Master of Library Science

Prepare for a career as a librarian or information professional

The history of record keeping and information institutions goes back thousands of years. Without reliable documents and data—and the professionals trained to maintain them—civilizations cannot flourish.

As a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) student,you will prepare to enter a profession that proudly conserves, transmits, and gives access to true information for the purpose of preserving and advancing our world’s cultural, social, and scientific knowledge.

Develop the skills you need to navigate complex information systems

The M.L.S. degree has a strong digital focus, and will prepare you to work skillfully and confidently in a quickly evolving information landscape. It will also give you hands-on experience working with traditional documentary forms, such as rare books, manuscripts, and archives.

Almost all our M.L.S. students work at on-campus library and documentary institutions while attending classes, such as the world-famous Lilly Library and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. You may also intern for employers such as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian.

Through your coursework, you’ll take a broad look at cultural and scientifc documentation and data. Emphasis will be placed on the social values and technical advances that have influenced, and will continue to influence, our role as information professionals.

Get guidance and support from your faculty advisor

In addition to working closely with experienced M.L.S. faculty through your coursework and research, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor as soon as you’re admitted into the program.

Your advisor will help you build your course schedule each semester to ensure that your courses match your evolving academic and professional interests.

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