Information Sciences Minor
The mission of the Library and Information Science minor is to provide an educational foundation for students in gathering, organizing, and disseminating information. Students will learn how to critically evaluate information, understand the role information plays in an educated society, and use technological tools and applications to advance the education of information users.
Students successfully completing a minor in Library and Information science will:
1. develop appropriate technological skills applicable to information access
2. understand the foundation of librarianship and the ethics and integrity involved with collecting and evaluating resources
3. employ the latest trends in the Library and Information Science fields
4. understand current issues in collection development faced in various types of libraries
5. have a general knowledge of current organizational schemes used in libraries;
6. prepare students to conduct research in any academic field
7. prepare for graduate studies in Library and Information Science, or employment
Required Courses Minor in Library and Information Sciences:
A minimum of thirteen (13) hours of Library and Information Science specific coursework (LS 101, LS 401, LS 402, LS 403, and LS 404) and five (5) hours of related elective coursework for a total of eighteen (18) hours with a minimum grade of "C." One elective must be chosen from the Technology area.
INFORMATION LITERACY. (1.fa, sp),16 weeks.
This course introduces learners to information retrieval, evaluation and research skills. Prerequisite: GE 101
LS101-02| Hip Hop Information Literacy | Course Offered - Fall & Spring Semester | Course Credit: (1) Duration: 16 Weeks | Course Website: www.hiphopinformationliteracy.wordpress.com
Hip Hop Information Literacy is comprised of a group of knowledge practices that are necessary for students in an academic setting to be cognizant of how to find, retrieve, evaluate, apply and acknowledge cultural, visual, and data literacy information in the digital age.
INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARIES & INFORMATION. (3, fa).
This course is an introduction to the types of libraries, their organization, services, standards, and technology. It also explains the concept of information in its various forms and prepares students to successfully identify, locate and use information.
INFORMATION SOURCES & SERVICES. (3 fa).
This course introduces print and electronic reference sources, as well as access services such as interlibrary loan, Government documents, abstract indices, encyclopedias, serials, electronic databases, the library's OPAC, and subscription databases.
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT. (3, sp).
This course examines the theoretical and practical aspects of the selection, evaluation, and management of collections in all types of libraries. It also explores policy making procedures, acquisitions, publishers, intellectual freedom and censorship.
LIBRARY ETHICS. (3, sp).
This course will look broadly at the many arenas in which librarians face ethical choices, how practitioners identify an ethical dilemma, and discuss how to separate personal belief from professional responsibility, and how to make exceptions in a principled way. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, PHI 101 and LS 401.
Elective classes permit students and their advisors to tailor the library minor to their interests. Options for all the valid elective choices are in the University Bulletin. The following is a list of LS specific courses.
INDEPENDENT STUDY. (3, by request).
Individual will work with instructor to explore a topic in depth. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
SPECIAL TOPIC. (1-3, fa).
LIS Special Topics is designed to provide either seminar experience for students or individual research topics. This course may include research intense projects and practical experiences. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 102; GE 101 or as designated by course.
This is an excellent way to gain work experience and explore career options in a wide variety of professional settings. Prerequisites: LS 101, 401, 402, 403, 404.