MA in Library and Information Science

Course Clusters

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Specific information about LIS courses can be found in the USF course catalog. This page is a listing of courses to help guide students in choosing the appropriate field they may want to enter after graduation. Clusters can help students prepare for the workforce.


LIS 5020 FOUNDATIONS OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
Cluster: All 

This course serves as an introduction to the study of library service; history; organization; specialized literature; outstanding leaders; current trends; issues; and problems. The place of the library in society with its contributions to that society is also examined. 

LIS 5120 - CULTURAL HERITAGE INSTITUTIONS AND LIBRARIES
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This course will examine definitions of culture, study cultural heritage organizations, explore global cultural policy, and develop a philosophy of librarianship that places the library in its various communities as a cultural heritage institution.

LIS 5268 MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTERS 

This course will investigate technologies for libraries and their application in library/information settings. Projects using major applications for budgets, databases, and telecommunications are undertaken.

LIS 5315 INSTRUCTIONAL GRAPHICS 

The theoretical aspects, planning, and production of instructional graphic materials are discussed in this course as well as the theory of graphic communications. Interpreting needs for instructional materials appropriate for given behavioral objectives is also covered.

LIS 5566 MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS 

Developing an understanding of many multicultural and special populations, students will select and evaluate multicultural and special population resources for effective use in youth services and programs in public and school libraries in this course.

 

LIS 6026 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHIVES AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT

This introductory course teaches students the basic theories and methodologies of archives and records management. It serves as a foundation for other more advanced archival management courses, such as Web Archiving and Digital Curation. 

LIS 6110 HISTORY OF LIBRARIES 

This fascinating course will give students the necessary backgound on the development of libraries as found from the earliest records to the great libraries of modern times. Student will also engage with materials to help them understand the library as a social institution.

LIS 6111 HISTORY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

This course will offer students an historical bibliographical survey of imaginative and information literature for children.

LIS 6523 ADULT SERVICES IN LIBRARIES

An important course for those interested in public librarianship, students will discover traditional and innovative services for adults in public and other types of libraries, including those for special groups, such as the aging, disabled, and institutionalized.

LIS 6528 STORYTELLING 

Students learn about building storytelling programs for school and public libraries or other educational institutions. Analysis of historical aspects, material suitable for use, and audience reaction is also presented in this course.

LIS 6260 INFORMATION SCIENCE IN LIBRARIANSHIP 

Historical overview of the emergence of information science as a discipline. The fundamental concepts of information retrieval systems and subsystems, related information technologies, including indexing and abstracting, and their applications to the field of librarianship.

LIS 6271 RESEARCH METHODS IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE 

Overview of the present status of research in library and information science with an introduction to research methods and their application to librarianship. This course is designed to prepare students to evaluate and plan research studies relating to library and information science. (PR: LIS 5020, 6603, and LIS 6711 or 6735)

LIS 6303 PREPARING INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA 

Fundamentals of preparing and using audiovisuals as they relate to the communication process; basic sources of information in the general library; bibliographical control of all communication media, with emphasis on those tools for general reference services.

LIS 6316 VISUALIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE 

Introduction to the field of information visualization which is used in enhancing information retrieval and browsing; the perceptual basis of information visualization, major visualization methods, information retrieval system utilizing information visualization, and future trends and issues of information visualization in digital libraries. 

LIS 6402 ADVANCED LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION 

Applications of staff management principles to library situations. Includes staff roles in current and future operations, application of library performance measures to determine staff effectiveness; preparation of staff manuals: problems of special classes of library workers, such as volunteers and students. 

LIS 6409 INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION 

Behavioral approach to libraries as organizations; administrative principles, theories, and problems of all types of libraries; methods of administration; use of case studies, role plays, and in-basket exercises. 

LIS 6432 SEMINAR IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES

Identification of problems and critical examination of methods in administrative areas of technical, student, and teaching the staff services, fiscal and legal responsibilities, staff organization and supervision in academic libraries. 

LIS 6445 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES 

Critical examination of public and institutional library administration, services, resources, and facilities at the municipal, county, and regional levels. Role of state and federal governments in library development.

LIS 6455 THE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER 

Media quarters, facilities, collections, equipment, and services. Principles of organization and administration of media programs in elementary and secondary schools. Field trips to area media centers required.

LIS 6463 LIBRARY NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS 

Development of library networks at the local, state, regional, and national levels with consideration of organization, administration, services, funding, and legislation.

LIS 6472 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL LIBRARIES 

Identification of problems and critical examination of methods in administrative areas of technical and special service clientele; fiscal and legal responsibilities, staff organization, and services in special libraries. 

LIS 6473 LAW LIBRARIANSHIP 

All aspects of law librarianship, including administration, acquisition, organization, and use of information resources for persons in the legal fields. Community engagement may be required. 

LIS 6475 HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARIANSHIP 

All aspects of health science librarianship including administration, acquisition, organization, and use of information resources for persons in the health fields such as physicians, medical students, nursing students, allied health personnel and students, and researchers. Community engagement may be required.

LIS 6511 COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE 

The developmental approach to building library collections containing both print and non-print materials. Emphasis upon evaluation, selection, and acquisition of library materials as they uphold the objectives of the institutions for which they are selected and acquired. (PR: LIS 6603; LIS 6271)

LIS 6515 WEB ARCHIVING

Introduces the background knowledge about the Web and web archiving related technical standards, and cover the whole
process of web archiving, including selection, acquisition, organization and description, storage, access, and preservation.

LIS 6542 THE CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY 

Effective utilization of instructional materials as they relate to specific areas of curriculum in elementary and high school programs.

LIS 6564 MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN 

Examination of materials for all institutions in which children are served such as school media centers, public libraries, kindergartens, etc. Stress on selection aids, reviewing techniques, and utilization.

LIS 6565 BOOKS AND RELATED MATERIALS FOR YOUNG ADULTS 

Young adult materials for use in secondary school libraries, young adult sections of public libraries, and other institutions serving youth. Equal emphasis upon (1) selection principles and bibliographical sources, as well as upon (2) utilization in terms of service to the young adult.

LIS 6603 BASIC INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES 

An examination of the basic sources of information in the general library; of bibliographical control of all communication media, with emphasis on those tools of most value to general reference services.

LIS 6610 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN THE HUMANITIES 

Consideration of the bibliographical and reference materials in the humanities with training and practice in their use for solving problems in reference service. 

LIS 6620 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Consideration of the bibliographical and reference materials in the social sciences with training and practice in their use for solving problems in reference service. 

LIS 6624 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN BUSINESS AND LAW

Consideration of representative reference sources in both business and law and their application to solving information problems in academic, public, and special libraries.

LIS 6630 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Study of representative reference sources in pure and applied sciences with equal attention given to typical problems encountered in scientific and technological reference service. 

LIS 6661 GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

The nature of state, federal, United Nations, and international documents, their reference and research value; the techniques of acquisition, organization, and reference use.

LIS 6711 ORGANIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE I 

Principles of the organization of knowledge emphasizing descriptive cataloging, including the MARC format, the use of LCSH and the Library of Congress classification, and searching of the OCLC Online Union Catalog.

LIS 6724 CLASSIFICATION AND CATALOGING OF NON-BOOK MATERIALS 

Principles and practices in cataloging and organizing non-book materials. 

LIS 6726 INDEXING AND ABSTRACTING 

Introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of indexing and abstracting information objects in various formats, including thesaurus construction, back-of-the book indexing, subject indexing of bibliographic databases, web indexing, multimedia indexing, and abstracting in manual and automated ways. (PR: LIS 6711 or LIS 6735 or LIS 6725).

LIS 6735 TECHNICAL SERVICES IN SMALL LIBRARIES 

Covers aspects of technical services including acquisitions, cataloging, and circulation systems as they relate to school media centers, small public libraries, and information centers. Automation is emphasized in all aspects of the course.

LIS 6745 ORGANIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE II 

Introduction to the practice in using selected schedules of Library of Congress Classification System and the Library of Congress Subject Heading List; changing policies and procedures in cataloging and an introduction to the use of the MARC format for inputting cataloging data into machine-readable files. 

LIS 6773 DIGITAL CURATION

Covers the management of current and archival electronic records, including the creation and implementation of electronic
record-keeping systems, the appraisal, processing and preservation of electronic records.