MLIS Coursework

Core Courses

LIS 500 The Life Cycle of Information with Joe Janes– Overview of the major concepts, processes and systems, actors, and operations in the life cycle of information. Introduction to the creation, publishing and distribution, evaluation and selection, organization, access, retrieval, and use of information. Exploration of the social context in which these processes and their stakeholders interact.

LIS 510 Information Behavior with Trent Hill– Introduction to the user-centered approach to information behavior. Theoretical foundations of need, creation, seeking, sharing, assessment, management, and use. Synthesis of information behavior studies, performance of information behavior field research, and application of the results of information behavior studies to design information systems, services, and policy.

LIS 520 Information Resources, Services, and Collections with Joe Janes– Concepts, processes, and skills related to parts of the life cycle of knowledge involving creation, production, distribution, selection, collection, and services to facilitate access. Specific discussion topics include characteristics of recorded knowledge; organizations and services devoted to managing access to recorded knowledge; principles associated with development of recorded knowledge and collections.

LIS 530 Organization of Information and Resources with Katherine Thornton– Introduction to issues in organization of information and documents including: analysis of intellectual and physical characteristics of documents; principles and practice in surrogate creation, including standards and selection of metadata elements; theory of classification, including semantic relationships and facet analysis; creation of controlled vocabularies; and display and arrangement.

LIS 550 Information in Social Context with David Levy– Covers concepts, processes, and issues related to the larger social context within which the life cycle of information and knowledge in society are investigated. Discussion topics include codes of ethics, professionalization, privacy, freedom of expression, intellectual property, social inequalities, and quality of life.

LIS 560 Instructional and Training Strategies for Information Professionals with Trent Hill– Develops knowledge and skills in instruction and training functions for library and information settings. Issues and strategies for learning and teaching. Design, development, and evaluation of information and technology literacy programs. Addresses the needs of users when designing and delivering instruction.

LIS 570 Research Methods with Ricardo Gomez– Students recognize research and design opportunities, translate them into researchable frameworks, and conduct research in libraries and other information agencies. Covers problem definition, data collection and analysis, design and validation of alternative solutions, and reporting of results.

LIS 580 Management of Information Organizations with Nancy Gershenfeld– Introduction to internal and external management issues and practices in information organizations. Internal issues include organizational behavior, organizational theory, personnel, budgeting, planning. External issues include organizational environments, politics, marketing, strategic planning, funding sources.

INFX 505 Project Management Basics for Information Professionals– Introduces the terminology, concepts, and skills used in working with project management and project management software. Emphasizes developing, refining, and monitoring work schedules using software tools.

INFX 542 Information Structures Using XML with Bob Boiko– Introduces the concepts and methods used to analyze, store, manage, and present information and navigation. Equal weight given to understanding structures and implementing them. Topics include information analysis and organizational methods as well as XML and metadata concepts and application.

Elective Courses

LIS 508 History of Recorded Information with David Levy and Sandra Kroupa– Exploration of the history and ongoing transformation of recorded information within three broad spheres of human life: public communication, administrative and commercial operation, and personal communication.

LIS 521 Principles of Information Services with Joe Janes– Analysis of the information mediation process, including determination and analysis of information needs; searching for, evaluation, and presentation of appropriate results; modalities for delivery of services; and current and future techniques.

LIS 522 Collection Development with Helene Williams– Access to materials as context for development and management of library collections in academic, public, school libraries. Community analysis, library mission; collection development policies, criteria, levels, responsibilities; aids to selection; collection evaluation, use studies; controversial materials.

LIS 526 Government Publications with Cassandra Hartnett– Introduction to government publications of the United States and their acquisition, organization, and use. Other topics covered include the public’s right to know, the Federal Depository Library Program, government influences in our daily lives, and future directions in government information.

LIS 568 Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning with Lorraine Bruce– Explores theories, process, and practical applications of information literacy. Examines the development of information literacy programs for libraries, community agencies, business, education or other information settings. Explores integral relationship between technology and information literacy, and continual evaluation.

LIS 587 Library Technology Systems with Richard Jost– Developing criteria for selection and design of information technology systems for libraries and information centers. Applying criteria in evaluation of hardware and software. Examining related management challenges, such as vendor relations, financing options, personnel requirements, and design of auxiliary activities.

LIS 588 Special Librarianship with Nancy Gershenfeld– Seminar in the practice of special librarianship in business and industrial firms, government agencies, and the free-lance sector. User services and information resources.

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