Graduate Courses for Library Science (LBSC)

Schedule of Classes: Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer
(Only current and next semester available)

LBSC 488 Recent Trends and Issues in Library and Information Services (1-3 credits)
Repeatable to 9 credits.
Discussions of recent trends and issues in library and information services. Designed for practicing professionals.

LBSC 499 Workshops, Clinics, and Institutes (1-9 credits)
Repeatable to 9 credits.
Workshops, clinics, and institutes developed around specific topics or problems. Primarily for practicing librarians.

LBSC 601 Users and Information Context (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Nature and roles of information and information institutions; information behavior; studying information behavior; information policy; the information professions.

LBSC 602 Serving Information Needs (3 credits)
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Credit only granted for: LBSC602 or LBSC601 and LBSC650.
An introduction to the skills necessary to interact directly with individuals through the exploration of user behavior theory, strategies to locate and evaluate information from print and electronic resources, and policies and procedures to ensure that all individuals can become information literate.

LBSC 603 Library Systems Analysis (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Systems approach to library and information services, emphasizing managerial decision making and problem solving. Model building, flowcharting, motion and time study, cost analyses, system design, and evaluation methods.

LBSC 605 Archival Principles, Practices, and Programs (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Introduction to all aspects of archival work, including records management, appraisal, and selection, arrangement and description, preservation, electronic records, reference and outreach. Elements of an archival program. The role and work of archivists. Issues, conditions, and needs in the field.

LBSC 611 History of the Book (3 credits)
Credit only granted for: LBSC611 or LBSC078B. Formerly: LBSC708B.
Introduction to the history and development of the book from pre-printing and incunabula to the post-modern book. Book illustration; publishing; collecting.

LBSC 620 Diverse Populations, Inclusion, and Information (3 credits)
Importance of equality of information access. Social, political, and technological barriers to information. Information needs of diverse and underrepresented populations. Principles of inclusive information services.

LBSC 622 Information and Universal Usability (3 credits)
Information services and technologies to provide equal experiences and outcomes to all users. Laws, standards, approaches, component concepts, access needs, and technologies in relation to physical and online information environments.

LBSC 627 Older Adults and Information (3 credits)
Credit only granted for: LBSC627 or LBSC708C. Formerly: LBSC708C.
Information needs, behaviors, and resources of older adults. Challenges and opportunities in providing appropriate services to the aging population. Information technology and computer literacy. Libraries as a key site for information, lifelong learning, and empowerment.

LBSC 631 Achieving Organizational Excellence (3 credits)
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Credit only granted for: LBSC631 or LBSC635.
Introduction to the principles, practices, and techniques of leadership and management as they apply to information-based cultural institutions.

LBSC 635 Management and Administration for the Information Professional (3 credits)
Management and administrative theory and principles and their implications and applications to information organizations.

LBSC 640 School Librarians as Information Professionals (3 credits)
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and permission of instructor. Credit only granted for: LBSC640 or LBSC643. Formerly: LBSC643.
Foundational concepts in information studies and in school library programs and services. Current and evolving educational systems; roles and functions of school librarians within them.

LBSC 641 Selecting and Evaluating of Resources for Learning (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Policies and procedures for collection development, including identifying, evaluating, acquiring, providing, and promoting resources in all formats, to support learning and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

LBSC 642 Integrating Technology into Learning and Teaching (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Credit only granted for: LBSC642 or LBSC708C. Formerly: LBSC708C.
Hardware, software, video and other equipment, and networking in schools. Pedagogic uses of information technology, including networked resources and multimedia.

LBSC 645 Literature and Materials for Children (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Survey of literature and other materials for children and youth. Criteria for evaluating and using such materials as they relate to the needs, interests, reading abilities, and other capabilities of young readers.

LBSC 646 Literature and Materials for Young Adults (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Credit only granted for: LBSC646 or LBSC746. Formerly: LBSC746.
Survey of literature and other materials for older children and adolescents. Criteria for evaluating and using such materials as they relate to the needs, interests, reading abilities, and other capabilities of young readers.

LBSC 647 Children's Services in the Public Library (3 credits)
Public library services for children, birth to 12 years of age. Developmental characteristics and information needs of children. Children as a client group. Programming and collection development. Management of children's services, including planning, staffing, and advocacy.

LBSC 650 Information Access Services (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Information needs, search mediation, search strategies, reference services, information access issues, collection development.

LBSC 670 Organization of Information (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Functions and evaluation of document and information retrieval systems; analysis and representation of data, information, knowledge, language, and text; metadata for the control of documents and other objects.

LBSC 671 Creating Information Infrastructures (3 credits)
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Credit only granted for: LBSC671 or LBSC671 and LBSC690.
Foundations of acquiring and managing collections, information structures, indexing and discovery systems needed by information professionals. An introduction to the theoretical concepts, trends, systems, and technologies central to the information field.

LBSC 680 Principles of Records and Information Management (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Principles and practices of managing records in the context of information management programs in government, corporate and other institutional settings. Includes access; legal requirements; digital technologies; and creation, administration, appraisal, and retention and disposition of records.

LBSC 682 Management of Electronic Records & Information (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC605 and LBSC680. Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Role of archivists and records managers in the management of electronic records. Records life cycle and the impact of technology programs for managing electronic records.

LBSC 684 Archival Arrangement and Description (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Principles of archival arrangement and descriptioin and their application to making archival material available for research and use. National and international standards for archival description. Studies of users of archival descriptive systems. Current and emerging issues.

LBSC 690 Information Technology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Human-centered design issues, implementation and technical issues, and application and sociotechnical issues of information technology; emerging information technologies.

LBSC 698 Children's Information Technology and Policy (3 credits)
Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Formerly: LBSC708N.
Topics and issues in information technology and children.

LBSC 702 User Instruction (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Critical analysis of the rationale, content, and processes of user instruction in library and information settings.

LBSC 703 Field Study in Archives, Records and Information Management (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC605, LBSC650, LBSC670, and LBSC690; and must have completed 12 additional credits. Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Supervised experience in archival, records, or information management programs in organization and institutions. Application of theories, methods, and approaches to effectively carry out work and meet program goals.

LBSC 706 Seminar in International and Comparative Librarianship and Information Science (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Comparison and contrast of bibliographic systems, institutions, service arrangements, and professional patterns in developed and developing cultures. Libraries, information organizations, and international information systems viewed against the backdrop of national cultures. Influences of social, political, and economic factors upon these forms.

LBSC 707 Field Study in Library Service (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC601, LBSC650, LBSC670, and LBSC690; and must have completed 12 additional credits. Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Supervised experience within library operations and/or the opportunity to perform a study to solve a specific problem in a suitable library or other information agency.

LBSC 708 Special Topics in Information Studies (1-3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Additional information: No student may earn more than a total of 12 credits in both LBSC 708 and LBSC 709.
Consult Schedule of Classes or CLIS informational materials for specific offerings.

LBSC 709 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Intensive individual study, reading, or research in an area of specialized interest under faculty supervision. Registration limited to the advanced student with the approval of the advisor and of the faculty member involved.

LBSC 713 Planning and Evaluating Library Services (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
analysis of quantitative and qualitative methods for planning and evaluating library and information services. Demonstration and use of selecte d methods, including project planning and monitoring methods.

LBSC 723 Advocacy and Support for Information Services (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Role and influence of government, foundations, associations, and other organizations in supporting and setting the agenda for information services of all types. Role of information professionals in demonstrating advocacy, fund-raising, public relations, lobbying, and seeking external support.

LBSC 724 Public Library Seminar (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Organization, support, and service patterns of public libraries. The public library in national, state, and local contexts.

LBSC 731 Special Collections (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC605 or LBSC601; or permission of instructor.
Management of special collections, whose holdings may include manuscripts (particularly personal papers), non-textual materials, graphical materials, and rare books, with analysis of the custodial and management functions associated with special collections.

LBSC 734 Seminar in the Academic Library (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Role of the academic library within the framework of higher education. Planning programs and services, collections, support, fiscal management, physical plant, and cooperation.

LBSC 735 Legal Issues in Managing Information (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Legal issues related to collecting, maintaining, and providing access to information materials. Includes ownership, copyright, privacy, freedom of information, and related issues in archives, libraries and other settings.

LBSC 737 Seminar in the Special Library and Information Center (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC601, LBSC690, LBSC670, and LBSC650; or permission of instructor.
Role of special libraries and information centers in the information transfer process. Analysis of the information transfer system; information needs and uses; management of special libraries and information centers; and types of libraries, such as governmental or industrial libraries, archives, and information analysis centers.

LBSC 741 Seminar in School Library Administration (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC640; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Development, management, and evaluation of school library programs at all levels.

LBSC 742 Collaborative Instructional Design and Evaluation (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC640; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
School librarians' collaborative role in instruction. Systematic design, development, and evaluation of instructional strategies and products for learning.

LBSC 744 Internship in School Library (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC640, LBSC742, and LBSC741. Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Opportunities to observe and participate in the operation of school libraries at the elementary and secondary levels under the supervision of certified school librarians.

LBSC 745 Storytelling Materials and Techniques (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC645; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Literary sources and instruction and practice in oral techniques.

LBSC 748 Advanced Seminar in Children's Literature (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. And LBSC645; or permission of instructor.
Selected topics in literature for children and adolescents, including historical aspects, individual authors, and major themes and trends.

LBSC 750 Information Access in Electronic Environments (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Analysis of information problems, search strategy development, evaluation of electronic resources, command language comparisons, evaluation of search results.

LBSC 751 Information Access in the Humanities (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Research methods, information needs, information structure, and information sources and services in the humanities (for example, religion, philosophy, language, literature, history, music history, art history).

LBSC 752 Information Access in the Arts (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Research methods, practice, information needs, information structure, and information sources and services in the visual arts (for example, fine arts, decorative arts, architecture, photography) and the performing arts (for example, theater, film, music, dance, and costume).

LBSC 753 Information Access in the Social Sciences (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Research methods, information needs, information structure, and information sources and services in the social sciences (for example, anthropology, economics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology).

LBSC 756 Information Access in Science and Technology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Research methods, information needs, information structure, and information sources and services in science and technology (for example, biology, chemistry, physics, math, agriculture, computer science, engineering).

LBSC 758 Special Topics in Information Access (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650. Recommended: LBSC750. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.
Topics and issues in information access.

LBSC 762 Information Access in the Health Sciences (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC650; or permission of instructor.
Health sciences reference sources, stressing specialized reference and services characteristic of clinical medicine and health care delivery. Major emphasis on literature searches using MEDLINE and other manual and online databases. Considerable time spent at the National Library of Medicine or another medical library.

LBSC 764 Access to Legal Information (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Research methods, practices, information needs, information structure, and information sources and services related to law.

LBSC 766 Access to Business Information (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Research methods, information needs, information structure, information sources and services related to business.

LBSC 767 Access to Federal Government Information (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC650.
Research methods, information needs, information production and structure, information sources and services, and selection policies related to federal government information.

LBSC 770 Bibliographic Control (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC670.
Problems and current issues in bibliographic control. Study and use of subject heading lists, thesauri, classification schemes, cataloging standards, and bibliographic utilities.

LBSC 773 Classification Theory (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC670.
Survey of classificatory principles from bibliographic, philosophical, biological, psychological, and linguistic perspectives. Challenges to traditional principles from the cognitive sciences and their implementations for bibliographic classification.

LBSC 774 Seminar in Linguistic Topics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC670.
Topics in linguistics with applications in information science. Syntax and semantics as they apply to the analysis of communication processes and to natural language processing for information storage and retrieval.

LBSC 775 Construction and Maintenance of Index Languages and Thesauri (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC670.
Design of index languages/thesauri and procedures for their construction. Analysis and evaluation of existing index languages/thesauri. Term project in constructing an index language/thesaurus.

LBSC 781 Access Techniques and Systems for Archives (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC605.
Methods, approaches, and systems to locate, access, and use archival records, including systems analysis, control systems. researcher services, descriptive formats and techniques, and the use of digital technologies and the Internet for accessing archival records.

LBSC 783 Seminar in Technical Services (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Technical services in large libraries, including acquisitions, cataloging, serials control, automation, cooperative programs, and managerial controls.

LBSC 784 Digital Preservation (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC605 or LBSC601; or permission of instructor. Credit only granted for: LBSC708Q or LBSC784. Formerly: LBSC708Q.
Issues and practices regarding digitization of analog materials and preservation of digital materials, both digitized and born digital.

LBSC 785 Documentation, Collection, and Appraisal of Records (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC605; or permission of instructor.
Development of documentation strategies and plans; collecting policies to guide programs in acquiring records; theories and techniques for appraising records to identify those with continuing value.

LBSC 786 Library and Archives Preservation (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Literature and key issues in the preservation of archival and library materials. The development of preservation programs and the establishment and maintenance of effective management techniques. The nature of the materials from which archives and books are made, causes of damage and deterioration, binding structures and environmental concerns will be discussed within the context of general archives and libraries administration.

LBSC 788 Seminar in Archives, Records, and Information Management (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC605; or permission of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.
Analysis and discussion of issues and topics in the development and administration of programs for archives, records and information management. Repeatable with permission of instructor.

LBSC 789 Special Topics in Contemporary Archives (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC605.
Issues in administering contemporary archives and records management programs.

LBSC 790 Building the Human-Computer Interface (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Must have experience in programming; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Corequisite: Concurrently enrolled in LBSC795; or concurrently enrolled in CMSC434. Credit only granted for: LBSC708L or LBSC790. Formerly: LBSC708L.
Principles and techniques for user interface implementation. Principles for building reliable large-scale interface components. Use of prototyping and rapid development tools. Techniques for managing user input and visual and auditory displays.

LBSC 791 Designing Principled Inquiry (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LBSC671, LBSC602, and LBSC631; and additional 15 credits in LBSC course work. Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Critical analysis of roles of information professions and institutions in integrating theory, methods, practice, policies, and values of the field, and applying them to the design of future information systems and services.

LBSC 794 Principles of Software Evaluation (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and LBSC690.
Human factors and other criteria for evaluating software for instructional, library, and information applications. Systematic procedures for evaluating and selecting appropriate packages.

LBSC 799 Master's Thesis Research (1-6 credits)
Restriction: For doctoral students in Information Studies; or other students by permission of instructor only.

 

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