LIS-S 500 Methods and Tools for the Information Profession

3 credits

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Delivery: Online
  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 2
    The above are the semesters this course is generally offered. View the course schedule below to confirm.
  • This course covers tools for office productivity, presentation, analysis, database administration, and website creation and systems for collaboration and cloud computing. Students learn principles and concepts for organization and classification; develop information retrieval strategies; determine resources for information professionals; identify accessibility needs; evaluate collections, facilities, and services; and conduct preparatory work for research.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Produce documents in productivity, presentation, analysis, and database software.
    2. Manipulate systems for collaboration and cloud computing.
    3. Determine resources for information professionals.
    4. Design, implement, and evaluate information retrieval strategies (e.g., query construction, Boolean).
    5. Produce standard citations in several formats (APA, MLA, Chicago) for bibliographic work.
    6. Distinguish common organizational concepts (e.g., taxonomy and folksonomy).
    7. Assess the principles of consistency and uniformity (authority control) in classification.
    8. Evaluate information collections, facilities, and services using qualitative and quantitative methods.
    9. Appraise various metadata practices and how records are created, preserved, and made accessible.
    10. Complete preparatory work for designing and conducting research.
    11. Construct conceptual frameworks for relational database design.
    12. Determine accessibility needs for digital resources.
    13. Address issues in access, organization, promotion, copyright, and censorship.
    14. Communicate evaluation results effectively in oral, textual, graphic, and numeric formats.
    15. Use technology tools to access and publish online resources.

    Course Schedule