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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 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 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. Prerequisite: LIS 500.
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LIS 511 Systems Analysis (4)
Introduction to the systems approach including basic concepts in the approach, dimensions of systems and steps in systems design. Emphasis is on the analysis, evaluation and design of information systems and services. Prerequisite: LIS 500.
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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 515 Ecological Information Systems (4)
Introduction to cognitive work analysis framework. Prepares for active role in design and evaluation of information systems. Familiarization with basic concepts of cognitive systems engineering and practice in field study, data analysis, and transforming field findings into requirements for the design of an information system. Offered: jointly with HCDE 515/INSC 515.
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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 517 Information Seeking Behavior in Ethnolinguistic Communities (3)
Examines the role of culture and language in seeking and processing of information by ethnolinguistic groups. Examines behaviors of gatekeepers including exploration of the Gatekeeper Model and methodological considerations in conducting cross-cultural research into information seeking behavior. Develops appropriate service models for ethnolinguistic groups. Prerequisite: LIS 510.
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LIS 520 Information Resources, Services, and Collections (4)
Concepts, processes, and skills related to parts of the life cycle of knowledge involving creation, 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; principles associated with development of recorded knowledge and collections. Prerequisite: LIS 500.
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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. Prerequisite: LIS 520.
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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 523 Advanced Information Services (4)
Investigation of the development, administration, and evaluation of information services for supporting the research process both within and across organizations. Prerequisite: LIS 521 or permission of instructor.
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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 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. Prerequisite: LIS 500, which may be taken concurrently.
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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 500, 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 500, 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 Indexing and Abstracting (3)
Exploration of issues in subject representation. Survey of different approaches, techniques, and methods for representing the subject matter of documents, including an evaluation of the role of users and context in subject representation. Formulation of policies for indexing and abstracting services. Prerequisite: LIS 530.
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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. Prerequisite: LIS 500, which may be taken concurrently.
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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 554 Information Policy: Domestic and Global (5)
National and international information policy: public and private sector policy in terms of privacy, access, and exploitation; technology infrastructures and policies supporting the information industries; digital convergence and the emerging mega-industries. Prerequisite: LIS 550 or permission of instructor.
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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. Prerequisite: LIS 500.
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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; recommended: Recommended: LIS 565; LIS 566.
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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 569 Special Topics in Instructional and Training Strategies for Information Professionals (1-5, max. 18)
Introduction to innovative and specialized topics in instructional and training strategies for information professionals. 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. Prerequisite: LIS 500, which may be taken concurrently.
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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. Prerequisite: LIS 500, which may be taken concurrently.
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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. Prerequisite: LIS 500, which may be taken concurrently.
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LIS 582 Strategic Planning and Management of Information Technology (3)
Exploration of methods of strategic planning for managing information resources and technology to support online information services and the role of the systems librarian and CIO. Topics include mission and goals, strategic planning, the information technology function within organizations, and the desirable abilities of managers and leaders. Prerequisite: LIS 580.
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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. Prerequisite: LIS 500; LIS 580, or permission of instructor
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LIS 585 Administration of the School Library Media Program (3)
Develops competency in administering materials, equipment, and services of library media program as integral part of educational process of school. Focuses on developing skills in acquiring, organizing, and managing full range of learning resources for access and use, and communicating the program to users. Required for school library media specialists. 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 industrial firms, government agencies, and the free-lance sector. User services and information resources. Prerequisite: LIS 580. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 590 Directed Fieldwork (2-5, max. 8)
Professional, supervised fieldwork in a library or professional information setting. Prerequisite: 30 credits in MLIS program. 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. Prerequisite: LIS 591 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with LAW A 599.
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LIS 593 Selection and Processing of Law Library Materials (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. Prerequisite: LIS 591 or permission of instructor.
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LIS 594 Law Library Administration (4)
Administration in law libraries, including organization, personnel, and management issues (e.g., interviewing, hiring, firing), communications, library planning, and bookkeeping. Prerequisite: LIS 591 or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 595 Current Issues in Law Librarianship ([0-4]-, max. 4)
From a list of current topics in law librarianship, students select a topic, research it fully, write a major paper, and present their paper. Topics may include citation reform, ethics, and publisher practices. Prerequisite: law librarianship majors or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only.
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LIS 596 Professional Portfolio (3)
Preparation and presentation of reflective working and presentation portfolios representing the student's goals, achievements, knowledge and skills, experience, and professional objectives. Development of plans for ongoing professional development. Prerequisite: completion of 30 credit hours and adviser approval of MLIS degree plan. 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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LIS 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
Credit/no-credit only.
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