With the increasing prominence of the Internet in our everyday lives, some have suggested that libraries will be needed less. This has not proven to be the case, as people have begun to realize that, although the information is now at their fingertips, it is also often unfiltered and unreliable -- help is still necessary to get the information they need.
The Reference and Information Services area provides the foundation necessary to find out what patrons need and help them get it. Whatever the setting -- public, academic, corporate, or special library -- the courses listed below will help prepare you to serve a broad spectrum of patrons with a variety of backgrounds and library needs.
This page includes the following items regarding Reference and Information Services:
Important Note: Beyond the five core courses (LIS 403, LIS 404, LIS 407, LIS 415, and LIS 488) required for GSLIS students not in one of the specialized concentrations, students can take classes in as many areas as they would like. The courses listed below are merely intended as a guide for students interested in the area of Reference and Information Services; as always, students are encourged to speak to their advisors about specific individual advising plans.