Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Fall 2019 Course Schedule - Updated Hourly

Updated Hourly - Last Updated: 04/25/2019 04:20PM

Learn. Comm. Integ. Sem.

LCIS 101 - Learning Community Integrated Seminar

The Honors Learning Community is a team-taught, interdisciplinary set of courses that address specific disciplinary topics as well as college writing. Each LC includes HON-101, HON-102, and LCIS-101.

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H01 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

03:00PM-
04:20PM
N/A
Michael Berger
Kelly Hager
Open 20 Yes 2.00 Main Campus
H02 09/06/2019 -
12/13/2019
Friday

09:00AM-
10:20AM
N/A
Frances P. Sullivan
Abel Amado
Open 19 Yes 2.00 Main Campus

LCIS 201 - Learning Community Integrated Seminar

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01 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
N/A
Kristina Racek Pechulis
Carole Biewener
Open 3 No 2.00 Main Campus
02 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
Wednesday

09:30AM-
10:50AM
N/A
Janie V. Ward
Jessica Margaret Parr
Clsd 0 No 2.00 Main Campus
03 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
Wednesday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
N/A
Stephen Berry
Lydia Fash
Wlst 0 No 2.00 Main Campus
04 09/06/2019 -
12/13/2019
Friday

03:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Phillip J. White
Michael L. Brown
Open 1 No 2.00 Main Campus
05 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
N/A
Charlene P. Spiceland
Mary Shapiro
Clsd 0 No 2.00 Main Campus
06 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

03:00PM-
04:20PM
N/A
Michael Berger Open 20 No 2.00 Main Campus
07 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
N/A
Aaron Rosenthal
Saher Selod
Wlst 0 No 2.00 Main Campus
08 09/09/2019 -
12/09/2019
Monday

03:00PM-
04:20PM
N/A
Teresa Nelson
Becky Thompson
Open 14 No 2.00 Main Campus

Leadership

LDR 101 - Leadership Course

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/12/2019
Tuesday, Thursday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
N/A
Valerie Theresa Geary Open 19 No 4.00 Main Campus

Library Science

LIS 401 - Foundations in Lib & Info Sci

This course is an introduction to the field of library and information science, exploring information professions, services, and institutions, as well as addressing fundamental concepts and theories of information. Topics which will be the subject of discussion and study include settings in which an information professional might work (libraries, information centers, archives, and the information industries); the history of the information professions; the organizational structures of information institutions; the information needs of users and their information-seeking behavior; and information concepts, theories, and practices. The class will engage with current issues and trends affecting the information professions in today's society. Assignments may include presentations, posters, papers, case studies, examinations, and written exercises.

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OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
TBA Open 24 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 403 - Evaluation of Information Services

The course applies the principles of evaluation research to contemporary information management problems. It covers the fundamentals of identifying and investigating problems relevant to continuous quality enhancement and communicating the results to decision makers.

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OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Rachel Williams Open 5 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 404 - Principles of Management

Designed to acquaint students with the basic management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. The course is intended to help provide understanding of human interactions in the workplace and develop the practical problem-solving skills needed to handle managerial problems professionally. Approaches to managing, from authoritarian to participative to laissez-faire, are examined. Readings, case studies, critical incidents, simulations, and discussions.

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20 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

06:00PM-
09:20PM
N/A
Eric Poulin Open 22 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Clsd 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 406 - Management & Evaluation of School Library Programs

A critical review of the issues and trends in management, program development, and evaluation of contemporary school library media centers at the elementary, secondary, and district levels in the United States. Students in this course will complete 15 pre-practicum fieldwork hours in the context of an assignment involving the development of an observation protocol (a method associated with evaluation research) and an interview with a school library media specialist.

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OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
TBA Open 19 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 407 - Information Sources & Services

This course focuses on topics related to services, information sources and information seeking processes as manifested in a variety of information centers. Introduces information concepts and services, including: question-negotiation (the reference interview), customer service, ethics, evaluating the collection, management, user service philosophy, service in different institutional settings and for diverse populations, and the assessment of services. Students learn about the creation, packaging, access and presentation of information in different types of sources and formats. Required Course.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
N/A
Ms. Linda Schuller Open 25 No 3.00 Main Campus
02 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
Wednesday

08:00AM-
10:50AM
N/A
Vivienne B. Piroli Open 25 No 3.00 Main Campus
03 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Shanti Celeste Freundlich Open 24 No 3.00 Main Campus
20 09/07/2019 -
12/07/2019
Saturday

09:00AM-
12:00PM
N/A
Jennifer Lynn Adams Open 22 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL1 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Open 20 No 3.00 Online Class
OL2 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Rebecca Davis Open 25 No 3.00 Online Class
OL3 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Rebecca Davis Open 25 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 408 - User Instruction

This course offers an overview of user instruction, including needs assessment, planning, educational strategies, and evaluation of programs in all types of libraries. Students will critically evaluate concepts of information literacy, learning theories, and the goals of user instruction and apply best practices principles in development of user instruction program modules for either oral presentation or online tutorials. Readings, discussion, guest lectures, oral presentations, and a term project may be included. Prerequisite: LIS 407, LIS 415

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20 09/07/2019 -
12/07/2019
Saturday

01:15PM-
04:15PM
N/A
Eric Poulin Open 20 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
TBA Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 410 - Info Services for Div. Users

Given the increasing diversity of information users in the United States, information professionals need to learn more about specific groups in order provide appropriate services. This course examines the special needs and potential contributions of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in information settings. Through readings, discussion, and guest lectures, students will explore diversity issues which impact information services and develop skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for addressing these issues. Specific diversity issues include race and ethnicity; gender and sexual orientation; social class; national origin; physical, psychological, and learning ability; and age. Students will gain experience in addressing diversity issues in two interrelated projects. The first project will involve writing a paper on a particular group and its needs in terms of collection development, programming, or accessibility issues, etc. For the second project, students will build on the first paper in a service learning project with an information center of their choice. Examples of service learning projects include constructing a detailed program or service activity for a specific group; compiling an annotated bibliography of best current materials and digital sources for a specific group; implementing a mentoring program for a specific group; evaluating diversity programs which are already in place; or writing a staff training proposal. Prerequisite: LIS 407, LIS 415

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01 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
N/A
Colin Rhinesmith Open 4 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 415 - Information Organization

The phenomena, activities, and issues surrounding the organization of information in service of users and user communities. Topics include resource types and formats, information service institutions, markup, descriptive metadata, content standards, subject analysis and classification, and the information life cycle. Readings, discussions, examinations, and oral and written exercises. Required Course.

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01 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
Wednesday

11:00AM-
01:50PM
N/A
Ann M. Graf Open 25 No 3.00 Main Campus
02 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Dr. Daniel Joudrey Open 23 No 3.00 Main Campus
03 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
N/A
Ann M. Graf Open 24 No 3.00 Main Campus
20 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Dr. Daniel Joudrey Open 20 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL1 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Kyong Eun Oh Open 22 No 3.00 Online Class
OL2 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Kyong Eun Oh Open 25 No 3.00 Online Class
OL3 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Andrew R. Clark Open 23 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 416 - Descriptive Cataloging

This course addresses the theories, principles, and practices of bibliographic description and the application of national standards to the construction of catalogs in libraries. It covers the fundamental concepts of descriptive cataloging including: the elements of bibliographic description, the choice of descriptive detail, the description of print and non-print resources , the choice of access points, the formulation of authorized names and titles, the principles and practices of authority work , and the application of encoding standards. The course also includes examinations of current trends and future directions of descriptive cataloging. May include readings, discussions, presentations, exams, exercises, and individual or group projects. Prerequisite: LIS 415.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Dr. Daniel Joudrey Open 7 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 420 - Mod Pub & Librnshp

The course focuses on the book publishing industry and its relationship to the library profession. Students examine all the segments of the publishing process: editorial, design, manufacturing, marketing, and sales. The course explores current issues in the book publishing industry; it helps librarians develop critical skills to evaluate books; it clarifies aspects of copyright as related to printed material; and it provides information about ways libraries can influence what appears in print and can take advantage of current conditions in the publishing marketplace. Also included are guest speakers from the publishing industry, media presentations, and individual research papers.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

12:00PM-
02:50PM
N/A
Anita Silvey Open 5 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 421 - Social Informatics

'Social Informatics' refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization - including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technologies are influenced by social forces and social practices. This graduate seminar is for students interested in the influence of information technology in the human context, including cultural heritage, professional concerns, and social inequities. The course introduces some of the key concepts of social informatics and situates them into the view of varied perspectives including readers, librarians, computer professionals, authors, educators, publishers, editors, and the institutions that support them.

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20 09/07/2019 -
12/07/2019
Saturday

09:00AM-
12:00PM
N/A
Colin Rhinesmith Open 16 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 423 - Storytelling

This course examines cultural origins and contemporary practices of oral storytelling. It explores the psychological and social value of stories and practical and ethical issues in selecting, adapting, and presenting story materials. Students observe and practice storytelling and develop a personal repertoire of stories. Readings, class discussion and exercises, and course assignments will acquaint them with a wide variety of story types, skills of story presentation, and the development of story programs.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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01 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Melanie Kimball Open 8 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 430 - Business Info. Sources & Services

A survey of print and electronic information sources as well as coverage of basic business concepts is provided. It will include sources basic to business, finance, trade, company and industry reference and be both national and international in scope. The objective will be to familiarize students with source material including government sources and statistics, industry and trade literature, used for business research. Attention will also be paid to the information needs of business people and researchers as well as the issues and concerns associated with business information gathering and research. Prerequisite: LIS 407.

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01 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Ms. Linda Schuller Open 18 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 432 - Concepts in Cultural Heritage Informatics

This courses serves as a foundation course for students who seek careers as information professionals in archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural heritage settings. Working with representative partner sites, the course introduces students to diverse information organizations. With a focus on the purpose, mission, and history of these institutions, the course examines key concepts and activities in an interdisciplinary context. Differences in the purposes and missions of these institutions are also considered. Specific topics include: collection building, organizing knowledge structures, conserving and preserving collections, collection use, exhibitions, education, the application of technology, and cultural politics. Assignments include case studies, presentations, and group projects.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/03/2019
Tuesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Dr. Michele Cloonan Open 8 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 433 - Oral History

This course is in three components: 1) studying the ethics and responsible practice of oral history; 2) developing a project to document a life, event, occupation, family, institution or experience; 3) archiving, providing access, and preserving audiovisual recordings. Students are required to secure a recording device to perform oral history interviews and to learn to use audiovisual editing software. It is recommended that students wishing to enroll in the course have already taken LIS 438: Introduction to Archival Methods and Services.

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01 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
Wednesday

11:00AM-
01:50PM
N/A
Janet Ceja Open 6 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 438 - Introduction to Archival Methods and Services

Fundamentals of a wide range of archival activities including appraisal, acquisitions, arrangement, description, reference, and access. Overview of history and terminology of the profession. Discussion of the types and varieties of archival repositories and the value of historical records beyond traditional research use. Course includes a required 60-hour internship completed in an archives or manuscript repository. Required course for Archives Management Concentration.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

12:00PM-
02:50PM
N/A
Ms. Donna E. Webber Open 17 No 3.00 Main Campus
02 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

12:00PM-
02:50PM
N/A
Janet Ceja Open 20 No 3.00 Main Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Janet Ceja Open 11 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 439 - Preservation Management

This course covers the fundamentals of planning and managing programs of prevention and remedial treatment for the preservation of information resources in libraries and archives. The study of the nature of all types of materials and the factors contributing to their deterioration serves as background. Preservation planning topics, such as environmental control and light, security, risk management, fire prevention, housekeeping and storage, general collections maintenance and testing methods, are covered. Additional topics include: emergency planning in the areas of preparedness, mitigation and response; selection of materials for basic repair, conservation or reformatting; budgeting for preservation activities; preservation training for staff and users; digital preservation; and cooperative programs. Course includes readings, guest lectures, media presentations, field trips, demonstrations, and individual projects.

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OL1 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Donia J. Conn Open 3 No 3.00 Online Class
OL2 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Donia J. Conn Open 22 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 440 - Archival Access and Use

Explores access to and use of archives and manuscript collections within the framework of archival description and representation. How archives are described and the surrogates that are used to represent them profoundly impact their access and use and are central to the archives profession. Students will explore various types of archival use including exhibits (physical and virtual) in addition to the creation of surrogates for primary sources and will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of EAD (Encoded Archival Description) as well as other emerging metadata standards. Required course for Archives Management Concentration. Prerequisite: LIS 415, LIS 438

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02 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
N/A
Katherine Wisser Wlst 0 No 3.00 Main Campus
20 09/07/2019 -
12/07/2019
Saturday

09:00AM-
12:00PM
N/A
TBA Open 19 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Jessica Sedgwick Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class
OL2 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Katherine Wisser Open 24 Yes 3.00 Online Class

LIS 441 - Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts

Archival appraisal, or the assessment and evaluation of archival records to determine their continuing value for permanent retention, is one of the central and most critical challenges and responsibilities of the archivist. Building on the introductory exposure to appraisal offered in LIS 438, this course will focus on developing a theoretical framework for appraisal. It will introduce students to the theories and methodologies of appraisal and will explore appraisal models developed and implemented within the profession. It will place the issues and activities within the context of the documentation of society and the preservation of organizational and community memory. Prerequisite: LIS 438.

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OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Peter Botticelli Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 442 - Establishing Archives and Manuscript Programs

Developing a knowledge base that encompasses a variety of competencies around sustaining an archives is vital for archivists who often work in small one or two person repositories or may face the challenges of establishing new repositories. This course will analyze the requirements of such small or emerging programs and focus on the ways to develop strategic plans, locate and pursue sources of funding, market and design outreach, understand the physical and intellectual resources of an archival facility; and sustain program growth. The class will also examine these issues within the context of different types of archives (i.e. government, academic, historical societies). Prerequisite: LIS 438, LIS 440.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
N/A
Jason Arthur Wood Open 3 No 3.00 Main Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Ms. Donna E. Webber Open 2 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 445 - Metadata

This course will cover the theory and practice of metadata as it is applied to digital collections. It will provide students with a comprehensive overview of current metadata standards in the library, archives, and visual resources communities, and offer them an opportunity to get hands-on practice using selected standards. It will examine the role of metadata in the discovery, delivery, administration, and preservation of digital objects, and consider current and emerging issues in metadata. The course will address all aspects of metadata, including creation, management, and use. In-class exercises and assignments will provide students with the opportunity to apply specific content and structure standards. Prerequisite: LIS 415.

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01 09/09/2019 -
12/09/2019
Monday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
N/A
Danielle Pollock Open 7 No 3.00 Main Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Jeffrey Pomerantz Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 446 - Art Documentation

This course addresses the creation, management, and dissemination of art information in museums and in their archives adn libraries, as well as in academic art libraries and visual collections. Topics include: the historical development of art research collections in museums and libraries; impact of new technologies on research and collection management; use of social media and the related information management issues; developments in field-specific standards such as CCO and the various Getty vocabularies, with an emphasis on the impact on access to visual materials; develoments in cross-institutional projects; and issues specific to small museum libraries and archives.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
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Ann M. Graf Open 10 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 448 - Digital Stewardship

This course teaches the core concepts and skills needed to create and manage digital collections and repositories. It covers the digital convergence of cultural heritage information in libraries, archives and museums. It introduces strategies for managing digital objects over the long term through active, ongoing oversight of the total environment (content, technologies, and user expectations) during all phases of the information life cycle. The course also includes extensive discussion of policy issues affecting digital collections, including sustainability issues for digital repositories, and open access to digital resources.

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01 09/09/2019 -
12/09/2019
Monday

12:00PM-
02:50PM
N/A
Peter Botticelli Wlst 0 No 3.00 Main Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Peter Botticelli Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 449 - Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship

With the growth of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic applications in librarianship, the role of the Special Collections and Rare Book library has not gotten simpler. In fact, the new technology has added a layer of complexity to the life of the librarian, while many operations remain unchanged. Often, Special Collections/Rare Books Departments are like a library in microcosm, for many of these departments do all of what the parent instituion does, in both technical and public services. On top of this, many administrators look to the Rare Books Department and use the department's facilities and holdings for public relations and other fund-raising activities. This course is designed as a practical introduction to Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship, to cover the many issues of these departments' responsibilities for the neophyte as well as the experienced librarian.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
Tuesday

03:00PM-
05:50PM
N/A
Sidney Berger Open 7 No 3.00 Main Campus
20 09/07/2019 -
12/07/2019
Saturday

09:00AM-
12:00PM
N/A
Sidney Berger Open 17 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus

LIS 450 - Public Libraries

This course surveys the history, staffing, organization, development, and future of public libraries, addressing the principles and techniques associated with planning and delivering public library services to individuals and communities. Students will examine the governance and service structure of metropolitan and town libraries and consider the political, fiscal, and societal trends affecting them. Special attention will be given to the analysis of the library needs of specific groups and relationship of these needs assessments to the implementation of particular programs and services.

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OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Colin Rhinesmith Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 451 - Academic Libraries

This course surveys the history, staffing, organization, development, and future of college and university libraries. Common issues-including managing change, scholarly communication, publishing, information technology, advocacy, evaluation and assessment, planning, budgeting, and higher education-will be addressed within a context that connects academic libraries, and their infrastructure, with their parent institutions.

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01 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
Thursday

08:00AM-
10:50AM
N/A
Rebecca Davis Open 8 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 453 - Collections Development and Management

Activities through which library collections are systematically developed and managed are explored, especially the formulation and implementation of written collection development policies. Other specific topics include identification of user needs; collection evaluation; fund allocation among competing departments, subjects, and/or media; selection methods; intellectual freedom; storage alternatives; and cooperative collection development. Course includes readings, guest lectures, and a term project in which a collection development policy for a real information agency is prepared. Prerequisite: LIS 407, LIS 415.

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OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Alison Lewis Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 455 - Usability & User Exp. Research

This course covers the conceptual frameworks and applied methodologies for user-centered design and user experience research. Emphasis is placed on learning and practicing a variety of usability research methods/techniques such as scenario development, user profiling, tasks analysis, contextual inquiry, card sorting, usability tests, log data analysis, expert inspection and heuristic evaluation. Rather than a Web or interface design course, this is a research and evaluation course on usability and user experience with the assumption that the results of user and usability research would feed directly into various stages of the interface design cycle. Assignments may include usability methods plan, user persona development, scenario and task modeling, card sorting, usability testing project, and user experience research project. The usability test project will use actual real-time cases from organizations in the Greater Boston area. Usability experts and research specialists will be invited as guest speakers to present in class and some will serve as mentors/site supervisors for the usability testing project. Field trips to local usability labs will be arranged. Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab (http://gslis.simmons.edu/usability/) will be used as the platform for class projects/assignments. Taking LIS 403 prior to this class is recommended.

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Rong Tang Open 17 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 456 - Records Management Environments

This course addresses the theories and methodologies associated with managing institutional records, both paper-based and electronic. It introduces the set of activities required for systematically controlling the creation, distribution, use, maintenance and disposition of recorded information maintained as evidence of business activities and transactions. With an emphasis on case studies, students will learn about records appraisal, scheduling and disposition, functional analysis and records management program implementation and policy. Prior experience working with institutional records and/or LIS438 is recommended.

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TBA Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 458 - Database Management

Principles and practices of database management and database design. Discussion and practice cover database application lifecycle, data modeling, relational database design, SQL queries, reports and other interfaces to database data, and documentation. Lectures also cover Web databases, XML, multimedia databases, and ethical and privacy issues associated with database systems. Individual and group projects. Prerequisites: LIS 488 or LIS 460.

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01 09/09/2019 -
12/09/2019
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Rachel Williams Open 8 No 3.00 Main Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
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Bruce P. Tis Open 1 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 459 - School Library Teacher Pre-Practicum

Students complete structured field experience activities in elementary and secondary school libraries. Students will document their field experiences, make reflective written responses to readings and activities, and complete carefully designed learning projects that will help them develop professional skills, knowledge, and resources. This course fulfills 30 of the mandated 75 hours of pre-practicum field experience in preK-12 libraries for Massachusetts initial certification.

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TBA Open 22 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 461 - Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

This course provides an in-depth look at the pedagogy of teaching and learning including an analysis of the research base that informs the application of specific strategies used for effective instruction. Students will examine the organization, structure, and content of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, the Common Core State Standards, and the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Students will prepare lessons, teach, participate in peer reviews, and begin to develop as reflective practitioners. Students will develop an understanding of the wide range of instructional strategies as they learn to create and implement standards-based lesson plans. Students will learn how to assess these lessons, resulting in data that correlates to student achievement. Prerequisites: LIS 532M

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BL01 09/09/2019 -
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Lisa Estabrook Open 18 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 462 - Digital Libraries

Digital libraries are regulated collections of distributed networked resources made accessible to users, usually through a transparent and standardized interface. This course will examine publicly and privately funded digital library projects in the US and internationally, and will explore evolving definitions and visions, as well as issues such as preservation and intellectual property. Through hands-on investigation, students will also become familiar with the components of digital libraries, and with digital library research. Assignments will include (but are not limited to) papers and presentations. Prerequisite: LIS 415 and LIS 488 or LIS 460.

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Jeffrey Pomerantz Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 464 - The Medieval Manuscript: Charlemagne To Gutenberg

This course will introduce students to the components of the medieval manuscript codex and teach them how to localize and date this kind of material, introducing them to the fields of paleography, codicology and manuscript illumination from the reign of Charlemagne in the ninth century to the invention of printing in the fifteenth. They will trace the development of book production and literate culture from its monastic origins to the later commercialization of the book trade. Different types of texts, such as Books of Hours, will be introduced. Students will learn the fundamentals of manuscript bibliographic description, and issues involving the modern book trade and curatorship of this type of material will be addressed.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
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Lisa F. Davis Open 13 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 467 - Web Develop & Info. Arch

Organizing and structuring content to help individuals, communities, and organizations find and manage internal and external Web-based resources and services. Application of current coding, metadata, and style standards to create Web documents. Evaluation of Web site quality and usability, and assessment of resource discovery tools. Strategic planning and user needs analysis for information architecture. Content inventory, organization, and management in support of wayfinding and navigation. Design documents for prototyping large Web sites. Readings, essays, design projects, in-class presentations.

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01 09/04/2019 -
12/11/2019
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Naresh K. Agarwal Open 13 No 3.00 Main Campus
BL20 09/07/2019 -
12/07/2019
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Michael Richard Leach Open 17 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus

LIS 471 - Photographic Archives

Photographs as visual information. Problems of meaning, context, and definition. Responsibilities of the photo archivist. History of major types of photographic artifacts and development of photographic genres. Characteristics of 19th century processes. Special problems of subject access and remote access. Utilization by scholars, visual researchers, and communication industries. Onsite examination of management practices in a variety of institutions. Guest specialists include, when possible, visitors from special libraries, historical societies, major archives, museums, and picture agencies.

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01 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
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James Gehrt Open 16 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 476 - Archives & Cultural Heritage Outreach

Outreach and advocacy are critical components of successful archives and cultural heritage programs, encompassing broad areas of user concerns from digital exhibits to educational programs, to social responsibility. Students explore the principles of outreach as well as strategies for identifying partners and the needs of diverse user populations. They learn how to develop public and educational programs including exhibits, and publicity and marketing tools for many audiences. Students also examine professional ethics and core values of advocacy and social responsibility in national and international settings. Prerequisite: LIS 407 and LIS 438 or LIS 432.

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01 09/09/2019 -
12/09/2019
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Margaret Crilly Open 9 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 481 - Library Collections & Materials for Children

This course addresses the evaluation, selection, and organization of materials for children (ages 0 - 12) in public and school library collections. Students will become familiar with materials for children in various formats, including the picture book, easy reader, transitional book, and chapter book; and will attend to fiction and nonfiction published to meet young people's recreational and curricular reading and information needs and interests. This course places strong emphasis on the evaluation of both individual items and library collections of children's material as well as on the selection of material for children for the purposes of collection development.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
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Melanie Kimball Open 18 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 482 - Library Programs and Service for Children

This course examines trends and techniques in planning and delivering public library services to children and their families. Attention is paid to the learning needs and recreational interests of children through the various stages of childhood. Students have opportunities for observation and practice of storytelling and other program techniques. Emphasis on planning, developing, funding, publicizing and evaluation of services and programs.

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Ms. Amy S. Pattee Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 483 - Library Collections and Materials for Young Adults

This course addresses the evaluation, selection, and organization of materials for young adults (young people ages 12 - 18) in public and school library collections. Students will become familiar with materials for young adults in various formats and genres, including traditional and graphic novels, and will attend to fiction and nonfiction published to meet young adults' recreational and curricular reading and information needs and interests. This course places strong emphasis on the evaluation of both individual items and library collections of young adult material as well as on the selection of material for young adults for the purposes of collection development.

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01 09/05/2019 -
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Ms. Amy S. Pattee Open 15 No 3.00 Main Campus
OL 09/03/2019 -
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Melanie Kimball Wlst 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 484 - Theories of Information Science

This course covers the fundamental concepts and theories pertaining to information science. The course content includes core concepts and theories, information context, user and needs, information seeking and behavior, information interaction and retrieval, information use, and other related topics. Through this course, students will examine, analyze, and synthesize professional and scholarly work in this field, develop an understanding of the history of the field, and project the future of information science and their own leadership role within it. Assignments may range from literature search, opinion paper, annotated bibliography, in-class presentations on theories and models, to oral history interviews of persons in the field. This is a required course for master's students in the IST concentration. IST students are advised to take the course early in their program of study.

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Naresh K. Agarwal Open 14 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 485 - Introduction to Programming

Introduces computer science and programming using a high-level programming language (currently Python). Teaches program design in the context of contemporary practices both object oriented and procedural. Presents fundamental computer science topics through initiation and design of programs. Students learn to think logically and to apply this thinking to debugging computer programs.

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Catherine Dumas Open 3 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 487 - Data Interoperability

Libraries and archives rely on data. While data is ubiquitous, the formats in which data is stored can vary widely. The differences in formats can hinder the accessibility of useful information and lead to difficulties in finding answers to questions. This class examines different data formats, and how the information they store can be transformed into other formats, and the inherent difficulties in some of these transformations. This class uses the Python programming language and related libraries to examine and transform data in a variety of formats, including .txt, CSV, XML, and JSON. By the end of the course, students will be able to write programs to perform these transformations accurately, and with awareness of potential ways that data can be lost or mistranslated.

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01 09/09/2019 -
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Amber Christine Stubbs Open 1 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 488 - Technology for Information Professionals

This course provides the conceptual foundation and context of computing, Internet and related technologies as used in information-intensive professions. With an emphasis both on concepts (along with an emphasis on terminology that appears in the professional literature) and skills (interactive demos and/or hands-on sessions), the course encourages students in trying out and learning new pieces of technology. The course provides an overview of topics such as how computers work (hardware, software, history of IT); networking; internet, related technologies and the future of WWW; content management systems; RDBMS and XML; ethics; security; information search and retrieval; the impact and implications of technological change on libraries, archives and other information centers; technology today and tomorrow; and other related topics. Along with providing the general technology foundation needed before taking other technology courses offered at SLIS, this course also introduces some of these other courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take this course early in their course program. Required Course.

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01 09/09/2019 -
12/09/2019
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03:00PM-
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Rachel Williams Open 21 No 3.00 Main Campus
02 09/03/2019 -
12/10/2019
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03:00PM-
05:50PM
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Catherine Dumas Open 23 No 3.00 Main Campus
03 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
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12:00PM-
02:50PM
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Catherine Dumas Open 23 No 3.00 Main Campus
04 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
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03:00PM-
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Danielle Pollock Open 22 No 3.00 Main Campus
20 09/07/2019 -
12/07/2019
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01:15PM-
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Abigail Scott Baines Open 17 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL1 09/03/2019 -
12/13/2019
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Naresh K. Agarwal Open 19 No 3.00 Online Class
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12/13/2019
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Danielle Pollock Open 23 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 495 - Practicum Equivalent Experience (preK-12)

The Practicum Equivalent Experience provides students with the opportunity to apply in a school setting the skills and knowledge that he/she has learned throughout the School Library Teacher Program. If a student is currently working in a school library as 'the teacher of record,' he/she can choose to substitute one of the practica with a Practicum Equivalent Experience. The Practicum Equivalent Experience allows the student to receive credit for work experience gained at the school in which he/she is employed. The Practicum Equivalent Experience is done under the direction of a college supervisor and supervising practitioner. The minimum time requirement for a Practicum Equivalent Experience is 300 clock hours. Registration is made by arrangement with the Director of the School Library Teacher Program. LIS 495 is a capstone experience which is completed after all pre-practicum course work has been completed.

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LIS 498 - Practicum (PreK-8)

This is an educational field-based experience at the preK-8 grade level for students needing a practicum as certification requirement. Students will have the opportunity to practice school library skills and methods under the direction of a college supervisor and supervising practitioner. A minimum of 100 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the Director of the SLT program. Prerequisites: LIS 400; LIS 498 is a capstone experience which is completed after all pre-practicum (course) work has been completed. For students who are graduating in a given semester, he/she may concurrently take remaining course work and a practicum.

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01 09/03/2019 -
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LIS 499 - Practicum (7-12)

This is an educational field-based experience at the 7-12 grade level for students needing a practicum as certification requirement. Students will have the opportunity to practice school library skills and methods under the direction of a college supervisor and supervising practitioner. A minimum of 100 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the Director of the SLT program. Prerequisites: LIS 400; LIS 499 is a capstone experience which is completed after all pre-practicum (course) work has been completed. For students who are graduating in a given semester, he/she may concurrently take remaining course work and a practicum.

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LIS 501 - Internship in Library & Information Science

The internship involves a minimum of 130 hours of field experience that represents an important learning experience for the student. As a 3-credit course, it has a significant hands-on learning component. Through discussion with key personnel in the organization and working under professional librarian supervision the student gains hands-on experience in the information environment. Prerequisite: 18 credit hours including all core requirements.

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TBA Open 17 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 502 - Archives Field Study

This course is a field experience of 130 hours working in an archives setting. Prerequisites: LIS 438, LIS 440, LIS 442.

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TBA Open 19 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 505M - Government Archives

This special topics course focuses on the specific settings, requirements, opportunities and challenges faced by organizations charged with the collection, preservation, access and retention of records created through the activity of governing. Starting from the notion of a 'record' as it applies in a government context, this course explores the unique legal, social and ethical responsibilities of government archives. It investigates the imperative of the appraisal, preservation and access to those records in a democratic society. Government archives represent a key category of archival institutions that confront the tensions between access and recordkeeping, and this course explores traditional archival functions, using the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as a point of analysis. In addition, the course will look at the challenges faced by State Archives as well as municipalities or towns. Prerequisite: LIS 438 Topics covered will include the relationship and development of legislation and record keeping, the impact that that legislation can have on the mission of government, and the public's understanding and expectations of the institution. While the course primarily focuses on government agencies in a U.S. context, international government archives will be explored.

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01 09/06/2019 -
12/13/2019
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Katherine Wisser Open 14 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 532I - Sites of History

'Sites of History' examines the practice and theory of public history at an advanced level, for those who plan to apply their academic historical studies in public settings. The seminar focuses on key challenges and issues that professionals confront in engaging the public in meaningful representations of history. We will also examine connections and differences between public historians and academic historians, as seen in particular in small museums, historical societies and history museums (including house museums). Questions we will explore include: How can historians constructively engage public audiences in examining the past? What role does historical research play within public history? How do public historians reconcile the need to attract audiences with standards of scholarly research, or with responsible museum stewardship? What commitment should public historians have to preservation versus innovation? Reading assignments will draw from interdisciplinary scholarship in museum studies, preservation, and public memory as well as history. Through field trips, guest lectures, and group or individual projects, we will take advantage of the abundant sites of history in the Boston area. The seminar's research component requires students to put historical scholarship to 'public' use by identifying and investigating a topic that has immediate relevance to the interpretation of history at a public site. The course presumes experience working in a public history setting as well as a strong background in academic history.

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01 09/05/2019 -
12/12/2019
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Nicole Meredith Eaton Open 18 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 620 - History, Concepts, and Research Opportun

LIS 620 serves as a foundation and a cohort-building course. The course takes an international perspective in exploring historical developments, current issues, and research activities of interest to library and information science, archival studies, and related information fields. It reviews the history and major developments in LIS education and considers the role of scholarship in higher education. It introduces key topics related to the research process, including problem identification, funding opportunities, the communication of findings, use of human subjects, research ethics, and research misconduct. Assignments include papers, presentations, leading classroom discussion and completion of the Simmons College Institutional Review Board 'Investigator 101' module. This is the required first course for SLIS Ph.D. students. MS students admitted with the permission of the instructor.

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01 09/03/2019 -
12/03/2019
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Dr. Michele Cloonan Open 15 Yes 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 642 - Applied Statistics for Library & Information Science

This course covers basic statistical methods and tools for exploratory data analysis in social sciences, focusing on basic concepts of probability theory, experimental design, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and regression analysis.

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01 09/05/2019 -
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Kyong Eun Oh Open 5 No 3.00 Main Campus
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