MLS Program Courses & Syllabi

LIBS 6010 – Foundations of Library & Information Studies (core)

Development and functions of libraries and information centers, professional practice and ethics, and current issues and trends.

LIBS 6010 syllabus

LIBS 6014 – Introduction to Reference (core)

Major general reference sources used to answer information needs of library users.

LIBS 6014 syllabus

LIBS 6016 – Technology for Library Services (core)

Use of various technological resources and tools that impact contemporary libraries. Examination of standards and issues through collaboration and production.

LIBS 6016 syllabus

LIBS 6019 – Research Literacy in Library Science (core)

Designing, planning, and conducting research for the library practitioner, including the analysis and synthesis of professional library literature.

LIBS 6019 syllabus

LIBS 6026 – Organization of Information in Libraries (core)

Organization of information resources, including classification, cataloging (MARC), and subject headings.

LIBS 6026 syllabus

LIBS 6031 – Library Administration and Management (core)

Theory and principles of management with relevant application for public, school, and academic libraries.

LIBS 6031 syllabus

LIBS 6048 – Collection Development (core)

Principles and methods of selecting print and nonprint materials, intellectual freedom, and formulation of selection policies

LIBS 6048 syllabus

LIBS 6133 – Materials for Early Childhood

Survey of materials for infants, toddlers and preschool age children, emphasizing the evaluation and selection of print and non-print resources for use in early literacy-enriched story-time programming.

LIBS 6135 – Materials for Children

Evaluation, selection, and use of contemporary fiction, informational books, and other media for elementary through middle school age children in grades K-8.

LIBS 6135 syllabus

LIBS 6137 – Materials for Young Adults

Evaluation, selection and use of contemporary fiction, informational books and other media for high school age young adults, grades 9-12.

LIBS 6137 syllabus

LIBS 6142 – Instructional Foundations of the School Library Media Program (required for school concentration)

Educational standards, models of information literacy, assessment, and their impact on student achievement.

LIBS 6142 syllabus

LIBS 6144 – Instructional Strategies & Leadership for School Media Specialists (required for school concentration)

Strategies for education, collaboration, leadership, and assessment.

LIBS 6144 syllabus

LIBS 6810 – Academic Libraries (Required for academic concentration)

Issues and trends in community college, college and university libraries.

LIBS 6810 syllabus

LIBS 6820 – The Art of Storytelling

Storytelling techniques and performance for varied audiences. Historical origins, story memory, and development of storytelling programs for all ages.

LIBS 6820 syllabus

LIBS 6822 – Genealogy for Librarians

Roles of libraries and librarians as related to genealogical collections and services. Review of genealogical resources in other libraries, archives, and institutions. Emphasis on materials and methods of genealogical research

LIBS 5822 syllabus

LIBS 6824 – History of Books and Libraries

Origin and development of the book in its various forms from earliest times to twentieth century. Evolution of library as institution

LIBS 6826 – Government Publications

Forms, distribution, care, and use of all types of federal government publications

LIBS 6828 – Seminar on Intellectual Freedom

Intellectual freedom principles in library and information studies. Pressure groups, censorship, and strategies for coping with attempts to limit access to information.

LIBS 6828 syllabus

LIBS 6852 – Digital Libraries

An overview of digital libraries and the roles they play in the profession. Influence of digital libraries, system interaction and usability, intellectual property and preservation issues.

LIBS 6852 syllabus

LIBS 6853 – Library Services to Diverse and Special Populations

Examination of the development of library services for special populations as defined by such characteristics as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and religion.

LIBS 6853 syllabus

LIBS 6854 – Electronic Resources in Library Collections

Policies and procedures for managing electronic information resources as part of a library collection. Selection, budgeting, acquisition, organization, access, copyright, licensing, and preservation.

LIBS 6854 syllabus

LIBS 6855 – Library Advocacy (required for public library concentration)

Fundamentals of media relations, marketing, grant seeking, governmental relations, and donor/supporter development in libraries, with an emphasis on application to public library settings.

LIBS 6855 syllabus

LIBS 6856 – Information Literacy and Library Instruction (required for academic concentration)

Conceptualizing and collaboratively planning a program of library instruction to promote information literacy, with emphasis on application in academic library settings.

LIBS 6856 syllabus

LIBS 6872 – Research Methods in Library and Information Studies (required for academic concentration)

Various available resources and problems of research in library and information studies.

LIBS 6872 syllabus

LIBS 7030 – Financial Management of Public Library Organizations (required for public library concentration)

Introduction to theory, resources, concepts and current practices of the financial management of public libraries.

LIBS 7030 syllabus

LIBS 7050 – Seminar on Public Libraries (required for public libraries concentration)

Characteristics, operations, and problems of public libraries.

LIBS 7050 syllabus

LIBS 6903 – Special Topics in Library Science

Variety of newly developed and special courses.

LIBS 6991 – Internship (required for school library concentration)

Placement in library setting appropriate to student’s field of concentration.

LIBS 6991 syllabus

LIBS 6992 – Internship (required for public & academic library concentrations)

Placement in library setting appropriate to student’s field of concentration.

LIBS 6992 syllabus

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