for classes and use it as the basis for consultation with faculty prior to submitting a Plan of Study.

Applicable to Most Concentrations

  • LIS 570 History of Libraries and Media
  • LIS 580 Intellectual Freedom
  • LIS 526 Practicum
  • LIS 527 Special Projects
  • LIS 598 Directed Study
  • LIS 599 Thesis

Note:
Up to 9 credits of practicum, special projects and directed study and up to 12 graduate credits taken outside the LIS program can be applied to the MS in Information and Library Science degree. For complete details see the Academic Regulations.

Useful for Selection/Collection Development

  • LIS 536 Multicultural and Special Population Materials for Children and Young Adults
  • LIS 580 Intellectual Freedom
  • LIS 587 Collection Development

Useful for Information Organization Including Cataloging and Classification

  • LIS 513 Records Management
  • LIS 514 Conceptualizing and Representing Information
  • LIS 574 Organization and Control of Recorded Information II

Useful for New Media and Advanced Certificate

  • DMS 537 New Media I
  • DMS 538 New Media II

Useful for Information Management

  • LIS 513 Records Management
  • LIS 514 Conceptualizing and Representing Information
  • LIS 559 Systems Administration - UNIX, Linux and Web Servers
  • LIS 561 Information System Analysis and Design
  • LIS 562 Networking Technologies
  • LIS 563 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 566 Information Search
  • LIS 569 Database Systems
  • LIS 574 Organization and Control of Recorded Information II
  • Special Topics in Information Management
  • Special Topics in Evaluation and Assessment

Useful for Reference Service

  • LIS 511 Materials of Legal Practice
  • LIS 512 Legal Information Sources
  • LIS 518 Reference Sources and Services
  • LIS 523 User Education
  • LIS 563 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 567 Government Information
  • LIS 566 Information Search

Public Libraries

    **NYS Public Librarian Certification**
    New York State Library's public library certification program: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cert/
    Application for NYS Public Librarian's Professional Certificate: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cert/plcert.htm

    Please note that the Department of Library and Information Studies sends the State Education Department a list of degree recipients, so it is not necessary for students to send in a transcript with their Application for Public Librarian's Professional Certificate.

    Academic Libraries

    • LIS 512 Legal Information Sources
    • LIS 522 Intellectual Publishing and Bibliography
    • LIS 523 User Education
    • LIS 567 Government Information
    • LIS 584 Academic and Research Libraries
    • LIS 587 Collection Development
    • One or more from the following group

    • LIS 515 Information Sources and Services in the Sciences
    • LIS 516 Information Sources and Services in the Social Sciences
    • LIS 517 Information Sources and Services in the Humanities

    School Library Media Centers

    For detailed information about the program, see this page.

    There are many outside courses may also be of interest to the MS in School Librarianship. Students should speak with their advisor about taking courses outside of the LIS department.

    Special Libraries

    Archives and Museum Studies

    • LIS 509 Introduction to Archives Management
    • LIS 513 Records Management

    Music

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    Health Sciences

    • LIS 566 Information Search
    • LIS 586 Health Science Librarianship

    Law

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    Technical/Corporate

    • LIS 509 Introduction to Archives Management
    • LIS 510 Law Library Administration
    • LIS 512 Legal Information Sources
    • LIS 513 Records Management
    • LIS 514 Conceptualizing and Representing Information
    • LIS 515 Information Sources and Services in the Sciences
    • LIS 562 Networking Technologies
    • LIS 563 Digital Libraries
    • LIS 566 Information Searchl
    • LIS 567 Government Information
    • LIS 569 Database Systems