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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. Two facilities designed specifically to support our LIS program include:


Connect with Us

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@prattischool
Pratt School of Information

@prattischool

  • All in-person classes are canceled for today 2/13. Fully online courses will be held as usual. Happy snow day!
  • It’s the February ’24 School of Information Newsletter with a call for presenters at InfoShow24, updates on the Mission of the School and Curriculum, Students, Alumni & Faculty news, and more: https://madmimi.com/p/ccd8c81
  • For Lunar New Year, the School of Information's DEI Committee organized a Manhattan Chinatown Food + History tour on a chilly January afternoon. Looks delicious! Thanks to Richa Shah (MSIXD) for the photos.
  • Save the date - InfoShow24 is May 10th at 5p!
  • Students, faculty and staff at @prattischool visit @brooklynmuseum to see exhibition “Spike Lee: Creative Sources.”
  • We’re excited to announce "Fridays in May: QBIPOC Peer-Networking Program" which aims to supply QBIPOC information professionals and students an opportunity to engage in a peer network across disciplines and institutions. Call for applications opens this week and closes on Friday, March 1st. This program is a collaboration among Metropolitan New York Library Council, @prattischool and @nyulibraries. More information and to apply via the link in our bio.
  • You're Invited to an evening of Conversation with ALA President Emily Drabinksi on Friday, Feb. 16 at 4:30pm at Pratt Manhattan Center.  The conversation will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception. More details and to RSVP via the link in our bio.
  • Happy New Year from the School of Information. It's our January newsletter where we welcome 28 new students to the school, introduce you to our new faculty teaching this spring, invite you to free events, and more. Link available in our bio.
  • We are super excited to host the 6th Annual Symposium on HCI Education, EduCHi 2024, June 5-7, 2024. Submit a paper or masterclass proposal and join us this summer in Manhattan! Details available on the conference website; link available in our bio. #HCI #SIGCHI #hcieducation
All in-person classes are canceled for today 2/13. Fully online courses will be held as usual. Happy snow day!
All in-person classes are canceled for today 2/13. Fully online courses will be held as usual. Happy snow day!
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1/9
It’s the February ’24 School of Information Newsletter with a call for presenters at InfoShow24, updates on the Mission of the School and Curriculum, Students, Alumni & Faculty news, and more: https://madmimi.com/p/ccd8c81
1 week ago
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2/9
For Lunar New Year, the School of Information's DEI Committee organized a Manhattan Chinatown Food + History tour on a chilly January afternoon. Looks delicious! Thanks to Richa Shah (MSIXD) for the photos.
For Lunar New Year, the School of Information's DEI Committee organized a Manhattan Chinatown Food + History tour on a chilly January afternoon. Looks delicious! Thanks to Richa Shah (MSIXD) for the photos.
For Lunar New Year, the School of Information's DEI Committee organized a Manhattan Chinatown Food + History tour on a chilly January afternoon. Looks delicious! Thanks to Richa Shah (MSIXD) for the photos.
For Lunar New Year, the School of Information's DEI Committee organized a Manhattan Chinatown Food + History tour on a chilly January afternoon. Looks delicious! Thanks to Richa Shah (MSIXD) for the photos.
2 weeks ago
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3/9
Save the date - InfoShow24 is May 10th at 5p!
4 weeks ago
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4/9
Students, faculty and staff at @prattischool visit @brooklynmuseum to see exhibition “Spike Lee: Creative Sources.”
Students, faculty and staff at @prattischool visit @brooklynmuseum to see exhibition “Spike Lee: Creative Sources.”
Students, faculty and staff at @prattischool visit @brooklynmuseum to see exhibition “Spike Lee: Creative Sources.”
Students, faculty and staff at @prattischool visit @brooklynmuseum to see exhibition “Spike Lee: Creative Sources.”
4 weeks ago
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5/9
We’re excited to announce "Fridays in May: QBIPOC Peer-Networking Program" which aims to supply QBIPOC information professionals and students an opportunity to engage in a peer network across disciplines and institutions. Call for applications opens this week and closes on Friday, March 1st. This program is a collaboration among Metropolitan New York Library Council, @prattischool and @nyulibraries. More information and to apply via the link in our bio.
We’re excited to announce "Fridays in May: QBIPOC Peer-Networking Program" which aims to supply QBIPOC information professionals and students an opportunity to engage in a peer network across disciplines and institutions. Call for applications opens this week and closes on Friday, March 1st. This program is a collaboration among Metropolitan New York Library Council, @prattischool and @nyulibraries. More information and to apply via the link in our bio.
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6/9
You're Invited to an evening of Conversation with ALA President Emily Drabinksi on Friday, Feb. 16 at 4:30pm at Pratt Manhattan Center.  The conversation will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception. More details and to RSVP via the link in our bio.
You're Invited to an evening of Conversation with ALA President Emily Drabinksi on Friday, Feb. 16 at 4:30pm at Pratt Manhattan Center. The conversation will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception. More details and to RSVP via the link in our bio.
1 month ago
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7/9
Happy New Year from the School of Information. It's our January newsletter where we welcome 28 new students to the school, introduce you to our new faculty teaching this spring, invite you to free events, and more. Link available in our bio.
Happy New Year from the School of Information. It's our January newsletter where we welcome 28 new students to the school, introduce you to our new faculty teaching this spring, invite you to free events, and more. Link available in our bio.
1 month ago
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8/9
We are super excited to host the 6th Annual Symposium on HCI Education, EduCHi 2024, June 5-7, 2024. Submit a paper or masterclass proposal and join us this summer in Manhattan! Details available on the conference website; link available in our bio. #HCI #SIGCHI #hcieducation
We are super excited to host the 6th Annual Symposium on HCI Education, EduCHi 2024, June 5-7, 2024. Submit a paper or masterclass proposal and join us this summer in Manhattan! Details available on the conference website; link available in our bio. #HCI #SIGCHI #hcieducation
2 months ago
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