LIS Concentrations

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Collection Development | Information Organization | New Media | Information Technology
Reference Services | Public Libraries | Academic Libraries | School 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 specialization requires New York State certification and therefore has a special set of requirements.

Required Courses for All Concentrations

  • LIS 505 Introduction to Library and Information Studies (must be taken in first semester)
  • LIS 506 Introduction to Information Technology (must be taken in first semester or as second course)
  • LIS 518 Reference Sources and Services
  • LIS 571 Organization and Control of Recorded Information
  • LIS 581 Management of Libraries and Information Agencies

Except for the School Library Media Specialization, 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 575 Introduction to Research Methods
  • 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 MLS in Information and Library Science degree. For complete details see the Academic Regulations.

Useful for Selection/Collection Development

  • LIS 519 Selection, Acquisition and Management of Non-Book Material
  • LIS 522 International Publishing and Bibliography
  • 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 Indexing and Surrogation
  • 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 Indexing and Surrogation
  • 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 Digital Information Retrieval
  • LIS 569 Data Management 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 523 User Education
  • LIS 563 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 567 Government Information
  • LIS 566 Digital Information Retrieval
  • One or more from this 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
  • LIS 520 Business Information Sources

Public Libraries

    (Erie County Civil Service Rating for Librarian)
  • LIS 519 Selection, Acquisition and Management of Non-Book Materials
  • LIS 531 Marketing and Information Services
  • LIS 580 Intellectual Freedom
  • LIS 583 Public Libraries
  • LIS 587 Collection Development
  • One or more from this group

  • LIS 534 Resources and Services for Children
  • LIS 535 Resources and Services for Young Adults
  • LIS 536 Multicultural and Special Population Materials Children and Young Adults
  • LIS 537 Storytelling
  • LIS 542 Resources and Services for Adults
  • See also listing of courses needed for civil service ranking (Plan of Study, back page)

**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 SLM Student 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
  • LIS 501 Advanced Archives

Music

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Health Sciences

  • LIS 515 Information Sources and Services in the Sciences
  • LIS 519 Selection and Acquisition of Non-Book Materials
  • LIS 566 Digital Information Retrieval
  • 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 Indexing and Surrogation
  • LIS 515 Information Sources and Services in the Sciences
  • LIS 520 Business Information Sources
  • LIS 559 Systems Administration - UNIX, Linux and Web Servers
  • LIS 562 Networking Technologies
  • LIS 563 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 566 Digital Information Retrieval
  • LIS 567 Government Information
  • LIS 569 Data Management Systems