Graduate Courses

LIS 641: Community-focused Archives and Museums (3 credits)

This course will bring together lectures, discussions, guest presentations, and community-focused assignments to develop student understanding of and experience working with communities on the formation of practical strategies for working within community-focused archives and museum contexts to: identify records, artifacts, and their creation; document their activities; collect, manage, display, make accessible, and preserve records and other historical and cultural material; and undertake community-focused collaborative research.

LIS 533: Medical Online Searching (3 credits)

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.

LIS 556: Health Information in Ethnic-Cultural Communities

This course provides the student with an overview of social, historical, and cultural influences on the health status of multi-ethnic cultural communities with an emphasis on Native American and Hispanic environments. Students will integrate health disparities knowledge as they learn about consumer health information resources which address these concerns.

LIS 660: Business Information Resources

This course surveys and evaluates the major print and electronic bibliographic and information sources in business librarianship.  Emphasis is placed upon user needs as they are translated into information-seeking practices.

LIS 589: Scholarly Communication (3 credits)

Structure and workings of scholarly communication and products in the U.S. Examines the content and technology of scholarly communication in various disciplines.

INFO 556: Text Retrieval and Web Search

Most of the web data today consists of unstructured text. Of course, the fact that this data exists is irrelevant, unless it is made available such that users can quickly find information that is relevant for their needs. This course will cover the fundamental knowledge necessary to build such systems, such as web crawling, index construction and compression, boolean, vector-based, and probabilistic retrieval models, text classification and clustering, link analysis algorithms such as PageRank, and computational advertising.

INFO 519: Knowledge in a Digital World (Cross-listed LIS 519)

We do all sorts of things with information technology: we play games, we listen to music, we watch movies, and we communicate with other people. But one of the main things that we use information technology for is to learn things. Toward this end, we visit Wikipedia,, The New York Times, and other such sites. Or we just Google stuff that we want to know about. This course is about how information technology is affecting the ability of individuals and institutions to acquire and share knowledge.

INFO 554: Informatics in Biology

Analyze genomic sequences through understanding and using a variety of bioinformatics algorithms and software tools.  Interdisciplinary approach integrating informatics, statistics, and biology.  Graduate-level requirements include leading a discussion on a current paper or give a tutorial on a bioinformatics tool as part of the Major Concept Exercises category.

INFO 501: Designing an Installation

This course is a hands-on, project-based approach to understanding and designing art installations. Enrollees will learn principles, tools, and techniques of rapid prototyping and installation design, and will collaborate to design and implement a large-scale installation by the end of the semester.

INFO 565: Information Architecture and Controlled Vocabularies (3 credits)

Introduction to organization systems that use controlled vocabularies. Principles, standards, design and maintenance of thesauri using computer software are studied. The use of controlled vocabularies in website design and digital libraries is also explored.

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