University of Wisconsin–Madison

Librarianship

The master’s degree in LIS prepares graduates to practice librarianship in a variety of settings. Students can pursue an emphasis within librarianship to gain expertise specific to certain types of libraries. Most iSchool students combine coursework from two or more emphases and across concentrations. Work experience and extra-curricular activities help develop desired emphases.

For a list of recommended courses by concentration, see:  iSchool Course Planning by Concentration and Emphasis

Academic librarianship

Academic librarianship

This concentration prepares students to work in libraries belonging to public and private institutions of higher education — from top ranked universities through community colleges and technical schools. The iSchool has a long history of producing academic librarians, and the iSchool alumni network includes many academic library leaders.

Art/Visual Resources Librarianship

Students with prior degrees in art/design, or students who are completing the dual degree with art history prepare for employment in art libraries, museums, commercial visual resource vendors and other settings.

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Children’s and Youth Services

The UW-Madison iSchool is top ranked in services for children and youth by US News and World Report. The emphasis is for students who are interested in working with children and teens in public libraries and also K-12 school libraries. Our program consists of dedicated faculty and staff with expertise in children’s and young adult literature, emergent literacy, children and digital media, and school librarianship. See also Public Libraries and School Library Media Certification.

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Information Organization

The challenge of organizing and arranging access to information for people and computer users remains a core area of concern in the information professions. It is also an area of exciting change as technological advancements, user expectations and available information products constantly shift. iSchool graduates have taken leadership roles in creating and extended emerging information organization standards.

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Legal Information and Law Librarianship

This emphasis prepares students to work specifically with legal and regulatory information and institutions. Most students have prior or current work experience in legal/regulatory settings or pursue a double degree with the Law School.

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Music Librarianship

Students with prior graduate degrees in music, or students who will obtain a double degree with the School of Music can pursue this emphasis.

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Public Librarianship

The iSchool has a proud tradition of producing public library managers. The public library emphasis prepares students to lead small public organizations, develop and nurture community partnerships, assess and deliver patron information needs, and advocate for information access, information services and literacies in their communities.

Science & Engineering Librarianship and Data Management

Science librarianship and data management is a growing and dynamic area of the field. Students with prior degrees in any area of science or engineering can leverage their existing knowledge base in this specialization. Students with prior degrees in the humanities can gain experience through practicum and hourly work in science and engineering libraries while pursuing this emphasis. Graduates work in academic and government science and engineering libraries and data centers.

School Library Media Certification

To qualify for careers in school library media centers, students require preparation in two professional fields, librarianship and education.

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two ladies coverStudents from all library areas of emphasis can take coursework in:

  • Community engagement, partnerships, outreach
  • Human information behavior, helping people find information
  • Expert searching, information sources
  • Information innovation and organizational change (certificate with Wisconsin School of Business)
  • Information technologies in library settings, digital libraries and services
  • Working with diverse populations
  • Managing collections (ebooks, ejournals, paper materials, data and media)
  • Organizing resources of any type
  • Strategic planning and evaluation of programs and services

 

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