Brief History and Overview

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College, City University of New York, serves a diverse student body of students, employers and community members through its professional Master of Library Science degree program. The MLS prepares its graduates for employment in professional positions in libraries and other information environments and organizational centers. The GSLIS program is offered to students pursuing the general Master of Library Science degree and in two programs for Library Media Specialist students, one for certified and another for non-certified teachers. The GSLIS is located within the Division of Social Sciences at Queens College, and occupies a position as an academic department and stand alone graduate school within the organizational hierarchy of the College

The GSLIS traces its origin to the opening of the Queens College Library Education Program in 1955. Conducted under the general direction of the College Library, in cooperation with the Education Department, that program offered a one-year curriculum for the preparation of school librarians. Graduates received an M.S. in Education, as well as a certificate in school librarianship. In 1964 a program in public librarianship was introduced, the Master of Library Science degree was authorized, and both the school and the public library programs were assigned to the new Department of Library Science, which had been organized as an independent academic department.

The department continued to expand, and by 1968 graduates were employed in a variety of information environments. The program also began to incorporate aspects of information science and media studies. The American Library Association first accredited the Queens College MLS program in 1970 and the program has of student been continuously accredited since that time. In 1976 a program leading to a Certificate of Post-Masterís Studies in Librarianship was introduced. Designed for graduate librarians, this program is registered by the New York State Department of Education. †

The expanding professional interests and objectives of the department led in 1979 to a change of name and status, and the department became the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS).

As the profession continued to move into the electronic age, the School has steadily expanded its curricular offerings to reflect the changing academic, professional, and technological environments. In 2002 and 2003 respectively, two New York State Department of Education registered certificates were introduced - one in Children's and Young Adult Services in the Public Library and another in Archives, Records Management and Preservation. In 2010 this latter certificate was renamed Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Materials.

Despite the economic downturn in recent years and declining enrollment in graduate programs of library and information science across the New York metropolitan region, the Queens College GSLIS is vibrant and strong. The School continues to serve the needs of its diverse constituencies through long range planning efforts and ongoing review and evaluation of its program of study. As the only publicly supported MLS program in the New York City region, the GSLIS plays a major role in furthering the LIS profession in New York City and beyond.


This Program Presentation is submitted on behalf of Queens College and the entire GSLIS faculty, with input from students and other constituent groups. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance from two external consultants, Daniel OíConnor and John Phillip Mulvaney.

The Program Presentation is available in three formats:

1.      Print format, with Appendices available separately on flash drive.

2.      Electronic version (pdf), with all appendices hyperlinked to a password protected repository site (i.e, The Wordpress site mentioned below).

3.      Web version. The Program Presentation is available on a Wordpress site constructed by the GSLIS, which reader can directly open all hyperlinked documents.


To access the password protected Wordpress site:

Username: qcgslis

Password: 7189973790