master’s of library & Information Science

University of Arizona iSchool

Graduated Fall 2022 with the MLIS and the Digital Curation Certificate

LIS 504

Foundations of Library and Information Services

 

As the first course a SLIS master’s student takes, LIS 504 provides an introduction to the library and information professions, to the SLIS graduate program and to roles and current issues in library and information services for the 21st Century.

LIS 506

Research Methods for Library and

Information Professionals

 

Research methodology, research design, and elementary statistics.

LIS 515

Organization of Information

 

Introduction to the theories and practices used in the organization of information. Overview of national and international standards and practices for access to information in collections.

INFO 523

Data Mining and Discovery

 

This course will introduce students to the concepts and techniques of data mining for knowledge discovery. It includes methods developed in the fields of statistics, large-scale data analytics, machine learning, pattern recognition, database technology and artificial intelligence for automatic or semi-automatic analysis of large quantities of data to extract previously unknown interesting patterns. Topics include understanding varieties of data, data preprocessing, classification, association and correlation rule analysis, cluster analysis, outlier detection, and data mining trends and research frontiers. We will use software packages for data mining, explaining the underlying algorithms and their use and limitations. The course include laboratory exercises, with data mining case studies using data from many different resources such as social networks, linguistics, geo-spatial applications, marketing and/or psychology.

LIS 557

Documenting diverse cultures and communities

 

Addresses themes associated with the production of information artifacts and issues in documenting cultural diversity across the American culture landscape. The practices of collection and documenting cultures and communities will be explored in relation to the mission of libraries, archives, historical societies and other cultural heritage institutions concerned with the acquisition of information in books, journals and other textual materials, and in sound and visual documents.

LIS 570

Database development and management

 

This course covers theory, methods, and techniques widely used to design and develop a relational database system and students will develop a broad understanding of modern database management systems. Applications of fundamental database principles in a stand-alone database environment using MS Access and Windows are emphasized. Applications in an Internet environment will be discussed using MySQL in the Linux platform. Graduate-level requirements include a group project consisting of seven sections: Database Design; Implementation (Tables); Forms; Data Retrieval (Queries/Reports); Project Presentation; Project Report; and, Peer Evaluation.

LIS 578

Science Information and its Presentation

 

In today’s digital society, people have access to a wide variety of information sources and scientific data. In this course, students will learn about the role of science and scientific data in society, and they will consider means for making science information findable and understandable for a wide variety of audiences. This course will provide students an interdisciplinary experience for considering science data and how that information gets shared across contexts.

LIS 583

eLearning for Librarians

 

This course gives students the practical skills needed to develop high-quality online multimedia learning objects. Starting from a cognitive processing framework, students will examine evidence-based learning principles and how they are applied to online multimedia materials. Students will explore the latest multimedia technologies including content authoring tools, rapid e-learning tools, and video, audio and graphic tools. Course topics include learning theories, graphic design principles, interactivity, gaming, and engagement. Additionally, usability, accessibility, and universal design will be studied and students will understand how different assessments can be applied in different library contexts. Learning theories and background information will guide students in this course through the process of developing practical assessment models to evaluate online multimedia learning objects that can be used in a variety of libraries. This course can be taken concurrently with LIS 586: Learning Design for Library Instruction – LIS 583 will focus on instructional design to support asynchronous and online learning.

 

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Click here to view my reflection journal for this class. 

LIS 671

Introduction to Digital Curation and Preservation

 

This course will address the impact of technology on the fundamentals of libraries, archives and records management. Many librarians, archivists and records managers who have been working for even a few years find that they need to know more about working with digital information, the shift from paper to electrons caused a shift in the fundamental nature of the professions. To thrive in the digital era, they need new skills to accomplish many of the same tasks. Collections will no longer be physical, bur virtual. Patrons will often be thousands of miles away, not just the other side of the reference desk. This course is intended to help you understand this new environment.

 

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LIS 672

Introduction to Applied Technology

 

This course provides a basic understanding of technology in the digital information environment along with an introduction to practical hands-on skills needed to manage digital information. The course combines reading, discussion, collaboration, project work, independent study, and guided hands-on practice. The course covers the basic installation, setup and maintenance of key systems found in the digital information environment today. Linux is used as a foundation for learning while drawing parallels to the Windows server operating system, Unix operating systems, and other operating systems.

LIS 673

Managing the Digital Information Environment

 

This course provides you with a basic understanding of the theory and practical approaches to the management of information and technology in the digital information environment. Management topics considered in this course range from the strategic (planning, leadership, and policy development) to the tactical (project management, the acquisition and deployment of technology). The course combines reading, discussion, collaboration, project work, independent study, and guided hands-on practice in order to reinforce the concepts described in the project objectives.

LIS 676

Digital information management capstone

*Done with the Yavapai County Library Network

This 3-credit course is the last of 5 required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management. LIS 676 is designed to give students experience working on a major project that will utilize the hands-on as well as theoretical learning acquired through the DigIn courses. Capstone projects should make a significant contribution to an organization that hosts digital collections, such as a library, archives, or museum, or it should make a significant research contribution involving some aspect of digital curation or digital libraries, and should be clearly designed to highlight your abilities and career goals.

LIS 698

Capstone Exit Requirement

*Done with Yavapai College (Prescott)

The purpose of the capstone project is for the student to gain professional community-focused experience while placing the learning, skills and knowledge expected of a librarian or other information professional into a real world professional context. Should the student be approved for a project in lieu of an internship, the same requirement to document expected learning objectives and align the project with SLIS competencies in the final e-portfolio reflection applies.

LIS 909

e-portfolio (electronic portfolio)

 

This one-credit required course is normally taken in the student’s final semester before graduating with a master ’s degree in library and information science.