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Information Analysis is a vital function in both government and the private sector. Analysts identify, obtain, analyze, and synthesize information to provide insights and advice to policymakers on critical decisions they must make. In government, these decisions affect the delivery of essential government services and functions. In the private sector, they affect the ability of the corporation to meet the needs of its target customers, maintain its competitive position, and contribute to the well-being of its employees and society as a whole.

Librarians now have opportunities to play an even greater role in decision-making than ever before. The Information Analysis course of study is designed to prepare information professionals to fulfill vital roles as analysts and members of analysis cells, or in more traditional library operations.

Representative position titles related to this course of study include Information Analyst, Intelligence Analyst, Competitive Intelligence Analyst, Market Research Specialist, and Research Librarian.

Required Courses (4 courses: 12 credits)

  • LSC 551: Organization of Information
  • LSC 553: Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
  • LSC 557: The Information Professions in Society

Highly Recommended Courses

  • LSC 524: Actionable Intelligence
  • LSC 633: Information Retrieval and Analysis Strategies
  • LSC 650: Information Architecture and Web Design
  • LSC 654: Database Management

Other Recommended Electives

  • LSC 635: Human Information Behavior
  • LSC 637: Government Data and Information
  • LSC 638: E-Science and Technology Information
  • LSC 639: Business Information
  • LSC 672: Management
  • LSC 675: Research Methods in Library and Information Science
  • LSC 695: Practicum
  • LSC 850: Digital Humanities
  • LSC 838: Health Sciences Information
  • No more than two graduate-level electives from other disciplines, such as Politics, History, or Business

 Information Analysis course of study checklist. (.docx)

The table below shows how courses suggested in the Information Analysis Course of Study are aligned to the Department of Library and Information Science competency areas. Using this table, it is recommended that in addition to highly recommended courses, you could choose elective courses as appropriate.

Professional Competencies for Graduates of the Masters in Library Science Degree Program (PDF)

Courses mapped to Competency Areas

Information Organization Resources
Information Technology Professional Identity
Required Courses 551 553 555 557
Highly Recommended Courses 524




Electives 635







[Additional graduate-level electives]


Adopted May 2015
Page Updated September 2018