Library and Information Science Department

Library and Information Science Course Descriptions

LIIS 103                 2.00 Cr Hrs
Library Skills             
This course provides an introduction to finding useful information, both in electronic form and in print, for college research. Emphasis is on evaluating the quality of different information resources.

LIIS 150                 3.00 Cr Hrs
Introduction to Library & Information Science             
This course is an overview of the field of librarianship, library studies and information science. It provides students an introduction to the purpose, functions, values, history, development, current state and future of library and information services, processes and technology used in the field, the different types of modern libraries and the principles and methods by which they are organized, classification systems, practice of the profession in various settings, career opportunities in the industry/profession, as well as relevant legal and ethical issues.

LIIS 199                 1-3 Cr Hrs
Library Science Workshop             
This course is designated for workshops, special courses, short courses, and seminars. The course is repeatable up to 6 credits. These credits may/may not transfer to another institution.

LIIS 210                 3.00 Cr Hrs
Organization of Information & Resources             
This course provides an introduction to the principles, techniques, and standards used to represent and organize information. It covers the fundamental concepts of theory and practice in information organization, storage and retrieval, including an introduction to existing systems and standards. Students are introduced to the philosophy, tools and methods of cataloging print and nonprint materials using the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, the Dewey Decimal Classification, and the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Prerequisite: LIIS 150

LIIS 230                 3.00 Cr Hrs
Library Technology             
This course provides an introduction to information technology in libraries. The course focuses on applications for libraries, and it includes use, operation, and management of computer, audiovisual, communication, and print equipment; the criteria for selection of software and hardware; evaluation of library technology ; legal and safety aspects.

LIIS 250                 3.00 Cr Hrs
Reference Resources and Services             
This course is an overview of services provided in a variety of settings and context, using a variety of methods (including virtual reference). Students will be introduced to the reference process, effective and efficient search strategies, ethical considerations, library instruction, and methods of evaluating reference services. Students will learn about the history and current state of reference services, as well as major trends-emphasizing the changing nature of reference services. The course also provides a survey of both electronic and print resources in a variety of subject areas. Prerequisite: LIIS 150.

LIIS 260                 1.00 Cr Hr
Copyright & Intellectual Property             
This is an introduction to the nature and forms of intellectual property in the modern technological world, the rights of intellectual property creators and owners, and the rights and responsibilities of intellectual property users. Included is an overview of the principles of copyright law with an emphasis on their application within an educational environment.

LIIS 270                 3.00 Cr Hrs
Information Literacy             
This course focuses on fostering intellectual curiosity and developing independent lifelong learners who understand the role of information in a democratic society and can make informed decisions by using critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will learn how to recognize when information is needed the type and amount of information needed, as well as how to effectively and efficiently search for, access, and retrieve information. Special emphasis will be placed on how to critically evaluate information retrieved as well as summarizing, analyzing synthesizing, managing, communicating, presenting and using the information. The course will help students become productive citizens and judicious users of information by learning to apply strategies for evaluation as well as legal and ethical uses of information.