Special Topics Courses


LIS 7808 Special Topics in Library & Information Science (3) May be taken for a maximum of 15 semester hours of credit when topics vary.  

Current Special Topics offered:

Competitive Intelligence

Introduction to basic concepts and methods of competitive intelligence (CI), focusing on fundamental skills required to practice CI gathering and analysis.  Students will learn techniques on how to utilize proper sources to collect and analyze information about an organization’s competitors and competitive environment.

Creating a Community of Readers

Value and role of leisure reading for children and adolescents, ages 5-18; strategies for building enthusiasm for reading in school and public libraries.


E-Discovery is the process of identifying, locating, preserving, collecting, preparing, reviewing, and producing Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in the context of the legal process. This course addresses information retrieval concepts in the applied context of litigation, investigations and review of ESI for public release. It discusses legal requirements, professional standards, best practices, and technical capabilities for automated support, evaluation, and risk management of e-discovery. It is intended for students interested in legal, corporate or institutional settings involving provision of responsive controlled access to large collections of electronic records.

Information Architecture

This course covers concepts, principles, and practice of information architecture.  Students will learn tools and techniques for structuring and organizing information on the Web such as labeling, navigating, and searching information.  Students are also exposed to the foundation of how to integrate information architecture in to the Web development process; how to examine users’ needs, context, and content; and how to improve user experience for better interaction with systems. 

Information Governance

Introduction to basic concepts, strategies, and best practices of information governance (IG); highlighting the comprehensive feature of IG, which blends law, records management, information technology, risk management, information security, and business operations. 

Information Services to Diverse Populations

Develops cultural competence in librarians and other information service providers, including identifying diverse populations, determining their educational, informational and recreational needs, and effectively and equitably meeting those needs. 

Knowledge Taxonomies

Theoretical foundations of knowledge organizations.  The design and construction of knowledge taxonomies.  The use and evaluation of knowledge taxonomies.  Term project in building a knowledge taxonomy.

Research Seminar in Archives & Cultural Heritage

This course provides students an opportunity to conduct original research related to archives and/or cultural heritage institutions.

Sci Fi and Fantasy in Libraries

Explores the history of the fantasy literature in the West, the literature itself and its uses in public and school libraries. Designed for those planning to work with children and young adults in school and public libraries and is appropriate for meeting Louisiana school library media certification requirements in Category 1.

Social Media Analysis

In this course, students will learn both theoretical and practical knowledge regarding analysis and visualization of social media data in two aspects – (1) networks and (2) content of social media.  To support people who are not familiar with computing and visualization tools, we will provide easy-to-follow user tutorials for setting up and using the software tools.  By the end of the class, you will have skills and hands-on experience of analyzing and reporting your analysis results based on real-life social media data and software tools.