MS-LS in Information Organization

In the Information Organization concentration, students learn how to organize information for a wide variety of information formats, resources, systems, and environments. Graduates may be responsible for library cataloging, classification, metadata development and use, indexing and abstracting, organizing digital resources and organizing special materials in libraries, museums, and archives.

Graduates are expected to understand the principles and application of concepts related to information representation, management, and access, including issues related to quality control, and the need to respond actively to users' needs. They are also expected to have a foundation in various systems and technologies used for organizing information.

General Requirements

  1. Total coursework is 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Enroll in INFO 5090 (practicum/practicum) unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience.
  3. Completion of the Capstone Experience. 

Required Courses (9 hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

A grade of B or higher must be earned in all 3 core courses. 

Guided Electives (Library Science Major)

Completion of at least two of the following major prescribed courses (6 hours) with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5080 – Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5210 – Resource Description and Access I
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I
INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5400 – Information Resources Development

Completion of at least four courses (12 hours) from the categories listed below with the guidance of the academic advisor. It is also required that each student complete at least one course from each of the following areas.

Information Organization

INFO 5205 – Information Indexing, Abstracting and Retrieval
INFO 5210 – Resource Description and Access I
INFO 5220 – Resource Description and Access II
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization and Retrieval I

INFO 5224 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval II (Advanced Topics in Metadata) 

System and Application

INFO 5206 – Information Retrieval Design
INFO 5707 – Data Modeling for Information Professionals 
INFO 5716 – Web Administration for Information Professionals
INFO 5717 – Dynamic WWW Control Structures
INFO 5740 – Introduction to Digital Libraries
INFO 5750 – Managing Library Automation Projects
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance 
INFO 5815 – Digital Imaging for Information Professionals


INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5305 – Systems Analysis and Design
INFO 5306 – Project Management of Information Systems
INFO 5390 – Technical Services in Libraries and Information Centers

General Electives

Additional three elective courses (9 hours) selected from the catalog or transferred from other programs, with the approval of the academic advisor.

School Library Certification students should see the respective program pages for specific requirements, as their options may differ from other programs.

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained through the department.