On behalf of Dean Tula Giannini, faculty, students, and staff, welcome to the School of Information and Library Science (SILS). We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our exciting programs and learning opportunities. Pratt Institute was founded in 1887, and the library science program was inaugurated shortly thereafter in 1890. We pride ourselves on being a student-centered school where students are our raison d'être. SILS student associations enrich student life with lectures, workshops, library, museum visits, and other activities. We invite prospective students to join us for a SILS open house.
Degrees Offered: The Master's of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) is at the heart of our program. In addition, we offer three dual degree programs: one that combines a M.S.L.I.S. and M.S. in History of Art and Design administered in conjunction with Pratt's History of Art and Design Department, one with the Department of Digital Arts, M.S.L.I.S. and M.F.A. in Digital Arts, as well as a joint degree, M.S.L.I.S. and J.D., with Brooklyn Law School. Two advanced certificates in archives and in museum libraries are available within the M.S.L.I.S. Our full-time faculty members have expertise in the broad area of cultural informatics, encompassing arts and humanities librarianship and information science with emphasis on digital and social media. We bring focus to the areas of information architecture, design and usability, information policy and international librarianship, information seeking behavior, children's librarianship, and school libraries. A cadre of adjunct and visiting faculty members—experts and recognized leaders in their various fields, from digital libraries and archives, to art librarianship and knowledge organization—complements these areas, adding to student learning and understanding of the information and library science field in professional contexts.
Our Convenient Manhattan Location: In the fall of 2002, we moved the SILS headquarters to a newly renovated, beautiful building at 144 West 14th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) in Manhattan. We now are the only library school based in Manhattan. Our state-of-the-art facility is distinguished by smart classrooms, computer laboratories, faculty and staff offices, a cyberlab and conference room, and it occupies the entire sixth floor. Our students use the computer lab and scanning lab on the fifth floor and a well-designed and equipped library on the fourth floor. Classes are also held at other Manhattan locations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library Research Libraries.
The Opportunities SILS Offers: This is a time of expanding opportunities in the information professions, especially in the greater New York metropolitan area. Today's job market offers a rich array of professional opportunities that reach from the information technology sector to digital, academic, and special libraries and archives. Our program also addresses emerging shortages of librarians in fields such as public libraries (especially children's services), law librarianship, and K-12 school libraries.
Preparing Students for Careers: Our aim is to provide an exceptional graduate education in information and library science that prepares students to meet the challenges of the profession and to take on leadership roles in our global information society. To accommodate our students who work during the day, classes meet in the evenings and on the weekends. We host open houses once a month for students interested in pursuing the M.S.L.I.S. at Pratt to help them get acquainted with our programs and to answer questions. As graduates and as a new professionals, we encourage you to keep pace with current trends, work creatively, develop a personal vision and purpose, express your views effectively, and pursue your goals with dedication and passion.
We have an active and engaged student body. Student organizations include SILSSA (Pratt School of Information and Library Science Student Association), the School's Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, Student Chapter of ASIS&T, and Society of American Archivists Pratt Student chapter.
Contact Us: We welcome your interest in Pratt's program and encourage you to contact us by phone: 212.647.7682, email, or in person. We also encourage you to attend one of our Open Houses held several times a year.
Dean Tula Giannini, Ph.D., M.L.S., M.M.
Our aim is to provide a high quality 21st century graduate education in information and library science that prepares students to meet the challenges of the profession and to take on leadership roles in our global information society.