Preparing students for careers in cataloging, indexing, metadata work, or archival organization in a wide variety of settings, including libraries, archives, museums, private corporations, government agencies, and other organizations, the Information Organization (IO) Concentration provides a way for you to formally focus your studies on information organization within the context of your MLIS degree program and its requirements. The Concentration includes a mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, and will be posted on your transcript upon degree conferral.

Career Opportunities

Cataloger Metadata Librarian
Indexer Metadata Specialist
Digital Asset Manager Taxonomist
Ontologist Information Architect


To pursue the Information Organization Concentration you must complete and submit the Information Organization Concentration Declaration of Intent form. This will allow the program to track your progress, and communicate with you via the email list.

Things to know…

  • You may not earn a concentration and a certificate based on identical coursework.
  • Online and onsite availability of electives vary each semester.
  • Upon completion of your coursework, your concentration program will be reviewed and approved by the coordinator of the Information Studies Concentration.
Program Requirements

The Information Organization Concentration requires a minimum of 15 credits of coursework taken from the list of qualifying courses below. Your concentration program must be approved by the SOIS Information Organization Curriculum Coordinator. A fieldwork experience of 1-3 credits with a focus on information organization is strongly recommended for students without practical experience. A maximum of 3 credits of fieldwork may be applied towards the concentration.

Before declaring the concentration, we recommend that you take INFOST 511: Organization of Information. INFOST 511 is the prerequisite for all qualifying courses. Note: INFOST 511 is one of the required courses for the MLIS program and does not count toward the 15 credits required for the concentration.


Required Courses & Electives

For a complete list of required courses and electives for the Information Organization Concentration, please visit the UWM Graduate School Catalog.




Practical experience is an critical component of preparation for a professional career. Such experience in the form of a fieldwork will count for a great deal when applying for jobs. 1-3 credits of fieldwork with a focus on information organization are strongly recommended but not absolutely required for students without practical experience in IO.

  • Students may ask any SOIS IO faculty member to be their fieldwork faculty advisor.
  • Students must have their fieldwork placement approved by the IO Concentration Coordinator in advance (regardless of the faculty advisor).
  • Fieldwork should generally be done later in a student’s program, after relevant elective courses have been completed (e.g., completion of 711 before beginning a fieldwork in cataloging.)
  • Fieldwork may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits during any one semester.
  • A maximum of 3 credits of fieldwork may be included as part of the 15 credits of electives for the concentration (an additional 3 credits may count toward the MLIS, but not toward the concentration).
  • Waiving fieldwork does not reduce the required 15 elective credits for the concentration.
Related Courses

Related Courses

Recommended Courses (not counted toward the concentration)

  • 682 Digital Libraries
  • 787 Library Automation
  • 788 Information Systems: Analysis and Design