There are two sections of the Dual Degree Program. The Mentorship Track is designed to train future librarians who aspire to be subject specialists in academic and cultural institutions. The Internship Track is for students who aspire to work as an information officer or librarian in a specialized library or archive, in faculty research support, or as a library generalist. All Library and Information Sciences courses are taught in Manhattan at NYU's Bobst Library, although students may also take LIS courses at LIU Post or LIU Brentwood.
The Mentorship Track includes a 160-hour mentoring arrangement, in which subject specialists from NYU Libraries work with candidates to introduce them to the requirements of the field, offering the opportunity for hands-on experience within a theoretical framework. If the mentor and student feel it is appropriate, in addition to the time spent in the mentorship, dual degree students may participate in internships in many of the cultural and research organizations in the New York Metropolitan area. The center of this program is a series of required modules, which include Reference/Instruction, Collection Development, Digital Scholarship and Professional Development.
The Internship Track is based on a series of internships totaling 160 hours over a period of two years in which students work with trained library professionals in their area of expertise in specialized libraries or institutions in the New York Metropolitan area that reflect their future career goals. These students meet periodically, as a group and individually, with the Dual Degree Program administrator and complete a Professional Development module.