Information and Library Science

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KIM, HAK JOON, Professor and Chairperson
BIELEFIELD, ARLENE, Associate Professor and MLIS Program Coordinator
BOGEL, GAYLE, Associate Professor and School Library Media Program Coordinator
LIU, YAN QUAN, Professor 
SIERPE, EINO, Associate Professor

School Library Media K-12 Educator Preparation Program
The School Library Media K-12 Educator Preparation Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Master of Library and Information Science

ILS 501 - Introduction to Information Science and Technology

Principles and applications of computers and information technologies in libraries and information centers. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 502 - Fundamentals of Library and Information Science

Principles of library information science including core values of the profession and intellectual freedom. An overview of the history, philosophy, purpose, function and structure of library/information agencies. Core course.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 503 - Foundations of Librarianship

Principles of librarianship including core values of the profession and intellectual freedom. Structure and function of library/information agencies.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 504 - Reference and Information Resources and Services

General reference sources; their content, evaluation and use. The reference process and the organization of reference and information services as they relate to different types of libraries. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ILS 505 - Information Resources Organization and Management

The description and organization of information resources; metadata, bibliographic records, databases, and catalogs. Access points, subject analysis, controlled vocabularies, authorities, and classification. Current developments in shared cataloging and universal bibliographic control. Core course.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 506 - Information Analysis and Organization

Theoretical foundations and practices of classification and cataloging. National standards for cataloging, classification systems, MARC, metadata, FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), and RDA (Resource Description and Access).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ILS 507 - Information Science and Technology

Introduction to information Science and Technology on a theoretical and practical level. Principles and applications of computers, information systems, and communication technologies in libraries and information centers. Core course.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 508 - User Services

Planning, programming, implementation and evaluation of library and information services for a variety of users. Core course.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 509 - Management of Library and Information Agencies

General principles of management theory and practice applicable to various types of information agencies. Decision-making, planning and employment practices are emphasized.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ILS 511 - Materials and Services for Children PK– 6

Evaluation and selection of print, non-print, and digital resources to meet the curricular and personal needs of students in grades PK–6 with an emphasis on alignment with Common Core State Standards. Strategies to promote reading and literacy. Learning styles, stages of human growth and development with a focus on ages 4–12, and cultural influences on learning.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ILS 512 - Materials and Services for Young Adults 7–12

Evaluation and selection of print, non-print, and digital resources to meet the curricular and personal needs of students in grades 7–12 with an emphasis on alignment with Common Core State Standards. Strategies to promote reading and literacy. Learning styles, stages of human growth and development and cultural influences on learning are also explored with a focus on ages 12–18.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ILS 514 - Public Library Services for Adults

Public library materials and the methods of reader's advisory and adult education used to develop maturity in reading, viewing, listening, and new technologies. Planning, implementation, and evaluation of services for adults. Includes adults in institutions and other special libraries, adults in schools (adult education or recent immigrants) as well as programming in public libraries and patron expectations. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 504.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

ILS 515 - Public Library Services to Underserved

An examination of the information needs of special groups and the role of the library in serving the underserved. Includes service to the institutionalized, blind, physically handicapped, and others. Scheduled once each year. Formerly LSC 527.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

ILS 516 - Literacy, Literature and Reading for School and Public Libraries

Examination of the roles of reading professionals in school, classroom and public libraries. Includes overview of Pre K – 12 literature, analysis of approaches to reading instruction and examination of collaborative opportunities.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 517 - History of Children's Literature

Study of materials that have lasted over the years and examination of periodic trends and social patterns that produced them. Emerging types of children's writing and major authors are considered. Scheduled fall semesters of odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

ILS 518 - History of Books and Printing

A study of the history of books and printing, including papermaking, printing, binding, and book illustration. Scheduled fall semesters of even years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2012

ILS 519 - Collection Development

Principles of library collection development and evaluation. Business of library acquisitions: vendors, gift and exchange, cooperative resource sharing. Impact of document delivery and electronic publishing. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501, ILS 504 and ILS 506. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 521 - Children's Services in the Public Library

Planning, implementation and evaluation of public library services for infant to age 12, with emphasis on program planning.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 522 - Young Adult Services in the Public Library

Planning, implementation and evaluation of public library services for young adults with emphasis on program planning. Ages 13 through 18 are the target audience. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

ILS 523 - Technical Services and Information Management

Technical services operations in information management acquisitions, serials, bibliographic records, databases, catalogs, and metadata. Current and future developments.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 525 - Collection Development and Management

Selection and management of information resources, including collection analysis and evaluation, processes and practices of collection building and maintenance in all forms.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 527 - Reference Services

The reference process and the organization of reference and information services as they relate to different types of libraries.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 530 - Information Systems Analysis and Design

An introduction to systems analysis in libraries. Includes flow-charting, form design and control, time and cost analysis, sampling, and automation. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501, ILS 503 and ILS 506. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 531 - Indexing and Abstracting

Explores theoretical and practical aspects of the organization of information in documentation systems, and covers traditional and computerized approaches to indexing, abstracting and thesaurus construction and maintenance. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501, ILS 503, ILS 506.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ILS 532 - User-Centered Database Design and Development

Theories and principles are employed to design database systems based on practical library information problems.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2012

ILS 534 - Technology in Libraries

An overview of automation with emphasis on computer assisted library processes: subsystems in technical services, user services, administrative services. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 535 - Resource Sharing and Library Networks

An examination of the impact of cooperation, consortia, and networks on the library/ information field: developments, network characteristics, problems, and issues. Converging technologies and implications for emerging trends for information professionals are examined. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 537 - Information-Seeking Behavior

How people acquire, store and use information they receive from their environment. Topics include behavioral, cognitive, and affective aspects of information-seeking. Applications to information systems and user instruction. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501, ILS 504, ILS 506 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 538 - Computer Mediated Communications

A reading intensive course on computer-mediated communication (CMC) and its applications in the dissemination of information and delivery of information services. In the context of existing theoretical frameworks adn CMC research findings, the course reviews the advantages and disadvantages of CMC technologies as well as the long term implications of CMD for the information professions. Scheduled spring semesters. Formerly LSC 538.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2012

ILS 539 - Multimedia Interface Design

An orientation intended to give students both a theoretical understanding of, and practical experience with, designing multimedia products and the user interface in information systems. It introduces basic knowledge of human computer interaction (HCI) and various computerized, new media and Internet based multimedia system designs. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): basic knowledge of computers.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 541 - Leadership and Advocacy for Information Professionals

Examines the areas of strategic planning, policy writing, ethical information access, community outreach and advocacy. Investigation of political and social issues affecting libraries and information agencies on local, state and national levels. Fieldwork option.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 545 - Administration and Design of the School Library Media Center

Overall administration of the school library media center including policy development, budgeting, personnel, organization, facilities, technology, and instruction.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ILS 547 - Integrating Technology and Media in K-12 Curriculum

Analysis and implementation of best practices in technology and media integration in content areas. Exploration of collaborative applications for classrooms at all grade levels. Information/media literacy as an essential component of standards based inquiry learning.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ILS 554 - Data Analysis and Visualization

Fundamental concepts and knowledge of data administration and presentation, including data treatment and analytical skills, critically assess and interpret presentation, and deploy digital media for scholarly practice.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 556 - Data Curation

An overview of data curation as a lifecycle management strategy to manage, evaluate, collect, organize, preserve, share, and support the use and re-use of digital objects.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 558 - Digital Preservation and Archives

The fundamentals of materials preservation and conservation in libraries and archival institutions. Focuses on best practices for the creation, provision, and long-term preservation of digital entities.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 560 - College and University Libraries

Organization and administration of academic libraries. The role of libraries in research and the relationship of academic libraries to curricula, students, faculty, and administration. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 561 - Public Libraries

Organization, administration, and services of municipal, county, and regional libraries. Basic developments and trends are considered. The role of public libraries as educational institutions is examined. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 562 - Management of School Library Media Centers

Best practices related to strategic planning and assessment, budgeting, and evaluating human, information, and physical resources. Organization of facilities to enhance the use of resources and services and to ensure equitable access. Methods for educating on the ethical use of information and ideas. Advocating for and marketing of information programs, resources, and services. Ongoing professional growth through library associations and professional publications.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ILS 564 - Special Libraries and Documentation Centers

The aims, organization, administration and services of special libraries. Examples are drawn from those that are unique to interests of students. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 504.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

ILS 565 - Library Management

An examination of the general principles and practices of library management. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 566 - Library Personnel Management

An examination of general management concerned with manpower resources: recruitment, selection, placement, training, and development of human resources within the organization. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ILS 568 - Library Public Relations

A study of library public relations and its concomitant activities. The design of a public relations program for a specified agency. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ILS 571 - Methods for School Library Media Centers

Students will examine strategies for teaching in multimedia environments, organizing information and support for k-12 classrooms, and managing the responsibilities as teacher and instructional partner by integrating current research and actualizing best practices in the field.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 575 - Instructional Design Principles

Introduction to the principles of the systematic application of instructional design. Critique of current and alternative instructional design models. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 580 - Research in Information and Library Science

Fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be studied. Central research findings and research literature of the field are considered.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in Library Science.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ILS 581 - School Media Specialist Practice

A professional work experience in a school media center with a media specialist who has received Beginning Education Support and Training (B.E.S.T.). Must meet all Department of Education student teaching requirements. Connecticut residents must attend 3 on-campus seminars, the first being in the semester prior to student teaching. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 582 - Library Science Internship

A Professional work experience in an academic, public, special or school library. By arrangement.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits in library science.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ILS 585 - Field Project

An action research project in which the student investigates a significant problem in an institution and develops a strategy for change. By arrangement. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credits in library science and a cours e in research methods.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2012

ILS 590 - Research in Library and Information Science

Quantitative and qualitative research methods in professional practice in academic and research-oriented environments. Research and its use in the information, management, policy, and decision-making process.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 593 - Reader's Advisory Services

An overview of the methods and resources for implementing programs geared to patrons seeking help in selecting materials relevant to their reading interests. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501, ILS 503, and ILS 504.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 597 - Introduction to Archival and Museum Work

An introduction to work in archives and museums including basic theories and methodologies and to the application of archival and museum theory in the digital world.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2014

ILS 599 - Special Topics.

Scheduled any semester as needed to explore new course topics. Scheduled irregularly.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ILS 600 - Independent Study

For the advanced student with a background in library science to explore in-depth study in topics outside current courses. By arrangement. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credits in library science and departm ent permission. Up to 3 credits of ILS 600 may be applied to the MLS.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ILS 604 - Advanced Reference Materials and Services

Examination of specialized reference services and collaborative reference. Evaluation of E-Reference sources, services and systems. Reference interview techniques, online searching, development of bibliographic instruction for print and electronic resources.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

ILS 606 - Advanced Cataloging and Classification

Cataloging of special library materials; new concepts of descriptive and subject cataloging; role of cataloging in public and technical services, metadata and cataloging of digital collection. Issues of authority control are examined. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 506.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

ILS 614 - Copyright: The Basics and Beyond

Copyright law for students in education, information and library science, journalism, English, art, and those having interest in protecting their creative works and in legally using the copyrighted works of others.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 616 - Social Sciences/Literature and Sources

Advanced course in subject analysis and use directed toward strengthening command of resources in this major subject area. Course surveys both history and recent developments. Scheduled spring semester of odd years.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 504.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

ILS 617 - Science-Technology — Literature and Sources

The various types of organization and publication of Sci-Tech information sources and literature are examined. The functions of science and technology library and information centers in providing conventional library resources as well as online database services for different user needs are explored. Scheduled spring semester of odd years.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 504. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

ILS 618 - Business Information — Literature and Sources

Advanced course in subject analysis and use are directed toward strengthening command of resources in these major areas. Course surveys both history and recent developments. Scheduled spring semester of even years.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 504.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2012

ILS 619 - Medical Bibliography and Libraries

Literature resources in medicine and the health sciences, including library organization and services. Lab in MEDLARS databases. Scheduled spring semester of even years.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 504.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

ILS 630 - Seminar in International and Comparative Librarianship

Comparison of the United States and foreign library systems on national differences in philosophy, objectives, and services. Evaluation and comparison of collection policies, technical processes, public services, professional training, management and facilities.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

ILS 642 - Management of Electronic Resources and Services

Management and operation of electronic information resources and services in library and information centers. Selection and integrating system options; finance and budget; staff and end-user training; search strategies; database publishers and vendors; hardware/software; measurement/evaluation and future planning. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501, ILS 504, ILS 506.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 650 - Preservation of Library Materials

Fundamentals of materials preservation in libraries, museums and archival institutions. Preservation continuing education, disaster recovery and planning, reformatting and digitization projects are explored. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501 and ILS 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 652 - Digital Memorials and Cultural Archives

Introduction to the theoretical and practical issues confronting digital public historians, digital archivists, and digital curators of memorials and memory sites.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

ILS 655 - Digital Libraries

Theoretical study of and practice in designing, constructing and evaluating digital libraries. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ILS 656 - Information Architecture

An in depth study of the concepts and practices of information architectue (IA). Students read the existing literature related to IA and build complex web sites to address issues specific to information and library science based on current best practices. Scheduled spring semester of even years.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 501 or good working knowledge of html with permission from the instructor.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2012

ILS 660 - Special Project in Library and Information Science

Synthesis of research, theory, and practice in library and information science. Requires three parts: a proposal, a final product, and a written report.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 683 - Distance Learning Methods & Models

Examination of existing and future innovative approaches to distance learning. Methods, technologies, and research models will be addressed.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ILS 685 - Field Project

An action research project in which the student investigates a significant problem in an institution and develops a strategy for change. (By arrangement). Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credits and a course in research metho ds.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ILS 693 - Contemporary Issues in School Library Media Centers

Investigation of political and social issues affecting school libraries on local, state and national levels. Option to complete fieldwork to broaden personal experience and perspective in the management of school libraries. Students may choose options of learning modules or fieldwork to complete requirements for 3 units of credit. Scheduled fall and spring.

Prerequisite(s): ILS 562 School Library Media Centers or experience as a school library media specialist.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ILS 699 - Thesis

Research and writing of the thesis in the area of library and information science, under the direction of an ILS department faculty member.

3 or 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

ITC 683 - Distance Learning Institute

Examination of existing and future innovative approaches to distance learning. Methods, technologies, and research models will be addressed.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2013