Business Information Specialist | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Graduate School - University Of Maryland

School of Informatics and Computing

Graduate Program

School of Communication and Information

School of Information

Business Information Specialist

Practice Settings

Business information specialists are employed in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit settings such as corporations, professional associations, universities and government agencies.

Primary Responsibilities

Use information to advance the mission of the parent company. This is accomplished through a variety of services and activities: Reference & Research; Collection Development; User Instruction; Organization of and Access to External and Internal Information; Records Management; Competitive Intelligence; Marketing. See Competencies for Information Professionals for a more detailed discussion.

Recommended Information Studies Electives

Students should consult with their advisors to select electives that best support individual intellectual interests and career goals. The electives listed here are not meant to represent the complete listing of all relevant courses that a student may take within the iSchool, at other units on campus or as part of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.


Course Number Course Title

LBSC 625 Information Policy
LBSC 680 Principles of Records and Information Management
LBSC 682 Management of Electronic Records and Information
LBSC 705 Seminar in Information for Decision Making
LBSC 708G Collection Development
LBSC 735 Legal Issues in Managing Information
LBSC 737 Seminar in the Special Library and Information Center
LBSC 750 Information Access in Electronic Environments
LBSC 764 Access to Legal Information
LBSC 766 Access to Business Information
LBSC 767 Access to Federal Government Information
LBSC 783 Seminar in Technical Services
LBSC 775 Construction & Maintenance of Index Language & Thesauri
LBSC 790 Building the Human-Computer Interface
LBSC 793 Database Design


Course Number Course Title

INFM 706 Project Management
INFM 714 Principles of Competitive Intelligence
INFM 731 Information Audits and Environmental Scans

Professional Associations

SLA Business and Finance Division

Specialized Scholarships/Interest Free Loans

Key Geographic Areas for Employment

Business information specialists are employed in organizations throughout the United States and in other countries. See the subject index and geographic designation in the Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, Detroit: Gale, annual.

Specialized Placement Services

Special Libraries Association – Career Connections