New Specialization


SIS introduces a new specialization in Digital Libraries as part of its Masters of Library and Information Science degree program. The School is launching this specialization in Fall of 2006 in order to prepare students for a rapidly-expanding field in which the career opportunities are increasing exponentially. This specialization will give students the skills to design, develop and manage digital repositories. The 36-credit course of study can be completed within one year and will focus on content development, information management, and digital library design and development. This new specialization reflects the multi-disciplinary strengths of SIS as it offers courses from both the Library and Information Science and the Information Science programs. This balanced mix of coursework will provide the skills needed in technology, information organization principles and end-user needs essential for success in the digital libraries field.

Students will take courses in

  • Understanding and Organizing Information
  • Information Architecture
  • Digital Libraries
  • Database Analysis and Design
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Web Technology and Standards
  • Managing Libraries and Information Systems
  • Knowledge Representation and Modeling
  • Web Engineering.

This one-year program will enable graduates to lead the development and management of digital repositories in academia, industry and government agencies. Students will have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to excel in such Digital Libraries management positions as Systems Librarian, Preservation Services Librarian, Electronic Resources Librarian, Digital Collection and Services Librarian, and Access and Delivery Services Librarian. For more information about this specialization, contact Dr. Christinger Tomer at or Dr. Peter Brusilovsky at