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Master of Science and Ph.D. in Information 

 

INFO 505 – Foundations of Information

This course introduces fundamental ideas of the Information Age, focusing on the value, organization, use, and processing of information. The course is organized as a survey of these ideas, with readings from the research literature. Specific topics (e.g., visualization, retrieval) will be covered by guest faculty who research in each of these areas.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 507 – Information Research Methods

This course introduces fundamental methods for both qualitative and quantitative research in information studies. Additionally, the seminar introduces the student to established and emerging areas of scholarly research in Schools of Information to encourage them to identify a personal research agenda. The seminar is organized in two main parts: the first part introduces relevant research methods (quantitative and qualitative), whereas the second part overviews specific research directions currently active in the School of Information. The second part of the seminar will be covered by guest faculty who research in each of the covered areas.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): INFO 505
Term Offered: Spring

 

INFO 510 – Bayesian Modeling and Inference

Bayesian modeling and inference is a powerful modern approach to representing the statistics of the world, reasoning about the world in the face of uncertainty, and learning about it from data. It cleanly separates the notions of representation, reasoning, and learning. It provides a principled framework for combining multiple source of information such as prior knowledge about the world with evidence about a particular case in observed data. This course will provide a solid introduction to the methodology and associated techniques, and show how they are applied in diverse domains ranging from computer vision to molecular biology to astronomy.  Graduate-level requirements include different exams requiring greater depth of understanding of topics, and will be assigned questions based on graduate-student specific assignments topics.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): 1) ISTA 350, or equivalent; 2) MATH 215 or equivalent; and 3) ISTA 311, or MATH 362, or ISTA/INFO 421/521 or equivalent 4) Or permission of the instructor
Term Offered: Spring 2020

 

INFO 514 – Computational Social Science

This course will guide students through advanced applications of computational methods for social science research.  Students will be encouraged to consider social problems from across sectors, including health science, environmental policy, education, and business. Particular attention will be given to the collection and analysis of data to study social networks, online communities, electronic commerce, and digital marketing.  Students will consider the many research designs used in contemporary social research, including “Big” data, online surveys, and virtual experimental labs, and will think critically about claims of causality, mechanisms, and generalization.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

INFO 515 – Organization of Information

Introduction to the theories and practices used in the organization of information. Overview of national and international standards and practices for access to information in collections.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 516 – Introduction to Human Computer Interaction

The field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) encompasses the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive computing systems. This course will provide a survey of HCI theory and practice. The course will address the presentation of information and the design of interaction from a human-centered perspective, looking at relevant perceptive, cognitive, and social factors influencing in the design process. It will motivate practical design guidelines for information presentation through Gestalt theory and studies of consistency, memory, and interpretation. Technological concerns will be examined that include interaction styles, devices, constraints, affordances, and metaphors. Theories, principles and design guidelines will be surveyed for both classical and emerging interaction paradigms, with case studies from practical application scenarios. As a central theme, the course will promote the processes of usability engineering, introducing the concepts of participatory design, requirements analysis, rapid prototyping, iterative development, and user evaluation. Both quantitative and qualitative evaluation strategies will be discussed.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

INFO 517 – Introduction to Digital Cultures

Digital information technologies shape our lives. The benefits and the possible dangers of digital information technologies will be explored from a multidisciplinary perspective, looking at the insights into our digital age from history, linguistics sociology, political theory, information science, and philosophy. Students will have opportunities for active reflection on the ways in which digital technology shapes learning and social interaction. Graduate-level requirements include different percent breakdown of requirements and more stringent expectations in work produced.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

INFO 520 – Ethics for Library and Information Professionals

Study of the basics of ethical theory and its application to problems in information management. Application and development of ethical codes in cases studies.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Summer, Fall, Spring

 

INFO 521 – Introduction to Machine Learning

Machine learning describes the development of algorithms, which can modify their internal parameters (i.e., "learn") to recognize patterns and make decisions based on example data. These examples can be provided by a human, or they can be gathered automatically as part of the learning algorithm itself. This course will introduce the fundamentals of machine learning, will describe how to implement several practical methods for pattern recognition, feature selection, clustering, and decision making for reward maximization, and will provide a foundation for the development of new machine learning algorithms.  

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 522 – Applied Cyberinfrastructure Concepts

Students will learn from experts from projects that have developed widely adopted foundational Cyber infrastructure resources, followed by hands-on laboratory exercises focused around those resources. Students will use these resources and gain practical experience from laboratory exercises for a final project using a data set and meeting requirements provided by domain scientists. Students will be provided access to computer resources at: UA campus clusters, iPlant Collaborative and at NSF XSEDE. Students will also learn to write a proposal for obtaining future allocation to large-scale national resources through XSEDE.  Graduate-level requirements include reading a paper related to cyberinfrastructure, present it to the class, and lead a discussion on the paper.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): Programming experience at the level of CSC 227 (Program Design and Development) is preferred. Consent of instructor required.
Term Offered:

 

INFO 523 – Data Mining and Discovery

This course will introduce students to the concepts and techniques of data mining for knowledge discovery. It includes methods developed in the fields of statistics, large-scale data analytics, machine learning, pattern recognition, database technology and artificial intelligence for automatic or semi-automatic analysis of large quantities of data to extract previously unknown interesting patterns. Topics include understanding varieties of data, data preprocessing, classification, association and correlation rule analysis, cluster analysis, outlier detection, and data mining trends and research frontiers. We will use software packages for data mining, explaining the underlying algorithms and their use and limitations. The course include laboratory exercises, with data mining case studies using data from many different resources such as social networks, linguistics, geo-spatial applications, marketing and/or psychology

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 524 – Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is an emerging novel area of technology that has been becoming more and more widely used. It enables a more immersive user experience as the head mounted displays surround 360-degree view. It encompasses many disciplines such as computer science, human computer interaction, game design and development, information science and psychology. This course merges a theoretical, practical and project based approach to give students the necessary knowledge required to design and develop their own virtual reality projects using Unity, which is one of the most widely used 3D game engines worldwide.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 525 – Algorithms for Games

Algorithms is a crucial component of game development. This course will provide students with an in-depth introduction to algorithm concepts for game development. The course will cover basic algorithm and data structures concepts, basic math concepts related to game algorithms, physics and artificial intelligence based game algorithms that are supplemented with modern examples. Unity Game Engine along with C# programming language will be used throughout the class.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 533 – Medical On-Line Searching

 

This course will focus on the online retrieval and evaluation of medical literature and the issues surrounding provision of timely, relevant, peer-reviewed medical information. Emphasis will be on the development of the intellectual acuity required to provide physicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, medical researchers and consumers with targeted responses to medical queries. Current search modalities such as Evidence-Based Medicine will be covered both in readings and in class discussions.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Summer Online

 

INFO 540 – Introduction to Archives

Provides an introduction to the archival profession with focus on theory and practice in the areas of appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference, preservation, exhibitions, outreach, and electronic resource development.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 550 – Artificial Intelligence

This course provides a broad technical introduction to the tools, techniques and concepts of artificial intelligence. The course will focus on methods for automating decision making under a variety of conditions, including full and partial information, and dealing with uncertainty. Students will gain practical experience writing programs that use these techniques to solve a variety of problems.

Topics include problem solving (search spaces, uninformed and informed search, games, and constraint satisfaction), principles of knowledge representation and reasoning (propositional and first-­‐order logic, logical inference, planning), and representing and reasoning with uncertainty (decision theory, reinforcement learning, Bayesian networks, probabilistic inference, basic discrete-­‐time probabilistic models).

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): CSC 345 or equivalent or consent of instructor. I am looking for programming competency, familiarity with basic discrete mathematics and elementary concepts of algorithm analysis; familiarity with basic concepts of probability, 
Term Offered:

 

INFO 551 – Game Development

This course provides an introduction to video game development. We will explore game design (not just computer games, but all games) and continue with an examination of game prototyping. Once we have working prototypes, we will continue with the development of a complete 2D computer game. The remaining course topics include: designing the game engine, rendering the graphics to the screen, and artificial intelligence. Students will be given periodic homework that reinforces what was learned in class. Homework will include developing a game prototype, game design documentation, some programming tasks. Students will work in small teams to develop a working game as a term project. Grades will be primarily based on the term project with some small amount of weight to homework. The examples provided in class will be programmed in Java and available for execution on any operating system. Programming homework assignments will be done in either Java or the language chosen by the instructor. The term project can be written in any programming language with instructor permission.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 555 – Applied Natural Language Processing

Most of web data today consists of unstructured text. This course will cover the fundamental knowledge necessary to organize such texts, search them a meaningful way, and extract relevant information from them. This course will teach natural language processing through the design and development of end-to-end natural language understanding applications, including sentiment analysis (e.g., is this review positive or negative?), information extraction (e.g., extracting named entities and their relations from text), and question answering (retrieving exact answers to natural language questions such as "What is the capital of France" from large document collections). We will use several natural language processing toolkits, such as NLTK and Stanford's CoreNLP. The main programming language used in the course will be Python, but code written in Java or Scala will be accepted as well.  Graduate-level requirements include implementing more complex, state-of-the-art algorithms for the three proposed projects. This will require additional reading of conference papers and journal articles.

Unit(s): 4
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

INFO 557 – Neural Networks

Neural networks are a branch of machine learning that combines a large number of simple computational units to allow computers to learn from and generalize over complex patterns in data. Students in this course will learn how to train and optimize feed forward, convolutional, and recurrent neural networks for tasks such as text classification, image recognition, and game playing.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 567 – Leadership and the Information Organization

All information organizations (libraries, archives, museums, and public and corporate organizations involved in information management) have leadership expectations of their professional employees whether they are in management positions or not. This course focuses the theories, principles, and practices of leadership in these organizations. The course will cover what is leadership and how it differs from management. It will identify what it means to be a professional-- career versus job orientation; understanding personal strengths and management styles (Myers-Briggs, Emotional Intelligence); and professional values-- customer focus, continual learning, diversity. It will also cover understanding organizations and organizational cultures; working on teams; collaboration and negotiation; project management; data based decisions; program development and budgeting, assessment and evaluation; communication skills and interpersonal skills-- including giving and receiving constructive feedback; managing conflict; relationship building and networking; leading change and managing up; and what to look for in a new position.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 570 – Data Base Development and Management

This course covers theory, methods, and techniques widely used to design and develop a relational database system and students will develop a broad understanding of modern database management systems. Applications of fundamental database principles in a stand-alone database environment using MS Access and Windows are emphasized. Applications in an Internet environment will be discussed using MySQL in the Linux platform. Graduate-level requirements include a group project consisting of seven sections: Database Design; Implementation (Tables); Forms; Data Retrieval (Queries/Reports); Project Presentation; Project Report; and, Peer Evaluation.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 571 – Introduction to Information Technology

This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts and applications of Internet-related information technology and its impacts on individual users, groups, organizations, and society. The topics in this survey course include computing basics, network applications, human computer interactions, computer-support cooperative work, social aspects of information systems, and some economic and legal issues related to digital services and products.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

INFO 575 – User Interface and Website Design

Study of the user interface in information systems, of human computer interaction, and of website design and evaluation. Graduate-level requirements include group work and longer examinations.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 580 – Data Standards for the Semantic Web

Organizing information in electronic formats requires standard machine-readable languages. This course covers recent standards including XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and related technologies (XPath and XSLT) which are used widely in current information organization systems. Building on a sounding understanding of XML technologies, the course also introduces students to newer standards that support the development of the Semantic Web. These standards include RDF (Resource Description Framework), RDFS (RDF Schema), and OWL (Web Ontology Language) and their application under the Linked Data paradigm. While the application of many specific XML schemas used in libraries and other information setting such as science and business will be used to provide the context for various topics, the main focus of the course is on understanding the concepts of XML and Semantic Web technologies and on applying practical skills in various settings, including but not limiting to libraries. The course is heavy with hands-on assignments and requires students complete a final group project.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

           

INFO 587 – Information Seeking Behaviors

Information-seeking theories, methods, and user behaviors will be covered in order to gain an understanding of how people seek, gather, retrieve and use information. Information-seeking behavior draws on literature from library and information science, psychology, and communications. Graduate-level requirements include conducting a real-world experience or evaluation of information seeking behaviors in a self-selected social context and information system. The project will include a two-page proposal of the experience due at the midterm and an online presentation to the class of the findings of the study, including; problem/issue studies, research question, data collected and analyzed, significance to the social context, and a statement of personal relationships to the topic and participants.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

INFO 608 – Managing the Information Organization

The planning/evaluation cycle as an approach to assessing various information center services.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

INFO 640 – Advanced Archives: Archival Appraisal and Description

This course examines the archivist's `first' responsibility - the appraisal of records for long-term preservation. Appraisal is first in the sequence of archival functions and, therefore, influences all subsequent archival activities. Importantly, appraisal is integral in archiving as, through it, archivists determine what sliver of the total human documentary production will actually become `archives' and thus part of society's historical narrative and collective memory. By performing appraisal and selection, archivists are thereby actively shaping the future's history of our times. Topics covered in this course include Historical Foundations, Key Ideas, and Debates in Appraisal; Appraisal Methods and Strategies; Appraisal for Specific Formats and Genres; and Issues Relating to Appraisal, Democratization, Ethics, and Social Justice. Course readings, assignments, lectures, and discussions will provide students with a thorough knowledge of the basic theories, strategies, professional practices and discourses concerning appraisal with an orientation to doing this job well as working archivists. This is a reading intensive course. Students are expected to attend all classes, do all assigned readings, and participate in in-class and online discussions. Discussions are an integral part of this class as we make sense of our readings and everyday practices together. Participation is absolutely necessary for success. Students are encouraged to integrate relevant prior classroom learning, and personal, professional, and research experiences and reflect upon how these might be utilized or translated in order to work with communities, their archives, and archival materials.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

INFO 671 – Introduction to Digital Curation and Preservation

LIS/INFO 671 introduces the basic functions of: *digital curation, a term that refers to the full set of management processes needed to create, select, describe, preserve and facilitate access to all types of digital collections, and *digital preservation, a formal endeavor to ensure that digital information of continuing value remains accessible and usable. We will focus primarily on digital curation and preservation in archives, libraries and museums, but we will also explore and compare digital curation and preservation practices from other disciplines, such as e-commerce, government documents and various business document systems and collections, in order to understand both the differences and similarities in the organization, management and preservation of different digital collections. By concentrating on common principles of information organization and information life cycles, you will be able to translate your learning and skills to many kinds of digital collections across disciplines and institutional cultures. This course will also introduce the basic problems associated with digital preservation. It will give students a thorough orientation to the technological and organizational approaches, which have been developed to address long-term preservation concerns. Finally, the course will examine the current state of the art in digital preservation and assess what challenges remain in research and implementation efforts. This course is designed to help new information professionals identify roles to play in managing and preserving digital objects and collections, and at the same time to enhance their effectiveness in working across organizational and technical boundaries.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 672 – Introduction to Applied Technology

This course provides a basic understanding of technology in the digital information environment along with an introduction to practical hands-on skills needed to manage digital information. The course combines reading, discussion, collaboration, project work, independent study, and guided hands-on practice. The course covers the basic installation, setup and maintenance of key systems found in the digital information environment today. Linux is used as a foundation for learning while drawing parallels to the Windows server operating system, Unix operating systems, and other operating systems.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 675 – Advanced Digital Collections

This three-credit course is one of six required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management (DigIn). This course will provide an in-depth look at the processes involved in building and managing digital collections and institutional repositories. The course will have a strong hands-on component in which students will apply advanced resource description methods to a collection, and then build a prototype repository along with a basic access system. Students will also analyze and discuss case examples of digital collections, focusing on technology management issues and organizational strategies for building different types of collections.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

           

INFO 692 – Directed Research

Directed Research courses are intended to cover advanced material outside of or beyond the scope of current course offerings. In such courses, the student will work on a research project under the direct supervision of a School of Information faculty member. The research topic should be relevant to MS degree competencies and contribute to the development of the student’s knowledge and skill sets in the field of Information Science. The student should propose a research plan including the expected outcome and the faculty advisor should approve it before registration. The research plan should include a problem statement, proposed research methods, expected outcome, a schedule of research activities and meeting schedule between the student and the faculty advisor, and the assessment of the student performance. The amount of the work should be appropriate for the requested credits. The primary faculty advisor must be an SI faculty, but faculty members from other units may participate in advising the student.

Unit(s): 1-3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 693 – Internship

Internship is intended to provide an opportunity for students to build on what they have mastered in the program and practice the knowledge and skills in the real world. The Internship should be relevant to student's degree competencies and contribute to the development and enforcement of the student's knowledge and skill sets in the field of Information Science. The student should propose an internship plan and then identify an internship site supervisor, who typically is external. The site supervisor and the graduate advisor of the school need to approve the plan prior to course registration. The plan should include goals for the internship, degree competencies addressed by the internship, expected tasks to be completed, work schedule, and the assessment plan. The amount of the work should be appropriate for the units registered (3 units = 135 hours). The internship may be paid or unpaid. Student may take an internship in the same organization where student is employed, but work planed for the internship need to have a clear separation from the work expected by the employment. At the conclusion of the internship, the site supervisor is expected to submit a written assessment of student's work.

Unit(s): 1-6
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

   

INFO 696E – Graduate Seminar

The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

INFO 698 – Capstone Project

Capstone Project is intended to provide an opportunity for students to show off what they have mastered in the program. The project should be relevant to MS degree competencies and contribute to the development and enforcement of the student's knowledge and skill sets in the field of Information Science. The student should propose a project plan and the faculty advisor should approve it before registration. The project plan should include goals for the project, MS competencies addressed by the project, system design, an implementation schedule, and the assessment plan. The project plan should also include reasonable milestones and check points. The amount of the work should be appropriate for a 3-unit course. The primary faculty advisor must be an SI faculty, but faculty members from other units may participate in advising the student.

Unit(s): 1-3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 699 – Independent Study

Independent studies are intended to cover advanced material outside of or beyond the scope of current course offerings. The topic should be relevant to MS degree competencies and contribute to the development of the student's knowledge and skill sets in the field of Information Science. The student should propose a study plan and the faculty advisor should approve it before registration. The study plan should include learning objectives, readings and/or activities, a schedule of the meetings between the student and the faculty advisor, and the learning outcome and its assessment. The amount of the work should be appropriate for the requested credits. The primary faculty advisor must be an SI faculty, but faculty members from other units may participate in advising the student.

Unit(s): 1-3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

INFO 900 – Research

Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.

Unit(s): 1-9
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

INFO 920 – Dissertation

Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).

Unit(s): 1-9
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

Master of Arts in Library and Information Science

 

LIS 504 – Foundations of Library and Information Services

As the first course a SLIS master’s student takes, LIS 504 provides an introduction to the library and information professions, to the SLIS graduate program and to roles and current issues in library and information services for the 21st Century.

Unit(s):
3Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 506 – Research Methods for Library and Information Professionals 

Introduction to the theories and practices used in the organization of Information. Overview of national and international standards and practices for access to information in collections.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): LIS 504
Term Offered:

 

LIS 515 – Organization of Information

Introduction to the theories and practices used in the organization of information. Overview of national and international standards and practices for access to information in collections.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 517 – Introduction to Digital Cultures

Digital information technologies shape our lives. The benefits and the possible dangers of digital information technologies will be explored from a multidisciplinary perspective, looking at the insights into our digital age from history, linguistics sociology, political theory, information science, and philosophy. Students will have opportunities for active reflection on the ways in which digital technology shapes learning and social interaction. Graduate-level requirements include different percent breakdown of requirements and more stringent expectations in work produced.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 518 – Information Quality

This course will focus on how to insure that we can reliably get quality information and will also consider information quality from the perspective of the suppliers of information.  Principles of evaluating information exchanges and sources will be discussed and topics will include the verification of the accuracy of information and the evaluation of resources in specialized subject domains.  Graduate-level requirements include a stronger emphasis on the group presentation. Participation, midterm exam, individual project, and short assignments will not contribute as heavily to the final grade.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

LIS 520 – Ethics for Library and Information Professionals

Study of the basics of ethical theory and its application to problems in Information management. Application and development of ethical codes in case studies.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

LIS 521 – Children's and Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural Society

Survey of a wide variety of children's and young adult literature with emphasis on bilingual/multilingual, multicultural, and multiethnic literature. Using children's and young adult literature to develop literacy, particularly for English language learners will also be studied.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 523 – Early Childhood and Public Libraries

Examines the full range of abilities needed for working with preschoolers and their families and caregivers in today's public libraries. Provides theory, practice, and a framework for thinking about early childhood development and literacy.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

        

LIS 530 – Cataloging and Metadata Management

Study of the principles and practices of descriptive cataloging for bibliographic and authority control, and resource discovery. AACR2R, RDA, MARC, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH, and selected specialized metadata schemes for all forms and formats of materials are covered.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 532 – Online Searching

Overview of multiple types of digital searching tools used in commercial bibliographic databases, library catalogs, and on the Web for discovering texts, images, and data. Undergraduate students in this co-convened course will have different assignments from the graduate students, but interaction among all levels on the discussion boards will be supported.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 540 – Introduction to Archives

Provides an introduction to the archival profession with focus on theory and practice in the areas of appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference, preservation, exhibitions, outreach, and electronic resource development.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 541 – Preservation

Provides an introduction to the preservation of library materials, including an overview of physical and chemical deterioration in various forms of media, and exploration of the body of knowledge related to ameliorating these problems.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

LIS 550 – Information Environments from Non-Dominant Perspectives

Explores the interconnectedness of information forms and environments (libraries, museums, archives, electronic, mass media, etc.) from different theoretical and cultural perspectives. Contrasts each with Native American and Hispanic experiences in information and library settings.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 551 – Equity of Access
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to issues involving equal access to information and technology particularly as it relates to Latinos and Native Americans and other minority groups. Students will examine information involving the digital divide.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

LIS 557 – Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communities

Addresses themes associated with the production of information artifacts and issues in documenting cultural diversity across the American culture landscape. The practices of collection and documenting cultures and communities will be explored in relation to the mission of libraries, archives, historical societies and other cultural heritage institutions concerned with the acquisition of information in books, journals and other textual materials, and in sound and visual documents.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 558 – Social Justice in Information Services

This course explores the ways in which groups of persons may be knowers and what information rights this knowledge might give them, within groups defined by their ethnic or cultural origin, e.g., indigenous peoples, ethnic and racial groups. In addition, libraries and other information services can be designed so as to foster the development and preservation of group knowledge and respect for group information rights.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 559 – Marketing of Library and Information Services to Communities

Since the 1990s, the concept of marketing as applied to library environments has been misunderstood. Instead of just public relations or advertising, marketing is the process of communicating with customers and potential customers to determine needs, to design services to meet them, to inform the community about services, and to evaluate them so that they can be improved. This course will look at the marketing cycle as it may be applied to a variety of library environments. It will look at the relationship of marketing to program planning, branding, focusing on customers and customer relations, promoting services, and evaluating them. It will look at both physical space and virtual space as they promote the image of libraries and provide places for service delivery.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 560 – Collection Management

Information Resource Development. Principles of identifying, selecting, acquiring, managing, and evaluating information resources for libraries, information centers, and other information-based settings.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 563 – Readers' Advisory Services in Public Libraries

Introduction to readers' advisory services in a public library setting. Emphasis on genre fiction, although non-fiction readers' advisory will also be addressed. Additional topics include the readers' advisory interview, tools and resources, and marketing fiction in your library. Graduate-level requirements include more extensive research and a higher level of performance.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 567 – Leadership and the Information Organization

All information organizations (libraries, archives, museums, and public and corporate organizations involved in information management) have leadership expectations of their professional employees whether they are in management positions or not.  This course focuses the theories, principles, and practices of leadership in these organizations.  The course will cover what is leadership and how it differs from management.  It will identify what it means to be a professional-- career versus job orientation; understanding personal strengths and management styles (Myers-Briggs, Emotional Intelligence); and professional values-- customer focus, continual learning, diversity.  It will also cover understanding organizations and organizational cultures; working on teams; collaboration and negotiation; project management; data based decisions;  program development and budgeting, assessment and evaluation; communication skills and interpersonal skills-- including giving and receiving constructive feedback; managing conflict; relationship building and networking; leading change and managing up; and what to look for in a new position.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 570 – Data Base Development and Management

This course covers theory, methods, and techniques widely used to design and develop a relational database system and students will develop a broad understanding of modern database management systems. Applications of fundamental database principles in a stand-alone database environment using MS Access and Windows are emphasized. Applications in an Internet environment will be discussed using MySQL in the Linux platform. Graduate-level requirements include a group project consisting of seven sections: Database Design; Implementation (Tables); Forms; Data Retrieval (Queries/Reports); Project Presentation; Project Report; and, Peer Evaluation.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered:

 

LIS 571 – Introduction to Information Technology

This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts and applications of Internet-related information technology and its impacts on individual users, groups, organizations, and society. The topics in this survey course include computing basics, network applications, human computer interactions, computer-support cooperative work, social aspects of information systems, and some economic and legal issues related to digital services and products.

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 572 – Government Information: Policy & Resources

The U.S. government collects, generates, publishes and distributes a vast amount and variety of information. All information professionals-even those who do not intend to specialize as government document librarians-should understand the organization of and promote access to this body of work. In this course, lectures, discussions, and readings will acquaint students with theoretical and practical knowledge. The assignments will provide opportunities for deeper exploration of government information policies and resources. Graduate-level requirements include a policy paper worth 35% of their final grade.

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 575 – User Interface and Website Design

Study of the user interface in information systems, of human computer interaction and of website design and evaluation. Graduate-level requirements include group work and longer examinations.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 580 – Data Standards for the Semantic Web

Organizing information in electronic formats requires standard machine readable languages. This course covers recent standards including XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and related technologies (XPath and XSLT) which are used widely in current information organization systems. Building on a sounding understanding of XML technologies, the course also introduces students to newer standards that support the development of the Semantic Web. These standards include RDF (Resource Description Framework), RDFS (RDF Schema), and OWL (Web Ontology Language) and their application under the Linked Data paradigm. While the application of many specific XML schemas used in libraries and other information setting such as science and business will be used to provide the context for various topics, the main focus of the course is on understanding the concepts of XML and Semantic Web technologies and on applying practical skills in various settings, including but not limiting to libraries. The course is heavy with hands-on assignments and requires students complete a final group project.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 581 – Information Literacy Pedagogy

Librarians and information professionals require expertise in teaching as our constituents learn to navigate the ever-expanding information landscape to use, create, and critique knowledge. This seminar-style course provides students with a foundation for pedagogy of information literacy instruction in libraries and similar settings. Understanding the identity and evolution of teaching librarians, associated learning theories, instructional praxis, and the current state of professional conversations about teaching and learning, students in this course will begin to situate themselves as library educators.

Unit(s): 3
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Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 582 – Young Adults and Public Libraries

This course will enable students to examine the full range of skills needed for working with young adults in today's public library. It will provide theory and practice and give students a framework for thinking about services to young adults. Assignments are designed to have students work in teams and often require connections with young adults, fellow professionals and community representatives. Students will be challenged to envision the best in library service to young adults and to envision themselves as key players in their libraries and communities in the next critical decades.

Unit(s): 3
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Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 583 – eLearning for Librarians

This course gives students the practical skills needed to develop high-quality online multimedia learning objects. Starting from a cognitive processing framework, students will examine evidence-based learning principles and how they are applied to online multimedia materials. Students will explore the latest multimedia technologies including content authoring tools, rapid e-learning tools, and video, audio and graphic tools. Course topics include learning theories, graphic design principles, interactivity, gaming, and engagement. Additionally, usability, accessibility, and universal design will be studied and students will understand how different assessments can be applied in different library contexts. Learning theories and background information will guide students in this course through the process of developing practical assessment models to evaluate online multimedia learning objects that can be used in a variety of libraries. This course can be taken concurrently with LIS 586: Learning Design for Library Instruction - LIS 583 will focus on instructional design to support asynchronous and online learning.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 584 – Introduction to Copyright 

Introduces the basics of copyright law and fair use, also discusses the theoretical foundations and history of copyright and the public domain. These issues are placed within a broader multicultural and international context. By the end of the course students will: (a) know the basics of copyright law and fair use as they apply to libraries and related information services, and (b) understand the importance of balancing the rights of intellectual property owners with the societal need for a robust public domain.  Graduate-level requirements include an individual project on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor.

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 587 – Information Seeking

Information seeking is the process or activity of attempting to obtain and use information from both human and virtual sources. It is a basic skill that people in the 21st Century need for their academic and career work. LIS 587 addresses how to assist users of information services and libraries to accomplish this important task. The course addresses information seeking theories, methods and user behaviors with a goal of students gaining an understanding of how people seek, gather, retrieve and use information. The course draws on literature from library and information science, psychology and communications. Understanding information seeking is applicable broadly for information professionals.

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LIS 608 – Managing the Information Organization

The planning/evaluation cycle as an approach to assessing various information center services.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Spring

 

LIS 624 – Community Health and Medical Informatics

[Taught yearly] This course is designed to give students knowledge of health informatics within the context of all types of information centers. The course includes:  an overview of health information resources -- both public and medical, evaluating and creating health information resources, promoting health and medical information from the library, and use of data bases to identify and trying to solve community issues around prevalent health & medical issues with in a community. Program planning and evaluation will be introduced. 

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 634 – Data Management in Healthcare Systems

{Taught off numbered years} Focuses on development and maintenance of healthcare databases for application in solving healthcare problems. Design methods, database structures, indexing, data dictionaries, retrieval languages and data security are presented.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): LIS/NURS 646 or equivalent. Experience with database software applications or equivalent course and consent of instructor.
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LIS 640 – Advanced Issues in Archival Enterprise

This course examines the archivist’s ‘first’ responsibility – the appraisal of records for long-term preservation. Appraisal is first in the sequence of archival functions and, therefore, influences all subsequent archival activities. Importantly, appraisal is integral in archiving as, through  it, archivists determine what silver of the total human documentary production will actually become ‘archives’ and thus part of society’s historical narrative and collective memory. By performing appraisal and selection, archivists are thereby actively shaping the future’s history of our times.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): LIS 540
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LIS 646 – Healthcare Informatics: Theory and Practice

Focuses on the theoretical basis of healthcare informatics with an emphasis on management and processing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge. Healthcare vocabulary and language systems, and basic database design concepts are addressed.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): LIS 540
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LIS 662 – Systematic Reviews in Health Information

Explores current issues in health information and medical libraries. Topics vary.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): LIS 532 or LIS 533
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LIS 671 – Introduction to Digital Curation and Digital Collections

This course will address the impact of technology on the fundamentals of libraries, archives and records management. Many librarians, archivists and records managers who have been working for even a few years find that they need to know more about working with digital information, the shift from paper to electrons caused a shift in the fundamental nature of the professions. To thrive in the digital era, they need new skills to accomplish many of the same tasks. Collections will no longer be physical, bur virtual. Patrons will often be thousands of miles away, not just the other side of the reference desk. This course is intended to help you understand this new environment.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 672 – Introduction to Applied Technology

This course provides a basic understanding of technology in the digital information environment along with an introduction to practical hands-on skills needed to manage digital information. The course combines reading, discussion, collaboration, project work, independent study, and guided hands-on practice. The course covers the basic installation, setup and maintenance of key systems found in the digital information environment today. Linux is used as a foundation for learning while drawing parallels to the Windows server operating system, Unix operating systems, and other operating systems.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

 

LIS 673 – Managing the Digital Information Environment

This course provides you with a basic understanding of the theory and practical approaches to the management of information and technology in the digital information environment. Management topics considered in this course range from the strategic (planning, leadership, and policy development) to the tactical (project management, the acquisition and deployment of technology). The course combines reading, discussion, collaboration, project work, independent study, and guided hands-on practice in order to reinforce the concepts described in the project objectives.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 674 – Preservation of Digital Collections

This three-credit course is one of six required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management (DigIn). This course will introduce the basic problems associated with digital preservation. It will give students a thorough orientation to the technological and organizational approaches, which have been developed to address long-term preservation concerns. Finally, the course will examine the current state of the art in digital preservation and assess what challenges remain in research and implementation efforts.

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 675 – Advanced Digital Collections

This three-credit course is one of six required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management (DigIn). This course will provide an in-depth look at the processes involved in building and managing digital collections and institutional repositories. The course will have a strong hands-on component in which students will apply advanced resource description methods to a collection, and then build a prototype repository along with a basic access system. Students will also analyze and discuss case examples of digital collections, focusing on technology management issues and organizational strategies for building different types of collections.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): LIS 672
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LIS 676 – Digital Information Management Capstone

This three-credit course is the last of six required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management. LIS 676 is designed to give students experience working on a major project that will utilize the hands-on as well as theoretical learning acquired through the DigIn courses. Capstone projects should make a significant contribution to an organization that hosts digital collections, such as a library, archives, or museum, or it should make a significant research contribution involving some aspect of digital curation or digital libraries, and should be clearly designed to highlight your abilities and career goals.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): LIS 671, LIS 672, LIS 673, LIS 674, LIS 675
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

           

LIS 681E – Law Library Practice and Administration

This course will focus on a wide range of issues dealing with law library practice and administration, including but not limited to digital law libraries, collection development, law library administration, teaching legal research, database management, professional ethics and intellectual property issues. Several classes will be taught by guest lecturers, primarily librarians from the law library.

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 689A – Teaching Legal Research

This course is for students who seek to be law librarians. The course will meet once a week for two hours where the students will develop lesson plans and practice teaching legal research in specific areas such as the case, the statute and legislative history, secondary sources, non-legal research, CALR, administrative law and the internet. We will videotape their practice classes to critique and to allow students to monitor their own teaching styles. They will also develop web pages for the course. The course will culminate with the students actually teaching the Intermediate Legal Research (boot camp) class which takes place the week after the Spring semester ends.

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 693 – Internship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Unit(s): 1-6
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 696E – Information Resources

Seminar: The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

Unit(s): 3
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LIS 698 – Capstone Exit Requirement 

The purpose of the capstone project is for the student to gain professional community-focused experience while placing the learning, skills and knowledge expected of a librarian or other information professional into a real world professional context. Should the student be approved for a project in lieu of an internship, the same requirement to document expected learning objectives and align the project with SLIS competencies in the final e-portfolio reflection applies.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 699 – Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

LIS 900 – Research

Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.

Unit(s): 1-9
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall

LIS 909 – e-Portfolio (Electronic Portfolio)

This one-credit required course is normally taken in the student’s final semester before graduating with a master ’s degree in library and information science.

Unit(s): 1-9
Prerequisite(s):
Term Offered: Fall, Spring

 

 IRLS 596K – Methods and Materials of Literary Research

The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports and/or papers.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s):
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IRLS 600 – Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music

Bibliographical materials; research resources, techniques, and problems directed toward graduate study in music.

Unit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): Required of all doctoral candidates in music.
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