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What is Library Science

Library and Information Science is the science of information research, information and technology. The LIS minor is meant to bridge the experience of an individual's major with the methods and means of research and gaining an appreciation of the library science field.

The mission of the Department of Library and Information Science is to provide an educational foundation for students in gathering, organizing, and disseminating information.  Students will learn how to critically evaluate information, understand the role information plays in an educated society, and use technological tools and  applications to advance the education of information users.


Library of Congress Classification

Page Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to organize books by specific subjects.  The LC system uses an alphanumeric system that looks like this: "A 253 .B52 1997". To find books related to your topic, first search Arthur, the Page Library catalog. By doing a Subject or Keyword search you will find a variety of titles that relate to your topic, but a Keyword search may not give you sources directly related to your chosen search terms. If you know the title of the source you are looking for, you could opt for the "Exact Title" search to save yourself some time.

Many sources related to Library Science will be located downstairs (in the general collection) in the "Z" section, though titles may be found in almost any section.  Also, many Library and Information Sciene related titles will be government documents. These can be found both upstairs and on the main floor. These are organized using SuDoc which looks like this: "A 93.73/2:94"

For more information about finding books, journal articles, etc. please click around this LibGuide!



Click on the blue tabs above to  find information on how to find articles and books about different topics.  There is also a citation tab to assist with creating citations.  Remember, if you need any assistance, please let us know.  We are all here to aid the learning process!

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Professional Organizations

Listed below are some professional organizations within the field of Library and Information Science.  Important information, current trends, and news can be found at each of the organization's websites.

  • American Library Association
    Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the American Library Association was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Our current strategic plan, ALA Ahead to 2015, calls for continued work in the areas of Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession, Diversity, Education and Lifelong Learning, Equitable Access to Information and Library Services, Intellectual Freedom, Literacy, Organizational Excellence and Transforming Libraries. - from ALA Mission and History
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education
    ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America. Its mission is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service and to provide an understanding of the values and ethos of library and information science. ALISE serves 500 individual members and more than 60 institutional members, primarily in the United States and Canada. - From About ALISE
  • International Association of School Librarianship
    The mission of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) is to provide an international forum for those people interested in promoting effective school library media programs as viable instruments in the educational process. IASL also provides guidance and advice for the development of school library programs and the school library profession. IASL works in cooperation with other professional associations and agencies. - From About IASL


Links to the answers for many frequently asked questions!


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