Course Descriptions

Below is the list of Course Descriptions. Please note that INF 6010 and INF 6080 are the first two courses for all MLIS students.

The School provides a Master Schedule to help students better plan their course sequencing. The Master Schedule lists all the courses in the School's catalog and indicates which term(s) the courses are scheduled to be offered.

 

Course number Course Frequency
4010

Introduction to Informatics

This course introduces students to the discipline of informatics—how information technologies are developed, applied, and utilized in society. It examines the most important issues at the intersection of information technology and society including the economy, health and medicine, business and finance, politics, and the natural environment. The course introduces students to issues of mis- or weak-information, information ethics, and information policy. Students will learn and discuss the basic concepts of Informatics including concepts such as data, information, knowledge, and uncertainty. Distinct aspects of web technology, interface design, programming and application design, and data science may be emphasized in certain sections, including exercises on parsing, managing, analyzing, and archiving data.

Offered every term
6000

Introduction to Information Management

First MSIM course - MLIS students require an override. This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize, analyze, and develop the knowledge and skills uniquely needed for today’s information management professional, and provides students with a solid background for taking advanced courses in the program.

Offered at least once per academic year
6010

Introduction to the Information Profession

The development and place of libraries in society; objectives, functions of and trends in major types of libraries. Core Course - 3 credits - First course in the MLIS Program (see Course Sequencing Policy).

Offered every term
6050

Introduction to Computer Programming

MSIM co-req: INF 6000. This course introduces students to the development and implementation of dynamic and interactive computer programs through a basic scripting language (Python). In order to accomplish this, students learn the basics of programming both through lectures and hands-on exercises.

Offered at least once per academic year
6080

Information Technology

Reviews information technology vocabulary and skills including computing technologies and develops professional skills for information management, web-design, and productivity tools. Core Course - 3 credits - Second course in the MLIS Program (see Course Sequencing Policy).

Offered every term
6120

Access to Information

Prereq: INF 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Reference function of the library including print and electronic reference sources; development of interpersonal communication skills to increase effectiveness in response to patrons' information needs; effective search strategies for all types of reference. Core Course - 3 credits

Offered every term
6210

Organization of Knowledge

Prereq: INF 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Characteristics of recorded knowledge; identification and description of recorded information; principles of physical description, authority control, and subject access; creation of catalogs and databases. Core Course - 3 credits

Offered every term
6520

Beyond Books: Youth Literature in Action

Prereq: INF 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Explores the quality and quantity of literature published for children, particularly those in elementary and middle school grades in school and public library contexts. The selection, evaluation, promotion and use of literature and other media are studied along with the examination of the relationships of literature to developmental characteristics and individual differences of the child. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
6530

Young Adult Literature

(EED 6310) - Prereq: INF 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Standards for evaluating adolescent literature. Selection of literature for individual pupils in relation to interest and reading ability. Use of classroom collections. Techniques for helping pupils read poetry, drama and fiction. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
6780

Introduction to Records and Information Management

(HIS 6780) - Management of information, including records creation, records inventory and appraisal, retention/disposition scheduling, filing systems, maintenance of inactive records, micrographics, vital records protection, and electronic impact on records management. 3 credits

Offered twice per academic year
7040

Management and Leadership

Prereq: INF 6010 and 6080. Library as an organization in various settings; functional diversification, staffing patterns, program planning, budgeting, performance evaluation, communication and public relations. Core Course - 3 credits

Offered every term
7050

Public Libraries

Prereq: INF 7040. Development of concepts introduced in INF 6010; history, organization and function of public libraries; development of skills necessary to public librarianship. 3 credits

Offered twice per academic year
7060

Academic Libraries

Prereq: INF 7040. Development of topics introduced in INF 7040; history, organization, and function of the academic library within educational and research institutions; development of management and personnel concepts necessary to academic librarianship. 3 credits

Offered twice per academic year
7070

Special Libraries and Information Centers

Prereq: INF 6120 and INF 7040. History, organization, and functions of various types of special libraries and skills necessary to deliver a wide range of services. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7140

Advanced Reference Service Strategies

Prereq: INF 6120. Advanced reference course focused on information needs and seeking behaviors, reference interview techniques, and information literacy. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7160

Advanced Online Searching

Prereq: INF 6120. Advanced topics in online searching using broad range of databases, including Internet resources. Topics include: sophisticated search strategies, competitive intelligence, retrieval and organization of citations. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7250

Programming and Services for Children and Young Adults

Prereq: INF 6010 and INF 6080. Principles and procedures for planning, managing and delivery of public library services to children and young adults. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
7310

School Library Media Programs

Prereq: six credits in core courses; MUST have a valid teaching certificate (does not apply to students admitted prior to April 1, 2004) - Role of library media programs in the school; methods of planning, organizing, and operating such programs; impact of technology on instruction and library service. Core Course - 3 credits

Offered every other year
7320

The Media Specialist as Teacher and Instructional Consultant

Instructional functions of the library media specialist in terms of integrating information processing skills in the curriculum through the instructional design process by working in partnership with teachers and applying the principles of teaching and learning theories. 3 credits

Offered every other year
7340

Collection Development and Selection of Materials

Philosophy, principles and procedures for provision of materials and a collection that will meet the needs of the library's clientele. Concepts and procedures of community study, intellectual freedom, evaluation of materials, the use of selection aids and an introduction to the publishing world. 3 credits

Offered every term
7370

Culture Matters: Decolonizing Information

Prereq: INF 6120 - Study of impact of cultural diversity on library services, development of relevant collections and effective interaction with a diverse community. 3 credits

Offered twice per academic year
7410

Software Productivity Tools

MSIM co-req: INF 6000 MLIS prereq: INF 6080 or equivalent *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* - Concepts and skills for application and use of productivity tools in contemporary information environment. 3 credits

Offered twice per academic year
7415

Project Management

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 7040 - By weaving together theory and practice, this course introduces students to the principles of project management, and an integrated view of the concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in project management. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7420

Website Development

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080 *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* -Skills for creating and publishing websites on various platforms in compliance with the current web standards, particularly HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS). Focuses on the advanced features of mark-up and scripts in website design. 3 credits

Offered every term
7430

Building Web-Based Information Services

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080 Recommended: INF 7420 *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* - Principles of system administration, file supervision and local networks, Internet and the World Wide Web for library and information science and archives environments. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7435

Integrated Library Systems

Prereq: INF 6210 or consent of instructor. Recommended: INF 7420 - Practical experience with an Integrated Library System (ILS). Includes system configuration and implementation and associated technologies such as authentication, eResource management, link resolution, and discovery systems. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7440

Scripting Languages

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080 or consent of instructor *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* Basic skills in using scripting languages to program and manipulate data structures for text information in library applications such as databases and Web sites. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7460

Database Concepts

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080 or consent of instructor *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* - Fundamentals of database design and basics of database implementation; Related and current database management technologies used in hands-on experiences. 3 credits

Offered twice per academic year
7470

Information Architecture

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080 or consent of instructor - Dissemination of information that affects context, content and user. Associations with website development; use in technical writing, presentation preparation and report generation. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
7490

Competitive Intelligence and Data Mining

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080 - Use of multidimensional databases, competitive intelligence and visualization software, data mining tools, as well as access to disparate information sources to support and provide a structure for fact-based decision making. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7491

Data Analytics

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080 - Focus on key areas of information analytics used by data librarians: quantitative statistics, computer simulation, and data mining tools/techniques. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7492

Information Visualization

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Pre-req: INF 6080. Analysis of large data sets and drawing insights through use of information technology tools, statistical techniques, charts, and graphs. 3 credits.

At least once per year
7500

Information Behavior

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080. Totality of human behavior in relation to sources and channels of information, information needs and barriers; information seeking, use and dissemination; information poverty and information overload; topics studied in variety of contexts. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7610

Health Sciences Information Services and Resources

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6120 and 6210 - This course is designed to provide students with skills necessary to become health science librarians. 3 credits

Offered every other year
7620

Health Informatics

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6010 and 6080 - Overview of health informatics, e-science, and the critical role of information technologies in data-intensive environments. This course provides students with the opportunity to analyze, practice, and build the skills unique to health, e-science, and data management fields. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7710

Archival Administration

(HIS 7840) - No pre-requisites. Basic training in archival methods. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7730

Administration of Audio Visual Collections

Prereq: HIS 7840/INF 7710 or consent of instructor - Basic course in the fundamentals of administering a visual collection: evaluation, organization, and control of visual collections in archives, libraries, historical agencies and museums.3 credits *Not open to MLIS Online major

Offered once per academic year
7740

Archives and Libraries in the Digital World

(HIS 7745) - Prereq: INF 7710 (or HIS 7840) or 6080. Overview of electronic tools and the role of digital process in libraries and archives. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7750

Introduction to Archival and Library Conservation

(HIS 7810) - Prereq: INF 7710 (or HIS 7840) or 6010. Fundamentals of archival and library conservation problems and methods essential for effective preservation management of paper and associated materials. 3 credits *Not open to MLIS Online major

Offered once per academic year
7770

Oral History: A Methodology for Research

(HIS 7860, ANT 6360) - No pre-requisites. Techniques of gathering data from individuals for use in research, classroom teaching, historical, cultural or other contexts. 3 credits *Not open to MLIS Online major

Offered once per academic year
7780

Description and Access for Archives

HIS 7820) - Prereq/Coreq: INF 7710/HIS 7840. Current trends in electronic resources used in archival administration. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7790

History of Books, Printing, and Publishing

Development of writing, the alphabet, early materials, manuscripts, paper making, invention and spread of printing, famous presses, modern methods of print and electronic production. The book as artistic output of the culture and part of the world in which it was produced. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7850

Issues in Librarianship

Critical analysis of library research, socio-technological trends, implications for the profession. Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. 1 - 3 credits (maximum 9)

Offered as needed
7880

Instructional Methods for Librarians

Prereq: INF 6010, 6080, 6120. Introduction to library instruction, bibliographic instruction, information literacy, or user education for those expected to provide library instruction to clients. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
7885

Cultural Heritage Institutions: Management and Leadership

No pre-requisites. The operation of public and private historical agencies, archives, and museums. Determination of agency priorities, problems of staffing and finance, governmental regulations, community relations, and professional ethics. 3 credits

Offered once per academic year
7900

Digital Libraries

Prereq: INF 6010, INF 6080, INF 6120, and INF 6210. An examination of the critical issues surrounding the development of digital libraries and their contents. Beyond gaining a theoretical foundation based on current research, students benefit from first-hand experience with processing materials and working with digital library systems. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
7910

Metadata in Theory and Practice

Prereq: INF 6010, INF 6080, INF 6120, and INF 6210. This course addresses the theoretical and practical principles of metadata. Students examine, develop and apply metadata for specific domains and settings. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
7920

Digital Curation and Preservation

Prereq: INF 6210, or permission of the instructor. Theoretical principles and practical aspects of digital curation and preservation within libraries, museums, archives and other institutions administering data and digital content. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
7940

Human Computer Interaction

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080. Study of the interactions between human beings and computer technologies through usability evaluations and user experience design. 3 credits.

Offered at least once per academic year
7950

Practicum: Library Services

Prereq: 24 credit hours; 15 must be from core, exception - 7996. Offered for S, M or U grades only - On-site experience in library/information center under direction of professional librarian and supervision of faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits

Offered every term
7960

Practicum: Information Management

- Must be taken in final semester. Offered for S, M or U grades only - On-site experience in a health science library/information center under direction of a professional library and supervision of a faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits

Offered every term
7970

Practicum: Archives

Prereq: INF 7710, 7780, plus 6 credits of AAC electives (final 3 AAC elective credits may be taken concurrently with INF 7970). Offered for S and U grade only - On-site experience in archival center under direction of professional librarian or archivist and supervision of faculty member.Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits

Offered twice per academic year
7975

Practicum: Digital Content

Prereq: INF 7900, INF 7910, INF 7920. Practical experience with digital content under direction of professional librarian and supervision of faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits

Offered at least once per academic year
7980

Practicum: School Media

- Prereq: 7310, 7320 and all core but 7996; MUST have a valid teaching certificate (does not apply to students admitted prior to April 1, 2004). Offered for letter grade only - On-site experience in school library media/information center under direction of professional librarian and supervision of faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 2 - 3 credits

Offered every term
7990

Research and Directed Study

Prereq: written consent of advisor and Associate Dean on Petition and Authorization for Directed Study form prior to registration - Directed study and individual research under faculty guidance. 1 - 8 credits

Offered every term
7996

Research for the Information Profession

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6120, 6210. Role of research in the development of the profession. Research methods employed; analysis and evaluation of research reports. Core Course - 3 credits

Offered every term
8000

Seminar in Information Policy

MSIM Co-req: INF 6000 MLIS Prereq: INF 6080. This course analyzes information policy issues confronting information professionals and the effect of these policies on the economic, social, ethical and technical decisions made by individuals, organizations and governments.

At least once per year
8120

Legal Information Resources

Prereq: INF 6120 - Characteristics of legal literature including federal, state and administrative law; structure of U.S. court system and its publications; introduction to legal databases; special problems in legal reference service and administration; selection and use of basic tools in legal research. 1 credit

Offered once per academic year
8410

Topics in Information Management

Current topics and issues affecting information management systems and services. Topics to be announced. 1 - 3 credits.

Offered as needed