Graduate Course Descriptions

500. Library and Information Science Orientation. 1 hr. An orientation to the School of Library and Information Science MLIS program and to librarianship in general.

501. Reference and Information Sources. 3 hrs. An introduction to reference materials, services, activities, and functions, as well as methods for locating information.

505. Cataloging and Classification. 3 hrs. Principles and methods of cataloging and classifying library materials. Provides practice in bibliographical description and subject analysis.

506. Advanced Cataloging and Classification. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 505. Advanced study of the principles and methods of descriptive and subject cataloging and classification with attention to nonprint materials.

508. School Libraries. 3 hrs. Study of the development and administration of school libraries.

511. Collection Development and Management. 3 hrs. Philosophy and principles governing the selection and procurement of all types of library materials, including the use of selection aids and bibliographic sources for developing both print and nonprint collections.

516. Technology in the School Library. 3 hrs. A survey of technology utilized in elementary and secondary school libraries.

517. Children's Literature. 3 hrs. A survey of children's literature, traditional and modern, and other related materials for use by and with children from birth to grade 6.

518. Young Adult Literature. 3 hrs. Study of adolescent literature and other related materials for use by and with young people of grades 7-12.

519. Programs and Services for Youth. 3 hrs. Introduction to programming for youth and its relation to learning and libraries.

528. Storytelling. 3 hrs. A study of oral tradition in a variety of settings with emphasis upon selection of stories and the art and techniques of storytelling. Provides practice in storytelling.

533. History of the Book. 3 hrs. A study of the origins and early development of books and printing in Western Europe and the Americas.

540. Information Ethics. 3 hrs. Introduces ethical issues specifically related to information professions and information technology.

545. Sources of Information for a Multicultural Society. 3 hrs. Overview of the diversity of information resources available in print and other media for a multicultural society and the diversity of information utilization by that society.

557. Information Technology and Libraries. 3 hrs. Examines various applications and contexts in which computers and other forms of information technology are utilized in different types of information centers and libraries.

558. Web Design and Evaluation. 3 hrs. Introduces the practical and theoretical issues related to Web design and development as well as other Internet resources and applications.

575. Library and Information Science Seminar. 1 hr. Alternating topics related to library and information science.

580CA. British Studies: British Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections. 3 hrs. Comparative or historical studies of library and information institutions, collections, models of service, or professional practice in the United Kingdom.

581CA. British Studies: Seminar in Children's and Young Adult Literature. 3 hrs. Intensive study of specific topics of British interests in literature for children and adolescents.

586CA. British Studies: Historical Studies in Children's Literature. 3 hrs. Traces the development of children's literature in England and the United States to the early 20th century.

587CA. British Studies: Research. 3 hrs. To provide the opportunity for in-depth research projects using the resources of metropolitan London and/or the United Kingdom.

589. School Library Practicum. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 508 and LIS 516 or the consent of the advisor. Provides an opportunity for supervised practice in school libraries.

590. Library Instruction. 3 hrs. Study of principles and methods of information literacy and bibliographic instruction in libraries.

605. Library Management. 3 hrs. Analysis of administrative theory and principles of management in libraries.

607. School Library and the Curriculum. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 508. Examines the relationship of the library program in the school curriculum, with emphasis on the role of the school librarian.

609. Seminar in Library Management. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 605. Survey of the problems in the management of library programs such as planning, organizing, staffing, funding, or use of evaluation standards.

629. Studies in Children's Literature. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 517 or 518. Advanced study and evaluation of children's literature and publishing trends in the field.

631. History of Libraries. 3 hrs. Development of libraries from ancient times to the present with special reference to the relationship of libraries to sociocultural, economic, and political trends.

634. History of Children's Literature. 3 hrs. Traces the development of children's literature in England and the United States to the early 20th century.

636. Foundations of Librarianship. 3 hrs. Examines the history and present state of librarianship and the ethics, values, and issues of the profession. 

640. Academic Libraries. 3 hrs. The development and administration of the academic library.

641. Public Libraries. 3 hrs. The development and administration of the public library. Problems in public library services.

642. Special Libraries. 3 hrs. The development and administration of special libraries serving businesses, institutions, and government agencies.

645. Digital Libraries. 3 hrs. A comprehensive overview of digital libraries from conceptual understandings of digital libraries to crucial issues in design, management and evaluation. 

646. Special Collections and Archives. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: LIS 505. The acquisition, processing, preservation, and management of materials in special collections and archives.

647. Introduction to Archival Organization. 3 hrs. Basic instruction on the handling, arrangement, conservation, and description of materials of archival significance.

648. Archival Practicum. 2-4 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 647 or the consent of the advisor. Provides an opportunity for supervised practice in special collections and archival operations. (Archival Practicum Handbook.doc)

649. Preservation of Documentary Materials. 3 hrs. The care and preservation of documentary materials in their various formats including techniques for conservation, preservation, and restoration.

651. Fundamentals of Information Science. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: LIS 501, LIS 505, LIS 511 with "B" or better, or permission of instructor. Examines the evolution of information science, communication and information theory, information organization and retrieval, and bibliometrics.  Cannot be taken concurrently with LIS 668.

652. Metadata. 3 hrs. Investigates the representation, organization, and retrieval of information using various forms of metadata. Course prerequisite: LIS 505. Cataloging and Classification.

653. Library and Information Database Systems. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: LIS 505 and LIS 557. Foundation of constructing library and information databases, impacts of bibliographic standards, library functions and interconnectedness on these database applications, and evaluation and measurement.

654. E-Resources Management. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 557 and LIS 605 or permission of the instructor. Planning, implementation, and management of electronic resources in various library and information settings.

656. Online Information Retrieval. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 501. Applications and issues related to the online resources currently available.

664. Government Resources and Publications. 3 hrs. Study of local, state, and federal government resources, publications, and bibliographic organization.

666. Advanced Reference. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 501. Study, evaluation, and utilization of library and information resources in science and technology, humanities, business, and the social sciences.

667. Health Informatics. 3 hrs. Provides an overview of health informatics concepts and tools. 

668. Research Methods in Library and Information Science. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 501, LIS 505, LIS 511 with "B" or better. Survey of scientific research methods and their application to the field of library and information science. Cannot enroll in LIS 668 and LIS 651 during the same semester.

670. Topics in Services to Library Clientele. 3 hrs. The role of libraries in meeting informational and recreational needs of library users, lifelong learning, services to special groups, and popular culture collections.

675. Seminar: Topics in Organization of Materials. 3 hrs. Alternating topics, including indexing, abstracting, advanced database tools, metadata, digital libraries, and other related topics.

689. Library Practicum. 2-4 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of the practicum coordinator. (Library Practicum Handbook.doc)

691. Research in Library Science. 1-16 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of director.

692. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. A problem study to be approved by the director.

694. Field Problems. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of director. Practical experiences in dealing with problem situations in the field and related institutional settings.

695. Master's Research Project. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Completed all required courses LIS 501, 505, 511, 605, 636, 651, 668 with minimum B, no Incompletes on transcript, completed at least three approved LIS electives prior to enrollment. Original research project and paper dealing with a specific problem or issue in the field of library and information science under faculty supervision.

697. Independent Study and Research. Hours arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis or project, but who are actively working on a thesis or project, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 1 hours each semester.

698. Thesis for Students in Dual Master's Program. 3-6 hrs. Students in dual-master's program with library science should enroll in this course to complete their LIS thesis requirements. Requires permission of director.