New Student Orientation

The Manhattan new student orientation will take place on TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
from 5 – 6 pm on the 2nd floor of NYU’s Bobst Library in the Avery Fisher Center.

The Post new student orientation will take place on MONDAY, SEPT. 12 from 5:45 – 6:45 pm just prior to the start of LIS 510. You will meet in the Palmer School area on the second floor of the Schwartz Library at Post.

Students who are taking only online classes are welcome to attend either session.

If you are a new student, please visit this page for more details on the start of the term. If you are taking classes at NYU, look for Manhattan details here.

Enjoy what’s left of the summer!

Tech Services at Met’s Watson Library Added for Five Saturdays, Starts Oct. 29

A great class was recently added to the schedule in Manhattan, starting on Oct. 29 and meeting over five Saturdays. Already have your MLS? These are skills you need to add to your repertoire!

Technical Services, Operations and Systems, LIS 775, #7129
Instructor: John Lindaman, Technical Services Librarian,
The Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Begins mid-term: Saturdays Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3, 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Technical Services will begin on Oct. 29 and will be taught at the Met Museum by Thomas J. Watson Library Technical Services librarian John Lindaman. Students will have the benefit of doing hands-on work in as many facets of Technical Services and Systems as possible, and to see the specifics of how they are implemented in a large research library. Among the topics students will examine are: copy cataloging (both in Millennium and Connexion), authority work, library acquisitions, collection development, serials control, record loading, data manipulation, materials processing, knowledge organization, and integrated library systems. Practical work will be supplemented by required readings.
This class received rave reviews the last time it was offered at the Watson (see a few below!). Please keep in mind that space is limited due to the location.

From the students– strengths of the class:

“Topics were eloquently covered. Professor has in-depth extensive knowledge; excellent expert in the field, explains topic very clearly and engages the students.”

“Greatest strength was ability to do the cataloging work and editing, not just have it shown to us. Provides excellent skills for job search.”

“Working directly in different cataloging software interfaces really gave me a sense of what work on the job will be like.”

“Hands-on structure, availability of computers for all, the professor’s knowledge and professional demeanor. And being at the Met!”

“I liked that the assignments were hands-on and practical”

“I thought that all the content was relevant to what you would need to know in order to get a job in technical services.”

“We need more classes like this!”


Dip Your Toe Into the World of Information! Audit a Palmer Class!

Thinking about dabbling a bit in the world of information? Check out our fall schedule for classes like History of the Book, Archives and Manuscripts, Building Digital Libraries, Web Design and Content Management, Great Collections of NYC and many others– online and in person.Many of our courses, from the fields of rare books, archives, public librarianship and technology, are popular among auditors, so start exploring! Palmer classes are open to students who wish to audit classes (no credit) for personal enrichment or take a class for credit. They may do so by completing the Graduate Personal Enrichment/Visiting Student form listed under ‘Graduate Students Applying for Admission’.

  • Auditors pay half tuition (approximately $1800) and although no credit is granted, the course is recorded on the official LIU transcript. Auditing students are not required to submit assignments or other materials.
  • Visiting or personal enrichment students who wish to earn credit for a class pay the standard LIU tuition and will receive a grade and three credits.For more information on the program or specific classes, please email Alice Flynn at

Finishing Up in August? Apply for Sept. Graduation NOW!

Just a reminder to those of you applying for graduation in Sept.– you need to apply now!

For instructions on applying for graduation, go to .The deadline for filing online has passed, so you need to print the application linked on that page and scan it to or fax it to Amy at 516 299 4168.Remember that if you are also applying for the certificate of advanced study in Archives and Records Management, you need to fill the graduation application form out a second time (using a paper version). Check off CAS instead of MS and then scan that to or fax it to her at 516 299 4168.


Dr. Vincent Livoti Receives Award

This May, Dr. Vincent M Livoti received a travel award to attend a symposium at Bowling Green University’s Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies – where he joined over 20 other researchers from around the country. Dr. Livoti worked with the University’s extensive graphic novel collections, continuing his inquiry into representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture.  This experiential process was directly integrated into the Palmer School’s graphic novel course, designed and taught by Dr. Livoti.  The symposium was jointly sponsored by the American Culture Association and the American Popular Culture Association.

Palmer Information Sessions

The world of information calls! Learn about the LIU Palmer School’s master’s degree in Library and Information Science, offered at NYU’s Bobst Library at 70 Washington Square South; at LIU Post in Brookville, Long Island; and in Brentwood, Long Island on the campus of Suffolk County Community College (select classes).

Upcoming sessions:

At Post: see this page for details.

In Manhattan at NYU’s Bobst Library: check this page for upcoming dates.

 Bring a friend and join us!

Intro Class (LIS 510) Site Visits

Dr, Qiping Zhang’s spring LIS 510, Introduction to Library Science class visited two fascinating sites recently. Pictured below are members of the class at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory library where, after the Director Ludmila Pollock shared her views on the future and challenges facing science libraries, they were given a tour by Mrs. Judy Wieber. 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


Their second site visit was to Newsday. Mrs. Dorothy Levin, the Data Team Manager and an alumna of Palmer, introduced the class to their library facility and various ongoing projects. Mr. Timothy Healy, the Data Team editor, gave a presentation on using data analytics for news reporting, retrieving information for the public, and filing Freedom of Information  Act (FOIA) requests. Dr. Zhang and the 510 class are pictured below.



Palmer’s Jerry Nichols Honored

Gerald (Jerry) Nichols will be among the honorees at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Long Island Library Resources Council on April 14th at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park.  Jerry is being recognized for his ongoing contributions to library education as the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and as the long time editor of the “Handbook for Public Library Trustees in New York State”.  As Director of the Palmer Institute, he developed the nation’s first Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration. To date nearly 400 professionals have participated in the program; many of whom have gone on to manage public libraries in the region, state and nation.  A former director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System and several regional public libraries, Jerry has also served as the Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. Congratulations, Jerry! Well deserved and we are very proud!

Palmer School of Library and Information Science @ Long Island University Receives Continued ALA Accreditation Through 2022

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University is delighted to announce that American Library Association (ALA)  and the Committee on Accreditation (COA) has conferred continued accreditation for the Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MSLIS). The next comprehensive review is scheduled for Fall 2022. We would like to thank all those who helped in the efforts to achieve this status: our students, alumni, community constituents, faculty, professional staff and administration of LIU.

The Palmer School is currently revitalizing its academic content to include new offerings in data science. These efforts include the appointment of Dr. Wei Xiong, whose teaching interests include data mining (big data and its applications), information representation and retrieval, and digital libraries. His research involves a wide range of data mining applications in different domains, including behavioral-targeted advertising in business, automatic document classification in digital libraries, and early alert system for online course instructors in academia. Dr. Xiong has worked as a data scientist in industry and has a funded grant proposal on data mining research. The Palmer School invites students interested in learning more to visit or the Palmer Blog

Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies at Palmer

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science is accepting applications for Fall 2016 admission to the Ph.D. in Information Studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies prepares individuals to assume leadership positions in research, teaching and in practice.  The 60-credit program utilizes a strong interdisciplinary approach because solutions to the problems of organizing, storing and retrieving vast amounts of information require the combined knowledge of computer scientists, management specialists, educators, psychologists, librarians and others.  Palmer graduates serve as faculty and administrators at colleges and universities, as well as holding leadership positions in healthcare, business, public service, and other sectors.  For additional information, please contact the Director of the Ph.D. in Information Studies, Dr. Gregory S. Hunter ( or consult our Website: