Enter the world of art, museum and academic librarianship. Study at the School of Information in Manhattan, the international cultural capital; carry out art historical research; and create digital libraries, archives, and exhibitions.  

As part of our cultural informatics focus, this program lives at the intersection of art, information, digital technology, and information science and linked with Pratt's History of Art Department on the Brooklyn campus. With the M.S.L.I.S./ M.S. HAD, graduates are especially qualified to obtain positions as tenure-track academic librarians and for professional positions in art and museum libraries. 

With courses and internships taking place at NYC's leading museums, libraries, and archives such as: NYPL Research Library at 42nd Street (includes Art Collections, Map Collections, Rare Books), NYPL Performing Arts Library (Performing Arts Librarianship), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Museum and Library Research), our program offers unique opportunities for experiential and contextual learning.

The M.S.L.I.S. and M.S./HA Department of History of Art and Design, require 30 credits each for a total of 60 credits. All courses are 3-credits. Students are accepted to program separately. The Department of History of Art and Design requires the GRE.

This  60-credit dual-degree program is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in academic and museum libraries as having the M.S.L.I.S. and a subject master's represents the standard requirement for these fields. With studies in physical and digital collections and real and virtual environments of art and information, School of Information students are obtaining challenging positions in museum and academic libraries, historical societies, as well as in the information industry and in new media. 

For example, recent School of Information graduates hold librarian positions at Yale and Princeton University, the Morgan Library, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About the Program

Through the dual-degree, students become art historians and librarians and are able to carry out art historical research. They learn to design information systems and networks; use digital technology; apply the theories, research, and practice of information science; and use the Internet to convey meaning and communicate content effectively and creatively in the arts across diverse cultures and societies of today's  global digital landscape. Graduates of the dual-degree program have secured positions with leading educational and cultural institutions such as: the New York Public Library; Bard College Library; Cooper-Hewitt Library; Art Institute of Chicago; Princeton University; and East Asian Library, Columbia University.

Among LIS schools, Pratt offers the most in-depth course offerings and programs in art and museum librarianship. Collaborating with New York's great cultural institutions such as the NYPL research Libraries and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, students learn on location at the finest art and museum libraries, special collections, and archives for authentic learning.

Curriculum

Course requirements Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Core Required Courses - 12 Credits

LIS 651  Information Professions
LIS 652  Information Services and Sources
LIS 653  Knowledge Organization 
LIS 654  Information Technologies

Recommended Electives: Choose from four categories (18 credits, six 3-credit courses).

  1. Arts and Information
    Art Librarianship
    Museum Informatics
    Performing Arts Librarianship at NYPL Lincoln Center Library
    Art Collections at NYPL, HSSL
    The Art World Business and Information at NYPL, HSSL
    Museum and Library Research at the Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of  Art
    Rare Books at NYPL, HSSL
    Florence Summer Program in partnership with SACI School of Art (two 3-credit courses): 1. Florentine Art and Culture: Museum and Library Research and Documentation. 2. Cultural Heritage Conservation; Photography Collections.
  2. Knowledge Organization
    Advanced Cataloging
    Metadata, Description and Access
    Cultural Heritage Description and Access

  3. Digital Technology - Information Design and Interaction
    Information Architecture
    Projects in Digital Archives
    People-centered Design and Interaction
    Usability  Leadership
    Social Media - Digital Humanities - Information Visualization
  4. Preservation/ Conservation (LIS 632)
    Conservation Lab (Brooklyn College Archives Conservation Lab) - Cultural Heritage Conservation (Florence with SACI)

Course requirements - Master of Science, History of Art and Design

Core Required Courses - 9 credits

HA-602  Art Historical Methodology
HA-650  Material Techniques and Conservation (usually held at Brooklyn Museum Conservation lab)
HA 605  Thesis (Foreign language requirements must be completed before registering for thesis)

Other Courses must fulfill distribution requirements in:

    * Film/ Design/ Photography
    * Non Western design art and history
    * Architecture
    * Ancient/ Medieval World
    * Renaissance / Baroque
    * 19th / 20th / 21st centuries

Note: a course may fulfill more than one requirement.

Students in the dual MS/MS degree program in the generally take one or two classes in each program, each semester (3–4 classes a semester) to complete the program.

Scholarships and Fellowships for Art and Museum Librarianship

Students pursuing the dual-degree or students entering the School of Information with a master's in art or a related field are eligible to apply for special tuition and stipend awards for their second year of study (note: merit scholarships are available for the first year of study). The average award is $3,000–4,000 per program (total: $6,000–$8,000)

Curriculum

Required E-Portfolio Submission to the Department, 2015

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    LIS-651 Information Professions

    LIS-652 Information Services & Resources


    COMPLETE 2 ART HISTORY ELECTIVE CREDITS.

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    LIS-653 Knowledge Organization

    LIS-654 Information Technologies


    COMPLETE 2 ART HISTORY ELECTIVE CREDITS.

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    COMPLETE 6 ART HISTORY ELECTIVE CREDITS.
    COMPLETE 6 LIBRARY SCIENCE ELECTIVE CREDITS.

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses.

    COMPLETE 6 ART HISTORY ELECTIVE CREDITS.
    COMPLETE 6 LIBRARY SCIENCE ELECTIVE CREDITS.

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses.

    COMPLETE 5 ART HISTORY ELECTIVE CREDITS.
    COMPLETE 6 LIBRARY SCIENCE ELECTIVE CREDITS.

  • Semester 6

    Complete this course.

    HA-605 Thesis