Information Technology and Information Science

What is it?

Information technology is a very broad term encompassing all aspects of the management and processing of information by computer, including the hardware and software required to access it. Information science is the systematic study and analysis of the sources, development, collection, organization, dissemination, evaluation, use, and management of information in all its forms, including the channels (formal and informal) and technology used in its communication. (Source: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science)

What can I do with this background?

Research, information storage and retrieval systems, information architecture, programming, database management, information policy, information systems, knowledge organization structures and systems, human-computer interaction.

Employers: Information service agencies, outsourcing companies, research centers, large corporations, self-employed, consulting, research.

In addition to the required core courses, what courses should I take?

Suggested electives include:

  • 60613 Information Needs, Seeking, and Use

  • 60641 Information Storage and Retrieval Systems

  • 60644 Information Science

  • Workshop: Database Design and Applications I and II

(Refer to the program guidesheet above for additional suggested coursework.)

What professional organizations are relevant to this career path?

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

ALA: Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

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