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GSLIS Course Catalog

See also the 2013-2014 Graduate Bulletin

GSLIS Course List (updated: Fall 2014) 

LBSCI 700.The Technology of Information. 3 hr.; 3 cr. This course will introduce the student to the conceptual and practical elements of visual and computer literacy for the library and information science profession. Particular attention will be paid to the place and role of libraries and information centers. A laboratory session following each class will give students the opportunity to apply some of the concepts learned in class.

LBSCI 701.Fundamentals of Library and Information Science. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Overview of the curriculum, a history of  librarianship and information science as a profession; professional literature; role and structure of libraries and information centers in the conservation and dissemination of knowledge to various clientele; nature of research in library and information science.
LBSCI 702. Information Sources and Service: General. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Study and application of general reference, bibliographic and other information sources  techniques and procedures for serving the needs of various clientele; criteria for evaluating reference sources and services and for developing appropriate collections.
LBSCI 703.Introduction to Technical Services. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The focus will be on the principles of providing access to items using the current cataloging code and the provision of subject access to items through subject heading lists and classification systems. Study and practical exercises in all areas of technical services.
LBSCI 705.Organization and Management. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Fundamentals of administration; functions of management (planning, organizing, staffing, controlling and communicating) in various types of libraries and information centers.
LBSCI 706 Advanced Technological Concepts. 3 hr.; 3 cr. This will introduce the student to advanced levels of the conceptual and practical elements of visual and computer literacy for the library and information science profession. Online laboratory sessions and exercises will give students the opportunity to begin to apply some of the concepts learned in class.
LBSCI 709.Research in Library and Information Studies. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, and completion of 21 course credits. Survey of research methods in library and information studies and supervised project which will prepare students to critically evaluate relevant research in the field and to make professional contributions.
LBSCI 711.Collection Development. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Design of collection policy; criteria for selection and maintenance; evaluation techniques; resource sharing; organization and management of collection development, electronic and print.
LBSCI 713. Information Sources and Service: Science and Technology. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Study and application of reference, bibliographic and other information sources in science and technology; techniques and procedures for serving the needs of various clientele; criteria for evaluating these sources and this service and for developing appropriate collections.
LBSCI 715. Information Sources and Service: Social Sciences. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Study and application of reference, bibliographic and other information sources (print and electronic) in the social sciences; techniques and procedures for serving the needs of various clientele; criteria for evaluating these sources and this service and for developing appropriate collections.
LBSCI 717. Information Sources and Service: Humanities. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Study and application of reference, bibliographic, and other information sources in the humanities; techniques and procedures for serving the needs of various clientele; criteria for evaluating these sources and this service and for developing appropriate collections.
LBSCI 719.Government Information Sources. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Structure of the U.S. government in relation to its official publications, selection, acquisition, organization, and use of federal documents of the United States, with some attention to American state and municipal documents as well as international and United Nations publications; print and electronic access.
LBSCI 720.The Design and Evaluation of Visual Information for the Web. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Introduction to the techniques and tools used in the planning, production, and evaluation of multimedia visual displays of information. Special attention will be devoted to Internet Web pages and ways of presenting statistical and qualitative information in multimedia.
LBSCI 721.Advanced Technical Services. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. A survey course including several ancillary activities required for maximum access to the materials in a library collection. Principal topics are acquisitions; circulation policies and procedures; preservation and conservation; online public access catalogs; interlibrary loan procedures; and the administration of the technical services department.
LBSCI 723.Issues in the Organization of Materials. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Advanced topics in cataloging and classification. The treatment of special types of materials, the organization of collections, as a whole, will be covered.
LBSCI 725.Bibliographic Control of Nonprint Material. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. This course will introduce the principles of bibliographic control as they are applied to nonprint materials in libraries and other information agencies. Topics include the background and development of current practices; bibliographic description of the range of nonprint materials; and subject access.
LBSCI 727.Serials Librarianship. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. This course will address problems in serials librarianship for all types of libraries, covering purposes, organization, and arrangement; collection development and acquisitions; bibliographic control and cataloging; reference tools and subject access; administration; budgeting and accounting; and personnel.
*LBSCI 729. Metadata for Digital Resources. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. This is a course about encoding and applying metadata standards to describe and represent electronic information as objects (e.g., eBooks, web sites, etc.) in a distributed network environment. Covers various applications in libraries and information institutions, with a focus on the meta mark-up languages.                                              
LBSCI 730.Archival Appraisal, Arrangement, and Access. 3 hrs.; 3 cr. Prereq.: 700, 701, 702, 703; or permission of instructor. This course provides an in-depth exploration of the archival principals of Appraisal, Arrangement and Description. Within a practical and theoretical framework students will consider how recent advances in technology provide opportunities for more dynamic and interactive tools for archival access. They will construct electronic finding aids, including Encoded Archival Description (EAD). 
 
LBSCI 731. From Manuscripts to eBooks: Studies in Print Culture. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.  LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, or permission of the instructor. This course will explore the evolution of the “text” from its early conceptions in manuscript culture through its revolutionary transmission into print and finally into the digital age. Discussion will combine technical aspects of print culture as well as theoretical concerns for how knowledge is transmitted (how knowledge is “made”). Recent critical interests in the history and technology of the book, the interplay between word and image, and mechanisms of reading have substantially expanded the range of questions—cultural, intellectual, aesthetic, economic—one might ask when encountering a text.
LBSCI 732.Archives and Manuscripts and the Shapes of Material History.
3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703 or permission of the instructor. Archives, Manuscripts and the Shapes of Material History is an introductory course designed to orient students to fundamental archival theories as well as current practices. Historic background to archival methods will be discussed in order to understand current discipline perspectives. Theoretical concerns will address the meaning, formation, and contestation of “memory” in current post-modern archival discourse. Students will also be introduced to basic archival practices of appraisal, arrangement, description and access.
 
LBSCI 733.Preservation of Cultural Heritage Materials.
3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, or permission of the instructor. Examines the preservation needs of different information formats commonly found in libraries, archives, and institutions of social memory including book, paper, photographic, and audio-visual materials. Attention will be paid to how environmental and storage conditions influence rates of deterioration. A range of preservation functions required for long-term stability of materials, will be explored. Funding sources for preservation activities will be discussed.
LBSCI 734. Art Librarianship. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Survey, evaluation and application of reference and bibliographic resources  in the visual arts; techniques and procedures for serving the needs of various clientele; special issues in art and museum libraries.
LBSCI 735.History of Children’s Literature to the Twentieth Century.3 hr.; 3 cr. The development of literature for children in Great Britain and North America, with major emphasis on the period from 1700 to 1900.
LBSCI 736.Records Management. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 703. Examines the theories and practices of modern records management both in routine and non-routine organizational procedures and situations. Contemporary records and information management (RIM) focuses on traditional and on electronic records; approaching their management (storage, retrieval, access, disposal) by evaluating the record’s life cycle as a whole. These processes are performed in the context of legal requirements, system architecture, industry standards and organizational guidelines. 
LBSCI 737.Literature for Children and Adolescents.3 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to the forms and types of literature; criteria for excellence; techniques for analysis and evaluation; and identification of appeal and suitability for different types of readers.
LBSCI 738.Mythology and Folklore for Children and Adolescents. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702. Introduces students to myths, folklore, and fairy tales from a wide range of cultures. The major recorders and collectors of mythology, folklore, and fairy tales and the place of these stories in library/information center programs will be addressed. Professional resources and the criteria for selection of these materials for the K–12 audience will be examined.
LBSCI 739.Materials for Young Adults. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702. Survey of materials for young people ages 12–17; includes historical development of specific genres, and consideration of the reading interests and information needs of young adults.
LBSCI 740.The Information Environment in Contemporary Society. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI   701. An introduction to information products and services and how they relate to societal issues. The following will be studied: the interdisciplinary nature of research; industries that generate information products; human communication; information networks; the economics of information; intellectual property issues; and information policy.
LBSCI 741.Information Systems Analysis and Design.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and methodology of systems analysis both organizational and automated. The course emphasizes problem-solving and decision-making  and developing criteria for judgment. Current and developing uses of library and information center technology will be discussed and demonstrated.
LBSCI 743. Information Access Systems: Indexing, Abstracting, and Other Access Systems. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq. or coreq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Introduction to the theory, methodology, and implementation of text-based access systems. Identification, selection, and organization of concept-bearing terms to generate patterns for document analysis, storage, and information retrieval. Both manual and electronic information systems will be used to demonstrate patterns of storage and retrieval including graphics, user interfaces, indexes, abstracts, and thesauri.
LBSCI 745.Online Research.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Covers  the structures, content, acquisitions, and search methods of the following three types of databases: remote online databases obtained through a vendor; locally loaded databases available through campus or organizational computer installations; and locally stored databases on stand-alone or networked optical devices. At least three hours of supervised online searching.
LBSCI 746.Design and Construction of Bibliographic Databases.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700. Covers the basic principles, elements and concepts of design, implementation and utilization of bibliographic databases using a database management systems (DBMS) approach. Examines various data models and several database models for bibliographic data (i.e. records of information bearing entities with necessary attributes of bibliographic data and subject representation). Administrative tasks in the bibliographic database management environment are also addressed.
LBSCI 747.Selected Technology Applications in Information Management.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Introduction to some of the latest developments in information technology of immediate relevance to information professionals; hands-on laboratory experience of the systems selected. Units and contents may be changed from time to time to reflect new developments in the information arena.
LBSCI 748.Web Programming. 3 hrs.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 720, or permission of the instructor. This course examines the basic principles, elements, and concepts of design, writing, debugging and implementation of programmatic utilities in a distributive environment (i.e., the Internet). The focus is on problem solving and learning to design web programs that are readable, well documented, efficient and correct. The emphasis of the course is digital library applications.
LBSCI 752.Digital Preservation. 3 hrs.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703; or permission of the instructor. Complementing LBSCI 733: Preservation of Cultural Heritage Materials, this course examines the theory, tools/technologies and issues associated with the long-term retention, preservation and accessibility of material digitally born or subsequently digitized/reformatted. Topics covered will include the characteristics of digital media, standards and quality control, digital asset management, and best practices. The role of digital preservation in the process of digital curation will be highlighted. Completion of LBSCI 729: Introduction to Metadata and/or LBSCI 757: Digital Imaging, prior to enrollment, is recommended. The goal is to introduce students to the theoretical, practical and technological aspects of digital preservation and to place preservation in the broader context of digital curation.
LBSCI 753.Digital Libraries. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 703 Overview of digital libraries; the historical reasons for their development; the nature of their creation, uses and evaluation. Methods of collection building, knowledge organization, interface design and information retrieval techniques appropriate to multimedia digital materials are covered. Emphasis is also given to social, economic and legal aspects of digital libraries, in particular as they relate to the traditional library.
LBSCI754.Human-Computer Interaction.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 703. This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of human-computer interaction (HCI) with a strong focus on understanding the nature of how people interact with, or avoid, computer technology; the problems they encounter in these interactions, and the design principles that address the tactics used in making computers more usable and effective to a wide variety of people, including children, the elderly, the handicapped and other special populations.
LBSCI 755.Design and Production of Multimedia. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Provides an overview of the theories, tools, and techniques involved in the design and production of digitized information communication and interaction in varied formats; introduces students to practical technological methods related to digital capture and manipulation of textual, audio and video information and materials.
LBSCI 756.Managing New Technologies. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Introduces students to the administration of digital and multimedia resources (software, hardware, peripherals, tools and services) in libraries, with an emphasis on strategic planning and change management. Other issues addressed will include funding, staffing, training issues, evaluation, selection, accessibility and intellectual property issues relating to new technologies. Focuses on technology grant writing. Current and developing uses of emerging technologies (e.g., Web 2.0, Library 2.0) in libraries and information centers will be discussed and demonstrated.
LBSCI 757.Introduction to Digital Imaging.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703.  Introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of digital imaging, with an emphasis on evolving guidelines and lessons learned from existing digitization projects. Among the topics to be examined are: selection principles, project and workflow planning, digitization of images, file formats, quality control, rights management, metadata, access, funding issues, assessment and evaluation, digital asset management and preservation. Theoretical concepts will be reinforced through hands-on production experience in digitizing and managing images and/or archival materials.
LBSCI 761. Organization and Management: School Library Media Centers. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701. Roles, services, programs, organization and management of the school library media center including teaching, information access and delivery, and program administration. Emphasis on collaboration with the school community, integrating state and national standards in the school library curriculum, integrating the school library curriculum into the wider school curriculum and the importance of information literacy. Assistive technology and other relevant information technology are addressed.
LBSCI 763.Nonbook Materials: Sources and Service. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Evaluation, selection, and utilization of nonbook materials and technology to serve the library/information needs of all students, including those with special needs, and faculty regardless of specialization; and to foster information literacy skills, including cooperative programs with teachers, school library media centers, and other types of library and information agencies.
LBSCI 764.Instructional Technologies for K–12 Information Literacy. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700 or 706, 702, 703. Evaluation, selection, and utilization of appropriate instructional technologies to serve the needs of all members of the K– 12 school community. Emphasis is on teaching information literacy skills to K–12 children and youth as well as methods and formats supportive of diverse learners.
LBSCI 765.Resources for the School Curriculum.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 702, 703. Collection development in the school library media center including selection, evaluation, and utilization of instructional materials to support the curriculum needs of all students. Selection policy, intellectual freedom, and challenged material are addressed. Special attention will be given to the growth of information literacy and to collaboration with the school community.
LBSCI 767.Reading Motivation Techniques for Children and Adolescents. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 702, 737 or 739. Development of techniques that include collaboration with faculty in reading guidance; aspects covered include individual performance and collaborative evaluation of book talks, storytelling, and poetry reading. Strategies to work with faculty with responsibilities for literacy and students with special needs are components of the course.
 
LBSCI 768 Storytelling. 3 hr.; 3 cr.Guides students through a range of stories from around the world, offering storytelling techniques that will accumulate through the term to provide them with the tools and confidence to use storytelling as part of his/her work. A major focus of the storytelling work will be on building an interactive experience for the children. Developing literacy-building activities from the stories will also be covered.  Working with various story sources from folktale collections to picture books will be part of the in-class work. Exploring folktales structures as a way to understand how stories are built and provide students with structural templates to create their own stories will also be examined. A variety of readings and discussions will tie all these elements together.
LBSCI 771. Organization and Management: Public Libraries. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Introduction to key elements of organization and management, including personnel, services, public relations, budgeting, and building construction/renovation.
LBSCI 773.Public Library Services for Children.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, or permission of the instructor. Planning and applications of public library services for children. Topics include program planning, collection development, community networking, management issues, and training.
LBSCI 775. Librarianship in a Multicultural Society: Materials and Services. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: 701. Evaluation, selection, and utilization of book and nonbook materials to serve minority and ethnic clientele; traditional and innovative approaches to
programming.
LBSCI 777. Planning and Delivering Young Adult Services in the Public Library. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Overview of contemporary public library services for adolescents, with an emphasis on how to conceptualize or customize services that meet the development trends of this age group, while flourishing within organizational, political, and community cultures.
LBSCI 778.Informational Literacy Instructions for Adults. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 702.  Provides students with both a theoretical and practical foundation for functioning as an instructor within a library or information center. It will cover both the basic knowledge and methods necessary for designing, implementing, delivering, and evaluating instructional programs in all types of library settings, with a focus on adult patrons.
LBSCI 779. Adult Reader’s Advisory Services in the Public Library. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Introduces students to: (1) major categories and subcategories of genre fiction popular among adult readers; (2) theories underpinning reader’s advisory services, such as theories of readers and reading, popular culture, cultural stratification, reader response, and audience uses and gratifications; and (3) current library practices that serve the needs of adults interested in these materials.
LBSCI 780. Organization and Management: Academic and Research Libraries. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Structure of academic and research libraries in relation to their functions and clientele; standards, personnel, finance, buildings, and equipment; services; networking and community relations; relevant information technologies; reporting; public relations.
LBSCI 781. Organization and Management: Special Libraries and Information Centers. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Organization and management of special libraries and information centers in corporate, governmental, institutional, and academic settings; effect of the environment on each library’s functions.
LBSCI 784.Health Sciences Librarianship.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703,. All phases of medical and allied health sciences librarianship, with emphasis on medical community relationships; current information retrieval systems; the selection and control of serial, monographic, and nonprint materials in biomedicine. Electronic searching and retrieval experience necessary.
LBSCI 786.Business Information Sources.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Survey, evaluation, and application of information sources in business and finance; techniques and procedures for serving the needs of various clientele; special issues in corporate information centers.
LBSCI 787.Competitive Intelligence.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.  LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, 786 or permission of the instructor. Introduces the student to the theories, concepts, processes and practices of ethical competitive intelligence; covers the study and use of basic competitive intelligence concepts, practices, techniques, and tools, set within the context of ethical business practice and grounded in critical thinking approaches. Application of concepts, processes, and techniques within related business and information-intensive settings will also be explored.
LBSCI 788.Law Librarianship.3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703. Survey, evaluation, and application of legal research; special issues in law librarianship.
LBSCI 790.1. *VT: Seminar. 1 hr.; 1 cr. Prereq: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, and permission of the school. Topics vary from semester to semester, according to trends and developments in the profession; announcements to be made in advance.
LBSCI 790.2. *VT: Seminar. 2 hr.; 2 cr. Prereq: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, and permission of the school. Topics vary from semester to semester, according to trends and developments in the profession; announcements to be made in advance.
LBSCI 790.3. *VT: Seminar. 3 hr; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, and permission of the school. Topics vary from semester to semester, according to trends and developments in the profession; announcements to be made in advance.
LBSCI 791.Independent Study.Hr. to be arranged; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703, and permission of the school. Pursuit of a particular research or investigatory project under the direction of a member of the school’s faculty; admission by special application.
LBSCI 795.Internship. Fieldwork, hr. to be arranged; 3 cr. Prereq.: LBSCI 700, 701, 702, 703 & and completion of at least 21 credits.  Designed to provide students with practical experience in a library, archive, school library media or other information center; students for whom this course is a required part of their program should check with program coordinators for specific requirements. No internship hours may be earned before the course begins.  
 
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