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.

Summer 2019 Course Schedule - Updated Hourly

Updated Hourly - Last Updated: 10/21/2019 11:21AM

Library Science

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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OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Wcls 0 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.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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01 06/04/2019 -
08/01/2019
Tuesday, Thursday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
LEF
L008
Ms. Linda Schuller Open 18 No 3.00 Main Campus
20 05/25/2019 -
07/27/2019
Saturday

09:00AM-
12:00PM
N/A
Eric Poulin Open 20 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Eric Poulin Open 3 No 3.00 Online Class

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.

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01 06/04/2019 -
08/01/2019
Tuesday, Thursday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
PCB
P207
Dr. Daniel Joudrey Open 18 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 425 - History of the Book

The course will cover a wide variety of topics concerned with the history and development of the book, both as a physical object and as the bearer of intellectual content. Therefore, the lectures/discussions will look at two different kinds of phenomena: the physical properties of the objects that carried written and pictorial texts and the intellectual use to which books have been put. A third area that the course will address picks up the miscellaneous but important issues of the world of libraries; the antiquarian and out-of-print book trade; remainders; handling, storing, caring for, repairing, and conserving books; legal considerations of book/text ownership and use; and other areas of book history. Students will be introduced to the extensive vocabulary of the book world. With a mastery of this new vocabulary, the students will have a grasp of a subject of extraordinary breadth, boundless fascination, and endless debate. As Milton said, 'A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit.' This course will explain why.

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20 06/15/2019 -
07/27/2019
Saturday

09:00AM-
04:00PM
N/A
Sidney Berger Open 20 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus

LIS 435 - Music Librarianship

Scope, types, and functions of music libraries; their physical and intellectual organization and administration. Included are principles and techniques of selection, acquisition, classification, cataloging, binding, storage, and dissemination of music materials; principles, techniques, and materials of music reference and research; music publishing and recording, including listening facilities; and philosophy and functions of the music librarian. Ability to read music and substantial music literature background required.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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01 06/03/2019 -
08/08/2019
Monday, Thursday

09:00AM-
12:00PM
PCB
P308
Paul Engle Open 19 No 3.00 Main Campus

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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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Donia J. Conn Open 2 No 3.00 Online Class
OL2 06/17/2019 -
08/02/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Donia J. Conn Open 5 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.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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01 06/04/2019 -
08/01/2019
Tuesday, Thursday

01:00PM-
04:00PM
PCB
P207
Katherine Wisser Open 12 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 445M - 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.

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YN 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A N/A N/A Jeffrey Pomerantz Wcls 0 Yes 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 445T - Yonsei: Program Costs

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YN 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 7 Yes 0.00 Main Campus

LIS 447 - Collection Maintenance

This course in preservation management deals with the planning, implementation, and management of an effective collections maintenance program, including an effective repair program for a small/medium general collection. Topics include developing criteria for the selection of items in need of repair, binding, or replacement; learning the proper repair and housing techniques for bound and unbound materials in order to be able to administer an in-house repair program; selecting and processing materials for remote storage facilities; the cost factors involved in developing a collections maintenance program for general collections; and selecting and managing staff, space, equipment, and supplies for such a program. This course takes place at the North Bennett Street School.

Section Section
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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
Credits Location
01 05/28/2019 -
06/06/2019
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

09:00AM-
04:00PM
N/A
Donia J. Conn Wcls 0 No 3.00 Main Campus
02 06/10/2019 -
06/15/2019
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

09:00AM-
04:00PM
N/A
Donia J. Conn Open 1 No 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 452 - History of Libraries

This course covers the history of libraries from earliest times to the present day. It includes specific institutions, trends in service and facilities, and individuals important in the development of these institutions. While the primary focus of the course is libraries in the Western World, consideration of libraries in other traditions will be covered as source material allows. The objectives of the course include gaining a broad perspective on the history of libraries, an understanding of the history of libraries in the context of socio-cultural, political and economic developments, and an understanding of historical methods both through the analysis of primary sources related to the history of libraries and through critical reading of texts on the history of libraries. Course material includes lecture, discussion, and field trips. Assignments include several writing assignments and in-class presentations.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Credits Location
OL1 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Katherine Wisser Open 4 No 3.00 Online Class
OL2 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Katherine Wisser Open 7 No 3.00 Online Class

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.

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BL20 05/25/2019 -
07/27/2019
Saturday

01:00PM-
04:00PM
N/A
Michael Richard Leach Open 16 No 3.00 Mount Holyoke Campus

LIS 460 - Technology and the School Library Teacher

This course will prepare the school library teacher to successfully integrate new and emerging technologies into the school library program, technology lab, and classroom. Technologies studied will be appropriate for integration into all areas of the school's curriculum. Web-based and mobile resources and tools are used extensively throughout the course and are directly tied to current topics in successful school library management and practice. Hands-on learning and discussion of issues that could arise as a part of technology integration with pre-K - 12 students are foundational elements of the course. The role the school library teacher plays in the professional development of teachers in his/her school as a resource person, leader in technology instruction, facilitator, collaborator, and instructor will be discussed throughout the course. Meets Technology Requirement for students in the School Library Teacher Program.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Georgina M. Trebbe Open 11 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 473 - Information Visualization

Information visualization is the interdisciplinary study of the visual representation of large-scale collections of non-numerical information, such as library and bibliographic databases, networks of relations on the Internet, query and retrieval set relationships. Collections of digital objects -- text-based and digitized visual resources -- are part of a larger stream in information work of presenting large volumes of data in graphic forms from library, archive, museum and scientific work. Traditionally information visualization has been associated largely with information retrieval, data mining and information graphics with purposively design explanatory images, but as the volume of digital resources grows and visualizing techniques are simplified, library systems, digital libraries, and special-purpose information systems in both the sciences and humanities turn to visualization techniques to display, explain, and help users establish meaning from the retrieved data sets. This course complements Visual Communication (LIS 470), Photographic Archives and Visual Information (LIS 471) and similar visual resource-centric classes as well as born-digital-oriented materials, stored and processed. It may be studied on its own or be an application of what is learned in Data Interoperability and XML classes.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Yan Ma Open 13 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 474 - Competitive Intelligence

Organizations and organizational units increasingly employ competitive intelligence (CI) to support decision-making, management, and to build and sustain competitive advantages. As the formal practice of CI has grown in adoption and sophistication, information professionals are often charged with intelligence-related responsibilities. This course examines competitive intelligence models, functions, and practices; the roles of information professionals in CI, and the management of CI. Discussion and practice topics include: intelligence ethical and legal considerations; identifying intelligence needs; intelligence project management, research methods, analysis, production, and dissemination; the uses of intelligence; intelligence sources and tools; managing the intelligence function; and the evolution of CI. A working knowledge of print and electronic business information sources is recommended.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Cynthia Correia Open 19 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 475 - Organizational/Information Ethics

The course will examine the ethical implications of decisions made within various organizational contexts regarding issues such as property ownership, strategy formulation, the utilization of computer technology, employee relations, accountability, conflicts of interest, as well as other topics relevant to today's managers. Participants will examine the ethical implications of cases at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. The course will assist professionals to clarify and apply their own moral standards and ethical norms, beliefs, and values to unfamiliar, complex situations in which the appropriate application of these values may not be obvious. The course makes no effort to dictate what is 'right,' 'proper,' and 'just'; that is left to the individual's own moral standards of behavior and ethical systems of belief.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Open 3 No 3.00 Online Class

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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Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Consent
Credits Location
BL01 06/17/2019 -
08/07/2019
Monday, Wednesday

06:00PM-
09:00PM
PCB
P207
Melanie Kimball Open 2 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.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/04/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Naresh K. Agarwal Wcls 0 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 500 - Independent Study

The independent study program provides an opportunity for the student with a distinguished academic record, who has achieved degree candidacy, to pursue an individual topic related to his/her own interests for use in a substantial paper or project. A faculty member guides and advises the student in conferences, reviews preliminary drafts, and assigns the final grade. Academic credit is dependent upon substantial accomplishment at a distinguished level of quality. Members of the faculty actively encourage publication of those completed seminar studies that represent useful contributions to professional literature. The study proposal must be initiated by the student at least eight weeks before the semester in which it is to be undertaken. The student bears responsibility for formulating the study, approaching an appropriate faculty member, securing his/her consent to act as a sponsor, and submitting a full written statement outlining the study to that sponsor at least four weeks before the semester opens. Ask your advisor for instructions and Independent Study proposal forms.

Section Section
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Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Requires
Consent
Credits Location
01 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Wcls 0 Yes 3.00 Main Campus
02 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Wcls 0 Yes 3.00 Main Campus
03 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Kyong Eun Oh Wcls 0 Yes 3.00 Main Campus
04 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Catherine Dumas Open 1 Yes 3.00 Main Campus
05 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Catherine Dumas Clsd 0 Yes 3.00 Main Campus

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.

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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Dr. Michele Cloonan Open 16 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 502 - Archives Field Study

This course is a field experience of 130 hours working in an archives setting.

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Consent
Credits Location
OL 06/17/2019 -
08/09/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Ms. Donna E. Webber Open 19 No 3.00 Online Class

LIS 505D - Multiple Literacies

Information literacy has been a defining focus for libraries for several decades. Academic and public libraries draw on information literacy standards and definitions to organize their instruction, and to make direct connections between their work and the educational mission and goals of their parent institution or community. The ACRL competencies are in the midst of a major revision will which greatly impact how these standards are understood and applied. In the meantime, a host of new literacies (digital literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, archival literacy/intelligence, media literacy, metaliteracy, etc.) have been developed. Information professionals need to understand each of these literacy areas-from their various definitions and conceptualizations, to the frameworks that organize them, to stakeholder expectations related to them, to how they are applied in the field-in order to develop instruction programs, services, and collections to support them. This course will delve into these multiple literacies, examining the frameworks that underpin them, analyzing their relationships to one another as well as to related fields such as education and psychology, and determining how information professionals can respond to and support learning around these literacies. There is also a social justice aspect to supporting the development of multiple literacies. This course will examine the idea of information literacy as a human right, and explore the potential of various literacies to affect socio-economic status, self-efficacy, and democratic/participatory government.

Section Section
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Days Times Room Instructor Section
Status
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Consent
Credits Location
01 06/03/2019 -
08/02/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Lisa Hussey Wcls 0 Yes 3.00 Main Campus

LIS 505T - Program Costs: Rwanda

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01 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 11 Yes 0.00 Main Campus

LIS 601 - Independent Study Doctoral

Independent Study offers an opportunity for the doctoral student to pursue individual study related to aspects of management not covered in detail in the regular course offerings. Independent Study may be a reading course, a group investigation of a topic of mutual interest, or a directed research project. An end result will be an oral presentation to the faculty supervisor and the Committee on Doctoral Studies, as well as a possible paper of publishable quality.

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Days Times Room Instructor Section
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Consent
Credits Location
01 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Rong Tang Open 19 Yes 2.00 Main Campus
02 05/20/2019 -
08/30/2019
N/A

N/A
N/A
Colin Rhinesmith Clsd 0 Yes 2.00 Main Campus
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