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The Department of Library and Information Science was established in 1964 as an undergraduate program with 20 students. The department started a masters’ program in 1971. The Ph.D. program, launched in 1974, was the first of its kind in the field of Library and Information Science in South Korea. In 1991, the Department of Library Science was renamed as the Department of Library and Information Science, corresponding to the increasing needs of an information-oriented society. During the past half century, the department has produced more than 1,800 alumni who have worked at various areas such as libraries, information centers, public sectors, and ICT companies.

 

The SKKU LIS not only has provided traditional courses in Library Science and Bibliography to maintain social effectiveness, but also offers courses related to Informatics reflecting current global trend called “digital area” and “big data”. The department’s longtime efforts were paid off by joining the International iSchool Consortium in February, 2014 after passing all the complicated, strict requirements and qualifications on education and research capacity. SKKU was the first LIS department in Korea to become a member of the international iSchool Consortium, making this a historic event for the field. To top it all, SKKU LIS was chosen to implement a federal funding project called “Training World-class Data Scientists based on iSchool Program” and established a new interdisplinary major, “Data Science”, to train Data Scientists. The courses for Data Science will be offereded in March, 2015.

 

 

Contact Us
  • Location
    : #31716, 7th floor of toegye hall of humanities
  • Address
    :25-2, Sungkyunkwan-Ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Telephone
    82-2-760-0325
  • Administration Contacts
Department in Detail
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1. Executive Program School of Library Service
The School of the Library Service was founded in 1965 under the approval the of Ministry of Education to prepare men and women for careers as professional librarians in public, research and special libraries. The school offers three different one-year tracks that lead to licenses in advanced librarianship, librarianship, or associate librarianship. All classes are held in the evening.
 
Candidates for the Advanced Librarianship program must either hold a doctorate in a field other than library science, or must have worked in libraries for a minimum of nine years after obtaining a librarianship license.
 
Candidates for the Librarianship program must ether hold a master's degree in a field other than the library science or must have worked in libraries for a minimum of three years after obtaining a license for the associate librarianship.
 
Candidates for the Associate Librarianship program must be either a graduate of an approved junior college or a bachelor's degree other than library and information science.
 
After submission of a formal application for admission to the school, prospective students are required to have a personal interview with its faculty to be admitted. Experience and practical work in a library before enrolling in the school is highly desirable, as it prepares the students for a better understanding of librarianship.
 
Our computer laboratory has been in operation since 1996. It houses necessary servers and 40 personal computers for classes and individual use. Many classes requiring hands-on experience are held in this lab.
Extensive career consultations are available: a full-time faculty is in charge of keeping track of the ever-changing job market so that the school's students and graduates can enjoy every opportunity for in-depth guidance.
 
2. Courses and Curriculums
Category Core Major General Major

Students aiming

for Learning

Introduction to Library and Information Science, Library and Information Center Management, Introduction to Information Science, Information Literacy, Information Retrieval, Designing Database Systems, Introduction to Bibliography, Information Service, Korean Bibliography, Introduction to Information Classification, Introduction to Information Organization, Public Library Management History of Libraries, Collection Development, University Library Management, Indexing and Abstracting, System Analysis, Classical Materials Organization, Classical Materials Organization I, Classical Materials Organization II , Designing Semantic Web Systems, Introduction to Information Classification
Students aiming for Professional Jobs Introduction to Library and Information Science,Library and Information Center Management, Introduction to Information Science, Information Literacy, Designing Database Systems, Introduction to Bibliography, Korean Bibliography, Introduction to Information Classification, Introduction to Information Organization, Public Library Management History of Libraries, Collection Development, University Library Management, Information Service, System Analysis, Designing Web-Based Database Systems, Classical Materials Organization, Classical Materials Organization I, Designing Semantic Web Systems, Principles and Practice in Programming

Students aiming

for Double Major

Introduction to Library and Information Science, Library and Information Center Management, Introduction to Information Science, Information Literacy, Designing Database Systems, Introduction to Bibliography, Introduction to Information Classification, Introduction to Information Organization, Public Library Management History of Libraries, Collection Development, University Library Management, Information Service, Building Internet Services, Classical Materials Organization, Classical Materials Organization II , Classical Materials Organization I, Building Digital Libraries, Designing Semantic Web Systems, Principles and Practice in Programming

 

Why Choose Us?
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1. Reputation

The Department of Library and Information Science has professors with the highest standards in Korea. The department has been developing various academic moves such as becoming the first information science department in Korea to join the ‘iSchool Consortium’, the international gathering of the best information science departments of the world, and exchanging students and knowledge with the top ranking iSchools internationally.

2. Special Activities

iSchool Opening Day
   Date: September (every year)
   Place: Cho Byung Doo International Hall, 600th AnniversaryHall
   Participants: Students, faculty, and staff at SKKU
   Introduction: It is an event which introduces Library & Information Science and Data Science to students. In the 2016

    program, it will start with a distinguished lecture from Jongwhan Park. He earned legendary fortune and fame by selling his

    popular navigation app, “Gimgisa”, to Daum Kakao for 62.6 billion won in 2015.
 

Global Camp
   Date: Summer or Winter Vacation. (once a year)
   Place: University of Washington, Seattle, USA
   Participants: Undergraduate Students of LIS and DS Majors at SKKU
   Introduction: Students can broaden their perspectives and gain global experience by taking classes related to Data Science

    at University of Washington, and visiting renowned companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, and Tableau in Seattle

    for two weeks during summer or winter vacation.
 

Coding/ Statistics Boot Camp
   Date: Summer and Winter Vacation (two times a year)
   Place: LIS Computer Lab at SKKU (#31305)
   Participants: Undergraduate Students of LIS and DS Majors at SKKU
   Introduction: It is an intensive training camp to boost students’ statistical and computer coding abilities by teaching Excel,

    SPSS, R, and Python during the vacation. Group projects are implemented along with the learning of theories and practices.

3. Support for Students

Schools in partnership with SKKU provide various study and research opportunities for students in master/doctorate courses. Also, the department is pioneering ‘Data Science’, a new academic field related to the major, through participating in the CK-II business venture.

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