Library and Information Science (LIBR)
LIBR L401 Computer-Based Information Tools (3 cr.) Graded S /F. This skills-based course introduces basic applications that will be used throughout the student's course work and beyond. Students' experiences in this course should be seen as a basis for further skill development and learning throughout their careers. The course covers computing platforms, access tools, and management tools. Demonstration of skills will be a mastery test or an assignment in each unit of the course. L401 does not count toward graduate degree requirements.
LIBR L520 Bibliographic Access and Control (3 cr.) P: L401. Historical development and principles essential to the understanding of the conceptual foundations of providing bibliographic access and control of materials and information. Discussion and examples in the application of AACR2r will be presented to illustrate and reflect current practice. Emphasis is on monographic publications.
LIBR L524 Information Sources and Services (3 cr.) P or concurrent: L401. This course introduces students to the basic information sources and services among different types of libraries and information centers, including academic, public, special, and school media.
LIBR L526 Library Automation (3 cr.) P or concurrent: L401. Principles for the design, selection, implementation, and management of automated systems of all types in libraries, including systems for technical services processing, reference and user services, and management. Focus is on present and future applications of technology in libraries, their technical features, and their implications for library services and management. When possible, some practical experience with a particular application will be provided.
LIBR L527 Management of Libraries and Information Centers (3 cr.) Management and administration of all types of libraries. Covers basics of organizational structure, planning, budget management, human resources issues and skills, and an understanding of the manager in the context of the organization.
LIBR L528 Collection Development and Management (3 cr.) Theoretical and pragmatic aspects of the selection, evaluation, and management of collections in all types of libraries. Acquisitions, publishers and publishing, policy making, and intellectual freedom and censorship are also covered.
LIBR L533 Library Materials for Children and Young Adults (3 cr.) Evaluation and use of books, magazines, recordings, films, radio and television broadcasts, and other sources of information and recreation.
LIBR L551 Information Inquiry for School Teachers (3 cr.) This course is intended to be an opportunity for teachers and future teachers (including school library media specialists as teachers) to practice methods in critically thinking about information/media, and to use that process as a means to teach their students to be critical reviewers and communicators as well.
LIBR L553 The School Media Specialist (3 cr.) P or concurrent: L524 and L533, or consent of instructor. Establishes the professional teaching and administrative role of the certified school library media specialist in K-12 settings. Situations are examined that pertain specifically to policy development, budgeting, collection development, instructional design, support staff training, facility design, district supervision, and information networking within the modern school corporation. Students make site visits to leading school information centers, conferences, and media fairs.
LIBR L596 Internship in Library and Information Science (2-6 cr.) P: permission of faculty advisor. Graded S /F. Supervised internship in an information management environment. Professionals in library and information management mentor each graduate student. Sixty on-site hours must be completed for each credit earned. Students document their experiences through journals, abstracts of related publications, and a final presentation. Normally, at least 21 credits must be completed before enrollment. Guidelines and placement sites are available on the SLIS Web site.