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“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.”  -- Samuel Johnson

 “Information is the oxygen of the modern age.” -- Ronald Reagan

 “In an economy where the only certainty is uncertainty, the one sure source of lasting competitive advantage is knowledge.” -- Ikujiro Nonaka


At the Department of Library and Information Science we focus on information and knowledge: how they are intertwined in all aspects of our society, and how to manage and share them effectively!

Make the world of knowledge and information part of your academic experience. Take a course with us. Our 500-level courses are open to all juniors and seniors.

They include:
LSC 522: Digital Content Creation and Management (Offered Spring 2015)
LSC 524: Actionable Intelligence (Offered Fall 2014)
LSC 525: User Interface Design and Evaluation (Offered Spring 2015)
LSC 551: Organization of Information (Offered every term)
LSC 553: Information Sources and Services (Offered every term)
LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers (Offered every term)
LSC 557: Libraries and Information in Society (Offered every term)

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LSC 522: Digital Content Creation and Management
3 Credits
The course covers how individuals and organizations create, communicate, use, and manage digital information content for learning, work, and play. Examples of individual and organizational practices will be drawn from various subject domains (politics, economics, art, history, science, etc.) and from for-profit and non-profit sectors. Students will learn the roles of information technology in digital content creation and management and develop strategies to use information technology effectively and responsibly to benefit individuals, organizations, and society. The roles of social media will be examined in depth. Web applications and mobile technology will be studied for their impact on content creation and management behavior. By examining the interaction between people, information, and technology, the course prepares students to be effective learners, good citizens, and efficient workers in the 21st century. It also introduces them to career opportunities for information professionals in the 21st century.

LSC 524: Actionable Intelligence
3 Credits
Thoughtful analysis of data and information is critical for decision making in many areas of society, including national security, science and technology, medicine, law enforcement, legislation, policy development, business, journalism, academic research, and others. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to research diverse information sources, assess quality and authenticity of information, and apply intelligence analysis techniques to deliver actionable intelligence for targeted user communities. The course is structured around intelligence community models and practice and emphasizes data and information from a broad range of both traditional resources and evolving digital resources. The course objectives are to develop research skills, analysis abilities, and communication abilities so that students can synthesize data and information and deliver high quality, actionable intelligence to decision makers. Topics covered include: the intelligence cycle (Planning/Direction, Collection, Processing, Analysis and Production, Dissemination), the “all-source collection” concept, evaluating and maintaining information quality, synthesis and analysis of data and information, decision processes, techniques and methods for intelligence analysis, and skills for effective delivery and presentation of research results, including development of briefings. Readings and examples used in class and for assignments are from a variety of contexts, ranging from national security and law enforcement to medicine and business.

LSC 525: User Interface Design and Evaluation
3 Credits
This course explains how to use design and evaluation techniques to develop successful user interfaces for information systems and other interactive technologies. Students will develop an understanding of the cognitive principles and social issues that affect human-computer interaction. Topics covered include: understanding users and interaction, design strategies, iterative prototyping, formative and summative evaluation, and usability testing. Through a team project, students will apply and refine their knowledge, prototyping and evaluating the design of a user interface for a real-world system. Prerequisite: 555 or instructor's permission.

LSC 551: Organization of Information
3 Credits (core requirement)
This course introduces students to the basic principles of organizing and representing information for facilitating access based on users' information needs. The course will address how recorded knowledge can be organized and structured, and ways of providing access to the intellectual works. Topics include defining information; describing and indexing intellectual works; current approaches, standards, tools, and systems in use for information organization; and relationship of information organization to information access

LSC 553: Information Sources and Services
3 Credits (core requirement)
A solid introduction to the fundamental terminology, concepts, and practices of library public services as well as the skills to deliver them effectively to a variety of information users and within a variety of settings. Special emphasis on the philosophy of reference service, appropriate communications skills for use in instructional settings and reference interviews, standard evaluative criteria for determining fitness of sources to meet information needs, proficient retrieval of information from print and electronic reference sources, policies and procedures for the provision of reference service, and the role of reference and information service departments within an organization.

LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
3 Credits (core requirement)
Introduces students to the evolving role of information systems in the storage and retrieval of information. Students explore how information technology in libraries, archives and information centers, and on the World Wide Web facilitates interaction with information. This course is designed to: Introduce students to applicable theory, principles, and standards; explore the capabilities and functions of several classes of information systems, including established technology like integrated library systems (ILS) and databases as well as evolving social and collaborative environments; introduce essential technology elements (hardware, software, networking, etc.); introduce practical information technology skills used by information professionals, such as working with databases and creating and publishing web pages; and promote critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative teamwork abilities for working with information technology.

LSC 557: Libraries and Information in Society
3 Credits (core requirement)
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.

For descriptions of all Library and Information Science classes, including our graduate classes, please see the course catalog.




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