Library and Information Science

Major: Library and Information Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 25.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The College of Computing & Informatics' Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) provides students with a foundation in a wide variety of information professions. The program addresses the contexts in which librarians and other information professionals work, the systems and services they provide, and the uses of new and emerging technologies in the field.

The library and information science program assures students of a solid introduction to the field, a logical progression of coursework, and a wide variety of electives. All students are required to complete the six core courses, including a Capstone Project, totaling 27.0 credits. The Capstone Project provides a closer connection to information work to ensure that students have practical work experience by the time they graduate and are prepared to enter the workforce at a professional level. Completion of the MSLIS program requires a total of 45.0 credits. Students may take any available INFO subject electives to complete their required number of credits in the program.


The College of Computing & Informatics is a member of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. In 2010, the MS program in Library and Information Science was fully reaccredited with "continuous accreditation" status until 2017. The program presentation for reaccreditation is scheduled to occur in October 2017.

Professional Affiliation for MS Students

Student groups include student chapters of the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science & Technology, the Progressive Librarians Guild, the Society of American Archivists, and the Special Libraries Association.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, visit the College of Computing & Informatics' MS in Library and Information Science web page.

Degree Requirements

  • 15 courses total (45.0 credits) - 6 required courses plus electives (see Specializations below)
  • Students culminate their studies with a Capstone Project, allowing them to gain practical work experience in the field before graduation
  • Program can be completed through a broad range of electives in in the LIS program and/or drawn from the strengths of other CCI information science course offerings 
  • Average time to complete an MSLIS: 1.5 years of full-time study or 2.5 years of part-time study 
Core Courses
INFO 505Information Professions and Professionals3.0
INFO 506Users, Services, & Resources3.0
INFO 507Leading and Managing Information Organizations3.0
INFO 590Organization of Data and Information3.0
INFO 591Data and Digital Stewardship3.0
INFO 890Capstone Project3.0
Electives *27.0
Total Credits45.0

Specializations (INFO Courses)

Students may customize their degree toward their areas of professional practice by completing specializations in the following domain areas:

Digital Technology Services
Introduces collaborative technologies that enable the design and implementation of digital services. Focuses on data analytics, content description technologies (such as XML), systems technologies, and user interface technologies.

  • Professional Interests: Data Analytics/Service Specialist; Digital Services Specialist; Digital Stewardship/Data Specialist; User Experience Specialist
  • Sample courses: 

Information and Data Services 
Focuses on the developments of information and data service functions and products, such as intellectual access to physical and digital information resources, searching and resource organizing, knowledge representations and discovery, metadata schemes and tools, intellectual property rights and electronic publishing.

  • Professional Interests: Archival Specialist; Knowledge Organization/Metadata Specialist; Scholarly Communications Specialist; Subject Specialist
  • Sample courses: 

User and Community Services
Analyzes the resources necessary to support diverse users across many types of information organizations in public and/or private settings. Surveys problems solved by project management, design, and customer service to support a variety of community information resource needs.

  • Professional Interests: Academic Library Specialist; Community Engagement, Education, and Outreach Specialist; Information Literacy Specialist; Health Informatics Specialist; Public Library Specialist; User Services Specialist; Youth Services Specialist
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Dual Degrees

Graduate students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Drexel have the opportunity, through the dual master's program to work simultaneously on two master's degrees and to receive both upon graduation. To be eligible, graduate students must be currently working on their first degree when requesting admission to the second. They must obtain approval from the graduate advisors of both programs and work out a plan of study encompassing coursework and/or research (thesis) credits for both degrees. Please contact your advisor for more information on program requirements as some CCI master's degree combinations may require additional pre-requisites.

The dual master's student must complete the Change of Curriculum and Status form and obtain approvals from both graduate advisors. Final approval is granted by the Graduate College. The student is then registered in both majors simultaneously. Upon graduation, the student must file two Application for Degree forms.

Dual MSIS and MSLIS Option

63.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The dual master's degree program, consisting of a Master of Science in Library and Information Science MSLIS and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), combines the Library and Information Science program focus on selecting, organizing, managing and accessing information resources to meet user information needs with the MS in Information System program skills in creating and managing the databases, interfaces, and information systems that connect users with the information they are seeking.

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the dual program are prepared to assume leadership and management positions designing, developing, and delivering innovative technological solutions to information problems in a variety of contexts; evaluating information services and products; and managing organizations that facilitate access to recorded knowledge. Students who pursue this path greatly increase their ability to compete in today's cutting-edge information marketplace, where the importance of digitized information resources and the needs of organizations and companies to provide networked access to these resources via intranet gateways and knowledge management systems is steadily increasing. Their preparation encompasses the knowledge and abilities required to:

  • Explain the foundational principles, professional ethics and values, and social context within which various information professionals work.
  • Design and deliver library and information services and/or products using appropriate resources in libraries, archives and/or other information organizations.
  • Analyze the structure, description, and bibliographic control of literatures.
  • Develop appropriate information-seeking strategies to select information resources for given audiences.
  • Retrieve information in various formats and from various technologies/platforms.
  • Communicate knowledge and skills related to accessing, evaluating and using information, information resources and/or information technology.
  • Manage information organizations using appropriate strategies and approaches.
  • Use a human-centered approach to analyze information needs and design solutions to meet those needs.
  • Lead or contribute substantially to a team in developing information technology products and services.
  • Evaluate, compare, and select from alternative and emerging information technologies.
  • Communicate with technical and non-technical audiences about information technology concepts and stakeholder needs.
  • Contribute substantially to an information technology plan for an organization.
  • Explain information technology uses, benefits, and ethical and global issues for individuals and organizations.
Required Courses
INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0
MS(LIS) Required Courses
INFO 515Introduction to Research in Information Organizations3.0
INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
INFO 522Information Access & Resources3.0
INFO 521Information Users and Services3.0
INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
MSIS Required Courses
INFO 532Software Development3.0
INFO 600Web Systems & Architecture3.0
INFO 605Introduction to Database Management3.0
INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0
INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0
INFO 630Evaluation of Information Systems3.0
INFO 638Software Project Management3.0
INFO 646Information Systems Management3.0
Distribution Requirements
Completion of at least four of the following courses is required for the degree. Additional courses from this list may be taken as electives.12.0
Perspectives on Information Systems
Advanced Database Management
Applied Database Technologies
Analysis of Interactive Systems
Design of Interactive Systems
Knowledge Base Systems
XML and Databases
Social and Collaborative Computing
Content Representation
Information Retrieval Systems
Cognition and Information Retrieval
Requirements Engineering and Management
Information Visualization
Data Mining
Software Engineering Process I
Software Engineering Process II
Healthcare Informatics
Digital Libraries
Intro to Web Programming
Digital Library Technologies
Information Architecture
Information Forensics
Information Assurance
Managing Health Informatics Projects
Electronic Records Management
Issues in Informatics
Free Electives *9.0
Total Credits63.0


Drexel University Libraries

Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise, advancing the University’s academic mission through serving as educators, supporting education and research, collaborating with researchers, and fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom. Drexel University Libraries engages with Drexel communities through four physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty Library, Hahnemann Library, Queen Lane Library and the Library Learning Terrace, as well as a vibrant online presence which sees, on average, over 8,000 visits per day. In the W.W. Hagerty Library location, College of Computing & Informatics students have access to private study rooms and nearly half a million books, periodicals, DVDs, videos and University Archives. All fields of inquiry are covered, including: library and information science, computer science, software engineering, health informatics, information systems, and computing technology. Resources are available online at or in-person at W. W. Hagerty Library.

The Libraries also make available laptop and desktop PC and Mac computers, printers and scanners, spaces for quiet work or group projects and designated 24/7 spaces. Librarians and library staff—including a liaison librarian for computing and informatics—are available for individual research consultations and to answer questions about materials or services.


Located in Room 106 of the Rush Building, the College’s iCommons is an open lab and collaborative work environment for students. It features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, more collaborative space for its students and a furnished common area. There is a fully equipped conference room for student use with a 42” display and videoconferencing capabilities. The iCommons provides technical support to students, faculty, and administrative staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within the Rush Building. Use of the iCommons is reserved for all students taking CCI courses.

The computers for general use are Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX machines with appropriate applications which include the Microsoft Office suite, various database management systems, modeling tools, and statistical analysis software. Library related resources may be accessed at the iCommons and through the W.W. Hagerty Library. The College is a member of the Rational SEED Program which provides cutting-edge software development and project management software for usage in the iCommons and CCI classrooms. The College is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance known also as “DreamSpark” that allows students free access to a wide array of Microsoft software titles and operating systems.

The iCommons, student labs, and classrooms have access to networked databases, print and file resources within the College, and the Internet via the University’s network. Email accounts, Internet and BannerWeb access are available through the Office of Information Resources and Technology.

Rush Building

The Rush Building houses classrooms, CCI administrative offices (academic advising, graduate admissions, faculty, etc.) and the iCommons computer lab (open to all CCI students). The building holds 6 classrooms equipped for audio-visual presentation. These rooms typically contain a networked PC, HD video player, ceiling mounted projectors, and other equipment for presentations and demonstrations. Four of these classrooms are fully equipped to function as laptop computing labs for networking, programming and database-related projects.

The Information Technology Laboratory, located in the Rush Building, consists of enterprise class information technology hardware that students would encounter in industry positions. The hardware includes 20 high powered workstations that are available to students and specialized networking lab simulation software. The hardware is networked and reconfigurable utilizing multiple virtual technologies as needed for the various classes the laboratory supports. In addition, a special system has been built into to the classroom to allow for conversion into a standard laptop computing lab utilizing motorized monitor lifts that allow the monitors and keyboards to recess into the desk.

University Crossings - Cyber Learning Center and Computer Lab

CCI also has classrooms, administrative office and faculty offices located in University Crossings, located at the corner of JFK Blvd. and Market Street. The building houses the Cyber Learning Center, a student computer lab, as well as several classrooms with video-conference enabled technology and media projection capabilities.

The Cyber Learning Center (CLC) provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CLC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.

Both the CLC and UC Lab now serve as a central hub for small group work, student meetings, and TA assistance. The UC Lab is organized with desk space around the perimeter of the lab for individual or partner/pair-programmed student work, as well as with clusters of tables which can be connected as needed into pods to create workspaces for larger groups.

Research Laboratories

The College houses multiple research labs, led by CCI faculty, across Drexel’s main campus including: the Auerbach and Berger Families Cybersecurity Laboratory, Drexel Health and Risk Communication Lab, Socio-Technical Studies Group, Intelligent Information & Knowledge Computing Research Lab, Evidence-based Decision Making Lab, Applied Symbolic Computation Laboratory (ASYM), Geometric and Intelligent Computing Laboratory (GICL), High Performance Computing Laboratory (SPIRAL), Privacy, Security and Automation Laboratory (PSAL), Drexel Research on Play (RePlay) Laboratory, Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), Vision and Cognition Laboratory (VisCog) and the Vision and Graphics Laboratory. For more information on these laboratories, please visit the College’s research web page.

Alumni Garden

The Rush Building’s Alumni Garden provides additional collaborative space for students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Garden features wireless networking, tables with built-in power outlets, accessible covered patio and balconies and a bicycle rack. The Alumni Garden may be reserved for Drexel events.

3401 Market Street

3401 Market Street houses faculty offices and doctoral student workspaces. It also is home to College research groups such and University initiatives such as the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute. The Institute’s Auerbach and Berger Families Cybersecurity Laboratory serves as University’s first training facility dedicated to identifying challenges and discovering solutions in the areas of cyber infrastructure protection and incident response.


The College of Computing & Informatics works continually to improve its degree programs. As part of this effort, the Library and Information Science degree is evaluated relative to the following Learning Objectives:

Graduates of the MSLIS program are prepared to assume leadership positions in designing, executing, and evaluating information services and products and in managing organizations that facilitate access to recorded knowledge. Their preparation enables them to gain the knowledge and abilities required to:

  • Explain the foundational principles, professional ethics and values, and social and technological contexts within which various information professionals work.
  • Identify and analyze the information needs of various communities (e.g., academic institutions, local neighborhoods, workplaces, schools) and design and implement library/information programs and services to meet those needs.
  • Analyze and apply information policies and information-related laws (including the standards and guidelines of pertinent professional organizations) that advance the creative and ethical applications of information technologies and the delivery of information resources throughout society.
  • Foster the core values of the profession (e.g., access, equity, intellectual freedom, privacy, social justice) in all programs and services offered in these communities.
  • Encourage the development of information literacy in support of all areas of individuals’ and communities’ needs (e.g., in formal and informal education, career development, healthcare and financial planning, research innovation, political and social engagement, etc.).
  • Lead and manage information agencies, projects, and people through creative and effective approaches to planning, budgeting, policy making, fundraising, communication, and advocacy.
  • Use research and data in sophisticated ways to demonstrate the value of the library and to help individuals and communities address community challenges (e.g., poverty and hunger, population shifts, economic development, preservation of cultural heritage, etc.).
  • Help individuals and communities to understand, appraise, organize, manage, and preserve digital assets available through a variety of formal and informal sources and to create and manage their own digital identities and materials effectively.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
INFO 505Information Professions and Professionals3.0
INFO 506Users, Services, & Resources3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
INFO 507Leading and Managing Information Organizations3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
INFO 590Organization of Data and Information3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
INFO 591Data and Digital Stewardship3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
INFO 890Capstone Project3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Library & Information Science Faculty

Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Professor. Information behavior, public libraries, gender, children, young adults, multicultural materials.
Chaomei Chen, PhD (University of Liverpool). Professor. Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction.
Catherine D. Collins, MLIS (Indiana University). Associate Teaching Professor. Knowledge management, collection development, management of information organizations, information sources and services, international development.
Susan Gasson, PhD (University of Warwick). Associate Professor. The co-design of business and IT-systems, distributed cognition & knowledge management in boundary-spanning groups, human-centered design, social informatics, online learning communities, grounded theory.
Jane Greenberg, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Alice B. Kroeger Professor. Metadata, ontological engineering, data science, knowledge organization, information retrieval
Xia Lin, PhD (University of Maryland) Department Head, Information Science; Director of International Programs. Professor. Digital libraries, information visualization, visual interface design, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments.
Gabriela Marcu, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Human-computer interaction, health informatics, action research, ethnography, user experience design, designing for social change, organizational information systems, ubiquitous computing, knowledge management.
Jung-ran Park, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Associate Professor. Knowledge organization and representation, metadata, computer-mediated communication, cross-cultural communication, multilingual information access.
Lori Richards, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations.
Erija Yan, PhD (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. Network Science, information analysis and retrieval, scholarly communication methods and applications.

Emeritus Faculty

Thomas A. Childers, PhD (Rutgers University). Professor Emeritus. Measurement, evaluation, and planning of information and library services, the effectiveness of information organizations.
Prudence W. Dalrymple, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Professor Emeritus. User-centered information behaviors, particularly in the health arena, health informatics, evidence based practice, education for the information professions and evaluation, and translation of research into practice.
David E. Fenske, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dean Emeritus and Professor. Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies.
John B. Hall, PhD (Florida State University). Professor Emeritus. Academic library service, library administration, organization of materials.
Linda S. Marion, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Formal and informal communication, bibliometric studies of scholarly communication, diffusion of information, information use in the social sciences, academic and public libraries, information science education.
Katherine W. McCain, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Scholarly communication, information production and use in the research process, development and structure of scientific specialties, diffusion of innovation, bibliometrics, evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Delia Neuman, PhD (The Ohio State University). Professor Emeritus. Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media.
Howard D. White, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Professor Emeritus. Literature information systems, bibliometrics, research methods, collection development, online searching.
Valerie Ann Yonker, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Human service information systems, systems analysis and design, measurement in software evaluation, knowledge engineering.
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