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Message from the Director

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 information capital.

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 international city. 

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 Science in Library and Information Science 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.


James Vorbach, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Library and Information Science