I am delighted to welcome you to the Division of Library and
Information Science (DLIS), one of the most valuable graduate
programs of its kind.
We are looking for students who are seeking to make a difference in
society through their professional engagement as librarians or
other information professionals. The DLIS faculty is committed to
working with you to do this.
We are selective in admissions, our classes are small and highly
interactive, our faculty members go the extra mile to help
committed students prepare for this dynamic profession. We will
teach you the timeless principles of the profession and their
current and future application.
As a DLIS student at St. John’s, you will enjoy the outstanding
academic resources of New York’s leading Catholic university, along
with the unparalleled advantages of studying in the world’s
New York is home to major libraries, archives and information
centers — rich sources of internships and other career
opportunities. Our program reflects this quality, including
involvement of the accomplished librarians, archivists and other
leading information professionals you expect to find in a truly
In addition, St. John’s Vincentian tradition of excellence and
service infuse DLIS with a special sense of purpose. The hallmarks
of our tradition include respect for the individual; service to the
needy; human solidarity; and the belief that giving one’s self
makes our world a better place. Not surprisingly, DLIS is committed
to using the principles of Library and Information Science to help
the underserved here and abroad. Our faculty is dedicated to
excellence in education, scholarship and social justice.
The Master of Library Science Program at St. John’s University
offers the preparation you need for success. There are so many
possibilities. You may want to be a non-profit, government or
business information analyst or a law, special, academic, public,
school or youth services librarian. You may pursue a career in
information architect, or as an archivist in government or
corporate entities. In a few years, you may even decide to change
careers from one of these to another. Whichever path you choose,
you will possess the knowledge, skills and experience to serve as
an ethical leader in this rapidly growing field.
Jeffrey Olson, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Director, Library and Information Science