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Welcome to the Information and Library Science Department


Explore the field of information. Discover a career in information and cultural institutions.

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The Information and Library Science Department offers:

  • B.S. in Information Management and Services
  • The Online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is licensed and accredited by the Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education, State of Connecticut
  • Connecticut Certification as a School Media Specialist, accredited by NCATE
  • Sixth Year Diploma in Information Studies 
  • Continuing Education

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.

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.

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:

  • ALA Home American Library Association ("The Voice of American Libraries")
  • ASIS&T Home American Society for Information Science & Technology ("The Information Society for the Information Age")
  • ACM Home Association for Computing Machinery ("The First Society in Computing")
  • ALISE Home Association for Library and Information Science Education ("Promoting excellence in library and information science education")
  • AAMC Home Association of Art Museum Curators
  • ACM Home Association of Children's Museums
  • SAA Home Society of American Archivists



Last updated: April 19, 2018