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Library & Information Science


▣ Introduction

The Department of Library and Information Science was established in 1964 as an undergraduate program with 20 students. The department started a masters’ program in 1971. The Ph.D. program, launched in 1974, was the first of its kind in the field of Library and Information Science in South Korea. In 1991, the Department of Library Science was renamed as the Department of Library and Information Science, corresponding to the increasing needs of an information-oriented society. During the past half century, the department has produced more than 1,800 alumni who have worked at various areas such as libraries, information centers, public sectors, and ICT companies.

The SKKU LIS not only has provided traditional courses in Library Science and Bibliography to maintain social effectiveness, but also offers courses related to Informatics reflecting current global trend called “digital area” and “big data”. The department’s longtime efforts were paid off by joining the International iSchool Consortium in February, 2014 after passing all the complicated, strict requirements and qualifications on education and research capacity. SKKU was the first LIS department in Korea to become a member of the international iSchool Consortium, making this a historic event for the field. To top it all, SKKU LIS was chosen to implement a federal funding project called “Training World-class Data Scientists based on iSchool Program” and established a new interdisplinary major, “Data Science”, to train Data Scientists. The courses for Data Science will be offereded in March, 2015.



▣ Goals

LIS covers a wide range of different research areas such as information systems, IT, information management & retrieval, information classification & organization, archive management, and management of information centers. The main research fields are divided into three areas: social science field related to information issues, humanistic aspect connected to organizing knowledge and analyzing different information types, and engineering field associated with building digital libraries and database. Therefore, LIS is the interdisciplinary study that has a characteristic of converging various study fields. The educational goals of LIS are as follows: to understand the general theories and methodologies about diverse research fields; and to have qualifications as data scientists who can cope with users’ needs in an information society by applying information technologies. Because the LIS fields requires practical experience, courses are taught by many outside experts who have master’s or Ph.D. degrees. LIS provides industry-academic cooperation classes as well. SKKU LIS recruits foreign professors to correspond with global trends and issues. As a result, 44% of classes were implemented in English in 2014. 




Careers and Visions after Graduation


 LIS alumni receive a certified librarian’s license, therefore, allowing them to get a job as a librarian at the National Library of Korea, the National Assembly Library, any company’s libraries, school libraries, and so on.

Also, considering the scope of practical use, a broad range of career opportunities are opening to graduates of the SKKU LIS.



Generally, people who graduate from Library and Information Science are employed as librarians. However, recently, Special Librarians were chosen as the best promising occupation of the 21st century, causing an increase in popularity of the Library and Information Science. In addition to that, candidates can progress toward specialized jobs like documentary administrators, reading instructors, and so on when satisfying additional eligibility rules when majoring in the science.

In IT field, candidates can progress toward various occupations like web content managers, information searchers, database administrators, and so on. Furthermore, in relation to employment, candidates can have strong employment competitiveness based on working-level abilities like information networking, planning and analysis of systems, development of software, and capabilities of using new media.



  Considering that the importance of data has been on the rise in the current age of information, libraries and information centers outsource their work to build catalog database. It requires a considerable expert knowledge, but there are little suitable companies. Therefore, LIS alumni can establish their own companies based on their ability to build databases.



SKKU iSchool became a member of international iSchool consortium and has been sending exchange students actively to leading universities in the information field worldwide. Above all, we are conducting remarkable studies on different detailed research fields such as informatics and bibliography. Hence, students can have a chance to learn various fields in LIS so that they can get a solid foundation to be a scholar.

Thus, LIS alumni can seek a wide range of careers in different fields. Nowadays, where the key topics are big data and globalization, it is important to have the ability to collect, organize, retrieve, analyze, preserve and use data and information. Therefore, LIS is promising that it meets the social and historic demands of the oncoming trend of data and information services.