Graduate Course Descriptions


LIS 4001 Advanced Library Research Methods and Materials (3)
Advanced information literacy for college-level research; location, evaluation and use of information for research needs; the organization, access and retrieval of information; practical experience with resources in multiple formats.

LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children (3) Developing library collections for children ages birth to twelve and the uses of such literature in public and school libraries.

LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens (3) Developing library collections for teens ages twelve to eighteen and the uses of such literature in public and school libraries.

LIS 7000 Information and Society (3) Information as a concept, and its uses and meanings in contemporary global society.

LIS 7002 Information Resources (3) Preparation for reference services; including the reference interview; selection and use of general, scholarly and specialized reference resources in various subject fields.

LIS 7004 Management of Information Organizations (3) Basic functions of management and their application to the operation of information organizations.

LIS 7008 Information Technologies and Systems (3) Introduction to hardware, software, telecommunications and networks, and system issues relating to information technologies.

LIS 7009 Understanding Research (3) Research methodologies applicable to library and information phenomena; definition of research problems, selection of inquiry tools and data collection; emphasis on evaluation of research.

LIS 7010 Organization of Information (3) Concepts and principles of information organization; methods and tools used for organizing information, including bibliographic control and metadata creation.

LIS 7011 Information Needs and Information Seeking (3) User-centered approaches to meeting information needs of individuals and communities; community analysis, user studies and user-centered design of services and resources.

LIS 7013 Evaluation of Information Systems (3) Prereq.: major or permission of department. Evaluation of information system performance; systems analysis techniques; development and use of performance measures; strategies for improving system performance.

LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship (3) Administration and management of developmentally-appropriate public library services for children and teens, birth to 18 years.

LIS 7101 Literature and Services for Children (3) Developmentally appropriate library and information services for children, ages birth to eleven; emphasis on literature and uses of literature in schools and libraries.

LIS 7102 Literature and Services for Teens (3) Developmentally appropriate library services and programming for teens, ages 12 to 18; emphasis on literature and uses of literature in schools and libraries.

LIS 7104 Non-Fiction for Children and Teens (3) Prereq.: LIS 7101, LIS 7102, or permission of instructor. Designing, planning, and providing developmentally appropriate library and information services for children and adolescents, aged birth to eighteen, with an emphasis on informational literature and the uses of such literature in public and school libraries.

LIS 7105 Graphic Novels in Libraries (3) Prereq.: LIS 7101, LIS 7102, or permission of instructor. Explores the history of the graphic novel; collection, acquisition and management issues related to literature; and it uses in public and school libraries, with an emphasis on working with children and young adults.

LIS 7202 Resources for Science and Technology (3) Information resources in major areas of pure and applied sciences.

LIS 7203 Sources of Government Information (3) Government publications as products of government activity and as sources of information.

LIS 7205 Business Information Resources (3) Information resources in major areas of business and economics.

LIS 7400 School Library Management (3) Management of libraries and information services in k-12 schools; emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the school librarian. 

LIS 7401 Academic Libraries (3)  Study of libraries in higher education; their development, organization, financing and administration; human resources; collections; services; and futures.

LIS 7403 Special Libraries and Information Centers (3) Major types of special libraries; their purpose and function in business, government and other organizations; principles of administration; technical processing; reference services; special methods, routines and records.

LIS 7404 Health Sciences Information Centers (3) Administration, organization, function and services of health sciences libraries; collection development and reference emphasis on major print and electronic information resources.

LIS 7405 Public Libraries (3) Role of the public library in past and present American society; its relationship to the social and political communities.

LIS 7406 Resources and Methods for Integrated Advisory Services (3) Value and role of leisure reading and other media in libraries; recognition of the connections between formats and genres; interview techniques, support processes, and resources for providing integrated advisory services to library users.

LIS 7408 Introduction to Archival Theory, Principles & Practice (3) Introduction to the theory, principles and practices of the archival endeavor; particular focus on introducing the key archival functions of appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description, preservation, reference and outreach.

LIS 7409 Human Computer Interaction (3) Study of interactions between humans and information systems, leading to more effective system design and evaluation; human cognition, user modeling, system design approaches, evaluation methods.

LIS 7410 Digital Libraries (3) Prereq.: LIS 7008 or consent of instructor. Current activities, models, methods and tools for digital library creation and support; theoretical and practical aspects of digital library creation, using a variety of formats and approaches.

LIS 7503 Information Technology and Public Policy (3) Examines the impact of information technology and public policies on economic, social and political systems; focuses on major public policies related to information technologies within the United States and selected countries.

LIS 7504 Preservation Management of Physical Records (3) Study of preservation as a management function, highlighting causes of deterioration of print and non-print collections, as well as policies and practices that ensure their maximum usable life, and disaster planning.

LIS 7505 Introduction to Digital Curation (3) Introduction to archiving digital materials and the technological, ethical, and legal issues they routinely present to the archivist; includes characteristics of “good” digital materials and the role of metadata in creating and maintaining them, as well as the configuration of a trustworthy digital archival repository, and the tools and policies needed to create and maintain one.

LIS 7506 Preservation and Digitization of Audiovisual Materials (3) Introduction to the concepts and basic techniques for preservation and digitization of moving image and recorded audio materials. 

LIS 7508 Management of Knowledge-Based Assets in Organizations (3) Analysis of the nature and uses of knowledge-based assets in organizations; systems for managing knowledge-based assets will be considered in the context of institutions’ overall information ecology; examination of the role of librarians and information professionals in organizing and providing knowledge-based assets.

LIS 7510 Website Design and Management (3) Prereq.: LIS 7008 or permission of instructor. Design, produce, and manage effective websites; understanding of the World Wide Web environment and related technologies.

LIS 7511 Competitive Intelligence (3) Introduction to basic concepts and methods of competitive intelligence; fundamental skills and techniques to collect, analyze and distribute information about competitors and competitive environment.

LIS 7604 Principles of Records Management (3) Application of systematic and scientific controls to recorded information; life-cycle concept, legal requirements and implications of technology, as well as records inventory, appraisal, classification, retention and protection.

LIS 7606 Abstracting and Indexing (3) Principles of abstracting and indexing for print and electronic environments; controlled vocabulary and thesaurus development; manual and computerized abstracting and indexing techniques; effectiveness of abstracting and indexing methods.

LIS 7608 Introduction to Cataloging and Classification (3) Prereq.: or coreq: LIS 7010 or permission of instructor. Principles underlying description, subject analysis, classification of library resources and authority control; current national standard cataloging rules, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification, and MARC (machine readable cataloging) formats are emphasized.

LIS 7609 Advanced Cataloging and Classification (3) Prereq.: LIS 7608 or consent of instructor. Detailed analysis of cataloging and classification of special resources, including serials, electronic and cartographic resources, kits, music, manuscripts, realia, including formatting of bibliographic representations; intensive survey of conceptual foundations of descriptive and subject metadata.

LIS 7610 Information Retrieval Systems (3) Topics include commercially available retrieval systems, text content analysis, query processing models and current research problems.

LIS 7700 History & Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions (3) Socio-cultural history and theory of libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions. 

LIS 7702 Seminar in Advanced Archival Appraisal (3) Prereq.: LIS 7408 or permission of instructor. Appraisal and selection of archival materials from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. Extensive reading in the archival literature to form familiarity with the evolution of appraisal theory and current practices in the field.

LIS 7704 Archival Arrangement & Description (3) Development of the intellectual framework and critical evaluation skills necessary for the arrangement and description of archival collections.

LIS 7705 Introduction to Museum Management (3) Introduction to the purpose, functions, organization and management of museums.

LIS 7800 The Art and Practice of Library Storytelling (3) Role of storytelling as a form of communication; preparation and presentation of stories for all age groups; planning story programs.

LIS 7807 Information Literacy Instruction (3) Theories, techniques, strategies and current practice for teaching the effective and efficient use of academic, school, public and special library resources.

LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science (3) Prereq.: completion of 18 hrs. of LIS courses and permission of instructor. Preparation for course begins semester prior to registration. 120 hrs. per semester at field site. Experience in management, provision of services, and/or systems development. Click here for more information.  

LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study (1-3) Prereq.: completion of 9 hours of LIS courses. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. credit. Click here for more information. 

LIS 7910 Special Topics in Library & Information Science (1-3) Prereq.: Permission of department. May be taken for a max. of 15 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary.
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