Courses and Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions


LIS 5020 FOUNDATIONS OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES (3) Introduction to the study of library service; history; organization; specialized literature; outstanding leaders; current trends, issues, and problems. Place of the library in society with its contributions to that society.

LIS 5268 MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTERS (3) Microcomputer hardware and software for libraries and their application in library/information settings. Projects using major applications for budgets, databases, and telecommunications are undertaken.

LIS 5315 INSTRUCTIONAL GRAPHICS (3) Theoretical aspects, planning and production of instructional graphic materials. The theory of graphic communications. Interpreting needs for instructional materials appropriate for given behavioral objectives.

LIS 5333 TV IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES (3) Small format video tape recordings and the utilization of open and closed broadcasts in schools and libraries.

LIS 5566 MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS (3) Developing an understanding of many multicultural and special populations, students will select and evaluate multicultural and special population resources for effective use in youth services and programs in public and school libraries.

LIS 5937 SELECTED TOPICS IN LIBRARY STUDIES (1-4) Covers topics in such areas as collection development, reference and technical services, and administration. (Select sections have prerequisites. Click here for course descriptions)

LIS 6110 HISTORY OF LIBRARIES (3) Development of libraries as found from the earliest records to the great libraries of modern times, and the library as a social institution.

LIS 6111 HISTORY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (3) Historical bibliographical survey of imaginative and information literature for children.

LIS 6523 ADULT SERVICES IN LIBRARIES (3) Traditional and innovative services for adults in public and other types of libraries, including those for special groups, such as the aging, handicapped, and institutionalized.

LIS 6212 READING GUIDANCE PROGRAMS IN LIBRARIES AND CLASSROOMS (3) Working with factors and forces influencing reading habits of children and youth; programs for teaching investigative and library skills materials and methods for guidance of reading, listening, and viewing.

LIS 6528 STORYTELLING (3) Building storytelling programs for school and public libraries or other educational institutions. Analysis of historical aspects, material suitable for use and audience reaction.

LIS 6260 INFORMATION SCIENCE IN LIBRARIANSHIP (3) Historical overview of the emergence of information science as a discipline. The fundamental concepts of information retrieval systems and subsystems, related information technologies, including indexing and abstracting, and their applications to the field of librarianship.

LIS 6271 RESEARCH METHODS IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (3) Overview of present status of research in library and information science; introduction to research methods and their application to librarianship; designed to prepare students to evaluate and plan research studies relating to library and information science. (PR: LIS 5020, 6603 and LIS 6711 or 6735)

LIS 6303 PREPARING INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA (3) Fundamentals of preparing and using audiovisuals as they relate to the communication process. basic sources of information in the general library; of bibliographical control of all communication media, with emphasis on those tools of most value to general reference services.

LIS 6316 VISUALIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE (3) Introduction to the field of information visualization which is used in enhancing information retrieval and browsing; the perceptual basis of information visualization, major visualization methods, information retrieval system utilizing information visualization, and future trends and issues of information visualization in digital libraries. (PR: LIS 5020 or LIS 6260)

LIS 6402 ADVANCED LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION (3) Applications of staff management principles to library situations. Includes staff roles in current and future operations, application of library performance measures to determine staff effectiveness; preparation of staff manuals: problems of special classes of library workers, such as volunteers and students. (PR: LIS 6409)

LIS 6409 INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION (3) Behavioral approach to libraries as organizations; administrative principles, theories, and problems of all types of libraries; methods of administration; use of case studies, role plays, and in-basket exercises.(PR: LIS 5020)

LIS 6432 SEMINAR IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES (3) Identification of problems and critical examination of methods in administrative areas of technical, student, and teaching the staff services, fiscal and legal responsibilities, staff organization and supervision in academic libraries. (PR: LIS 6409 and LIS 6511)

LIS 6445 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES (3) Critical examination of public and institutional library administration, services, resources, and facilities at the municipal, county, and regional levels. Role of state and federal governments in library development.

LIS 6455 THE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER (3) Media quarters, facilities, collections, equipment, and services. Principles of organization and administration of media programs in elementary and secondary schools. Field trips to area media centers required.

LIS 6463 LIBRARY NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS (3) Development of library networks at the local, state, regional, and national levels with consideration of organization, administration, services, funding, and legislation.

LIS 6464 LIBRARY SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND PLANNING (3) Application of systems planning and data processing technology to library files. Emphasis on analysis of selected library subsystems.

LIS 6472 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL LIBRARIES (3) Identification of problems and critical examination of methods in administrative areas of technical and special service clientele; fiscal and legal responsibilities, staff organization, and services in special libraries. (PR: LIS 6409)

LIS 6473 LAW LIBRARIANSHIP (3) All aspects of law librarianship, including administration, acquisition, organization, and use of information resources for persons in the law fields. Field trip may be required. (PR: LIS 6603 or CI)

LIS 6475 HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARIANSHIP (3) All aspects of health science librarianship, including administration, acquisition, organization, and use of information resources for persons in the health fields such as physicians, medical students, nursing students, allied health personnel and students, and researchers. Field trip may be required. (PR: LIS 6409, LIS 6603)

LIS 6511 COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE (3) Developmental approach to building library collections of both print and non-print materials. Emphasis upon evaluation, selection, and acquisition of library materials as they uphold the objectives of the institutions for which they are selected and acquired. (PR: LIS 6603; LIS 6271)

LIS 6542 THE CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3) Effective utilization of instructional materials as they relate to specific areas of curriculum in elementary and high school programs.

LIS 6564 MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN (3) Examination of materials for all institutions in which children are served; school media centers, public libraries, kindergartens, etc. Stress on selection aids, reviewing techniques, utilizations.

LIS 6565 BOOKS AND RELATED MATERIALS FOR YOUNG ADULTS (3) Young adult materials for use in secondary school libraries, young adult sections of public libraries, and other institutions serving youth. Equal emphasis upon (1) selection principles and bibliographical sources, as well as upon (2) utilization in terms of service to the young adult.

LIS 6603 BASIC INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES (3) An examination of the basic sources of information in the general library; of bibliographical control of all communication media, with emphasis on those tools of most value to general reference services.

LIS 6609 ONLINE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND SOURCES (3) Principles of online searching and characteristics of machine-readable bibliographic data bases. Includes two credit hours of laboratory providing hands-on research experience. (PR: LIS 5020 or LIS 6260, LIS 6603)

LIS 6610 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN THE HUMANITIES (3) Consideration of the bibliographical and reference materials in the humanities with training and practice in their use for solving problems in reference service. (PR: LIS 6603 or CI)

LIS 6620 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3) Consideration of the bibliographical and reference materials in the social sciences with training and practice in their use for solving problems in reference service. (PR: LIS 6603)

LIS 6624 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN BUSINESS AND LAW (3) Consideration of representative reference sources in both business and law and their application to solving information problems in academic, public, and special libraries. (PR: LIS 6603)

LIS 6630 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (3) Study of representative reference sources in pure and applied sciences with equal attention given to typical problems encountered in scientific and technological reference service. (PR: LIS 6603)

LIS 6661 GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS (3) The nature of state, federal, United Nations, and international documents, their reference and research value; the techniques of acquisition, organization, and reference use.

LIS 6711 ORGANIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE I (3) Principles of the organization of knowledge emphasizing descriptive cataloging, including the MARC format, the use of LSCSH and the Library of Congress classification, and searching of the OCLC Online Union Catalog.

LIS 6724 CLASSIFICATION AND CATALOGING OF NON-BOOK MATERIALS (3) Principles and practices in cataloging and organizing non-book materials. (PR: LIS 6711 or LIS 6735 or LIS 6725)

LIS 6726 INDEXING AND ABSTRACTING (3) Introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of indexing and abstracting information objects in various formats, including thesaurus construction, back-of-the book indexing, subject indexing of bibliographic databases, web indexing, multimedia indexing, and abstracting in manual and automated ways. (PR: LIS 6711 or LIS 6735 or LIS 6725)

LIS 6735 TECHNICAL SERVICES IN SMALL LIBRARIES (3) Covers aspects of technical services including acquisitions, cataloging, and circulation systems as they relate to school media centers, small public libraries, and information centers. Automation is emphasized in all aspects of the course.

LIS 6745 ORGANIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE II (3) Introduction to the practice in using selected schedules of Library of Congress Classification System and the Library of Congress Subject Heading List; changing policies and procedures in cataloging and an introduction to the use of the MARC format for inputting cataloging data into machine readable files. (PR: LIS 6711)

LIS 6906 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4) S/U. (PR: 20 hours in program, CI)LIS 6946 SUPERVISED FIELD WORK (3) Supervised experience in an approved cooperating library. Includes practice work, seminar sessions and individual conferences, a progress report, and a final report on the field experience. (PR: CI)

LIS Undergraduate Course Descriptions


LIS 2005 Library and Internet Research Skills (3) AS LIS An introduction to information research skills as they apply to both academic libraries and the Internet. Assignments will focus on developing skills to locate, evaluate, and use sources of information.

LIS 2937 Selected Topics in Library/Information Science (1-3) AS LIS Covers a variety of topics in the field of library/information science such as emerging technologies, administration and service, and current professional issues

LIS 3361 World Wide Web Page Design and Management (3) Covers a variety of strategies in designing and maintaining effective World Wide Web pages for publication on the Internet.

LIS 4930 Selected Topics in Information Studies (3) AS LIS Covers a variety of topics in the field of library/information such as emerging technologies, administration and service, and current professional issues.