Library & Information Science (MS)/Information Science & Technology
"From core competencies to development and analysis, the IST program is flexible and highly-inclusive. Students leave ready to work building systems and managing the intersection of people and resources. They are participants in the future of computing that affects professional and daily lives."
Dr. Gerald Benoit, B.A. University of CA Davis, M.S. Columbia University, Ph.D. University of CA Los Angeles Associate Professor and IST Program Director
Education in Information Science services the needs of both professionals and the public in libraries, museums, archives, and educational institutions - and also far beyond these domains. The Information Science and Technology curriculum fulfills needs in any data-rich environment - from libraries to schools to business and research. We lead students from fundamental concepts and practices of data models and programming to professional practices in systems analysis, usability, and analytics. Our knowledgeable faculty focus on critical thinking and technical knowledge that transcends traditional work boundaries, to be applicable in businesses of all kinds, data-rich environments where people need access to data in multiple ways, or to share data between systems. The program encompasses the computational, such as programming, ontologies, digital libraries, relational databases and XML, as well as the use of these systems in management (systems analysis, knowledge management), evaluation (statistics, usability) and aesthetics and user experience (visual communication, information visualization, web development/information architecture, graphic design).
Students interested in the technology of the information age choose to focus on networking, security, or mathematics — or even ethics and information policy. By integrating computer science, information science, librarianship, digital preservation, user studies, archives, and cultural heritage, the Information Science program is a strong foundation for a new career - or growth in a current position.