University of Southern California

Marshall Announces New Master of Management in Library and Information Science
February 14, 2013 • by News at Marshall

USC Marshall School of Business Announces New Master of Management in Library and Information Science  

Online program will welcome its first cohort in May 2013.

To meet the demands of the complex, rapidly changing leadership landscape faced by today’s librarians, USC has announced a new online master’s degree of management in library and information science (MMLIS) that will launch in May.

Developed by the USC Libraries in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business, the MMLIS is one of the first programs in librarianship in the United States to be affiliated with a major business school.

Offering synchronous and asynchronous learning in an entirely online, multimedia environment, the MMLIS will prepare graduates to join the global community of library professionals and assume leadership positions in a variety of academic, corporate, government and not-for-profit settings. Students will be able to complete the degree in approximately two years.

“We have worked closely with our partners at USC Marshall to build a unique program, one that addresses the challenges that face our profession now and that will grow only more urgent and complex for libraries, librarians and library leaders,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries.

In its annual career surveys, industry trade publication Library Journal identified several career opportunities for individuals with advanced degrees in library science, including roles as digital assets managers, emerging technology specialists, health science information analysts, technology development librarians and user experience designers. The surveys also cited emerging responsibilities in academic and other research environments, including mobile web and social media development and work related to digital research projects.

James G. Ellis, Dean of USC Marshall School of Business, said, “We look forward to working with the USC Libraries to help prepare librarians for leadership roles in a rapidly evolving arena — from maximizing local community engagement in the face of limited resources to addressing the need within global industry to manage digital information and improve communication,”

Ken Haycock, a research professor of management and organization at USC Marshall, has been named director of graduate programs in library and information management.

Haycock is research professor of management and organization at USC Marshall. A longtime library and information science educator, Haycock developed the global, online master’s in library and information science at San Jose State University, which is used by 2,000 students in 14 countries. He has also developed graduate programs at the University of British Columbia, where he remains an emeritus faculty member.

Further information about the MMLIS program can be found at:

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.