From The Daily Illini:
Although the study of library science may be traditionally associated with librarianship, the field intersects with many other disciplines and affects many areas of daily life. Students studying for an advanced degree in library and information science at the University are at the forefront of digitization-related changes in the field and exploring its role in advocating for marginalized communities.
Maria Bonn, director of the MS/LIS program at the University, says the essence of library science is the skills and expertise that are used to organize and provide access to information.
“That’s everything from putting books on shelves with labels on them, and those labels might mean something, to archiving Twitter streams and providing access to them, to taking care of museum collections,” Bonn said.
“I think there’s a stereotype of the librarian working quietly away in the backroom, cataloging his or her books, but now it’s a much more connected profession,” Bonn said.