Pratt-SILS     School of Information and Library Science
      144 West 14th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10011   212-647-7682
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Interested in public, children's or young adult librarianship -  explore our new
LEO program.

Project M-LEAD
SILS Fellows 
CCI - Centre for Cultural Informatics
Rare Books & Special Collections
LEO- Literacy Education & Outreach
Archives Certificate
Dual-Degree with History of Art 
International Programs: Florence & London
Library Media Specialist
Museum Libraries Certificate
WISE - World Information - Society and Environments
NYPL, HSSL Collections Courses
This IMLS grant  is now completed - an evalution report is in progress.  We are deeply grateful to the IMLS for its support.
Let's talk -
Contact SILS: 212-647-7682
Visit Admissions 
(800) 331-0834 or
 (718) 636-3669
Graduate Bulletin for 2007-2008 - see SILS  on pages  53-59.
information sheds light on doing and knowing
Information sheds light on knowing and doing - 
iDEA school
information Design, Education & Art

LEO - Literacy, Education and Outreach:
This area of study focuses on
Literacy programs for K-12 including visual and media literacy
School libraries and library media specialist (LMS)
Public libraries - Children and YA Librarianship
Museum education centers and programs
Educational technology and user education. 

Increasingly, librarians are playing a pivotal role in literacy across all media
for  both real and virtual users of  libraries and information centers
from research and museum libraries to school and public libraries.
 Creative Teaching and Learning -

LIS Courses:  
we offer a rich array of courses that focus preparing students to work with children, teens and adult learners.

LIS 608  Information Seeking Behavior

LIS 609  Interpersonal Communication for Information Professionals
LIS 673  Library Use Instruction
LIS 676  Literature and Literacy for Children
LIS 677  Literature and Literacy for Young Adults
LIS 678  Library Services for Children & Young Adults
LIS 675  Museum and Library Education and Outreach at NYPL, HSSL
LIS 674  Museum Education Libraries & Resource Centers
LIS 679  Storytelling
LIS 680  Library Media Centers
LIS 722  Cultural Diversity & Libraries
LIS 698  Practicum/ Seminar  
LIS 721  Urban Public Library Service
We Collaborate with ADE
Students may take up to 6 credits in the Department of Art and Design Education:
ADE Courses:
in Educational Philosophy, Pedagogy and Literacy

ADE 506 Literacy & Language Acquisition in the Classroom
ADE 524 Teaching in the Galleries

ED  606  American Urban Education: Issues & Contexts
ED  600  History & Philosophy of Education  
ED  610  Child & Adolescent Development

Our faculty is interdisciplinary between information science and education.

New book by Prof. Harriet Selverstone: Encouraging and Supporting Student Inquiry: Researching Controversial Issues (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides in School Librarianship)

To learn more about LEO contact Prof. Jessica Hochman, Program Coordinator

Jessica Hochman
- Assistant Professor, LMS, Coordinator.
PhD candidate: Teachers College, Columbia University, Presently studying for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Philosophy & Education and Cultural Studies. Diversity Fellow 2001-2003,  Master of Arts Degree in Instructional Technology and Media in the Program of Scientific Foundations. Completed May, 2001.

Ellen Loughran
- Visiting Associate Professor.  B.A., History, Marymount Manhattan College; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute. Formerly, Manager Children’s Services, Brooklyn Public Library

Judy Freeman - Visiting Professor.  B.A., English, Livingston College; M.L.S., Rutgers University, Children’s literature consultant, lecturer, writer; member, Newbery Committee, Children’s Book Award. Author of Libraries Unlimited Series Books Kids Will Sit Still For

Harriet Selverstone
, Associate Professor.  Formerly a high school library media specialist and Department Chair of the Library Media Department at Norwalk High School, Norwalk, CT. She was President of the American Association of School Librarians and two-term President of the Connecticut Educational Media Association and the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee.  She has authored chapters on censorship issues in two texts, Children and Books, HarperCollins, 1996 and Collection Management for School Library Media Centers, Haworth Press, Inc., 1985-86. She is Series Adviser to Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides in School Librarianship Series. She holds a Masters degree in Library Science, an Advanced Certificate in Information Management and an honorary doctorate degree from Pratt Institute.

David Walczyk
Assistant Professor. B.S., Computer Information Systems, The College of Saint Rose; Ed.D., Columbia University. Dr. Walczyk brings to Pratt professional experience as a designer, advisor, researcher, and interdisciplinary collaborator at the intersections of people, culture, and interactive media. He completed his doctorate in Communication and Education at Columbia University. His teaching and applied research includes interaction design, information architecture, usability, and media ecology.

Carolyn Ward
Visiting Professor.  B.A., English, Caldwell College; M.L.S., Drexel University.
Coordinator of Children’s Services, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn

Gary Wasdin -
Visiting Associate Professor. B.A., Theater, Augusta State University; M.S., Instructional Technology and  M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State University; Director, Office of Staff Development  Director of Staff Development at NYPL. Formerly the Director of the Library at The New School.