- The Department of Literature and Information was established in March 1964 as a library department with 20 admissions quota. After that, in 1971, a master's course in graduate school was newly established, and in March 1974, a doctoral course in this study was established for the first time in Korea. In March 1991, the department was renamed Literature Information Department in response to internal and external changes in the information society. As of 2014, the number of graduates has reached about 1,800 over the past 50 years. These alumni play a leading role in various fields such as Korean book relations, media and publishing, general companies, public institutions, and IT fields. The Department of Literature and Information aims to maintain social effectiveness by continuously operating subjects in the traditional subject areas of library and bibliography, while providing more professional undergraduate education in the field of information by reflecting the current trend of the "digital era" and "big data era." As part of this, the Department of Literature and Information obtained membership for the first time in Korea as an international iSchool consortium with very difficult membership conditions such as education and research capabilities in February 2014. Above all, it is currently selecting a specialized project in the Seoul metropolitan area and is establishing a new data science curriculum that trains data scientists in the big data era, and is set to be officially launched in the first semester of 2015.
- The research area of literature information technology is very wide ranging from information system and IT fields, information management and search, information classification and organization, and ancient literature management to information center management. The research field is largely divided into three areas: social science aspects related to overcoming information problems, humanities aspects for analyzing the organization, content, and types of information of knowledge, and engineering aspects of digital libraries and databases. Therefore, literature information can be said to be a science with convergence-complex characteristics between interdisciplinary systems. The educational goal of this course is to understand the general theories and methodologies of these various areas and to have basic qualities as information and data experts to respond to user needs and organizational and social information needs through the application of IT. Due to the nature of literature information, practical understanding of practice is required, and industry-academic cooperation classes are actively conducted as well as lectures by external experts at the master's and doctorate levels. In addition, foreign teachers are recruited in line with global issues, and as of 2014, the high level of international language (English) lectures is maintained at 44%.
- After graduating from the Department of Literature and Information, conditions for librarians such as the National Library of Korea, the National Assembly Library, the library of each company, and the school library are basically available, but the scope of entry is diverse.
It is basic to get a job as a general librarian, but its popularity is increasing recently as a special librarian has been selected as the most promising job in the 21st century in book relations. In addition, if additional qualification requirements are met while majoring in literature information, they can advance to professional positions such as record managers and reading instructors. In the information industry (IT) field, it is possible to move to various jobs such as web content planners, information search companies, and database managers. In addition, it can have high employment competitiveness based on practical skills such as information network, system design and analysis, software development, and ability to utilize new media in relation to employment.
With the advent of the information age and the importance of data, outsourcing for libraries and information centers is being carried out in relation to the construction of list databases. This is a work that requires considerable expertise, but since suitable companies related to this are insignificant, they can start their own businesses based on their ability to build databases in literature and information.
Sungkyunkwan University's Graduate School of Literature and Information is actively dispatching exchange students by joining the International iSchool Consortium as well as interacting with leading universities abroad. Above all, excellent research is being conducted in three areas, such as informatics and bibliography, so it is possible to lay the foundation as a scholar by having an opportunity to access wider studies. In this way, various career paths can be sought in various fields of society through literature information. Today, when big data and internationalization are hot topics, the ability to collect, organize, search, analyze, preserve, and utilize data and information cannot help but emphasize its importance, so literature information is a promising science that meets the needs of the times and society.