Capstone Course

Capstone is a final requirement for partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MLIS degree. Emphasis will be on synthesis of knowledge, honing writing and presentation skills, and creating a professional development plan.

Research Methods

An introduction to the various approaches to social science research and research methods. Students will perform small scale research projects and develop skills in the research uses of libraries and the needs of library patrons.

Quantitative Methods for Public Administration

Much of the information public administrators use to make decisions is inthe form of statistical data. A primary objective of this course is to help students learn how toacquire, organize, interpret, analyze and apply findings from data. This course combines theoryand practice by exploring the appropriateness of different statistical tests and learning to applyanalytical methods to problems of public management.

Database Design for Information Professionals

Addresses government and

industry needs for design, implementation, and management of the database systems. Focuses on

the application of data modeling technologies in library and information science practice and

research.

Course Objectives:

  • Upon completion the student will be able to:
  •  Explain the fundamental principles of database systems.
  •  Develop database conceptual design using the Entity Relationship Model approach.
  •  Demonstrate skills and perspective to analyze real-world requirements, produce a data model, and implement the database.
  •  Use Structured Query Language (SQL).
  •  Develop and optimize complex SQL queries to perform tasks such as table creation, data input, and retrieval.
  •  Evaluate trends in database technologies and the application of database technologies to various activities.

Management of Information Organizations

This course is an introduction to the functions
of library management and its underlying theoretical concepts. The course provides an
overview of the history of management, an introduction to management theory and
functions, including planning, leading, organizing, staffing, controlling, budgeting,
human resource issues, and an understanding of management as a system involving all
staff.

Applied Technologies in Library Practice

A survey of the technologies defining or influencing library practices with an emphasis
on exemplary cases of applications. Topics included computer workstations,
automated systems, networking and telecommunications, the Internet, digitization
projects, program interfaces, information storage and retrieval, adaptive and assistive
devices, security and privacy, and virtual user education.

Information Architecture

Theory and techniques of designing Web sites for effective information delivery. Study of organization, labeling, navigation, and indexing systems is included.

About Information Architecture:

Information architecture (IA) is the area of information science that analyzes the need for an information service, and then determines a system that meets those needs in terms of appropriate form, function, metaphor, navigation and interface, interaction, and visual design. As defined by Richard Saul Wurman, a philosopher of information and communication who coined the phrase, IA is the practice of making information understandable and delivering it in a manner that conveys an intended meaning. IA determines the organization, labeling, navigation, and indexing systems that are required to support both the browsing and searching of audiences of users in today’s online information environment. It plays a crucial role in determining whether users can easily find the information they need.

Information Sources and Services

An introduction to concepts and processes in reference and information science and to fundamental information sources and services provided by libraries and information organizations. An overview of the reference function includes the history and future of reference service, question negotiation, information needs analysis, effective research strategies, evaluation of information sources in various formats, and ethics of information services.