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Library Schools

Library schools go by many different names - Library & Information Science, Information Studies, Information Resources, Informatics and more. And offer a variety of degrees: MLS (Master of Library Science), MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science), MIS (Master of Information Science) and others.

American Library Association provides a searchable database of accredited graduate programs in Information Science

When picking a school consider:

  • Location Are you limited geographically? On-campus or distance learning or combination of both?
  • Fields of Study Do you want to specialize in a particular area? The Library Journal Directory of Library Schools highlights the major programs at each school.
  • Costs Do you need financial aid? (and who doesn't!) Look at each schools requirements. Also check out scholarship opportunities.
  • Requirements Make sure you check on admission requirements and testing requirements. Is the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) required?

New York State Library & Information Science Programs

  • Long Island University - Palmer School of Library & Information Science
  • Pratt Institute - School of Information & Library Science
  • Queens College - Graduate School of Library & Information Studies
  • St. John's University - Division of Library & Information Science
  • Syracuse University - School of Information Studies
  • University at Albany - College of Computing and Information
  • University at Buffalo - The Informatics Program, Dept. of Library & Information Studies

Other School Information

  • Library Journal Directory of Library Schools - Quick summary of schools and their specialties.
  • Get your degree online!
  • Guidelines for Choosing a Master's Program in Library & Information Studies - Advice from ALA (American Library Association)

Specific Fields of Study

  • ALA - Accredited Graduate Program in Library Science with Law Library Classes or Joint MLS/JD Classes - Handy guide to help you pick a library school program.
  • Recognized School Library Media Education Programs
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