New MSIS Students… RSVP for Orientation!

New to the MSIS? You should attend the orientation! Two years ago I was new to the MSIS. Having completed my undergraduate degree at a small college, Albany’s campus overwhelmed me. The orientation fixed that! You not only recieve great information about the program, but you get to hear from current and former students in the program.  For me the best part was seeing all my future classmates!

In case you did not recieve the email about the MSIS Orientation – here it is:

We will have an orientation session for new MSIS and new non-degree graduate students during the first week of fall semester classes on Thursday, September 1, from 3 – 4:15 p.m.   The location is Milne 200 on the downtown campus.    Please refer to the downtown campus map.

During the orientation you will meet other new students and Information Studies faculty and we will provide you with…

  • an updated MSIS student handbook
  • information on our program
  • library services
  • student mailboxes
  • IT services and  e-mail communication
  • student organizations

If you are unable to come to the orientation, you may pick up a packet of information in the Information Studies office (Draper 113) any time after the orientation.  

If you are newly admitted to the MSIS but have previously attended an orientation session as a non-degree student, there’s no need to come again.

A note on communication:
We are sending this to the e-mail address that you provided when you submitted the application, as well as the Information Studies listserv (IST-L), so if you get this message twice, all is well.    We generally won’t duplicate messages this way, but just want to make sure that you are getting it one way or the other.

 Please RSVP with a message to as we need to plan for food and beverages.   A response by 8/17 is appreciated.

To help you remember this event….
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What is the MSIS?
The M.S. in Information Science prepares students for jobs where the generation, management, and use of information is the dominant or essential requisite. It involves successful completion of 42 credits and provides five areas of concentration: Archives/Records Administration; Library and Information Services; Library and Information Services/School Library Media Specialist; Information Management and Policy; and Information Systems and Technology. Two programs combine the M.S.I.S. and the M.A. in either English or History. The Department of Information Studies also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study, a post-master’s degree that allows students to pursue individualized programs related to information.


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