Course Descriptions

SLIS:5010 Cultural Foundations 3 s.h.
The role of libraries and information agencies in society; major issues, including information policy, professional ethics, literacy, diversity, technology, pedagogy. Prerequisite: Admission to SLIS or consent of instructor.

SLIS:5020 Computing Foundations 3 s.h.
Introduction to analysis, specification, and design of automated systems; review of the software life cycle; testing, development, and evaluation at large, computer-based software.

SLIS:5030 Conceptual Foundations 3 s.h.
Theory, principles, and standards in organization of information; function of catalogs, indexes, bibliographic networks; introduction to meta-data descriptions, name and title access, subject analysis, controlled vocabularies, classification systems. Prerequisite: Admission to SLIS or consent of instructor.

SLIS:5041 Contextual Foundations - College and University Libraries 3 s.h.
Objectives, organization, unique functions and services of academic libraries; educational environment in which academic libraries function; examination of issues and problems affecting academic libraries. Pre/co-requisite: Cultural Foundations [SLIS 5010].

SLIS:5042 Contextual Foundations - Public Libraries 3 s.h.
Historical development of public libraries; current issues in public library management and policy making, including intellectual freedom; readers advisory service and genres of popular materials for adults. Pre/co-requisite: Cultural Foundations [SLIS 5010].

SLIS:5043 Contextual Foundations - Special Libraries 3 s.h.
Management, organizational structures, collections, client services in special libraries; site visits to a variety of special libraries, informational centers; projects that apply theoretical principles. Pre/co-requisite: Cultural Foundations [SLIS 5010].

SLIS:5044 Contextual Foundations - School Library Media Administration 3 s.h.
Design of library media programs for the major functions of teaching and learning, information access, and program administration; focus on curricular and teaching responsibilities of school librarians and media specialists, development of philosophy, examination of roles and responsibilities, and program evaluation. Pre/co-requisite: Cultural Foundations [SLIS 5010].

SLIS:4150 Introduction to Book Studies 3 s.h.
Theory and practice of book studies; meanings of word and image in the book format; comparative study of other media, applied study of the codex as physical artifact. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century, or 18th/19th-Century Literature, or 20th/21st-Century Literature.

SLIS:4910 The Book in the Middle Ages 3 s.h.
Relation of text, decoration, function, creators, and audience in different genres of medieval manuscript books 400-1500 A.D.

SLIS:4920 Transition from Manuscript to Print 3 s.h.
Western manuscripts and books 1200-1600; changes in production and distribution methods and in how texts were used, in cultural context. Same as [HIST 4020, UICB 4920].

SLIS:5200 User Education: Multimedia 3 s.h.
Learning theory as it relates to design of multimedia products for user education; presentation of information using multimedia technology in a Macintosh environment; development of user education products in linear and nonlinear forms.

SLIS:5210 Reference and Information Services 3 s.h.
Resources and services; essential reference services and experience using a variety of print and electronic resources to answer specific reference questions. Prerequisites: Cultural Foundations [021:101/SLIS 5010].

SLIS:5220 Resources for Children 3 s.h.
Evaluation of books, magazines, electronic media, and other sources of information and recreation in relation to youth development.

SLIS:5230 Resources for Young Adults 3 s.h.
Topics related to populations served by youth services departments (e.g., societal issues, informational needs); seminar.

SLIS:5240 Resources for Adults 3 s.h.
Role of libraries in meeting adults' informational and recreational needs; popular culture materials, Reader's Advisory services, lifelong learning.

SLIS:5520 Topics in Book History 3 s.h.
Topics related to production, distribution, and consumption of books through history and into the future.

SLIS:5530 Topics in Preservation 3 s.h.
Care, conservation, and preservation of cultural heritage artifacts; readings, discussion, hands-on sessions.

SLIS: 5535 Book Conservation 3 s.h.
Practical methods, materials assessment, conservation history and evolution.

SLIS:5600 History of Readers and Reading 3 s.h.
Cultural nature of reading practices in historic and contemporary contexts of reading; reading communities; dimensions of gender, age, class, religion, race, ethnicity; examples of recent scholarship; use of primary resources; seminar. Same as [UICB 5600]

SLIS:5700 Cultural Heritage 3 s.h.
Increased use of digital technologies in collection, organization, dissemination, and use of heritage resources that generate intellectual, social, technological, legal, and ethical challenges to—and opportunities for—the heritage practice; exploration of challenges and opportunities, as well as their impact on the heritage profession; students become familiar with key heritage-related concepts and topics, apply them to a concrete project, and write a report of their findings.

SLIS:5900 Health Informatics I 3 s.h.
Technological tools that support health care administration, management, and decision making. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SLIS:6020 Literacy and Learning 3 s.h.
Learning and literacy theory relevant to work in information services; how librarians can help people process information and use it to form understanding and create new knowledge. Prerequisite: Cultural Foundations [021:101/SLIS 5010].

SLIS:6100 Database Management 3 s.h.
Principles and practices of database design and management; discussion and practice cover database application lifecycle, data modeling, relational database design, SQL queries, reports and other interfaces to database data, documentation; individual and group projects. Prerequisites: Computing Foundations [SLIS 5020].

SLIS:6110 Evidence Based Practice in LIS 3 s.h.
Using research methods to create useful data to analyze library processes and assess effective programs in libraries; using results of research to improve library programs.

SLIS:6120 Natural Language Processing 3 s.h.
Tools and techniques for computational processing of text, including lexical analysis, part-of-speech tagging, named entity recognition, relationship extraction, topic detection and tracking, sentiment analysis, question answering; example corpora and applications drawn from multiple disciplines including biomedicine, digital humanities, and social science.

SLIS:6130 Community Engagement 3 s.h.
Ways in which information professionals in libraries and other settings learn about, collaborate with, and provide services and outreach to community members; introduction and overview of community engagement theory and practice; service learning or community-based research projects.Prerequisite: Cultural Foundations [SLIS 5010].

SLIS:6140 Digital Environments 3 s.h.
Methods and models for building digital libraries; organization with meta-data; standards such as those for object identifiers, open access, building cross-linkages between collections; automatic harvesting of content. Prerequisite: Computing Foundations [SLIS 5020].

SLIS:6145 Digital Preservation and Stewardship 3 s.h.
Introduction to concepts and theories related to preservation and continued stewardship of born-digital and digitized materials, taught from an archival perspective, focusing on current methods of collection, maintenance, and access for digital collections in libraries, archives, and museums.

SLIS:6150 Information Behavior 3 s.h.
Understanding how information users approach their information needs; concepts for understanding information use; analysis of user communities.

SLIS: 6155 Information Visualization 3 s.h.
Information visualization is to unveil the underlying structure of large or abstract data sets using visual representations that utilize the powerful processing capabilities of the human visual perceptual system; introduction to theories, techniques, and examples of information visualizations for different presentations of data.

SLIS:6160 Search and Discovery 3 s.h.
Search systems architecture; information needs and queries; search models; concepts in relevance and repositories, archives, web-based systems; information quality measures.

SLIS:6170 Organizational Management 3 s.h.
Survey of management issues common to all information environments--understanding organizations, decision making, hiring and personnel, grant writing, and marketing.

SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification 3 s.h.
Systems for describing materials and information in catalogs and organizing them for effective retrieval in libraries, museums, and other information centers; AACR2 descriptive principles, Dewey and Library of Congress classifications, Sears and LC subject headings, cataloging networks and services. Prerequisite: Conceptual Foundations [5030].

SLIS:6330 Collection Development 3 s.h.
Collecting as a core library activity; various types of media collected from traditional print media to new digital media; how collections are structured and managed to provide for selection, organization, and access. Prerequisite: Cultural Foundations [SLIS 5010] and Conceptual Foundations [SLIS 5030].

SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications 3 s.h.
Principles of describing materials in both traditional and digital contexts; standards for writing and implementing metadata. Prerequisite or corequesite SLIS 5030

SLIS:6345 Stewardship of Information and Collections 3 s.h.
Principles for creating, building, and maintaining digital and print collections in libraries and other information organizations. Prerequisite or corequesite SLIS 5010.

SLIS:6350 Archives and Media 3 s.h.
Collecting as a core library activity; various types of media collected from traditional print media to new digital media; how archives are structured and managed to provide for selection, organization, access, and perpetual storage; work on sample collections, presentation of techniques, and concepts

SLIS:6370 Topics in Book Studies 3 s.h.
Topics relevant to book studies and special collections.

SLIS:6380 Analysis of Scholarly Domains 3 s.h.
Information transfer in academic disciplines; scientific method, other means of knowledge construction, resulting literatures; reference tools used to control literature for a variety of audiences; emphasis on humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Prerequisite: Literacy & Learning [SLIS 6020]. Same as PORO:6290

SLIS:6411 Topics in Library and Information Science 3 s.h.
Current topics in types of information resources and services​​​​​​​.

SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics 3 s.h.
Ethical and legal issues as they relate to information policy development and interpretation; application of information policies to address problems in information organizations.

SLIS:6520 Practicum in Libraries and Information Centers 2-3 s.h.
Supervised field experience in selected libraries and information centers; emphasis on application of theory to practice; 80 hours of fieldwork. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. in Library and Information Science.

SLIS:6530 School Library Media Practicum 3 s.h.
Supervised field experience in library media centers at elementary and secondary school levels; emphasis on application of theory to practice; at least 40 hours of fieldwork. Prerequisite: Contextual Foundations: School Library Media Administration [SLIS 5044].

SLIS:6570 Independent Study 1-3 s.h.
Formal contract between student and faculty member. Prerequisites: formal proposal and consent of instructor.

SLIS:6580 Thesis 6 s.h.
Prerequisites: SLIS 5010, SLIS 5020, SLIS 5030, SLIS 6110, SLIS 6170 and consent of instructor.

SLIS:6585 Design, Visualization, and Mapping 3-D Environments 3 s.h.
Introduction to foundational modeling theory, methodology, and conceptual principles of design necessary to present information in visual formats; various software including data management solutions, database concepts, and simple programming skills that assist in visualizing and disseminating data through multiple digital and online media; basic graphing tools to map data; how to model physical properties and theoretical reconstructions of architectural elements in various 3-D digital modeling environments. Preprequesite: Admission to the PDH certificate, CLSA 6585

SLIS:6590 Digital Humanities Capstone 3 s.h.
Application and practice of classroom experience to a specific project under guidance from a faculty member and project team leader. Prerequesite: Admission to the PDH certificate. Capstone Final.

SLIS:7290 Digital Humanities Theory and Practice 3 s.h.
Overview of theories and use of technology to preserve, deploy, visualize, map, and analyze concepts; discussions with practicing digital public scholars; assignments consist of a digital portfolio tailored to student research; introductory course in public digital humanities certificate. Same as GRAD 7290.