The goal of the Library and Information Science Program is to prepare professionals for work in all types of information handling agencies. The program leading to the Master of Library Science (MLSc) degree (with Plan A, thesis and Plan B, non-thesis options) consists of a core curriculum in library administration, technical services, and public services, plus electives enabling students to develop special skills for a particular type of library or information specialization. The program also seeks to expand the knowledge base of the profession through research, and shares its resources by extending services locally, nationally, and internationally.
Courses offered encompass the traditional core of librarianship as librarianship, microcomputer applications in librarianship, information centers, conservation & preservation, digital libraries, and database design. Since the program moved to the Department of Information and Computer Science (ICS), course offerings have expanded to include more programming, cognitive science, human-computer interface and networking topics.
In addition to the MLSc the program offers advanced certificates in school librarianship, and advanced library & information science.
The LIS program also offers dual masters degrees with Information and Computer Sciences, History, Pacific Island Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, and Law. The program is also one of four academic programs that cooperate in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Communication and Information Sciences (CIS).
The Science and Technology unit collects computer applications in information storage and retrieval, as well as insect and pest control, and telecommunications. Some titles on records management and information technology management fall within the business area. International librarianship is covered jointly with the area collections.
Date Compiled: 6/01 Compiler: Susan Johnson