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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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Graduate, MS
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Fall or Spring
Plan of Study
Pratt Manhattan Center Library (photo by Justin Hogan)

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 with 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 are comprised 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 and 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


Leanne Bowler

Leanne Bowler



Irene Lopatovska



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Shawnta Smith-Cruz

Adjunct Assistant Professor


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 reimagine information and technology to design more equitable, resilient and diverse futures. 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 includes:

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