Course descriptions

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201. Introduction to Information Literacy. 3 hrs. Introduction to practical and theoretical aspects of information management, including skills in locating, retrieving and using relevant, reliable information (No consent)

**Most LIS courses require department consent. Please contact the School of Library and Information Science for enrollment assistance if you encounter LIS enrollment problems

+401. Reference and Information Services. 3 hrs. An introduction to reference materials, services, activities and functions as well as methods for locating information

+405. Cataloging and Classification. 3 hrs. Principles and methods of cataloging and classifying library materials; provides practice in bibliographical description and subject analysis

+406. Advanced Cataloging and Classification. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 405. Advanced study of the principles and methods of descriptive and subject cataloging and classification with attention to non-print materials

+408. School Library Media Centers. 3 hrs. A survey of the objectives, functions and organization of the library-media center in elementary and secondary schools

+411. Development of Library Collection. 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 non-print collections; this is writing intensive course

415. Library Management. 3 hrs. An overview of the history and principles of management of American public and school libraries.

+416. Media Utilization. 3 hrs. A survey of media resources and equipment with an emphasis on utilization in libraries. Provides experience with equipment

+417. Literature and Related Media for Children. 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.

+418. Literature and Related Media for Young Adults. 3 hrs. Study of adolescent literature and other related materials for use by and with young people in grades 7-12

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

428. Storytelling. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: LIS 417 or 418. A study of oral tradition and folk literature with emphasis on selection of stories and the art and technique of storytelling. Provides practice in storytelling

+433. History of the Book. 3 hrs. A study of the origins and early development of books and printing in Western Europe and the Americas.

+440. Information Ethics. 3 hrs. Introduces ethical issues and concerns specifically related to information professions and information technology

+445. 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

+457. Computers Applications in Libraries. 3 hrs. Examines the various applications in which microcomputers are and will be utilized in different types of information centers and libraries

+458. Internet Resources and Applications. 3 hrs. Introduces the practical and theoretical issues related to information collection, storage, access and retrieval in a technologically oriented society, using Internet as the underpinning for both discussion and practical exploration

+460. Systems Analysis for Librarians. 3 hrs. Introduces basic concepts and methods of problem solving and systems analysis for library para-professionals

480. British Studies: Studies in Librarianship. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Comparative studies of library and information- related institutions, bibliographic organization, models of service and professional practice in the United States and Great Britain

481. British Studies: Seminar in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Intensive study of specific topics of British interests in literature for children and adolescents

486. British Studies: Historical Studies in Children’s Literature. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Traces the development of children’s literature in England and the United States to the early 20th century

487. British Studies: Research. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Provides the opportunity for in-depth research projects

489. Library Practicum. 1-4 hrs. Arr. Supervised work in a library to provide the student with operational library experience. LIS majors are required to complete at least 3 credit hours of LIS 489. This is a writing-intensive capstone course

+491. The Library Media Center and the School Curriculum. 3 hrs. Examines the relationship of the media center program in the school curriculum with emphasis on the role of the media specialist

492. Special Problems in Librarianship. 1-3 hrs. Individual investigation of topics to be approved by the director (Students undertaking a Seniors Honor Project will enroll in LIS 492H.)


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)