Student Learning Outcomes
1. Apply the skills and attitudes of visioning, entrepreneurship, advocacy, planning and management to leadership in the information field
2. Manage information resources and the information life-cycle through the processes of collection development, representation, organization, preservation, curation, access, and dissemination in accordance with physical, virtual, and technical infrastructure and needs
3. Apply appropriate pedagogical and learning theory principles in the design, development, implementation, and assessment of library instruction and learning that contribute towards an information and technology literate society
4. Design and employ policies essential for creating and providing information services and resources guided by the values of patron privacy, equitable access, intellectual freedom, and ethical use of information
5. Possess the skills to respect, engage and collaborate with a diverse community in order to advocate for and construct inclusive, meaningful, and participatory library services, programs and resources
6. Perform and assess research-based practices through the application of information literacy, inquiry, and research methods including data discovery, analytics and qualitative measures
The 36-credit LIS curriculum is designed to prepare librarians who have the broad range of knowledge and skills needed for exemplary practice in the library and information profession. Students in the School Media specialization should consult the School Media specific curriculum, as there are no electives due to each course being required to meet NY State Education Department requirements for certification.
Programs of Study for Specific Types of Libraries or Library Positions:
The generalist core provides a solid grounding in the knowledge and skills of librarianship. Most electives are designed to provide conceptual and practical knowledge and skills that apply across types of libraries. For students wishing to prepare for a specific type of library or position, there are many ways to tailor your program of study to these interests. These include:
- Choosing topics pertaining to your areas of interest for papers and projects in core and elective courses.
- Choosing an iSchool Certificate of Advanced Study to combine with the master’s degree.
- Choosing electives that are particularly appropriate for a particular type of library or position: see the section on advising guides below.
- Developing an internship that gives you practical experience in your area of interest.
- Taking an independent study in your area of interest.
Your advisor can work with you to plan a program of study that will prepare you for positions in your area of interest while also providing you with a solid generalist knowledge that will allow you to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.