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THE INFORMATION SCHOOL
THE INFORMATION SCHOOL
LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE

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LIS 462 Skills Approach to Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) Literacy (3)
Introduction to the Big6 TM Skills approach to information, communications, and technology (ICT) literacy for personal, school, district, or higher education settings. Includes technology within the Big6 framework, connection to standards, instructional design, assessment, curriculum mapping, peer collaboration, the parent connection, program planning, and implementation.
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LIS 498 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15)
Library service and information science subject matter in seminars, workshops, or other appropriate formats. Topics vary and may be repeated for credit.
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LIS 500 The Question of Information (2)
Provides an overview of the major questions, concepts, and challenges engaging library and information science through seminar discussion. Exploration of the social context in which these questions and challenges occur, and their implications for both research and practice. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 501 History and Foundations of Libraries and Librarianship (3)
Introduces the history of libraries, major issues in contemporary library and information work, and types of libraries. Examines the role of libraries in society, the development of professional librarianship, and the role of librarians.
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LIS 502 Database Concepts for Information Professionals (3)
Introduces the terminology and concepts of managing data with relational database management systems. Students will gain introductory exposure to data modeling, relational database design, creation, and use. Credit/no-credit only. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 505 Archival and Manuscript Services (3)
Selection, organization, and uses of archival and manuscript collections. Emphasis on the principles and techniques; some attention to the administration of state archival and historical institutions' collections. Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory.
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LIS 507 Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials (3)
Consideration of the many factors contributing to the physical vulnerability of library materials of all kinds and an overview of resources and strategies for those who determine preservation policy or manage the application of such policy. No technical background necessary.
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LIS 508 History of Recorded Information (4)
Exploration of the history and ongoing transformation of recorded information within three broad spheres of human life: public communication, administrative and commercial operation, and personal communication.
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LIS 509 Information and Contemplation (4)
Explores how contemplative practices and perspectives can offer insights into today's information-intensive culture and how they can provide guidelines and design principles for the development of new information practices and technologies. Students explore a variety of contemplative/attentional practices and use these to investigate information trends, practices, and concerns.
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LIS 510 Information Behavior (3)
Introduction to the user-centered approach to information behavior. Theoretical foundations of need, creation, seeking, sharing, assessment, management, and use. Synthesis of information behavior studies, performance of information behavior field research, and application of the results of information behavior studies to design information systems, services, and policy.
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LIS 511 Introduction to Programming for Information and Data Science (4)
Introduces fundamentals of computer programming as used for data science. Covers foundational skills necessary for writing stand-alone computer scripts, including programming syntax, data structuring, and procedural definition (functions). Includes programming environments (command-line) and version control. Emphasizes skills in algorithmic thinking, abstraction, debugging, and code reuse. Assumes no previous programming background. Offered: jointly with IMT 511.
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LIS 512 Community Analysis (4)
Explores key concepts of community in its broadest sense, methodological approaches for analyzing information needs and available resources, how to design information services in response to identified needs, and service evaluation. Facilitating the information behavior of all groups within a community and identifying how their needs interconnect. Prerequisite: LIS 510. Offered: jointly with INSC 512.
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LIS 516 Youth Development and Information Behavior in a Digital Age (3)
Introduction to major theories of human development from birth through age eighteen and application of these theories to examine youth's information behavior and digital media use at various developmental stages. Explores new research on the impact of digital media tools and practices on youth development. Prerequisite: either LIS 510 or permission of instructor.
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LIS 519 Information Science Study Abroad (1-8, max. 18)
International seminar, led by Information School faculty or researchers. Addresses a specialized area of information studies. Topics vary. May require language proficiency. Offered: jointly with IMT 519.
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LIS 520 Information Resources, Services, and Collections (4)
Concepts, processes, and skills related to information, including production, distribution, selection, collection, and services to facilitate access. Specific discussion topics include characteristics of recorded knowledge; organizations and services devoted to managing access to recorded knowledge; and principles associated with development of recorded knowledge and collections.
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LIS 521 Principles of Information Services (4)
Analysis of the information mediation process, including determination and analysis of information needs; searching for, evaluation, and presentation of appropriate results; modalities for delivery of services; and current and future techniques.
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LIS 522 Collection Development (3)
Access to materials as context for development and management of library collections in academic, public, school libraries. Community analysis, library mission; collection development policies, criteria, levels, responsibilities; aids to selection; collection evaluation, use studies; controversial materials.
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LIS 524 Adult Reader Services in the Public Library (3)
Focuses on developing and performing readers' advisory services for contemporary adult fiction and non-fiction. Includes interpersonal and marketing skills necessary to promote reading including reading advocacy, readers' advisory interviewing, writing advisory annotations, presenting book talks, and conducting book discussion groups.
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LIS 525 Genres for Adult Readers (3)
Reviews characteristics of the most popular genres of fiction, including speculative fiction, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance, westerns, and graphic fiction/memoir. Helps to develop practice in book talking, preparing annotated booklists, and making reading suggestions to library users.
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LIS 526 Government Publications (3)
Introduction to government publications of the United States and their acquisition, organization, and use. Other topics covered include the public's right to know, the Federal Depository Library Program, government influences in our daily lives, and future directions in government information. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 527 Business Information Resources (3)
Survey of the extent and nature of business information and its sources, and of business information producers and consumers. Study and use of both print and on-line sources.
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LIS 528 Health Sciences Information Needs, Resources, and Environment (3) S. FULLER
Characteristics of users of health sciences information; health professionals, researchers, consumers and patients; environments (academic health sciences centers, hospitals, clinics, and public libraries); evaluation of information resources in health care; types and uses of health information management systems; policy issues, professional standards, education, and certification. Offered: jointly with BIME 570; Sp.
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LIS 529 Digital Humanities Librarianship (3)
Investigates the intersections between content and technology in humanities librarianship with a focus on information problems and resources in the fields of philosophy, religion, the arts, language, and literature. Prerequisite: LIS 520
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LIS 530 Organization of Information and Resources (4)
Introduction to issues in organization of information and documents including: analysis of intellectual and physical characteristics of documents; principles and practice in surrogate creation, including standards and selection of metadata elements; theory of classification, including semantic relationships and facet analysis; creation of controlled vocabularies; and display and arrangement.
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LIS 531 Catalogs, Cataloging, and Classification (4)
Develops an understanding of library catalogs as information retrieval systems. Introduces library cataloging and classification. Focus on principles and standards in the creation of catalogs and cataloging records. Includes practice in descriptive and subject cataloging and classification. User perspective emphasized throughout. Prerequisite: LIS 530.
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LIS 533 Advanced Cataloging and Classification (4)
In-depth theory and practice in library cataloging and classification. Includes introduction to cataloging materials in a variety of formats. Prerequisite: LIS 530, and LIS 531.
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LIS 534 Indigenous Systems of Knowledge (3)
Conceptual foundations and comparative analysis of indigenous knowledge organization systems. Feasibility and use of contemporary knowledge organization mechanisms including thesauri and ontologies in expressing the cultures and artifacts of indigenous peoples. Prerequisite: LIS 530 or permission of instructor.
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LIS 535 Classification Theory (3)
Survey of classificatory principles from bibliographic, philosophical, socio-cognitive, and linguistic perspectives. Overview of history of bibliographic classification and exploration of some existing bibliographic classification systems. Ramification of theoretical approach for classification practice. Prerequisite: LIS 530. Offered: jointly with INSC 535.
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LIS 536 Metadata for Interactive Media (3)
Explore new ideas and approaches for organizing and providing access to interactive media, particularly from a user-centered perspective. Design and conduct formative and evaluative user studies employing various qualitative and quantitative methods to determine information needs and seeking behaviors of various stakeholders in one or more interactive media domains. Offered: jointly with IMT 536.
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LIS 537 Construction of Indexing Languages (4)
Exploration of the design, construction, evaluation, and maintenance of controlled indexing languages, including studies of how users are integrated into the design process. Through completion of thesaurus construction project, prepares students to design index languages, plan and implement a design project, and evaluate indexing languages. Prerequisite: either LIS 530 or IMT 530. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 539 Metadata Design (3)
Design principles of metadata schemas and application profiles - implementation of interoperable application profiles using XML technology. Focuses on achieving syntactic and semantic interoperability among diverse metadata schemas and application profiles. Prerequisite: either LIS 530 or IMT 530; LIS 542 or IMT 542; or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with IMT 539.
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LIS 542 Information Structures Using XML (4)
Introduces the concepts and methods used to analyze, store, manage, and present information and navigation. Equal weight given to understanding structures and implementing them. Topics include information analysis and organizational methods as well as XML and metadata concepts and application. Offered: jointly with IMT 542.
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LIS 543 Relational Database Management Systems (4)
Introduces relational database design, implementation, and management, with a focus on using relational database management systems (DBMS) to manage data in an organization. Topics include: data modeling tools and techniques, conceptual and logical database design, physical implementation, SQL, data management, and database administration. Recommended: INFX 502. Offered: jointly with IMT 543.
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LIS 544 Information Retrieval Systems (3)
Introduction to theory and models in information retrieval and the systems for storage and retrieval of unstructured information. Examines information retrieval architectures, processes, retrieval models, query languages, and methods of system evaluation, methods and tools for document analysis, interfaces, and usability.
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LIS 545 Fundamentals of Data Curation (4)
Examines principles, practices, and trends in the curation of digital research data. Provides a foundation in data management and data services for professional in institutions involved with data intensive research, scholarship, and innovation. Emphasizes data sharing, preservation, open access, metadata, and policy for development of reusable and accessible data resources.
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LIS 547 Design Methods for Librarianship (4)
Focused on the human fabric of libraries - stakeholders, values, information technology, and policy - students develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for design. Methods include futures workshops, scenarios, paper-prototyping, usability methods, among others. To conceptualize and steer design processes, the course includes an introduction to design methodologies and theory.
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LIS 549 Beginning Web Development (4)
Teaches students how to build custom websites/applications from scratch, manage files in a version control system, and deploy them to publicly-accessible web servers. Focus is on client-side technologies, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Existing basic programming knowledge is beneficial but not required. Offered: jointly with IMT 549.
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LIS 550 Information and Society (3)
Covers concepts, processes, and issues related to the larger social context within which the life cycle of information and knowledge in society are investigated. Discussion topics include codes of ethics, professionalization, privacy, freedom of expression, intellectual property, social inequalities, and quality of life.
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LIS 551 Intellectual Freedom in Libraries (3)
Analysis of issues related to intellectual freedom, particularly to implications for libraries and librarians. Consideration of current legal climate, conformity versus freedom in modern world, librarian as censor, social responsibility and individual freedom, intellectual freedom of children, prospects for future. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 552 Critical and Existential Perspectives on the Information Society (3)
Explores different conceptions of what it means to live in an "Information Society." Drawing upon readings in information science, history, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology, students will learn to unpack, problematize, and critique current conceptions of the role of information in society.
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LIS 553 Information and Social Justice (3)
Information technologies have the potential to help improve the quality of life of marginalized, underserved and impoverished communities around the world, and to promote social justice and inclusion. This course critically explores the intersection between information technologies, social change, and social justice.
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LIS 556 Information Ownership and Control: Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Freedom of Speech (3)
Concepts, processes, and issues related to the larger social context within which information and knowledge is owned, controlled, and accessed. Discussion topics include the ethics of copyright, patent, and trade secrets; intellectual freedom and access to information; privacy and the control of personal information; misinformation and "fake news."
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LIS 560 Instructional and Training Strategies for Information Professionals (3)
Develops knowledge and skills in instruction while applying theories of information literacy, teaching, and learning to instruction in an information environment. Teaches students how to design, develop, and evaluate instructional programs for specific users.
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LIS 561 Storytelling in a Digital Age (3)
Instruction in the art and technique of oral and digital storytelling for all ages. Addresses both traditional and contemporary modes of storytelling, including transmedia. Sources include personal and family stories, folktales, and literary stories. Also explores non-library storytelling: therapeutic storytelling, organizational storytelling, and storytelling for qualitative research.
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LIS 564 Multicultural Resources for Youth (3)
Facilitates development of cross-cultural competence through authentic resources for children, tweens, and teens produced by or about ethnic minorities in the United States. "Issues" focus, providing knowledge in critical examination of various genres of multicultural resources as well as in strategies to use them.
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LIS 565 Resources for Digital Age Children (3)
Introduces selection and evaluation of traditional, digital, and transmedia resources used by public and school libraries for children, birth to age twelve. Applies theories form human development, information behavior, and digital media research to the identification of developmentally appropriate selections and provision of readers'/users/ advisory for children. Prerequisite: LIS 516.
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LIS 566 Resources for Digital Age Teens (3)
Introduces selection and evaluation of traditional, digital, and transmedia resources used by public and school libraries for teens. Applies theories form human development, information behavior, and digital media research to the identification of developmentally appropriate selections and provision of readers'/users/ advisory for teens. Prerequisite: LIS 516.
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LIS 567 Libraries as Learning Labs in a Digital Age (3)
Application of theories and research on youth development to inform practice about programming and resources for youth. Create programs based on current research, including programming such as story times, book talks, and maker spaces. Prerequisite: LIS 516.
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LIS 568 Information Literacy in a Digital Age (3)
Explores theories, process, and practical applications of information literacy. Examines the development of information literacy programs for libraries, community agencies, business, education, and other information settings. Explores the integral relationship between technology ad information literacy, and assessment and evaluation of programs. Prerequisite: LIS 560.
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LIS 570 Research, Assessment, and Design (4)
Students recognize research and design opportunities, translate them into researchable frameworks, and conduct research in libraries and other information agencies. Covers problem definition, data collection and analysis, design and validation of alternative solutions, and reporting of results.
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LIS 572 Introduction to Data Science (4)
Introduces a broad, non-technical overview of key concepts, skills, and technologies used in "data science". Provides a high-level introduction to common data science pipelines, such as experimental design, data collection and storage, basic analytics, machine learning, and data visualization, focusing on analyzing in real-world datasets using industry standard statistical packages. Offered: jointly with IMT 572.
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LIS 578 Research Seminar (1-4, max. 10)
Students work in teams under the supervision of individual faculty members to engage in research or design activities and learn through hands-on participation and study. Learning activities include data collection, data analysis, building prototypes, testing or evaluation, or dissemination activities. Offered: jointly with IMT 578.
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LIS 579 Instructional Strategies for Legal Information (2)
Develops knowledge and skills in instruction suited for working in a law library environment. Includes how to create and design a legal research course syllabus, how to use appropriate classroom technology, and how to give an effective presentation.
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LIS 580 Management of Information Organizations (4)
Introduction to internal and external management issues and practices in information organizations. Internal issues include organizational behavior, organizational theory, personnel, budgeting, planning. External issues include organizational environments, politics, marketing, strategic planning, funding sources.
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LIS 581 Marketing and Planning for Libraries (3)
Approaches to planning and marketing library products/services. Examines partnerships that can be forged between elements of marketing and appropriate futures strategies for libraries. Discusses marketing and planning as integrated processes with attention to short- and long-term goals and objectives. No particular library institutional setting is assumed.
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LIS 582 Community Engagement Strategies in Information Science (3)
Introduces students to strategies for building and sustaining relationships with community partners and other organizations to provide innovative services possible inside and outside of libraries. Students examine case studies, consider partner resources and needs, evaluate outcomes, and develop partner-based services in order to achieve community impact.
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LIS 583 Cross Cultural Approaches to Leadership (3)
Explores alternative leadership models as reflected in the literatures of multiple cultures. Examines ethical dimensions of leadership in the context of complex relationships among the peoples and agencies that comprise the global environment. Uses imagination in the application of cross cultural forms of leadership. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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LIS 584 Knowledge Management (3)
Introduction to contemporary topics in management of knowledge creation and use in organizations. Discussion topics include knowledge generation, knowledge taxonomy, knowledge transfer, organizational knowledge management practice, and knowledge management systems.
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LIS 585 Administration Library Programs for Youth in a Digital Age (3)
Develops competency in administering library programs for children and youth in public and school libraries. Management of information and technology literacy instruction, administration of reading advocacy, and information management and services. Acquiring organizing, and managing resources for access and use, and communicating programs to young users. Prerequisite: LIS 580.
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LIS 586 Public Libraries and Advocacy (3)
Examines the purpose and role of public libraries in an information society. Includes governance, services, and planning with special emphasis on advocacy for the library and community.
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LIS 587 Library Technology Systems (4)
Developing criteria for selection and design of information technology systems for libraries and information centers. Applying criteria in evaluation of hardware and software. Examining related management challenges, such as vendor relations, financing options, personnel requirements, and design of auxiliary activities. Prerequisite: LIS 580.
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LIS 588 Special Librarianship (3)
Seminar in the practice of special librarianship in business and commercial firms, government agencies, other non-profits, and the independent consultant sector. Emphasis on management of non-traditional information organizations and the targeted information role.
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LIS 589 Academic Librarianship (3)
Academic librarianship is a complex combination of tradition and innovation. Academic libraries are redefining themselves, with changes in physical space, job titles, and the format of collections. This course examines the forces at work in academic libraries, from politics to technology, using the lens of social justice and equity.
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LIS 590 Directed Fieldwork (1-5, max. 10)
Minimum of 50 hours, maximum 250 hours of professional, supervised fieldwork in a library or professional information setting. Fieldwork is a one quarter experience, however, may be repeated in a different setting with a different set of learning objectives for a subsequent quarter. Prerequisite: LIS 510 or LIS 547, LIS 520, LIS 530, and LIS 570 Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 591 Legal Research I (3)
Introduction to legal bibliography and law librarianship. Basic primary and secondary legal bibliographic tools. Integration of manual and computer resources for effective legal research. Emphasis on state materials. Offered: jointly with LAW A 598.
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LIS 592 Legal Research Methods (3/4)
Legal tools that answer more complex legal research problems, such as federal legislative histories, sources of administrative law, specialized subject research. Federal emphasis. Builds on skills and techniques taught in LIS 591/LAW A 598. Extensive work with online resources. Offered: jointly with LAW A 599.
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LIS 593 Collection Management in Law Libraries (3)
Study of tools for collection development and collection development plans in law libraries. All law library technical processes, including acquisitions, budgeting, cataloging, and serials.
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LIS 594 Management Skills in Law Libraries (3)
Management topics in in law libraries, including organizational structure, personnel, communication skills, project management, supervision and training. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 595 Research and Writing in Law Librarianship ([1-5]-, max. 5)
Students select a topic in law librarianship in collaboration with the faculty member, research it fully, write a major paper, and present their paper. Topics may include historical trends, citation reform, digital media, user studies, etc. Prerequisite: law librarianship majors or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 596 Capstone I - Project Planning (2)
Analysis and preliminary design of an approved individual or group research or implementation project demonstrating professional-level knowledge and skills. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for IMT 596. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 597 Capstone II - Project Implementation (3)
Implementation of a project demonstrating professional-level knowledge and skills based on a project plan developed in IMT 596. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for IMT 597. Prerequisite: LIS 596 Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 598 Special Topics in Information and Library Science (1-6, max. 18)
Seminar dealing with various topics in information and library science. Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Topics are changed from quarter to quarter. May not be offered every quarter. Prerequisite: determined by specific course.
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LIS 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
Credit/no-credit only.
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