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Study to become a librarian or archivist at the nexus of New York City arts, culture, and technology communities.
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Type
Graduate, MS
Start Term
Fall or Spring
Credits
36
Duration
2 years (typically)
Courses
Plan of Study
PMC Library

Library and Information Science, MS

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science (LIS) program at Pratt Institute is the oldest LIS program in the country, with its first class beginning in 1890. With strength in the area of archives and cultural heritage, as well as an extensive history and speciality in children and youth services, we provide an immersive, hands-on, and experiential learning experience, preparing students for careers as librarians, archivists, and other information professionals.

Prof. Anthony Cocciolo with students

Our Faculty

Our faculty consists of full-time faculty, who are researchers and scholars holding doctoral degrees, and our part-time faculty who are accomplished professionals holding a range of roles in New York City institutions and companies. Full-time faculty act as advisors to students, help connect career goals with the program curriculum, and teach over half of the courses.

Faculty List and Bios

Select faculty teaching in the Library & Information Science program include:

Kathy Carbone

Assistant Professor

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Leanne Bowler

Leanne Bowler

Professor

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Irene Lopatovska

Professor

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headshot of Shawnta Smith-Cruz

Shawnta Smith-Cruz

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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American Library Association Accreditation

The MSLIS program at Pratt Institute is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) with the status of Continued accreditation. Pratt’s MSLIS program has been continuously accredited since 1924/25 when ALA first began accrediting LIS programs. For statistical information on our LIS program, please visit the LIS Key Statistics webpage.

Student Work

Pratt’s School of Information

We empower people to improve lives and communities through information, knowledge, and culture. Motivated by our vision and mission, we are not only the oldest information school in North America, we are a forward-looking and data-driven school, committed to the success of our students and furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion

More about Pratt’s iSchool

Location and Facilities

Located at the crossroads of the Greenwich Village and Chelsea neighborhoods, our home at Pratt Manhattan Center offers an excellent environment that provides easy access to all that New York City has to offer. Our specialized facilities facilitate our hands-on curriculum: from usability eye-tracking studies to archival reformatting projects and beyond. A facility designed specifically to support our LIS program include:


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  • Students in INFO 625 Management of Archives and Special Collections have worked this past year to process and describe archival records of the School of Information, most of which were housed in the less-than-ideal basement of Pratt Manhattan Center. Today, the batch of records from the spring ‘24 course, representing records from the 1950s to the 2010s, were transferred to the archives on the Brooklyn campus. And yes, they all fit into the trunk of a Chevy Malibu!
  • MSIXD student Nehal Sharma delivers commencement speech, New full-time faculty, student and alumni news, and more in the June '24 @prattischool newsletter. Link available in our bio!
  • Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
  • It’s June - Happy Pride Month! Our Pride flags went up this morning and will be up until til July 6! 🌈 #nycpride #pridemonth Thanks to PMC building manager Cedric Jackson for getting this shot this morning.
  • Student journals from the Artists’ Archive: Rome/New York class are now live! Visit the link in our bio to learn all about their visits to @museomaxxi @lagallerianazionale @iccdfotografie @archiviofrancoangeli @archivio_elisabettacatalano
  • Join us at 10AM ET on Wednesday for Pratt Institute Commencement live from @radiocitymusichall! Link to livestream on Pratt.edu homepage.
  • Announcing the InfoShow24 Award Winners and looking forward to Graduation on Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall. This news and more in the @prattischool May '24 newsletter; link available in our bio. #PrattGrad24
  • The InfoShow24 program is now live! Link available in our bio. See you on Friday at 5pm at Pratt Manhattan Center; registration still open at Pratt.edu.
  • Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students in INFO 625 Management of Archives and Special Collections have worked this past year to process and describe archival records of the School of Information, most of which were housed in the less-than-ideal basement of Pratt Manhattan Center. Today, the batch of records from the spring ‘24 course, representing records from the 1950s to the 2010s, were transferred to the archives on the Brooklyn campus. And yes, they all fit into the trunk of a Chevy Malibu!
Students in INFO 625 Management of Archives and Special Collections have worked this past year to process and describe archival records of the School of Information, most of which were housed in the less-than-ideal basement of Pratt Manhattan Center. Today, the batch of records from the spring ‘24 course, representing records from the 1950s to the 2010s, were transferred to the archives on the Brooklyn campus. And yes, they all fit into the trunk of a Chevy Malibu!
Students in INFO 625 Management of Archives and Special Collections have worked this past year to process and describe archival records of the School of Information, most of which were housed in the less-than-ideal basement of Pratt Manhattan Center. Today, the batch of records from the spring ‘24 course, representing records from the 1950s to the 2010s, were transferred to the archives on the Brooklyn campus. And yes, they all fit into the trunk of a Chevy Malibu!
2 days ago
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MSIXD student Nehal Sharma delivers commencement speech, New full-time faculty, student and alumni news, and more in the June '24 @prattischool newsletter. Link available in our bio!
MSIXD student Nehal Sharma delivers commencement speech, New full-time faculty, student and alumni news, and more in the June '24 @prattischool newsletter. Link available in our bio!
5 days ago
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2/9
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
Exactly one month ago we held InfoShow24, the annual showcase of @prattischool student work. The work of 100 students were presented and 300 people joined us on the evening of May 10th. Checkout some of the photos from the event!
1 week ago
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3/9
It’s June - Happy Pride Month! Our Pride flags went up this morning and will be up until til July 6! 🌈 #nycpride #pridemonth Thanks to PMC building manager Cedric Jackson for getting this shot this morning.
It’s June - Happy Pride Month! Our Pride flags went up this morning and will be up until til July 6! 🌈 #nycpride #pridemonth Thanks to PMC building manager Cedric Jackson for getting this shot this morning.
2 weeks ago
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4/9
Student journals from the Artists’ Archive: Rome/New York class are now live! Visit the link in our bio to learn all about their visits to @museomaxxi @lagallerianazionale @iccdfotografie @archiviofrancoangeli @archivio_elisabettacatalano
Student journals from the Artists’ Archive: Rome/New York class are now live! Visit the link in our bio to learn all about their visits to @museomaxxi @lagallerianazionale @iccdfotografie @archiviofrancoangeli @archivio_elisabettacatalano
3 weeks ago
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5/9
Join us at 10AM ET on Wednesday for Pratt Institute Commencement live from @radiocitymusichall! Link to livestream on Pratt.edu homepage.
Join us at 10AM ET on Wednesday for Pratt Institute Commencement live from @radiocitymusichall! Link to livestream on Pratt.edu homepage.
1 month ago
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6/9
Announcing the InfoShow24 Award Winners and looking forward to Graduation on Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall. This news and more in the @prattischool May '24 newsletter; link available in our bio. #PrattGrad24
Announcing the InfoShow24 Award Winners and looking forward to Graduation on Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall. This news and more in the @prattischool May '24 newsletter; link available in our bio. #PrattGrad24
1 month ago
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7/9
The InfoShow24 program is now live! Link available in our bio. See you on Friday at 5pm at Pratt Manhattan Center; registration still open at Pratt.edu.
The InfoShow24 program is now live! Link available in our bio. See you on Friday at 5pm at Pratt Manhattan Center; registration still open at Pratt.edu.
1 month ago
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8/9
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
Students from this semester's Conservation Lab course with Prof. Polishchuk created custom rare book enclosures and more. Checkout some of the photos from this semester.
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