School of Information Studies


Connecting Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

For more than 90 years, the LSU School of Information Studies (SIS) has dedicated itself to the land-grant mission of LSU: to teach, to conduct research, and to provide service to our community. Since 1932, we pushed the boundaries of instruction, research, and service beyond the physical confines of the university to meet our students where they live through leading the university in leveraging collaborative and innovative technologies. Our undergraduate courses and minor address the needs for information literacy and understanding the digital world while our entirely online graduate programs prepare a new generation of librarians, archivists, records and information managers, and information professionals ready to meet the changing needs of a digital world. Our graduates connect yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

About Our Online Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Information Studies (SIS) offers asynchronous online graduate programs in two different formats: SIS Online & LSU Online. Both SIS Online and LSU Online programs are taught by the Information Studies faculty. The sections below summarize the difference between the two program formats.

Our traditional program (SIS Online) is a non-accelerated online format that follows 14-week Fall and Spring semesters. Students in the SIS Online programs are classified as traditional, on-campus students for the application process and tuition & fees. Therefore, students interested in applying for SIS Online programs must select on-campus as admission type in their application. Students in the SIS Online Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) can take elective courses from one of nine focus areas (or any combination thereof).

SIS Online also offers the Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST), Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship (CSLIB), and the Doctor of Design (DDes) in Cultural Preservation focused in Archival Studies.

The accelerated program offered through LSU Online follows a term-based system with two terms in each Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students in our LSU Online programs are classified as online students for the application process and pay a flat rate for tuition & fees. Students interested in applying for LSU Online programs must select online as admission type in their application. Students in the LSU Online Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) can take elective courses from one of four focus areas (or any combination thereof). The LSU Online Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST) and LSU Online Graduate Certificate in Records & Information Management (CRIM) are also offered.

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IMLS Funds Climate Change Project

Dr. Benoit leads climate change research team

Cultural heritage institutions, including galleries, libraries, archives and museums, or GLAMs, are being impacted by climate change. About 56 percent of these institutions reported increased damage to collections due to water or moisture between 2017-2019. Of that damage, about 10 percent was the result of natural disasters. To further understand the impact of climate change on these cultural and information repositories, the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a grant led by Associate Professor Edward Benoit III. The project titled, “PROTECCT-GLAM: Providing Risk of The Environment’s Changing Climate Threats for Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums,” is funded over three years with a total of $473,146. 

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Coates Hall Memories

The 2022-2023 academic year marks the 90th anniversary of the School’s ALA accreditation and the 40th anniversary of our move to Charles E. Coates Hall. While we prepare to move to George Peabody Hall in 2023, we look back at its long history at LSU and ask for your memories of Coates Hall.

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SIS Alumna Locates Oldest Footage of Mardi Gras

SIS alumna, Mackenzie Roberts Beasley (MLIS, 2018) recently found herself at the center of an amazing archival discovery as part of the team that located one of the oldest films of New Orleans. The film shows the February 22, 1898 Rex Parade following the year’s Mardi Gras theme of Harvest Queens, as highlighted by The New York Times’ feature article on the discovery.

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