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8.7.6 LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (LS)

LS 500 Organization of Information. Three hours.

Required course introducing the principles of organizing bibliographies, library catalogs, and collections. Examines the content of bibliographic records in printed and machine-readable form, choice and form of access points, authority control, verbal and classified systems of subject access, and the impact of new technologies. An introduction to OCLC searching is included. The course objective is to enable the student to understand and use catalogs and bibliographies. Students interested in becoming catalogers should follow LS 500 with LS 506 Cataloging and Classification.

 

LS 501 Introduction to Library and Information Studies. Three hours.

Required course designed to provide the student with a broad background in library and information studies, this course must be taken during the first 12 hours of a student's program. Through a variety of instructional methods, this course examines three interrelated themes: the nature of the library and information profession; issues of intellectual freedom and access to information; and the impact of technology upon society and the profession.

 

LS 502 Research Methods. Three hours.

Required course introducing research design and statistical techniques used in library, media, and information science. At the conclusion of the course, the student should be able to comprehend and utilize research reports in these fields and to design and carry out basic research projects.

 

LS 503 Systems Analysis. Three hours.

Investigation of the concepts of systems analysis; investigation and use of the techniques of systems analysis; and study of applications of systems analysis in library and information systems.

 

LS 504 Media Production and Utilization. Three hours.

Instructional modules that introduce the student to basic skills in the preparation and utilization of educational media.

 

LS 505 Collection Development. Three hours.

Explores principles and issues involved in developing library collections. Aspects such as community analysis, policy development, selection and acquisitions, resource sharing, evaluation, weeding, and preservation are examined.

 

LS 506 Cataloging and Classification. Three hours.

Prerequisite: LS 500.

Explores problems of descriptive cataloging of print and non-print materials; subject access using Library of Congress subject headings, LC classification, and Dewey decimal classification; OCLC searching, record modification, and inputting; and contemporary issues in bibliographic control.

 

LS 507 Information Sources and Services. Three hours.

Required course introducing printed and digital reference sources and reference services.

 

LS 508 Administration and Management. Three hours.

Designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of modern management by studying the management aspects of authority, communications, decision making, delegation, leadership, personnel, planning, budgeting, and motivation. Use is made of case studies and simulations.

 

LS 510 Information Resources--Humanities. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: LS 507.

Surveys and evaluates the major informational and bibliographical resources in literature, mythology, religion, philosophy, history, and the visual and performing arts.

 

LS 511 Information Resources--Social Sciences. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: LS 507.

Surveys scholarly communication and the use of information in the social sciences. The use of reference sources in psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, and political science is taught.

 

LS 512 Information Resources--Sciences. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: LS 507.

Surveys scientific and technical communication, the bibliographic structure of science and technology, and information services for scientists and technologists. In-depth study of the major information sources in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, and geology is included.

 

LS 513 Information Resources--Government Publications. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: LS 507.

Explores the nature, use, and organization of local, state, federal, and international documents.

 

LS 514 Sources of Business Information. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: LS 507.

Surveys and evaluates the major informational and bibliographical resources in business librarianship.

 

LS 515 Advanced Information Sources and Services. Three hours.

Prerequisite: LS 507.

Emphasizes bibliographic reference sources and the development of problem-solving techniques and examines problems in the administration of reference services and policy issues.

 

LS 520 Early Childhood Materials and Story Programs. Three hours.

Introduces a wide variety of print and non-print early literacy materials for young children ages birth to seven with an emphasis on selecting materials and developing literature-based story programs to meet the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of young children.

 

LS 521 Materials and Services for Children. Three hours.

Explores materials (print and non-print) and programs appropriate for children ages 6 to 12.

 

LS 522 Materials and Services for Young Adults. Three hours.

Explores materials (print and non-print) and programs appropriate for teenagers.

 

LS 523 Materials and Services for Adults. Three hours.

Examines services, programming, and popular materials provided to adult users of public libraries.

 

LS 524 Project Management in Information Setting. Three hours.

Introduces graduate level concepts and skills associated with project management in information rich environments. Includes teamwork, team development, and collaborations.

 

LS 527 Library User Instruction. Three hours.

Pre-requisite: LS 501 & LS 507.

This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to the concepts, theories, and practice of library user instruction through reading, discussion, class speakers, and practice. The focus of the course will be on instruction for adult users in public and academic library settings.

 

LS 530 Public Libraries. Three hours.

Examination of public library development, purpose, governance, and services and exploration of issues and concepts involved in managing public libraries.

 

LS 531 Academic Libraries. Three hours.

Study of the role of library service in higher education.

 

LS 532 School Media Centers. Three hours.

Develops a philosophical and functional background of the school-media program as an integral part of the teaching-learning process.

 

LS 533 Special Libraries and Information Centers. Three hours.

Philosophy, environment, and unique aspects of the services, operation, and management of special libraries and information centers are covered. Provides considerable opportunity for study of topics of interest to individual students.

 

LS 534 Medical Librarianship. Three hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: LS 507 or permission of the instructor.

Introduction to medical librarianship and the environment in which it operates. Orientation to the health care field, operation and administration of health sciences libraries, and basic information sources and services for the health sciences is included.

 

LS 535 Records Management. Three hours.

Introduces the fundamentals of information and records management. Content includes (a) inventory, scheduling, and auditing records; (b) active and inactive information maintenance; (c) organizing and administering a records center; and (d) applications for information systems, computer, microform, paper.

 

LS 537 Music Librarianship. Three hours.

Introduces the concepts of music librarianship: collection development and management, and sources for music research.

 

LS 538 Law Libraries and Legal Resources. Three hours.

Introduces the concepts of law library management and the techniques and materials of legal research.

 

LS 541 Youth Programming. Three hours.

Explores various types of literacy programs and outreach services for youth (children, tweens, and teens) as well as the development and management of library environments that facilitate life-long learning and reading adventures.

 

LS 542 Instructional Design and Development. Three hours.

Prerequisite: LS 504 or permission of the instructor.

Comprises a series of modules that cover the basic skills required to undertake instructional development. Materials needed to plan and prepare instruction, as well as exercises designed to upgrade interpersonal skills, are included. Designed for library-media specialists, supervisors, administrators, and others who assist teachers in the development of instruction.

 

LS 543 Traditional & Digital Storytelling. Three hours.

Introduces a wide variety of storytelling techniques both traditional and digital (technology-based) and explores how these strategies can be used in library programs and services for children and young adults. Emphasis is placed on developing personal storytelling skills via technology and traditional resources. A web-cam is required for this course.

 

LS 554 Conservation and Collection Management. Three hours.

Provides an introduction to the forensic examination of manuscripts and books as artifacts, and acquaints students with their materials and structures, manufacturing technology, and historical development as media. Emphasis is on papers, leathers, synthetics, binding structure, and methods of conservation treatment, with particular attention to conservation concerns in developing collection-management and disaster-prevention policies.

 

LS 555 Introduction to Archival Studies. Three hours.

Survey of archival resources and special collections, with attention to their organization, administration, and service problems.

 

LS 560 Information Technology. Three hours.

Required course. This course provides future information professionals with a solid foundation of basic information technologies at the skill, conceptual, and analytical levels. Acquaints students with the role of technology in information organizations. Students gain hands-on experience in web application production from a user-centered perspective, including: hypertext, usability analysis, database application, and technology instruction. Foundations of change management are addressed. IT Fluency is used as a model to explore the topics of this course.

 

LS 561 Fundamentals of the Information Sciences. Three hours.

This course introduces basic theories, concepts, issues, and tools of the information sciences: bibliometrics, citation analysis, indexing, abstracting, thesauri, use and user studies, automated and expert systems, and cognitive studies. The evolution and structure of the profession, and properties and theories of information, are covered. The course also examines societal aspects of technology: community information systems, networks, equity, power and control issues, economics, and policy issues.

 

LS 562 Digital Libraries. Three hours.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: LS560.

Prepares students to develop digital libraries, exploring the issues associated with creating, operating, and maintaining digital libraries; analyzing electronic library programs in the U.S. and assessing their impact on education, scholarship and research.

 

LS 563 Indexing and Abstracting. Three hours.

Traditional and computerized approaches to indexing, abstracting, and thesaurus construction and maintenance are examined. Deals with classification systems, indexing and abstracting typologies, measures of relevance and system effectiveness, vocabulary control vs. free-text searching, and applications of cognitive-science research. Evaluation of abstracting and indexing services and organizations, as well as current and emerging standards, is conducted.

 

LS 564 Data Management Programming. Three hours.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: LS560 or instructor permission.

The main focus of this course is to learn basic programming concepts and skills for managing different types of content and developing interactive systems. Java is the programming language used in this course to explore the development of digital libraries. We will start out at a beginner's level with Java, and students will gain understanding of basic programming syntax, data structures, and logic. Students will then learn how to develop applications for more applied tasks, including data parsing and processing, and extending specialized Java packages for implementing further functionality of system components found in digital libraries.

 

LS 565 Economics of Information. Three hours.

The course explores applications of economics principles to information and knowledge systems. It examines information as an economic good; methods for valuing information; characteristics and trends of the information economy; pricing of information products and services; and techniques for performing and evaluating cost-benefit analyses of information systems. Relationships between information economics, federal and state information policies, and social equity are explored.

 

LS 566 Metadata. Three hours.

Prerequisite: LS 500

An advanced course in the organization of information focusing on record creation in various metadata contexts, including images, video, educational objects and the Semantic Web.

 

LS 567 Digital Reference. Three hours.

Prerequisite: LS 507

Explores societal problems and professional developments that relate to digital reference services in public, academic and special libraries. Explores the impact of digital reference on users and libraries.

 

LS 568 Managing Network Information Resources. Three hours.

The course introduces the various aspects of creating and maintaining a web presence for an organization. It provides an introduction to the technical and conceptual skills needed to comprehend the phenomenon of the World Wide Web; understand its potential; create and maintain a web presence of modest scope and complexity; create and manage knowledge resources; and undertake further training in the technologies employed to create and maintain Web resources and Intranets.

 

LS 569 Information Management. Three hours.

This course will survey information management tools and techniques applied for maintaining, processing, and disseminating digital information. Specific topics will include physical database structures, database design, database-driven web applications, user interface, and representation for retrieval. Course exercises cover fundamental techniques for data modeling, implementing and querying databases, and information visualization.

 

LS 570 Internship in Library and Information Studies. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

 

LS 572 Internship in School Media Centers. Three hours.

Prerequisites: LS 532 and consent of the instructor.

 

LS 580 Outreach to Diverse Populations. Three hours.

Explores diverse cultural groups and the ways that all types of libraries can effectively serve the informational and recreational needs of these populations.

 

LS 581 Universal Design for Information Technologies. Three hours.

Prerequisites: LS 560 Information Technology. Examines the place of information and communication technologies, online resources, and social networking tools in the current practice of information and communication interactions for persons with mild to severe physical access challenges.

 

LS 590 Special Topics in Library and Information Studies. Three hours.

The course explores societal problems and professional developments that have, or are likely to have, an impact on the practice of librarianship.

 

LS 593 Problems in Library and Information Studies. Three hours.

Students pursue specialized study in a variety of subjects in library and information studies.

 

LS 594 Introduction to Philanthropy and Institutional Advancement. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Advanced Graduate Status (completed 12 hours).

The course is designed to provide a broad overview of the field of philanthropy and institutional advancement. It is especially suited for those who may assume administrative positions in a wide variety of non-profit services or cultural agencies.

 

LS 598 Directed Research in Library and Information Studies. One to six hours. Prerequisites: LS 502 and consent of the instructor. Pass/fail.

The course provides the opportunity for an intensive investigation of a special aspect of library and information studies, under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member.

 

CIS 606 Knowledge and Information Theory. Three hours.

The course is open to doctoral students regardless of their disciplinary concentrations and to master's students who have completed most core / required courses and who have an interest in exploring the theoretical side of communication and information. The seminar addresses theories of knowledge and information as social phenomena: their characteristics, development, values, uses, and management, including the influence of technology. The ideal student in this seminar will work to become conversant with the concepts and acquainted with their principal exponents. Student evaluation is based on preparedness for and contribution to seminar discussion.

 

CIS 618 Advanced Topics in Library Management. Three hours.

Prerequisite: LS 508 or consent of the instructor.

A thorough study of all aspects of the organization and administration of libraries and information centers.

 

CIS 619 Seminar in Education for Librarianship. Three hours.

A study of the major issues in library education. Among the topics considered are theories of education, the university environment, special characteristics of education for the professions, library school faculty, students, and curricula.

 

CIS 620 Advanced Materials and Programming for Youth. Three hours.

The course explores the psychological and sociological implications of the development of programs and services for children and young adults.

 

CIS 621 Intercultural Perspectives in Youth Literature. Three hours.

Addresses cultural stereotypes and issues surrounding cultural authenticity in children's and young adult literature, and suggests how librarians / educators can help children use literature to make intercultural connections with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds. Provides opportunities to explore diverse perspectives and theories related to selecting, analyzing, and interpreting international and multicultural literature for youth.

 

CIS 642 Advanced Instructional Design. Three hours.

Prerequisite: LS 542.

A thorough study of the human and environmental factors that impinge upon the instructional design consultation process. Selected steps in the instructional design process are emphasized.

 

CIS 651 History of Libraries. Three hours.

Covers the history of the institutions that preserve and disseminate the records of intellectual progress.

 

CIS 653 Descriptive Bibliography. Three hours.

Examines the intellectual objectives served by descriptive bibliographies and introduces the methods and problems of bibliographical description of printed books of the hand- and machine-press periods. Emphasis is on the examination and historical analysis of books as physical objects. Primarily for students interested in the history of books, special collections, rare book cataloging, and humanities reference work.

 

CIS 654 History of the Book: Print Culture and Society. Three hours.

Examines the book as a cultural artifact and explores the impact of print culture on communication and knowledge/information production in Europe and the United States. Topics include orality and literacy, reading, authorship, copyright, markets and distribution, and the future of books in a digital age.

 

CIS 655 History of the Book: Book as Artifact. Three hours.

Examines the book as a physical artifact, as the material embodiment of text. Topics include the transitions between hand production and mechanical production, methods of bookmaking, printers and publishers, the alphabetic code, paratext, letterforms and typography, paper, page formats and layouts, illustrations, bindings, and other semiotic systems and bibliographic signifiers, as well as the purpose of the book with special emphasis on the relationships between meaning and physical form and the complex conventions of the book.

 

CIS 656 Electronic and Contemporary Publishing. Three hours.

Focuses on both scholarly and commercial networked digital publishing within the context of the information cycle and information chain from the vantages of contemporary publishing and communication. The course is concerned with the numerous and varied problems/opportunities of electronic publishing and the accompanying paradigm shifts.

 

CIS 659 Special Topics in the History of the Book. Three hours.

Studies in specialized topics.

 

CIS 660 Database Analysis and Design. Three hours.

In-depth coverage of database design techniques. Topics include requirement specifications, data models, schemas, and implementation considerations.

 

CIS 661 Digital Libraries. Three hours.

Prerequisites: LS 560 or currently taking.

Prepares students to develop digital libraries, exploring the issues associated with creating, operating, and maintaining digital libraries; analyzing electronic library programs in the U.S. and assessing their impact on education, scholarship and research.

 

CIS 662 Knowledge Management. Three hours.

Prerequisites: LS 560 or currently taking.

Covers theories and practices of knowledge management, analyzing how knowledge is created, shared and synthesized; conditions that inhibit or enhance information sharing, including competitive intelligence; and technological tools and systems, including case studies.

 

CIS 666 Information Policy. Three hours.

Explores key federal information policies and related legislative/regulatory activities. Focuses on relationships between public policy evolution and the spread of information technologies, emphasizing social, economic, and equity impacts and mitigating circumstances.

 

CIS 690 Practicum in Teaching Library and Information Studies. Three hours.

Designed to give doctoral students interested in a teaching career extensive teaching experience under the direct supervision of one or more faculty members. The goal is to have the responsibilities for a course. Cannot be applied to the minimum 48-hour course requirement.


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