Librarians not only manage collections, they evaluate, analyze, organize, package, and present information and train people in its use. The LIS specialization introduces students to research, theories, and approaches, as well as the practices of library and information science. LIS students develop knowledge of information representation and organization, information architecture, content and collections, information needs and uses, and information technology.
MSI graduates with a LIS specialization become a part of the new librarianship that leads the field as it continues to anticipate and respond to future challenges of the information age.
Career Industry Areas: University or public library/special collections, K-12 schools, cultural institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, computer: software/internet, information collection and delivery organizations, consumer goods corporations, service corporations, consulting
Career Titles: Reference librarian, instructional librarian, children's librarian, systems librarian, database manager, information analyst, web developer, information architect, school media specialist, systems analyst, research analyst
Employment Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2009-2010, jobs for librarians outside traditional settings will grow fast over the decade, with the fastest growth expected in "special" libraries such as corporate, medical, law, healthcare, publishing and consulting. Librarians can manage vast amounts of information and analyze, evaluate, and organize it according to a company’s specific needs utilizing the latest technology. This skill set is proving to be highly marketable across industries.
Students gain valuable experience in southeast Michigan and around the globe. Recent internship sites include:
Organizations employing MSI-LIS graduates have included:
In addition to the specialization requirements below, LIS students must meet all of the degree requirements of the 48-credit MSI program, including foundations, distributions, practical engagement, cognate, and electives.
LIS students must complete 15 credits from the list below, including SI 647 which is required. Bolded courses are highly recommended (but not required) gateways for a strong foundation in the diverse field of LIS.
The LIS faculty coordinator is Victor Rosenberg.