The Catholic University of America

Summer 2018

Catholic Universitiy’s Department of Library & Information Science is now accepting applications for summer classes in D.C. This summer we offer two weeklong 3-credit Institutes, open to LIS students and post-master's students.

Students attending from consortium schools, contact us at to request syllabi.

If you are a visiting undergraduate or graduate student, please visit the CatholicU summer session page for information on how to register.

Interested in summer housing in D.C.? Dorm rooms available on the campus of The Catholic University of America. Check the CatholicU summer session page for details.

See the calendar of all LIS our summer classes

CLSC 887: Federal Libraries Institute
July 23-27, 2018
with Professor Meg Tulloch
in Library of Congress and various sites TBA

Federal libraries and information centers span the globe. They include almost every type of library, such a s scientific, academic, public, medical, legal and some that are unique to the federal government, such as agency and national libraries. This five-day intensive course examines the environment, resources, and services of the largest Library ecosystem in the history of the world. Students will learn firsthand byon-site visits to a wide variety of federal libraries in the Washington, D.C. area. The course will require students to read scholarly and technical materials to prepare for the visits and to write daily responses
to questions about topics, such as the use of library space to enhance library services, the technic al aspects of the virtual library, access to and organization of information, and preservation of uniquelygovernmental materials. By the end of the course, students will have a firm understanding of federal library careers, administration, and operation as well as theoretical framework of federal government information networks.

The proposed site visits for the week of July 23-27 include:
Library of Congress
Supreme Court
U.S. Department of State
Executive Office of the President
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
National Defense University
U.S. Department of Justice
Government Publishing Office

Meg Tulloch is the Director of Library Services at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress and the Library Director of the National Defense University Libraries. Meg has also worked for the U.S. Army Europe in various positions, last as the U.S. Army Europe Librarian with oversight of the library program. Additionally, she has academic and law library experience. In her spare time, Meg enjoys watching the Nats, walking dogs, and going to the theatre.

LSC 884: Copyright & Licensing Institute

July 30 - August 3, 2018 with Prof. Heather Wiggins

This five-day intensive Institute surveys various U.S., and some global, copyright law and licensing issues in libraries. The emphasis will be on understanding copyright, licensing and electronic rights (e-rights) in modern culture and technology, and applying this understanding to the use of copyright and licensed content in a variety of library settings. Topics for this course include: 1) the basics of copyright, 2) digital copyright issues, 3) library copyright issues, 4) permissions and licensing, and, 5) managing copyright and licensing in libraries. This course will be taught on the CUA campus, the Library of Congress, and online through Blackboard. Guest speakers will address the class, where appropriate. Participants will have an opportunity to explore relevant and evolving copyright issues, gain confidence in their knowledge in this confusing area, and apply their knowledge through practical exercises and assignments.

LSC 557: The Information Professions in Society
May 14 - June 23
with Prof. Amanda Wilson

Introduction to the nature of information, the role of libraries, and the profession of librarianship in contemporary society. Incorporates historical developments, current trends, and the outlook for the future. Emphasizes the values, principles, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the profession and builds a foundation for each student’s ongoing professional development and leadership.

LSC 641: Collection Development and Management
(OWL) May 19 - August 11
with Prof. Richard Huffine (Sec. 02) and with Prof. Amanda Wilson (Sec. 03)

Principles and practices in selecting, evaluating, and managing collections in all types of libraries and information formats. Survey of factors affecting collection building: institutional goals, user characteristics and needs, the publishing industry, special characteristics of materials in particular subject fields, formats, and genres. Consideration of such topics as collection development policies, resource sharing, and digital collections.

LSC 670: History of the Book (3 Credits)
May 15-June 21 with Dr. Stephen Greenberg

This is a very hands-on historical overview of the impact of books - - - in manuscript, in print, and electronically - - - on society and culture through studies of authorship, distribution, and use.  Also included is a broad survey of the large and growing field of book arts history. We will address both physical aspects and social and cultural context of the production and circulation of books and the impact of technological change. Explores the history of the book and book arts as related to the history of libraries in our culture, and the future of the book. These are not, however, just abstract concepts; the course is very much focused on realia, and students will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide variety of book artifacts from as early as the 15th century.

CLSC 833: Music Librarianship
May 14 - June 23, 2018
with Professor Nicholas Brown, MMus, MSLIS
in Library of Congress, LA-154

An introduction to the management and administration of music collections, including those in public, academic, conservatory, and research libraries, as well as those in performance spaces and archival settings. Examines the practices of collecting, providing access to, and preserving music and dance materials, including published and unpublished music and dance scores, and recordings in a variety of media. Special emphasis on the issues and developments in performing arts librarianship, including copyright & licensing, demonstrating the value of subject libraries, and collections development for changing user needs.

This course is only offered once every two years. Don’t miss your opportunity to register!

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Course Flyer (pdf)


Summer 2017


CLSC 879: Visions of Italy: Culture in Twenty-First Century Rome and Florence

May 27-June 10, 2017 with Dr. Renate Chancellor

Serving as the political center of western civilization for centuries, Rome is home to a plethora of structures, artifacts, texts, and documents that illuminate the rich history of the city as well as the Italian peninsula from classical times to the present. Further north, Florence is home to materials reflective of the city’s cultural centrality during the Renaissance.

As participants in the course will learn, professionals in Italian museums, libraries, and archives have fantastic cultural materials to work with. Through readings, site visits, and meetings with professionals, students will gain a basic knowledge of how Italian cultural professionals make museum, archival, and library resources known to various user groups. We will explore public programs, outreach strategies, and digital and physical exhibits, and study the principles and practical elements involved in creating each, with site visits and instruction designed to reveal how existing institutions apply those principles to learning in their public programming.

More information on CUAbroad

Visions of Italy Flyer (.pdf)

Colleen Cirocco's blog post about the 2017 program

Lisa Carroll's write-up on LISTEN

CLSC 834: Art and Museum Librarianship
June 26-30, 2017
with Professor Sally Stokes

During a week of field visits and classroom sessions, supplemented by individual research and writing projects, students will gain an overview of the rich variety of library collections that support, and operate in tandem with, cultural institutions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Students will learn about the programs and mission of large, nationally-known museums as well as small, community-based historical organizations. Students will be encouraged to consider changes in technology and informatics during the first decade of the 21st century, and the impact of those changes on art and museum library and archival services, collections, space allocations, staffing, and equipment.


LSC 889: Public Libraries
May 8 - August 12, 2017
with Prof. Manya Shorr

Explores aspects of the public library within the context of demographic and technological changes and shifting economic and political forces. Emphasis on the interrelationship of the public library with these forces.



LSC 844: Music Bibliography
May 15 - Jun 24
with Prof. James Wintle

Introduction to the bibliographical and discographical information resources of music and dance. Comprehensive survey of the literature of Western music. Also treats ethnic and popular music, as well as the literature of classical, popular, and folk dance. Covers the use and evaluation of sources for reference and bibliographic control, including on-line databases, unpublished indexes and catalogs, and commercial catalogs. Prerequisite: LSC 553 or 9 credits in the performing arts.


LSC 641: Collection Development
May 8 - August 12
with Prof. Richard Huffine

Principles and practices in selecting, evaluating, and managing collections in all types of libraries and information formats. Survey of factors affecting collection building: institutional goals, user characteristics and needs, the publishing industry, special characteristics of materials in particular subject fields, formats, and genres. Consideration of such topics as collection development policies, resource sharing, and digital collections.


CLSC 747: Special Collections
June 26 - Aug 5
with Prof. Marisa Bourgoin
in Library of Congress

Introduction to the key issues in managing library-based special collections of various subjects, formats, and media, including: traditional book and paper formats, rare books, manuscripts, still and moving images, audio recordings, ephemeral materials, and new media. Explores a variety of curatorial techniques and approaches to identify, acquire, preserve, describe, make accessible, manage and administer these materials. Examines the unique characteristics as well as the commonalities across varieties of special collections. Discusses curatorial challenges due to new technologies and popular misperceptions about the role and value of collections, and the evolving nature of special collections’ curatorship. (Note: No Prerequisite.)


LSC 888: The Special Library/Information Center
June 26 - Aug 5
Prof. Bruce Rosenstein

Survey of management, organization, and services within special libraries and information centers. Emphasizes ongoing changes within the profession and the organizational environment. Includes a customer service focus, knowledge management, and the move to virtual libraries/information centers.

Read Prof. Rosenstein's blog post on the 20th annual Special Libraries Symposium.

Post-master's students:  Please complete the Graduate Nondegree Application Form library 

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