Information Intermediation and Instruction

The MLIS program requires 43 units for graduation. Within those units, six courses (16 units) are required of all MLIS students and must be taken as part of all career pathways: INFO 203, INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204, INFO 285, and either INFO 289 or INFO 299. Beyond those six courses, a student is free to select electives reflecting individual interests and aspirations. See: MLIS Information.

If you are interested in this career pathway, you may choose to select from the Foundation or Recommended course electives listed below. Foundation courses form the foundational knowledge and skills for this pathway. If you can only select a few electives, then choose from the Foundation courses. The Recommended courses are very relevant, but not as foundational to this career pathway.

The career pathway described here is provided solely for advising purposes. No special designation appears on your transcript or diploma. All students get an MLIS degree.

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Description

This career pathway focuses on information intermediation and instruction. Work in this area requires an understanding of how to help users define and articulate their information needs; excellent communication skills; mastery of a wide range of information tools and retrieval techniques for answering users' questions; and proficiency in evaluating and selecting information sources and services. Learning effective techniques for instructing users in the retrieval and evaluation of information is central to this specialization. Students may also wish to focus on designing tools to facilitate users' access to information and tutorials to enhance their information literacy skills.

Employment Opportunities

Students who concentrate in this field may work as:

  • Coordinators of library instruction
  • Liaison librarians
  • Database trainers
  • Educational liaisons for vendors
  • Information consultants/information brokers
  • Information services librarians
  • Outreach librarians
  • First year experience librarians
  • Student success librarians
  • Public services librarians
  • Reference librarians
  • Virtual reference librarians

Core Theory and Knowledge

  • Ability to deliver information services in a variety of venues and through programs designed in partnerships with others
  • Ability to develop relationships with community partners, campus units,and library stakeholders
  • Awareness of the evolution of information services and the core values held by information service providers
  • Ability to assess information services and to communicate the value of these services to potential partners
  • Possession of a user-centered perspective and an in-depth understanding of information seeking behavior
  • Familiarity with a range of information sources and the ability to effectively search, retrieve, and evaluate information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to communicate successfully with diverse user populations, particularly with regard to understanding and responding to user needs and explaining search strategies
  • Understanding of the principles of information literacy and familiarity with current information literacy models and practice
  • Capacity to plan, execute and evaluate instruction in the use of information resources
  • Ability to understand, use, and create technologies,and stay on top of technology trends
  • Knowledge of research methodologies

Recommended Coursework

Required Courses:

Foundation Courses:

Recommended Courses:

Effective leadership and management (of people and information) is critically important for all types of work environments and clients.

We recommend that students consider also selecting some courses from the Leadership and Management career path to complement or supplement core skills in other areas.

Learn More

Learn more about this career pathway, including insight from faculty experts, in an iStudent Blog post about the Information Intermediation Career Pathway.

Read Community Profiles of students and alumni pursuing this career pathway.

Browse presentations by professionals working in the field.

Search the Alumni Career Spotlights for alumni working in this field. Consider contacting an alum for an informational interview.

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