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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


We'll have one weeklong 3-credit course offered for the Summer 2017 term, open to LIS students and post-master's students. Students attending from consortium schools, contact us at for syllabus.

If you are a visiting undergraduate or graduate student, please visit the CUA summer semester page for information on how to apply.

If you can't attend an intensive summer institute, check our Summer 2017 course listings as well.


Summer 2017

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.

Summer 2016

LSC 877: Digital Collections in Libraries, Archives and Museums
June 6-June 10, 2016

This weeklong course introduces students to the practices, standards, and challenges evident across the spectrum of cultural heritage institutions trying to leverage collections online. The class considers the entire life-cycle of digital collections from creation to dissemination to preservation, as well as looking at institutional conditions - past, present and future - that influence collection access online. The current era challenges libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) to connect with their audiences, as well as with their peers, in ways that redefine traditional notions of authority and autonomy. Taking an institutional as well as a network-level perspective, the class tracks this (r)evolution-in-progress and looks at emerging strategies to make digital heritage collections matter in an environment dominated by for-profit networking and information spaces. Concepts introduced in class lectures and discussions will be deepened through focused site visits with experts at local institutions.  Dr. Choi

CLSC 887:  Institute on Federal Library Resources - Syllabus
July 24-30, 2016
Washington, D.C., is rich in library and information services, thanks in large part to Federal Government libraries and information services.  Federal libraries include every type of academic, special, and public libraries and serve multiple constituencies. This seven day intensive course examines the environment, resources, and services of the largest Library ecosystem in the history of the world. With preparation through assigned readings, online study, and group discussions, participants make on-site visits to Federal libraries and offices across the entire range of Government service and are introduced to careers in Federal libraries and information centers.  In addition to traditional library issues, topics examined may include the national impact of Federal libraries, abstracting and indexing services, print and digital publishing, data analytics, marketing and outreach, grant and contracting systems, new technologies, and others. Students will be able to meet and discuss cutting edge issues with Federal library leaders and learn more about the multiple roles that Federal libraries play in the life of the United States and the world.

The Sunday and Saturday sessions are held on the CUA campus and the Monday-Friday sessions are site visits.  All site visits are Metro accessible and students are responsible for their own Metro costs. Prof. Blane Dessy

LSC 884: Copyright & Licensing Institute July 18-22, 2016
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. Prof. Heather Wiggins 

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



Summer 2017

LSC 889: Public Libraries
Prof. Manya Shorr


LSC 844: Music Bibliography
Prof. James Wintle


LSC 641: Collection Development
Prof. Richard Huffine


CLSC 747: Special Collections
@ Library of Congress
 Prof. Marisa Bourgoin


LSC 888: The Special Library/Information Center
Prof. Bruce Rosenstein


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