Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. Students and Faculty should log in to workday.simmons.edu and view the live course listings for the current semester. The current semester listings below are updated weekly. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Spring 2024 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 07/21/2024 06:02AM

Leadership

LDR 101 - Leadership Course

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Erin DeCurtis
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Heather Shlosser
4
Main Campus
03 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Chantal Krcmar
4
Main Campus
04 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Becky Thompson
4
Main Campus
05 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Christy Lusiak
4
Main Campus
06 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Patrick Sylvain
4
Main Campus
07 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Farooz Rather
4
Main Campus
08 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Farooz Rather
4
Main Campus
09 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Chaluza Kapaale
4
Main Campus
10 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Kelsey Jaye
4
Main Campus
11 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield
4
Main Campus
12 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Hong Pan
4
Main Campus
13 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Rachel Deleveaux
4
Main Campus
14 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Meghan Doran
4
Main Campus
15 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Jen Gresham
4
Main Campus
17 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Kelsey Jaye
4
Main Campus
18 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Gregory Williams
4
Main Campus
H01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Spela Trefalt
4
Main Campus
H02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Chaluza Kapaale
4
Main Campus

LDR 201 - Gender and Leadership

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
8:00PM - 9:20PM
Valerie Geary
4
TBD

Library Science

LIS 400 - Virtual Orientation

This required orientation course introduces all Library and Information Science, and Dual Degree students to the full range of academic, administrative, and social expectations for students, and the environment in which they must meet those expectations. Intended for and appropriate to both online and face-to-face students, this course describes program requirements; college, school, and program policy; and offers information about the full range of resources available to the students in support of their program. It also offers basic tutorial and instruction related to the use of Moodle (the learning management system used in online and face-to-face courses), library resources, and other key tools used to support student learning.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
Katherine Wisser
TBD
TBD

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. This is a required course for the Libraries & Librarianship concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Elaine Martin
3
Main Campus
OL01 TBD TBD
LeRoy LaFleur
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Arianna Lechan
3
TBD

LIS 407 - Information Sources and 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. This is a required course for all MS students.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Laura Saunders
3
Main Campus
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Laura Saunders
3
Main Campus
OL01 TBD TBD
Eric Poulin
3
TBD
OL02 TBD TBD
Eric Poulin
3
TBD
OL04 TBD TBD
Jennifer Sweeney
3
TBD

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. This is a required course for the Libraries & Librarianship concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
Anna Sarneso
3
TBD

LIS 410 - Information Services for Diverse 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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
20 2024/01/20 - 2024/05/11
Saturday
1:05PM - 4:05PM
Eric Poulin
3
TBD

LIS 412 - Library Programs and Services for Young Adults

This course examines the planning and delivery of information and recreational services to meet the diverse needs of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 in public libraries and school library/media centers. Examination of the developmental tasks of adolescents and relevant social, educational, and demographic trends. Emphasis on the development of library policies and collaboration with youth-serving community agencies. Attention to communication and program skills and the promotion, funding, and evaluation of library programs and services for teenagers.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Melanie Kimball
3
Main Campus

LIS 414 - Special Libraries

This course surveys the history, staffing, organization, development, and future of special libraries-of multiple types-in North America. Specific attention will be given to examples of highly successful models of special library organization, staffing, and service, as well as to notable and common challenges associated with special libraries. Students will read and evaluate recent research describing the value of special libraries and examine comparative data describing special libraries in the U.S. and abroad.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
Rebecca Stallworth
3
TBD

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. This is a required course for all MS students.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Kyong Eun Oh
3
Main Campus
20 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Daniel Joudrey
3
TBD
OL04 TBD TBD
Ralph Holley
3
TBD
OL1 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Daniel Joudrey
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Kyong Eun Oh
3
TBD
OL3 TBD TBD
Ralph Holley
3
TBD

LIS 417 - Subject Cataloging and Classification

This course addresses the theories, principles, and practices of subject cataloging and classification. It covers the application of national standards to the creation of bibliographic records and to the construction of catalogs in libraries and other information environments. It teaches the concepts of subject cataloging including: understanding the various approaches to and pitfalls in determining aboutness; the theoretical foundations, structure, and the application of LCSH in subject cataloging; the application of the policies in the LC Subject Heading Manual; and complex number building in Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Classification. The course also includes examinations of the history and theoretical foundations of subject cataloging and classification and explores other subject access systems from around the world (e.g. UDC, Colon, Bliss, Expansive classification, PRECIS, AAT, and MeSH). May include readings, discussions, presentations, exams, exercises, and individual or group projects.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Daniel Joudrey
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/20 - 2024/05/11
Saturday
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Katherine Ruffin
3
TBD

LIS 430 - Business Information Sources and 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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Linda Schuller
3
TBD

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. This is a required course for the Cultural Heritage Informatics concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Heather Hole
3
Main Campus
OL1 TBD TBD
Donia Conn
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Jerry Simmons
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Elizabeth Berndt
3
TBD

LIS 437 - Legal Information Sources

Study of legal information; origins, organization, dissemination, and use of legal media, as well as techniques of basic legal research.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Margaret Purdy
3
TBD

LIS 438 - Introduction to Archival Theory & Practice

Fundamentals of archival theory and practice, including the issues, values, methods, and activities in archival settings. Introduction to core archival functions of appraisal, acquisition, 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. Engagement with contemporary issues in the archival profession. Course includes a required 60-hour field experience. This is a required course for the Archives Management concentration and the Cultural Heritage Informatics concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Adam Kriesberg
3
Main Campus
02 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Adam Kriesberg
3
Main Campus
20 2024/01/20 - 2024/05/11
Saturday
1:05PM - 4:05PM
Penni Martorell
3
TBD
OL1 TBD TBD
Lisa Feldmann
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Joel Blanco-Rivera
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Lauren Telepak
4
Main Campus
20 2024/01/04 - 2024/01/13
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Donia Conn
3
Mount Holyoke Campus Site - MHC
OL1 TBD TBD
Donia Conn
3
TBD

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. This is a required course for the Archives Management concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Katherine Wisser
3
Main Campus
OL1 TBD TBD
Jessica Sedgwick
3
TBD

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). This is a required course for the Archives Management concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Jason Wood
3
Main Campus
OL01 TBD TBD
John Ansley
3
TBD
OL02 TBD TBD
John Ansley
3
TBD

LIS 444 - Digital Preservation

The preservation and retention of media in digital environments are increasingly urgent issues for archival digital repositories. This course focuses on archiving and preserving a wide variety of digital media (primarily text, image, sound, moving images, and web sites) as well as thinking in a long-term way about overcoming the many challenges. Topics under discussion will include the characteristics of digital media that make a difference in their long-term preservation, media formats, rights issues, digital asset management, each addressed theoretically, historically, and practically. Please note: This class is not limited to Archives concentrators.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Rhiannon Bettivia
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Rhiannon Bettivia
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Peter Botticelli
3
Main Campus
OL01 TBD TBD
Peter Botticelli
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL02 TBD TBD
Kristi Chadwick
3
TBD
OL1 TBD TBD
Linda Schuller
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
Rebecca Stallworth
3
TBD

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. This is a required course for the Libraries & Librarianship concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Amy Pattee
3
Main Campus
OL1 TBD TBD
Mei Zhang
3
TBD

LIS 456 - Records Management

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Stephen Dalina
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Christine Rolka
4
TBD

LIS 459 - Fundamentals of School Librarianship

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
7:00PM - 9:50PM
Arianna Lechan
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Georgina Trebbe
3
TBD

LIS 461 - Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Georgina Trebbe
3
TBD

LIS 465 - Knowledge Management

This course will cover the entire knowledge management cycle from knowledge capture and codification, to sharing and communities of practice, transfer and application. It will also include major theories and models in knowledge management. Students will learn to apply the case study research design in knowledge management, and look at cases discussing the role of knowledge management in organizational improvement. Contemporary knowledge management software (including knowledge creation and sharing in social networking websites) will be covered. Finally, the course will explore knowledge management not just from the organizational perspective, but also from the individual perspective.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
Naresh Agarwal
3
TBD

LIS 467 - Web Development and Information Architecture

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
20 2024/01/20 - 2024/05/11
Saturday
9:00AM - 11:50AM
Abigail Baines
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL02 TBD TBD
James Gehrt
3
TBD
OL1 TBD TBD
James Gehrt
3
TBD

LIS 476 - Outreach and Advocacy for Cultural Heritage

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Lisa Feldmann
3
TBD

LIS 477 - Digital Asset Management for Libraries, Archives and Museums

The increasingly digital nature of the cultural heritage milieu is driving convergence of practice in LAMS (libraries, archives and museum). Before appropriate technological solutions can be determined and implemented, requirements need to be defined and convincing use cases developed. Students taking this course learn the theoretical underpinnings and the practical skills specific to ascertaining user requirements, management and access of digital resources, focusing on commonalities among practice in libraries, archives, and museums. Three areas crucial to the effective management of digital assets are emphasized: use-case analysis, technological skills, and project management.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
Peter Botticelli
3
TBD

LIS 481 - Library Collections and 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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Melanie Kimball
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Emily Remer
3
TBD

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 the Information Science & Technology concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Shabnam Shahvar
3
TBD

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. This is a required course for the Information Science & Technology concentration.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Stephen Wicks
3
TBD

LIS 486 - Systems Analysis in Information Services

From a foundation of systems theory, the software- and systems-development life cycle, intergroup communication, Systems Analysis & Design considers all aspects of the analysis of information systems documentation (needs analysis, feasibility study) and improved systems design (logical and physical design [e.g., technical needs; input and output requirements such as forms, screens, reports, networking, pseudocoding, UML and object-data models, SQL, evaluation and documentation]). The course also covers management, personnel, and resource issues of project management, such as "build-or-buy" analysis & communicating with user groups. By casting libraries as small enterprises, students work with a specific library information systems project, such as a digital library project, to construct a professional-grade project analysis, in the form of a project portfolio, and present their analysis to the class.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Kristina Contino
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Naresh Agarwal
3
Main Campus
OL01 TBD TBD
Mei Zhang
3
TBD
OL04 TBD TBD
Hannah Sieber
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Dane Groves
3
TBD
OL3 TBD TBD
Naresh Agarwal
3
TBD

LIS 490 - International and Comparative Librarianship

Comparison of American and foreign library systems in terms of national differences in philosophy, objectives, and services. Evaluation and comparison of collection policies, technical processes, public services, professional training, management, and facilities. Selected in-depth area studies. International cooperation and major projects in the information fields; contributions of international organizations. Guest lectures, presentations, and individual research projects.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Tine Stewart
3
TBD

LIS 493 - Intellectual Freedom

This course provides with in-depth knowledge of intellectual freedom and related access issues that information professionals cope with in libraries and information settings. Students learn about the history of censorship practices, the evolving and sometimes controversial role of librarians/information professionals and others who promote the philosophy of intellectual freedom, the policies of various countries and associations regarding intellectual freedom and ethical practice, freedom of information and privacy legislation, and overall influence of technology on censorship and access issues.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Laura Quilter
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Arianna Lechan
3
TBD

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 150 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the Director of the SLT program.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Arianna Lechan
3
TBD

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 150 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the Director of the SLT program.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Arianna Lechan
3
TBD

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 Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Melanie Kimball
3
TBD
OL01 TBD TBD
Peter Botticelli
3
TBD
OL02 TBD TBD
Lisa Hussey
3
TBD
OL03 TBD TBD
Katherine Wisser
3
TBD
OL04 TBD TBD
Katherine Wisser
3
TBD
OL05 TBD TBD
Adam Kriesberg
3
TBD
OL06 TBD TBD
Adam Kriesberg
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Katherine Wisser
3
TBD

LIS 512 - Advanced Field Experience in Library and Information Science

This course is a focused field experience combined with a related academic components. The field experience involves a minimum of 130 hours in an LIS setting and approximately 20 hours of coursework completed online. 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 supervision, the student gains hands-on experience in the information environment. Examples of coursework include: readings; discussion forums; reflections or journal entries; and/or examples of field work. Prerequisite: 18 credit hours including all SLIS core and concentration requirements.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
Melanie Kimball
3
TBD

LIS 600 - Supervised Study

Open only to students in the doctoral program. Required of all such students (1) not in residence in any regular semester in order to maintain matriculation, (2) not taking a course for credit during the fall or spring semester, and (3) working on their concept paper, proposal, or their field research project. Supervised study may not be applied toward academic credit requirements for the doctoral degree.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Kyong Eun Oh
TBD
TBD

LIS 601 - Independent Study for Doctoral Students

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Laura Saunders
6
TBD
OL02 TBD TBD
Lisa Hussey
3
TBD

LIS 699 - Dissertation

Open only to students in the doctoral program who have completed 33 semester hours and have successfully passed the comprehensive examination. Note: while working on the dissertation students are enrolled in LIS 600 for the fall and spring semesters.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Kyong Eun Oh
3
TBD

Literature & Writing

LTWR 103 - Public Humanities Writing

Provides an opportunity to apply various critical lenses developed in the humanities to modes of writing for the broader public, including: book and film reviews, long-form analytical journalism, museum exhibition guides, and interviews.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Renee Bergland
4
Main Campus

LTWR 105 - Creative Writing: Non-Fiction

Designed for students with a solid base of writing skill who wish to grow further as writers. Teaches writing of non-fiction that a non-captive audience would willingly read. Focuses primarily on the personal narrative.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Farooz Rather
4
Main Campus

LTWR 109 - Creative Writing: Poetry

Targets the eager and curious writer of poems seeking structure, feedback, and models of excellence in a workshop setting. Assumes that those who want to write are those who have been deeply moved by the writing of others. Includes extensive reading and attendance at poetry readings in the Boston area.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
5:00PM - 6:20PM
Patrick Sylvain
4
Main Campus

LTWR 195 - Art of Film

Serves as an introduction to film analysis by teaching the basics of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, and sound as well as fundamental principles of film narrative, style, genre, and theory. Films chosen from a number of different historical periods and national contexts, including classical Hollywood cinema.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Friday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Suzanne Leonard
4
Main Campus

LTWR 207 - Fiction Workshop

Continued work on the art of writing the short story, building on experience gained in English 107. Frequent writing and reflection on writing; extensive revision; workshop discussion of student writing. Readings in contemporary and canonical short fiction, as well as works on fictional technique.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Friday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Farooz Rather
4
Main Campus

LTWR 241 - Contemporary Black Women Writers

How do novels by contemporary African American and Black British women writers encourage us to rethink our understandings of racial identity?  This course examines the literary devices and formal innovations employed by Black women writers to represent the lives of black characters and black people more broadly.  It responds to a style of interpreting black novels that reads them only as sociological documents that grant insights into what is then positioned as an alien culture; it replaces this purely sociological focus with an insistence on the artistry of the text, an analysis of the ways that Black women writers invent new formal techniques and artistic innovations for representing realities that are less readily acknowledged in the larger culture.  At the center of the course is the oppositional voice of Black women writers.  The course reads these writers as responding to canonical representations of blackness through their own insistent presentations of the racial past and its possible futures, through their remaking of the literary genres of the canon that help generate representations of blackness, and through their reimagining of the very category of Black womanhood in new, more expansive and liberating ways.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Sheldon George
4
Main Campus

LTWR 244 - Problems in Romantic Literature: Romantic Rebel

Begins with Milton's Paradise Lost, the subtext for all Romantic rebellion, and moves to Blake, its great theorist and visual artist, to the poetry of Wordsworth and works by women Romantic poets. Concludes with the female perspective on Romantic rebellion in the novels of the Bronte sisters and in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Renee Bergland
4
Main Campus

LTWR 266 - Piratical Stories

This course investigates the tropes of piratical literature in ballads, plays, short stories, and novels. As we move through the centuries, we consider sea encounters, buried treasure, war tactics, whaling, and slavery to illuminate why and how stories about these transgressors expose the fears and wishes of a U.S. readership.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Patrick Sylvain
4
Main Campus

LTWR 390 - Advanced Seminar in Literature and Writing

Offers a framework for advanced independent work in literary studies. Anchored in a common topic that changes each year. Texts include some of the critical and theoretical approaches that help to define the topic.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Friday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Renee Bergland
4
Main Campus

LTWR 398 - Feminist Media Studies

Analyzes how film form positions women and investigates how female audiences consume the medium. Topics include female directors and stars, gaze theory and psychoanalysis, melodrama and the "woman's film," feminist documentary, racialized bodies, lesbian cinema, feminist television criticism, chick flicks, and postfeminism.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Suzanne Leonard
4
Main Campus

LTWR 590 - Advanced Seminar in Literary Scholarship

Offers a framework for advanced independent work in literary studies. Anchored in a common topic that changes each year. Texts include some of the critical and theoretical approaches that help to define the topic.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Friday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Renee Bergland
4
Main Campus

LTWR 598 - Feminist Media Studies

Analyzes how film form positions women and investigates how female audiences consume the medium. Topics include female directors and stars, gaze theory and psychoanalysis, melodrama and the "woman's film," feminist documentary, lesbian cinema, female spectatorship and reception theory, race studies and postcolonialism, and postfeminism.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Suzanne Leonard
4
Main Campus
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