Dean Giannini, faculty, students, and staff, welcome you to the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the oldest LIS school in the US, founded in 1890, just three years after the founding of Pratt Institute. We invite you to explore the School’s website to learn more about our exciting programs and the many educational and professional opportunities they offer. We pride ourselves on being a student-centered school, a place where students participate in a vibrant academic community featuring face-to-face teaching and learning—and where faculty and student projects and research are at the heart of what we do, and the driver our forward-looking approach to the field of information.
Dean Giannini speaking at SILS Student Orientation fall 2014
At SILS, students enjoy many opportunities to take leadership roles in student associations including ASIST, SAA, ALA, and SLA, as well as SILSSA (SILS Student Association). Student life is further enriched by lectures, workshops, library and museum visits, and sponsored off-campus activities. Practicum/Internships at our partner institutions (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Reference Library, MoMA, Guggenheim and Whitney) and at a wide range of academic and research libraries, information design firms, non-profits, and corporations give students the knowledge and skills they will need succeed as professionals. As a student at Pratt you will keep pace with current trends, learn to work creatively, to develop a personal vision and purpose, express your views effectively, and pursue your goals with dedication and passion.
We host an open house each month for prospective students to get acquainted with the school and to answer questions.
We offer programs that apply across the multi-faceted and rapidly expanding field of information through our cutting-edge master degrees—MSLIS (ALA accredited), MSLIS with Library Media Specialist (CAEP accredited), and MS in Museums (Approved by NYSED). For program depth and specialization, we offer dual masters, advanced certificates and concentrations, which are designed to give students 21st century skill sets. Grounded in the theory, research and practice of information, connecting the physical and digital worlds of, for example, galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM), we incorporate innovation and creative approaches to meet today’s information challenges in social, cultural, and arts contexts. This means that SILS students graduate prepared to pursue careers as information professionals for the digital world.
Importantly, our hands-on, experiential, face-to-face pedagogy set in NYC’s world class cultural and arts communities, provides students a unique academic environment in which to grow and learn, and to achieve their career goals.
SILS fulltime faculty are recognized scholars and researchers across the information field in the context of arts and humanities encompassing the programmatic area of cultural informatics. Program concentrations bring focus to digital cultural heritage, conservation and curation, digital archives and libraries, digital humanities, user experience, information architecture, design interaction and usability, academic and research libraries and children and young adult literacy, and education in libraries and museums.
Our part-time faculty represent NYC’s top practitioners recognized as leaders in their fields of expertise, ensuring that students can pursue careers in a range of information environments across libraries, archives, museums and information design firms, data and digital asset management, digital libraries, and archives.
Our Location in Manhattan gives students unparalleled opportunities to carry out internships and to obtain professional positions in NYC’s cultural institutions, non-profits and the rapidly emerging information design firms, so that 90% of SILS students are employed as information professionals within nine months of graduation.
In fall 2002, SILS moved its headquarters to a newly renovated, historic building at 144 West 14th Street in Manhattan (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues). We now are the only information school based in Manhattan where we occupy the entire sixth floor of the building. Our state-of-the-art facility is distinguished by seminar / lab classrooms and specialized labs including the iLab for Digital Culture and Information Experience Lab, all designed to support our participatory interactive pedagogy. Students also have access to computer labs and the scanning lab on the fifth floor, a well-designed and equipped library located on the fourth floor with significant LIS collections, and on the 2nd floor, SILS holds special events in the large lecture hall while the Pratt Gallery welcome students to its series of art shows.
Graduation party following SILS #infoshow 2015 at Pratt Manhattan
A time of expanding opportunities for the information professions—especially in New York City. Today's job market offers unprecedented professional opportunities for the information and the creative sector.
Our aim is to provide an exceptional graduate education that enables students to meet the challenges of the information professions and to take on leadership roles in our global information society.
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.