A Signature Degree for the 21st Century Librarian
From the libraries located in schools and communities to the private information centers located in businesses across the globe, our world relies on librarians to administer and interpret the flow of knowledge and ideas. As leaders and information managers, librarians enable our society, and each individual, to locate and make effective use of sources for learning, business and creative inspiration.
Unprecedented technological change has fundamentally transformed the ways by which societies communicate, as well as the ways in which information and media is created, captured, organized and archived. Today’s libraries extend beyond traditional bookshelves and filing systems. They are marvels of information architecture and infrastructure, located in schools, businesses, online, and in communities large and small.
As a result of this shift, librarians have moved to the forefront of information management, applying proficiencies in collection, organization and management to become administrative leaders and problem solvers who can provide answers and direction for the challenges of our world.
The University of Southern California’s online Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program is uniquely designed to prepare professional librarians, educators and other information professionals with the practical leadership skills needed to manage libraries and information centers within colleges and universities, businesses, governmental organizations and in the digital world.
Unlike other library science programs, the USC online MMLIS program provides a robust leadership, management and library and information sciences focus for students. Each course is taught through real world experience-based learning and teamwork, with faculty support and guidance. This approach encourages critical and creative thinking and the development of the skills necessary for working effectively in academic and public libraries and other institutions.
The online Master of Management in Library and Information Science program enables a strong general approach for leadership at all levels of the organization as well as the opportunity to focus on one of three distinct areas:
Focus on the management of academic libraries and corporate information centers. Address the current and future trends in information management, including teaching, research methods, the impact of technology, scholarship, communication, and the innovative changes in librarianship that can enhance and support information synthesis.
Learn to manage digital information and assets for business, government, academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Study information systems and emerging technologies; explore database management, digital curation and preservation, digital asset management, metadata, and more.
Urban Public Librarianship
Come to understand the dynamics of public librarianship and the management of library systems that serve our communities. Explore the dynamics of library management, focusing on people, space, resources and programs. Learn ways to develop programs that improve the quality of life and the experience of residents, from family literacy to economic development.
The USC MMLIS program offers you:
- Management Edge – Build a unique combination of management, leadership, and library science skills that will distinguish you from others and prepare you to successfully manage libraries and information centers.
- Real World Perspective – Gain practical knowledge and a solid foundation in library and information management to establish an exciting future in academic, corporate, government, and not-for-profit settings.
- Educational Excellence – Ranked among the nation’s premier schools, Marshall School of Business is a global educational leader, offering one of the most innovative library and information science programs in the world.
- Flexibility & Convenience – The flexibility of the online program allows you to continue working while you learn. Students can immediately implement new knowledge en route to earning the MMLIS degree in about 18 months.