Course Descriptions

Core Courses

203 Information Organization
Theories, systems, and practices of information organization. Emphasis is on understanding the basic function of library catalogs, indexes, metadata, finding aids and internet search engines.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

204 Introduction to Library & Information Science
A survey of the field including theory and practice, historical trends/developments, computer-based and other information systems and societal concerns. Must be taken as one of the first two courses.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

205 Information Sources & Services
Scope, organization and evaluation of reference sources and services, with emphasis on information use and retrieval in a virtual environment and contemporary models of service delivery.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

239 Research & Evaluation Methods
Social science research methods applicable to program evaluation and library and information science research; topics include research ethics, research design, literature reviews, data analysis, and reporting research to general and specialized users.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

Management Requirement

240 Management of Libraries & Information Centers
Leadership and management principles relating to the operation of libraries and other information enterprises. Leading, planning, evaluating, staffing, housing, equipping, and financing.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

243 Law Library Administration
Law library administration from strategic and short-term planning to budgeting, personnel management, facilities planning, CLE and record management, organizational structures and technology integration. Issues will be examined from academic, corporate and private law firm perspectives.
Credit: 3 semester hours.


121 Literature & Related Resources for Children
A survey of books and other materials for children, with emphasis on selection criteria, developing evaluation skills, familiarity with award-winning titles and book presentation. Requires fieldwork.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

125 Library Materials & Services for Young Children
Materials and services for the young child (infant through preschool). Theories underlying services. Selection, analysis and presentation of books, and other appropriate materials. Requires fieldwork.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

126 Literature & Related Resources for Young Adults
A survey of books and other materials for young adults, with emphasis on selection criteria, developing evaluation skills, familiarity with award-winning titles and book presentation. Requires fieldwork.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

127 Library Services for Children & Young Adults
Serving children in the public library, with emphasis on user needs, storytelling and book talk skills, programming, information services, policies and guidelines, and maintaining collections. Requires fieldwork.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

211 Collection Development & Management of Knowledge Resources
Philosophy and methods of managing collections in physical and virtual libraries, with emphasis on assessing and meeting information needs. May include service learning requirement.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

213 Popular Culture & the Young Adult
An exploration of contemporary, popular entertainment media oriented toward and accepted by adolescents, with emphasis on film, television, music, magazines, and the Internet.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

221 Planning and Delivering Information Literacy Programs
Theory and practice of user education with emphasis on developing information literacy programs. Standards, guidelines, instructional models, effective pedagogical techniques, collaboration and assessment. Planning, delivering and evaluation of instruction
Credit: 3 semester hours.

222 Materials & Services to Diverse Populations
Information needs of diverse populations, including the aged, illiterate, individuals with disabilities, and racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

230 Introduction to Digital Libraries
The contextual framework for digital libraries including the creation, structure, access and use of digital information. Analysis of digital library projects.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

231 College & University Libraries
Academic library administration, planning, staffing, and evaluation. The history of higher education and the college library in the U.S. The impact of demographic and social changes on the provision of service.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

232 Special Libraries & Information Centers
The goals, organization, operation, environment, and functions, and services of special libraries and information centers; collection issues, user services, management, and marketing.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

233 Public Libraries & Community Information Centers
The objectives, organization, and services of the contemporary public library, including the ways in which they serve diverse communities and reach underserved populations. Field trips may be required.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

237 Metadata for Information Professionals
Metadata applications in a variety of information environments, libraries, archives, museums and information centers. Major metadata schemes, encoding standards, and structures.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

238 Web Design for Libraries & Information Centers
An information architecture approach to the design of web sites for large enterprises. Topics include information content, organization, labeling, navigation, searching, usability, and accessibility.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

245 Special Collections Librarianship & History of the Books: Principles and Practices
The organization, administration, service, and care of special collections, with an emphasis on rare books. The history of books and printing, non-book formats, donor relations and collecting, conservation and preservation, ethics, access, security, exhi
Credit: 3 semester hours.

248 Database Modeling & Design
The fundamental concepts and issues of database management systems. Topics include entity and relationship modeling, SQL, relational database design, data integrity, and XML.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

249 Archives and Records Management
Management of archives and manuscript repositories, including basic functions and skills required of an archivist or curator of manuscripts as well as current issues and topics.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

253 Oral History
Introduction to the theory and practice of oral history. Major topics include the ideological content of speech and storytelling, the role of class and ethnicity, the ethics of scholarly intrusion, and the use of technology.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

257 Archival Representation
Prerequisites: LIS 203, LIS 204
This course covers the history and principles of archival materials and examines the administrative decisions entailed in the management of an archival institution’s representation program.
Credit: 3 Semester hours.

258 Museum Informatics
This course introduces how technical innovations influence the social world of museums by exploring information technology and modern information systems in museum environment.
Credit: 3 Semester hours.

260 Information Use and Users
Survey/seminar on how LIS practitioners and researchers seek to understand user information needs/behaviors. Emphasis on theories of user needs and information use. Populations include children, business managers, attorneys, scientists, university stude
Credit: 3 semester hours.

261 Information Sources and Services for Children & Young Adults
Non-fiction and reference sources and services in school and public libraries as they relate to curriculum support and information literacy. Focus on the child as reference interview participant/learner.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

262 Project Management in Information OrganizationsThis course provides students with an overview of project management and guides them through many of the project management tools and skills required in information organizations.Credit: 3 semester hours.

263 Marketing and Advocacy in Information OrganizationsThis course preapres students to design, implement, and evaluate marketing, communications, and advocacy plans to improve service experiences of information users.Credit: 3 semester hours.

264 Project Leadership for Information ProfessionalsStudents will demonstrate through a series of major projects their leadership potential and the skills they have developed from this program.Credit: 3 semester hours.

269 Internship
Prerequisites: All required courses and preferably all the courses in the concentration. A supervised professional experience combining theory and practice in a library or information center. Meetings and reports are required; may be taken for a total
Credit: 0, 1, 2, or 3 semester hours.

270 Colloquia
Current issues and trends in library and information science as well as other topics of current interest are presented by prominent outside speakers, alumni, and members of the faculty. No credit.

271 Special Topics in Library & Information Science
A special topic on an issue not normally covered in the M.S. curriculum will be examined in-depth. The format will depend upon the topic to be covered. Offered occasionally.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

272 Exploring New York Libraries
Field trips to outstanding libraries of the New York metropolitan area that embody exceptional service, architecture, technology, and collections. Final project is required.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

281 Competitive Intelligence
Monitoring the external environment to obtain and use primary and secondary information that is relevant for the institutional decision-making process. Identification, selection, collection, interpretation and distribution of information with strategic i
Credit: 3 semester hours.

282 Knowledge Management
The process and practice of facilitating the operation, sharing, acquisition and application of knowledge in an organization; dissemination according to needs and preferences of stakeholders.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

283 Social Justice in the Information Professions
Topics focus on the relationship between information access and human development. Emphasis placed on critically examining information policies and services (i.e., reference, cataloging, collection development, information access, user studies, e-citizenship, evaluation) in light of relevant elements of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations, 1948), multiple social justice theories, and social activism trends in the information professions.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

302 Genealogical Sources & Services
The course will enable students to conduct and assist with family history research using a wide variety of genealogical resources.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

901, 902 Special Research & Projects I & II
The formal presentation of a research paper or project (survey, history, bibliographic essay, etc.) resulting from an investigation of a problem of under the direction of a member of the faculty.
Credit: 3 semester hours.

925 Maintaining Matriculation
Master’s students who are not registered for other courses must register for 925 until degree requirements are completed and the degree is granted. No credit. Fee: $100
Credit: 3 semester hours.

Updated June 18, 2019 -MC