The world of the “information professional” is not bound solely to libraries but embraces an expanding and inclusive computer-oriented world of the “information professions”. These professions encompass artifacts and applications of the printed word, digital resources, cultural and scientific data, archives and informatics, systems and interfaces, and the people who need these resources. The world of information work is evolving: opportunities await people bridging the traditional and opening forms of information services.
At home in the print world, today’s librarian is also one of a spectrum of information professionals - working in libraries, museums, archives, records management, metadata designers, businesses and any information-rich environment to preserve the physical and digital resources fundamental to education, culture, business, the arts, and modern life.
The modern information professional may be involved in preserving and assuring access to physical forms of knowledge, to cultural objects, and resources born digital, through training in the computer technologies that facilitate organization and access to fulfill people’s need for information.
As a student in the 3+1 program you’ll receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science in three years. After another year of study you’ll earn a Master’s of Science degree in Library and Information Science. This combined program introduces you to computing, data models and structure, hands-on competencies, and the issues surrounding the legal and ethical uses of computer technologies in contemporary information work. In the fourth year you'll apply these competencies in Library and Information Science. Study concludes with a capstone experience addressing real-world information needs or participating on a research project.
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is ranked in the country's top 10 by U.S.News & World Report. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in their fields. Their experienced teaching, service, and research activities provide you an exciting realm of study and opportunities to apply your learning to real-world practices. And you’ll connect with new colleagues. You'll enter this exciting, expanding field with a sophisticated skill set, eminently qualified to connect people to the information they need.