The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Library and Information Studies

Course Information

Course Planning

All students are assigned to an academic adviser, whom they should consult at least once per semester for program planning and advising. When students receive their acceptance letter to the program, they will be notified on the bottom of the letter as to the name of their academic adviser.

Core courses are offered every year on the following schedule:

Fall

LIS 600 – Foundations of Library and Information Studies
LIS 640 – Organizing Library Collections

Spring

LIS 600 – Foundations of Library and Information Studies
LIS 620 – Information Sources and Services
LIS 650 – Library Administration and Management

Three-year Plan

The 3-year plan helps you map out the courses you want to take during the program. The plan includes a list of the courses and the semesters in which they are offered.

Download the entire 3-year plan here: three-year plan 2013-2017.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study — General Masters (MLIS)

Plan of Study — MLIS with School Library Licensure (076)

Plan of Study — MLIS with Instructional Technology (077)

Plan of Study — School Library Supervisor Licensure (078)

Courses

Note: Syllabi included with course descriptions serve as an example of course topics and assignments but should not be considered full, official syllabi.

505 Introduction to Archival Management (3:3)

Principles of archival management, featuring both classroom instruction in archival theory and practical experience in manuscript repositories and public and private archives (Same as HIS 505). Pr. permission of instructor.

589 Experimental Course

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

600 Foundations of Library and Information Studies (3:3)

Survey of access issues in library and information studies; professional operations and potential roles in society. Required for all MLIS students in first year.

604 The History of Libraries and Librarianship (3:3)

Examines the history of libraries in the Western World with particular emphasis on the United States.

610 Collection Management (3:3)

Principles, processes, and problems in selection, evaluation, and acquisition of resources for libraries and information centers.

611 Humanities Information Sources (3:3)

Major bibliographic and information sources and services in the humanities. Pr. 600, 620, or permission of instructor.

612 Science and Technology Information Sources (3:3)

Major bibliographic and information sources and services in the sciences and technology. Pr. 600, 620, or permission of instructor.

613 Business Information Sources and Services (3:3)

Business reference work in the library setting; types of business topics, reference materials, and methods of research. Pr. 620 or permission of instructor.

614 Public Documents Information Sources (3:3)

Federal, state, and United Nations agency documents: selection, organization, and use. For students in library studies, business and economics, history and political science. Pr. 600, 620, or permission of instructor.

617 Materials for Children (3:3)

Survey of resources for early childhood through elementary school levels, study of selection aids and criteria, use of materials and investigation of reading, listening, viewing interests.

618 Materials for Adolescents(3:3)

Survey of resources and services appropriate for adolescents, study of selection aids and criteria, use of resources, and investigation of reading, listening, viewing interests.

620 Information Sources and Services (3:3)

Selection, evaluation, and use of basic information sources; emphasizing search strategies, question negotiation, and current problems in the provision of information service.

622 Seminar in Advanced Information Sources and Services (3:3)

Application of sophisticated tools and techniques to the solution of information problems. Emphasis on academic and large public libraries, and special collections. Pr. 620.

623 Principles of Database Information Retrieval (3:3)

Principles of bibliographic database structure, evaluation, and utilization for effective search strategy formulation, critical evaluation of retrieved information, and presentation of results. Pr. 620.

625 Electronic Resources for Youth (3:3)

How today’s youth use technology to access information with an emphasis on the effective use of technology to enhance learning.

626 Social Sciences Information Sources (3:3)

Major bibliographic and information sources and services in the social and behavioral sciences. Pr. 600, 620, or permission of instructor.

630 Computer-Related Technologies for Information Management (3:3)

Essential computer-related technologies in a library/school/information agency environment. Pr. 600 or permission of instructor.

631 Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access (3:3)

Emerging technologies in libraries including local, regional, national, and international communication systems for information transfer as these trends impact delivery of information to library and information center users.

632 Managing School/Library Computer Laboratories (3:3)

Design, development, maintenance and management of computer labs in libraries and schools. Other topics include: performance support for school and library users, budgeting, and planning.

633 Telecommunications and the Internet (2:1:1)

Examines components of and modes of access to the Internet, Internet telecommunications technologies, Internet use and finding aids, evaluation of Internet resources, and ethical and social issues and the Internet.

635 Media Production Services for Library Programs (3:3)

Media and technology applications in libraries and information agencies. Develops competencies in designing, developing and producing, and presenting media and technology.

636 Website Production and Usability for Librarians (3:3)

Introduction to Website production and usability issues that are particularly relevant to librarians. Emphasis on seeking to understand and enhance users’ experiences.

640 Information Organization and Access (3:3)

Introduction to the theory, principles, concepts, standards, and methods of the organization of and access to information.

641 Cataloging and Classification (3:3)

Cataloging and classification of materials using current cataloging codes and appropriate techniques of subject analysis and classification. Pr. 640.

642 Seminar in Indexing and Abstracting (3:3)

Critical study of print and computer-assisted indexes and indexing with creation of thesauri, indexes, and concordances. Study of database management program indexing and indexing of Internet resources. Pr. 600, 640, or permission of instructor.

643 Metadata (3:3)

Introduces conceptual and practical metadata knowledge. Identifies commonalities among metadata schemas and reviews design and profiling processes related to needs of various application domains and environments. Pr. 640 or permission of instructor.

644 Digital Libraries (3:3)

Survey of library, archival, and museum collections served by digital information sources, including an introduction to digitization, managing electronic resources, and maintenance of electronic collections.

650 Library Administration and Management (3:3)

Emphasizes management functions, resource management, and application of concepts to management situations in libraries and information centers.

652 Library Administration and Management Seminar (3:3)

Topical approach examines current management issues in an in-depth manner. Pr. 650 or permission of instructor.

653 The School Library (3:3)

The role and function of the school library media center; planning, evaluation, and program development. Pr. 600, 692 (if applicable), or permission of instructor. Pr. 600, 692 (if applicable), or permission of instructor.

654 School Library Media Specialist and the Curriculum (3:3)

Relationship of the library media program to the school curriculum; library/media and computer skills K-12 instructional program. Observation and practice in school settings. Pr. 600, 692 (if applicable), or permission of instructor.

655 The Public Library (3:3)

The public library in the governmental structure, the librarian as a public administrator, financial and cooperative planning, library services, community analysis. Pr. 600, 650, or permission of instructor.

656 The Academic Library (3:3)

Major trends, issues, and problems in the organization and provision of services in college and university libraries. Pr. 600, 650, or permission of instructor.

657 The Special Library (3:3)

Major trends, issues, and problems in the provision of services in profit and not-for-profit special libraries. Pr. 600, 650, or permission of instructor.

661 Library and Information Science Research (3:3)

Problems of concern to libraries and information center personnel, including application of interdisciplinary concepts and research methods. Pr. 600, 615, 620, 640, 650, or permission of instructor.

662 Information Services to Diverse Client Groups (3:3)

Changing demographic patterns affecting library and information services in all types of libraries. Services, collections and staffing to reflect a variety of cultural/ethnic experiences/needs.

663 Library Services for Young People (3:3)

Planning, evaluation, and administration of programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups of children and adolescents; current issues in public libraries. Pr. 617 or 618 or permission of instructor.

664 Reading, Literacy, and the Library (3:3)

Introduction to the development of reading and literacy skills, the needs of readers (early childhood to adult), and strategies for librarians to support this development.

665 Information Literacy (3:3)

Introduction to the concepts of information literacy, teaching philosophies and techniques, and assessment. Pr. 620.

666 Information Ethics and Policy (3:3)

Examination of legal and ethical aspects of information ethics and policies in libraries/information centers. Covers traditional concerns of access to print, government information, issues of technology access, and privacy concerns. Pr. 600, 615, or permission of instructor.

667 Information Services for Adults (3:3)

Design, planning, evaluation, and administration of information services designed to meet lifelong learning goals and needs of individuals and groups of adults in information organizations. Primary emphasis on public libraries. Pr. 615, 620, and 650 or permission of instructor.

672 Instructional Design (3:3)

Components of the systems approach to instructional design (Same as TED 672).

673 Methods of Teaching Computer Literacy and Computer Programming (3:3:3)

Content and method for teaching for computer literacy and computer programming and strategies for teaching these subjects. Designed for computer specialists, computer teachers, and regular classroom teachers (Same as TED 609). Pr. 672, TED 669; or permission of the instructor.

674 Seminar: Issues and the Virtual Community (3:3)

Major social and ethical issues emerging in the virtual community including those embraced by access, privacy, intellectual property, freedom of speech, institutional/social control, and evolving formats (Same as TED 674). Pr. permission of instructor.

688 Seminar in Selected Topics I (1-4)

Contemporary issues and current trends in librarianship, educational technology, and information science. Topics to be identified for a particular seminar. Course may be repeated when topic varies. 688 courses change each semester. Please check UNCGenie to see what is available for the current semester.

690 Independent Study (1-4)

Guided readings, research, and individual project work under direction of faculty. Pr. 600, 620, 640, 650, and permission of instructor.

691 Practicum

Supervised field experience in library/media center settings, with seminars. Credit required will vary with individual needs. Only 3 hours credit may count towards MLIS degree (Graded on S-U basis). Pr. 600, 620, 640, 650, and permission of instructor.

692 Field Experience in School Library (3:0:3)

Supervised field experiences (120 hrs) in a school library with seminars, observation, and exploration into the school setting and school librarian roles, for students with no teaching license.  LIS_692_Application

693 Practicum in School Library (3:0:3)

Supervised practicum (120 hrs) in a school library with seminars. Required for licensure as a school librarian. Application required to be admitted to class. Pr. 600, 617 or 618, 620, 635, 640, 650, 653, and 654; and 692 (if applicable). LIS_693_Application

694 Supervision: School System Library Programs (3:3)

Principles and problems in administration and supervision of the district level library/media program of the school system. Pr. 076 licensure, 3-yrs teaching experience, and permission of instructor.

698 Capstone Experience in Library and Information Studies (1:1)

Developing a professional portfolio or master’s project. Faculty supervised, department chair approved. Required in final semester of MLIS program. Consult LIS homepage for details (Graded on S-U basis). Pr. completion of all other degree requirements and permission of instructor.

711 Experimental Course

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

803 Research Extension (1-3)

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