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IS 525 Government Information

Aims to acquaint students with government publications, their variety, interest, value, acquisition, and bibliographic control, and to develop proficiency in their reference and research use; considers publications of all types and all governments (local, national, international) with special emphasis on U. S., state and federal governments, and on the United Nations and its related specialized agencies. Prerequisite: IS 504 or consent of instructor.

  • Spring 2019

    • IS525AO Wed 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Online Scott Matheson 67506

IS 527 Literacy, Reading, and Readers

Reading and literacy play a central role in all areas of LIS, as well as in education, communication, literature, and writing studies. This course considers reading as a physical, social, and educational activity that is historically and culturally situated. It provides a multidisciplinary investigation into different forms of literacy and how people acquire them. Drawing upon scholarship in LIS, education, literature, history, sociology, psychology, and anthropology, and with special consideration given to age, gender, class, religion, and culture, we will expand upon traditional notions of literacy and explore the range of scholarly approaches to the study of literacy, reading, and readers. For assignments, students choose between an experiential track, which offers practical experience through volunteer work in a literacy tutoring position, or a scholarship track, which features a research project without a volunteer component.

IS 528 Adult Popular Literature

A survey of genre fiction, readers' advisory services, the promotion of fiction, narrative nonfiction & media collections in libraries, the social effects of reading, and publishing as a business. Course objectives include: understanding why adults read for pleasure; gaining familiarity with popular fiction genres and their authors; understanding principles and tools of readers' advisory services; examining the issues of popular fiction publishing including the impact of technology in creating new formats; and the process of acquisition, maintenance, and marketing of popular fiction in libraries.

  • Summer 2018

    • IS528AO Mon 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Online Mary Towner 39563

IS 530A Bibliography of Africa

Covers the available universe of African studies materials in all formats and how to find them. The class begins with evaluating general reference sources and continues with sources by discipline for the study of the continent of Africa. Covers research strategies for the humanities and social sciences.

  • Spring 2019

    • IS530A Wed 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm On-Campus Atoma Batoma 69262

IS 530B Health Sciences Information Services and Resources

Provides a general introduction to information services and sources which serve the health-related information needs of health care professionals and the lay public. Provides exposure to the tools and services most often encountered in delivery of health-related information, issues and trends in health science library practice, ethical issues in provision of health-related information, and specialized programs and services for all health information consumers.

IS 530GA Law (Legal Resources)

This course will provide an introduction to legal resources and the practice of legal reference services. It is intended for those may who are interested in working with legal materials in any environment, and not just for those interested in law librarianship. The course will begin with a look at the legal and ethical issues related to answering legal reference questions. It will then take an exhaustive look at legal research materials and methods. Included will be discussion of secondary legal research tools, as well as case law, regulations and statutes.

  • Summer 2018

    • IS530GAO Tue 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Online Paul Healey 39649

IS 530I Bioinformatics Problems and Research

This course introduces Information Science as an engine of exploration and discovery for Biology. Students will learn: historical origins of bioinformatics; biological organisms and processes as information phenomena; central problems of biology that are addressable with informatics techniques; information representations for biological structures and processes; common information modeling, organization, and analysis tools used in bioinformatics such as databases, networks, ontologies, and simulations; complex sociotechnical dilemmas that arise in the practice of bioinformatics work; and bioinformatics as an important example of data science.

IS 530MA Music Librarianship and Bibliography

Music Librarianship is a unique field, requiring a firm grasp of principles of music and librarianship. This course will cover a number of aspects of music librarianship, including music collections, information literacy, and music technology. Students will explore the current literature on music librarianship and analyze the theoretical aspects of the field through discussions and written assignments. Students will also delve into the practice of music librarianship by meeting music librarians and completing a project for a music library.

IS 530R Russian, East European, and Eurasian Bibliography & Research Methods

This course is designed to provide graduate students in both area and information studies with a comprehensive introduction to research techniques in the Russian & East European field. Depending on enrollment, course content is designed to cover a broad range of interests--for example, Central Asia as well as Russia--while demonstrating that many tools serve more than one specialty. The course will also discuss the resources and skills required for digital scholarship, as well as traditional approaches.

IS 531 Foundations of Data Curation

Data curation is the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education; curation activities and policies enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain data quality and add value, and provide for re-use over time. This course provides an overview of a broad range of theoretical and practical problems in the emerging field, examining issues related to appraisal and selection, long-lived data collections, research lifecycles, workflows, metadata, and legal and intellectual property issues.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS531AO Wed 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Online William Collie 68981