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LIS-S 604 Topics in Library and Information Science

1-4 credits

Prerequisites: May be decided by the instructor.

Study of specific topics in librarianship and preservation. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Same course number used for different courses.

Spring 2020

Community Data

Instructor: Ayoung Yoon

Data are a powerful source for helping communities’ decision-making, program assessment, and program design. Collecting sound data and intelligently using existing open data are consistently important tasks for many community entities (e.g., public libraries, local governments, and non-profit community-based organizations) so that they may evaluate the results of their own work and tell the story of that work to residents, funders, and other important stakeholders. Open data are particularly helpful for 1) diagnosing community problems and designing community services (e.g., social and library services), 2) securing funding and verifying needs, 3) evaluating programs, 4) highlighting community strengths, and 5) fostering policy changes.

This course introduces the concept of open data in the context of community work, the impact of this data, as well as the data literacy skills necessary for identifying data sources and applying them to a given context. Students will explore existing open data and tools. Half of this course will be devoted to project-based learning, in which students will use relevant open data and work with any community entity of interest to them.

Electronic Records Management

Instructor: Stephen Dalina

The practical nature of the course will provide you with the tools to take on organizational projects dealing with archives, records, and information management.

The course interaction and written assignments allows students a great deal of flexibility to focus on/cater to topics that interest you the most (government/legal/corporate/academic/health related fields).

Makerspaces in Information Institutions

Instructor: Soo (Sue) Hyeon Kim

This exciting new course counts as a new option to fulfill the public library and youth specialization core course requirements and is a recommended elective for both the academic and school library specializations. Also, well suited to the generalist degree.

Summer 2020

Emergent Literacy

Instructor: Laura Clark

The course introduces students to the topic of emergent literacy as well as orienting students to current issues relevant to public libraries. The course emphasizes emergent literacy, application of research, and impacts of assigned readings, and emergent literacy programming. No prerequisites for this course.

Fall 2020

Inquiry and Innovation

Instructor: Kristin Patrick and Kym Kramer

This three-credit course is an introduction to the use of information inquiry processes, methods, techniques, and concepts with PK-12 students and other educators and librarians. Skills and processes associated with information literacy, media literacy, creative thinking, and critical thinking provide the foundation of the course design. Throughout the course students will be exploring and applying innovative integration of technology into curriculum development and programming. Timely topics such as administrating Learning Management Systems and designing curriculum for eLearning and 1:1 initiatives are included. Preqrequisites are S574 or S572 and/or a valid state teaching license is encouraged, but not required.

Multicultural Approaches to Librarianship

Instructor: Miriam Tuliao

How do 21st century librarians support and advocate for racially and ethnically diverse communities? How do library leaders promote equity and inclusion in school, public and academic libraries? What are the standards for developing collections, programs and services for multicultural audiences?

This elective course provides a framework for developing responsive and relevant library services for diverse populations. Students will examine community data, explore organizational and professional values, and learn the theory and practice of developing culturally aware and community-centered policies, collections and programs in different library and information environments. Prerequisites are S500 and S501, or consent of instructor.

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  • Online

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