Library and Information Science

Major: Library and Information Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Information Science (MSI)
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:
25-4021

About the Program

The Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate major integrates information technology, professional knowledge, and interdisciplinary, experiential learning to prepare our graduates to lead and innovate in libraries, archives, museums, and information organizations. The LIS graduate major in the MSI program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1924, and is one of the one of the oldest continuously operating LIS graduate programs in North America.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Information accepts applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Please visit the College of Computing & Informatics' website for more information on admission requirements.

Additional Information

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

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses
INFO 505Information Professionals and Information Ethics3.0
INFO 508Information Innovation through Design Thinking3.0
or DSRE 620 Design Problem Solving
INFO 590Foundations of Data and Information3.0
Core Courses
INFO 506Users, Services, & Resources3.0
INFO 507Leading and Managing Information Organizations3.0
INFO 591Data and Digital Stewardship3.0
INFO 657Digital Library Technologies3.0
INFO 662Metadata and Resource Description3.0
Elective Courses15.0
Choose 5 from list below, additional options may be approved by advisor:
Introduction to Archives I
Introduction to Archives II
Library Programming
Public Library Service
Academic Library Service
Collection Management
Resources for Children
Resources for Young Adults
Issues in Information Literacy
Capstone Project
INFO 890Capstone Project6.0
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
INFO 505Information Professionals and Information Ethics3.0
INFO 508
or DSRE 620
Information Innovation through Design Thinking
Design Problem Solving
3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
INFO 506Users, Services, & Resources3.0
INFO 590Foundations of Data and Information3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
INFO 591Data and Digital Stewardship3.0
INFO 662Metadata and Resource Description3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
INFO 507Leading and Managing Information Organizations3.0
INFO 657Digital Library Technologies3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
Electives6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
Electives6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
Elective3.0
INFO 890Capstone Project3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
INFO 890Capstone Project3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Facilities

3675 Market Street

In March 2019, the College of Computing & Informatics relocated to 3675 Market. For the first time in the College's history, all CCI faculty, students and professional staff are housed under one roof. Occupying two floors in the brand new uCity Square building, CCI's new home offers state-of-the-art technology in our classrooms, labs, meeting areas and collaboration spaces. 3675 Market offers Class A laboratory, office, coworking, and convening spaces. In fall 2019, the College will open a third floor which will include additional offices, classrooms, a research lab, a maker space, and a ground-breaking DXC Technology Innovation Lab. Located at the intersection of Market Street and 37th Street, 3675 Market will act as a physical nexus, bridging academic campuses and medical centers to the east and south, the commercial corridors along Market Street and Chestnut Street, and the residential communities to the north and west.

The uCity Square building offers:

  • Speculative lab/office space
  • World-class facilities operated by CIC
  • Café/restaurant on-site
  • Quorum, a two-story, 15K SF convening space and conference center
  • Adjacent to future public square
  • Access to Science Center’s nationally renowned business acceleration and technology commercialization programs

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 three physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty 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 library.drexel.edu 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.

CCI Commons

Located on the 10th floor of 3675 Market Street, the CCI Commons is an open lab and collaborative work environment for students. It features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, and more collaborative space for its students. Students have access to 3675 Market's fully equipped conference room with 42” displays and videoconferencing capabilities. The CCI Commons provides technical support to students, faculty, and professional staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within 3675 Market. Use of the CCI Commons 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 CCI Commons 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 CCI Commons 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 CCI Commons, 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.

CCI Learning Center

The CCI Learning Center (CCILC), located in 3675 Market Street's CCI Commons student computer lab, provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CCILC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.

The CCILC and CCI Commons serve as a central hub for small group work, student meetings, and TA assistance. 

Research Laboratories

The College houses multiple research labs, led by CCI faculty, in 3675 Market Street including: the Drexel Health and Risk Communication Lab, Interactive Systems for Healthcare, Socio-Technical Studies Group, Intelligent Information & Knowledge Computing Research Lab, Evidence-based Decision Making Lab, Applied Symbolic Computation Laboratory (ASYM), High Performance Computing Laboratory (SPIRAL), Drexel Research on Play (RePlay) Laboratory, Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), Social Computing Research Group, 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.

Evaluations

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

Graduates of the LIS graduate major in the Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree 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.

Library & Information Science Faculty

Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Professor. Youth information behaviors, public libraries, multicultural issues in youth library services, and qualitative research methods.
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. 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.
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.
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 Emerita. 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.
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