School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program


Your studies at the iSchool will offer you many options. The program has a strong tradition of excellence in teaching and research in understanding, organizing, and retrieving information; archives and records management; resources and services for special groups; information technologies; and management and organizational behavior. 

Our core courses are generally taught by the permanent faculty of the iSchool. Often, in order to expand the curriculum and course offerings, we will bring in practicing archivists and librarians who are experts in their domains. This allows us to offer specialty courses in topics such as legal issues in information handling, moving image archives, library instruction, research methods, international perspectives on archives, science and technology, and storytelling.

Reflecting the changing nature of our profession, the faculty also offer an assortment of "Special Topics Courses," which allow our students to explore the most current issues in library and information management.  In the recent past, we’ve offered courses on "History of the Book," "Government Information and Resources," "Health Consumer Resources and Services," and "Information Visualization." Of course, doctoral students, as well as advanced masters student have the opportunity to take courses from outside the LIS program with permission of their advisor.

One of the benefits of attending the iSchool is that you can take elective courses from other ALA-accredited programs through the landmark "Web-based Information Science Education" program.  You can take courses offered at one of the 14 partnering organizations through distance technology – the credits will count towards your degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


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Students at the iSchool may tailor a program suited to their diverse professional objectives or discover new and dynamic career paths.