Welcome to the Information and Library Science Department

Explore the field of information:

Discover a career in information and cultural institutions



The Information and Library Science Department offers:

In 1940, Connecticut's first credit courses in library education were offered at Yale University under the auspices of Connecticut's four-year state colleges. This arrangement continued until the State Board of Education authorized a comprehensive undergraduate degree program in library science at Southern in 1946. In 1954, the board authorized the master's degree program. Southern's Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) program has been accredited by the American Library Association 1972-December 2015.

Today, Southern's information and library science programs continue the tradition of a solid experience in library science while offering  an array of electives such as digital libraries, information architecture, network management, and instructional design.

In the Master of Library Science program all students receive a strong foundation in reference, cataloging, foundations of librarianship, information technology, and evaluation and research.

Electives allow students to prepare for professional positions in public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries, and school media library centers, as well as non-traditional information careers. Offerings of all core courses and a large array of electives through online study have permitted students from across the country and around the world to complete a Master of Library Science through Southern.

ILS: Carrying tradition into the future

As you begin to explore the degrees offered by the Department of Information and Library Science, you may want to learn as much as you can about the broader information and library field.

You may want to begin with a general overview of library and information science Education & Careers (American Library Association).

A number of information organizations (ALA, ASIS&T, ACM, ALISE) maintain extensive websites that will help in gaining a broader perspective of the information field:

Last updated: August 25, 2014