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 2022 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 10/04/2022 10:02PM

Learn. Comm. Integ. Sem.

LCIS 201

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

France and Its Cultural Legacy

01 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
9:00AM - 10:20AM
Gregory Slowik
2
Main Campus

Integrative Seminar: Coding and Digital Storytelling.

03 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Kris Erickson
2
Main Campus

Integrative Seminar: Community Food Systems

04 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
9:00AM - 10:20AM
Kristina Pechulis
2
Main Campus

Integrative Seminar: The Global Caribbean

05 2022/01/21 - 2022/05/13
Friday
9:00AM - 10:20AM
Marda Messay
2
Main Campus

Integrative Seminar: Skills for Business Success

06 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
9:00AM - 10:20AM
Mary Shapiro
2
Main Campus

Integrative Seminar: A Way to Understand Disease

07 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield
2
Main Campus

Integrative Seminar: From Numbers to Narrative

08 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
9:00AM - 10:20AM
Niloufer Sohrabji
2
Main Campus

Nutrition/Health Promotion

09 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Urshila Sriram
2
Main Campus
10 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Urshila Sriram
2
Main Campus
12 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Yara Gholmie
2
Main Campus

Leadership

LDR 101

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Becky Thompson
4
Main Campus

Redefining Leadership Through Historical Review and Self-Discovery

02 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Mikel Satcher
4
Main Campus

African Resistance Movements

03 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Jessica Parr
4
Main Campus

Science and Society

04 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Matthew Schwartz
4
Main Campus

Boston Women Leaders

05 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Erin DeCurtis
4
Main Campus

Black Leaders and Leadership in the 20th Century

06 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Lena Zuckerwise
4
Main Campus

Youth Leadership for Social Justice

07 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Meghan Doran
4
Main Campus

Leadership Through Writing

08 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Valerie Geary
4
Main Campus

Black Abolitionism

09 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Fiona Maurissette
4
Main Campus
10 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Fiona Maurissette
4
Main Campus

The Call of Leaders

11 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Richard Canedo
4
Main Campus
12 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Richard Canedo
4
Main Campus

Leadership through Storytelling

13 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Farooz Rather
4
Main Campus
14 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Farooz Rather
4
Main Campus

Health Care Leaders

15 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Todd Herrmann
4
Main Campus

Leadership During Crisis

16 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Rong Tang
4
Main Campus

Breaking the Status Quo

17 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Julia Hvoslef
4
Main Campus

Strengths-Based Conflict Resolution

18 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/11
Tuesday, Wednesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Renique Kersh
4
Main Campus

Women Writers as Leaders (Honors)

H01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Valerie Geary
4
Main Campus

Coach Approach to Leadership (Honors)

H02 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Spela Trefalt
4
Main Campus

Crusaders, Campaigners, and Con-Artists: Political Leadership on Film and TV

H03 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/12
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Rachel Gans-Boriskin
4
Main Campus

LDR 201 - Gender and Leadership

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Erin DeCurtis
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
TBD
TBD
TBD

LIS 401 - Foundations in Library and Information Science

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL TBD TBD
Mary Wilkins Jordan
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
OL 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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Lisa Hussey
3
Main Campus
02 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Linda Schuller
3
Main Campus
OL1 TBD TBD
Rebecca Davis
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Alison Lewis
3
TBD
OL3 TBD TBD
Eric Poulin
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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Laura Saunders
3
Main Campus

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
OL 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Melanie Kimball
3
TBD
OL2 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Melanie Kimball
3
TBD

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
OL 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Ann Cullen
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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Ralph Holley
3
Main Campus
02 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Kyong Eun Oh
3
Main Campus
OL1 TBD TBD
Ann Graf
3
TBD
OL2 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Daniel Joudrey
3
TBD
OL3 TBD TBD
Ann Graf
3
TBD
OL4 TBD TBD
Kyong Eun Oh
3
TBD
OL5 TBD TBD
Kyong Eun Oh
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
OL 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Daniel Joudrey
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL TBD TBD
Colin Rhinesmith
3
TBD

LIS 422 - Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations

This course provides an overview of the social, economic, and political impact of adult functional illiteracy in the United States; it discusses the issue at both the federal and state level with implications for library involvement at the community level. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the literacy needs of a community and at the development and implementation of programs to meet that need. It will introduce advocacy, training, budgeting, staff recruitment, student assessment and instruction, publicity and program evaluation of both traditional and innovative library-based literacy/ESOL programs; it will suggest approaches to serve traditionally underrepresented communities by exploring how to improve equity of access to those populations.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/21 - 2022/05/13
Friday
1:00PM - 3:50PM
Sarah Shelley Quezada
3
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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2022/01/22 - 2022/05/14
Saturday
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Katherine Ruffin
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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL TBD TBD
Donia Conn
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Janet Ceja
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. Open to all MS students. First in a required three-course sequence in the Archives Management Concentration and required by the Cultural Heritage Informatics.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Sumayya Ahmed
3
Main Campus
02 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Adam Kriesberg
3
Main Campus
20 2022/01/22 - 2022/05/14
Saturday
9:00AM - 11:50AM
Caroline White
4
Mount Holyoke Campus Site - MHC
OL1 TBD TBD
Sumayya Ahmed
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
20 2022/01/06 - 2022/01/15
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Donia Conn
3
Mount Holyoke Campus Site - MHC
OL 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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Katherine Wisser
3
Main Campus
OL TBD TBD
Jessica Sedgwick
3
TBD

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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Adam Kriesberg
3
Main Campus
OL TBD TBD
Peter Botticelli
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).

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Jason Wood
3
Main Campus
OL1 TBD TBD
Lisa Feldmann
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Lisa Feldmann
3
TBD

LIS 443

This is a bridge course between Archives and History that explores the relationship between historical events, the creation and maintenance of archival records, and the construction of collective memory. It analyzes the role of archives and records in the process of documenting and remembering (or forgetting) history. Focusing on twentieth century events, it considers such archival issues as repatriation, records destruction, contested history, and memory construction. These issues are presented within the context of various types of records such as genealogical records, oral records, and records of material culture (artifacts) in addition to traditional print materials.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Archives, History and Collective Memory

01 2022/01/21 - 2022/05/13
Friday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Laura Prieto
3
Main Campus

Archives, History & Collective Memory

02 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Laura Prieto
4
Main Campus

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
OL 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
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
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Rhiannon Bettivia
3
Main Campus
OL TBD TBD
Jeffrey Pomerantz
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 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Peter Botticelli
3
Main Campus
OL 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Rhiannon Bettivia
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
OL TBD TBD
Mary Wilkins Jordan
3
TBD
OL2 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Eric Poulin
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
OL TBD TBD
Rebecca Davis
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Linda Schuller
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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Amy Pattee
3
Main Campus
20 2022/01/22 - 2022/05/14
Saturday
9:00AM - 11:50AM
Kristi Chadwick
3
Mount Holyoke Campus Site - MHC

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
OL 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
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Danielle Maurici-Pollock
3
Main Campus
OL TBD TBD
Sarah Allwarden
3
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
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Georgina Trebbe
3
Main 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.

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

LIS 461 - Curriculum and 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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Arianna Lechan
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
OL 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
OL TBD TBD
Michael Leach
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
OL 2022/01/22 - 2022/05/14
Saturday
1:00PM - 3:50PM
James Gehrt
3
TBD

LIS 476 - Archives and 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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Margaret Crilly
3
Main Campus
OL TBD TBD
Sarah Pratt Martin
3
TBD

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

Discusses digital asset management for libraries, archives, and museums.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 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
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Melanie Kimball
3
Main Campus
OL TBD TBD
Amy Pattee
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
OL TBD TBD
Amy Pattee
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 master's students in the IST concentration. IST students are advised to take the course early in their program of study.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL TBD TBD
Rong Tang
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.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL TBD TBD
Catherine Dumas
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
OL TBD TBD
Catherine Dumas
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 2022/01/19 - 2022/05/11
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Naresh Agarwal
3
TBD
02 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Sarah Allwarden
3
TBD
OL1 TBD TBD
Danielle Maurici-Pollock
3
TBD
OL2 TBD TBD
Danielle Maurici-Pollock
3
TBD
OL3 TBD TBD
Edward Pharr
3
TBD
OL4 TBD TBD
Abigail Baines
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
OL TBD TBD
Lisa Hussey
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
01 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Laura Saunders
3
Main Campus

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
01 TBD TBD
Arianna Lechan
4
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 100 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the Director of the SLT program.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 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 100 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the Director of the SLT program.

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

LIS 500

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

Independent Study

02 TBD TBD
Linda Schuller
3
TBD
03 TBD TBD
Eric Poulin
3
TBD

Independent Study: Historical Wildfire Archives and Data Modeling

04 TBD TBD
Katherine Wisser
3
TBD

Independent Study

05 TBD TBD
Rong Tang
3
TBD

LIS 505W - Special Topics - WISE

The development of archival theory and practice has brought contributions from around the world. In addition, contemporary issues related to access, accountability, and memory offer plenty of examples and discussions from international archival contexts. This course introduces students to a diverse number of archival issues analyzed from an international perspective. Topics include historical developments of theory and practice in Archives and Records Management, archival solidarity, social justice, standards, and community archives. Students analyze these topics within the transnational environment offered by the collaboration between the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Information Studies at University College London.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
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
OL TBD TBD
Sarah Pratt Martin
3
TBD

LIS 532P - Intersectionality, Technology and the Information Professions

This course focuses on how race, gender, and other intersecting social identities, such as sexuality, social class, and ability, impact and are impacted by people's interactions with information, technology, and the information professions. The contexts include culture, inclusion, and equity within: information professions; information technologies and services; classification and information organization; and information environments, including virtual environments. Students will gain a deeper understanding of critical perspectives on expressions of identity, disparate impact on use and users of technology, digital equity, and implications for professional practice.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Rebecca Davis
3
Main Campus

LIS 532R - Readers' Advisory & Popular Culture Tren

This course is designed to teach students how to meet the popular reading needs of adult public library users. Genre fiction, literary fiction and non-fiction titles along with readers' advisory resources and tools are explored. The relationship of readers' advisory services with reference, and other library programs, research on adult reading, and with popular reading in an information society will be examined. While the course introduces the basic principles of reader's advisory work, subjects or genre, because of the immense body of literature available, will be covered in a brief, introductory manner. The fiction genres included are adventure, western, mystery/crime, science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, Christian fiction, and horror. Non-fiction subjects include how-to-do-it, biography, self- improvement, and consumer health. Readers' advisory services including the interview, book lists, and book discussion groups are examined. Relevant research, trends and issues related to readers advisory are discussed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2022/01/20 - 2022/05/12
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Lisa Hussey
3
TBD

LIS 533B - Crisis Management & Rapid Response in Libraries

This course will explore the role that public and academic libraries play in mitigating crises by analyzing real- world examples. Students will learn what steps organizations can take to develop disaster management and crisis response plans, critically examine case studies ranging from Katrina to Ferguson to the coronavirus, and explore the resources and infrastructure necessary for creative and competent response. The course will also consider the impact these services have on staff, who are dealing with their own personal situations while supporting their communities, and will explore issues of self-care and staff well-being.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2022/01/24 - 2022/05/09
Monday
3:00PM - 5:50PM
Rachel Williams
3
Main Campus

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
01 TBD TBD
Rong Tang
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
01 TBD TBD
Ann Graf
3
TBD
02 TBD TBD
Rong Tang
6
TBD
03 TBD TBD
Naresh Agarwal
2
TBD

LIS 621 - Conducting Research

This course addresses the theories, principles, and practices of social science research. It examines reflective inquiry (including the development of the problem statement, literature review, theoretical framework, logical structure, research objectives, and questions/ hypotheses) and research design, data collection methods, and data analysis. The course also covers generalizability, reliability, and validity, and the report and presentation of research results. Methods in quantitative and qualitative data analysis are introduced. Students are able to develop their own research proposals and select appropriate methods based on scientific research questions. The course builds on themes and research concepts introduced in LIS 620: History, Concepts and Research Opportunities. The course requirement might include assignment, quizzes, research projects, and presentation of the results.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2022/01/18 - 2022/05/10
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Rong Tang
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
01 TBD TBD
Rong Tang
4
TBD
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