Friday, August 28, 2009

What can you do with a Master of Science in Information?

The Master of Science in Information (MSI) is also commonly known as the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). It is the terminal practice degree for librarians and other information professionals. The American Library Association (ALA) is the accrediting body that oversees library schools. The 21st-century librarian must have technological skills (including social media) and find/organize information in myriad ways (i.e., Google, online journals, newspapers, geographic information systems, bibliographic software, etc.). One must understand trends in media, technology, and publishing to succeed in this profession.

U.S. News highlighted several information-related jobs in its best careers 2009 list. They were librarian, usability experience specialist, and computer systems analyst/architect/designer.

Similar to my earlier post about the MSW degree, the field of librarianship is also expanding into non-traditional fields. Information professionals work in the following industries:

  • Academic Libraries
  • School Libraries and Media Centers
  • Public Libraries
  • Special Libraries and Information Centers*
  • Information Systems/Technology
  • Information Services*
  • Electronic Publishing

Denotes my industry interests.

Public and academic libraries have the most librarians. Other librarians and information professionals work in special libraries. Many non-traditional librarians are entering fields in knowledge management, information brokerage, and consulting for corporations, government, and non-profit organizations.

1 comment:

IT consulting said...

I was actually asking my husband to get his Masters degree in IT but he keeps on rejecting the idea because he believes that experience will still be the best teacher in the industry.:S