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INFORMATION management and SERVICES COURSES

(Undergraduate program)
From the 2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

ILS 302 - Information Service

An overview of the information field: library science, instructional technology, information science, communications. 3 credits.

ILS 320 - Technical Services

Organization of the technical services structure: acquisition processes, cataloging-classification systems. 3 credits.

ILS 330 - User Services

Utilization of reference tools and the development of library-information programs. 3 credits.

ILS 400 - Information Service Practice
A 150-hour work experience in a library-information service agency. By arrangement. 3 credits.

ILS 421 - Organization of the Information Center

The structure and function of information service agencies. 3 credits.

ILS 425 - Information Sources

Sources of information in the public and private sectors: selection, acquisition, utilization. 3 credits.

ILS 440 - Information Service Technology

Utilization of major technologies in library-information service agencies: video, microforms, computers. 3 credits.

 

INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE COURSES

(Graduate program, including the MLS degree program)
From the 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog

ILS 501 - Introduction to Information Science and Technology

Principles and applications of computers and information technologies in libraries and information centers. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 503 - Foundations of Librarianship

The development structure and function of library/information agencies. 3 credits.

ILS 504 - Reference and Information Resources and Services
General reference sources; their content, evaluation and use. The reference process and the organization of reference and information services as they relate to different types of libraries. Pre/corequisite: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 506 - Information Analysis and Organization
Analysis and description of library collections in various types; creating bibliographic records and databases. Shared cataloging and universal bibliographic control. National standards for cataloging, classification systems, authority files, MARC and metadata. Pre/co-requisite: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 511 - Materials and Services for Grades PK-6 
Evaluation and selection of print, non-print, and digital resources to meet the curricular and personal needs of students in grades PK-6 with an emphasis on alignment with Common Core State Standards. Strategies to promote reading and literacy. Learning styles, stages of human growth and development with a focus on ages 4-12, and cultural influences on learning. Scheduled fall semesters. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 512 - Materials and Services for Grades 7-12 
Evaluation and selection of print, non-print, and digital resources to meet the curricular and personal needs of students in grades 7-12 with an emphasis on alignment with Common Core State Standards. Strategies to promote reading and literacy. Learning styles, stages of human growth and development and cultural influences on learning are also explored with a focus on ages 12-18. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 514 - Materials and Services for Adults in the Public Library
Public library materials and the methods of reader's advisory and adult education use to develop maturity in reading, viewing and listening and new technologies. Planning, implementation, and evaluation of services for adults. Includes adults in institutions and other special libraries, adults in schools (adult education or recent immigrants) as well as programming in public libraries and patron expectations. Prerequisite: ILS 504. Scheduled fall semesters. 3 credits.  (per 10-29-09 minutes)

ILS 515 - Library Service to Special Groups
An examination of the information needs of special groups and the role of the library in serving the under-served. Includes service to the institutionalized, blind, physically handicapped, and others. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 517 - History of Children's Literature
Study of materials that have lasted over the years and examination of periodic trends and social patterns which produced them. Emerging types of children's writing and major authors are considered. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 518 - History of Books and Printing
A study of the history of books and printing, including papermaking, printing, binding, and book illustration. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 519 - Collection Development

Principles of library collection development and evaluation. Business of library acquisitions: vendors, gift and exchange, cooperative resource sharing. Impact of document delivery and electronic publishing. Prerequisites: ILS 501, 504 and 506. 3 credits.

ILS 521 - Children's Services in the Public Library
Planning, implementation and evaluation of public library services for infant to age 12, with emphasis on program planning. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 522 - Young Adult Services in the Public Library

Planning, implementation and evaluation of public library services for young adults with emphasis on program planning. Ages 13 through 18 are the target audience. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 530 - Information Systems Analysis and Design
An introduction to systems analysis in libraries. Includes flow charting, form design and control, time and cost analysis, sampling, and automation. Prerequisites: ILS 501, ILS 503 and 506. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 531 - Indexing and Abstracting
This course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the organization of information in documentation systems, and covers traditional and computerized approaches to indexing, abstracting and thesaurus construction and maintenance. Prerequisites/co-requisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 532 - User-Centered Database Design and Development
An introduction to the theories and principles of database design. Theories and principles will be used to design database systems based on practical library information problems. Students will be taught to use Microsoft Access as a database development system. Prerequisites: ILS 501 or departmental permission. 3 credits. [Offered on campus]
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ILS 534 - Technology in Libraries
An overview of automation with emphasis on computer assisted library processes: subsystems in technical services, user services, administrative services. Prerequisites/corequisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits. (per 10-29-09 minutes) [course outline]

ILS 535 - Resource Sharing and Library Networks

An examination of the impact of cooperation, consortia, and networks on the library/information field: developments, network characteristics, problems, and issues. Converging technologies and implications for emerging trends for information professionals are examined. Prerequisites/corequisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits.

ILS 537 - Information-Seeking Behavior

How people acquire, store and use information they receive from their environment. Topics include behavioral, cognitive, and affective aspects of information-seeking. Applications to information systems and user instruction. Prerequisites: ILS 501, ILS 504, ILS 506 or departmental permission. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 538 - Computer-Mediated Communications

A reading-intensive course on computer-mediated communication (CMC) and its applications in the dissemination of information and delivery of information services. In the context of existing theoretical frameworks and CMC research findings, the course reviews the advantages and disadvantages of CMC technologies as well as the long-term implications of CMC for the information professions. Prerequisites/co-requisites: ILS 501, ILS 503, and ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 539 - Multimedia Interface Design
An orientation course intended to give students both a theoretical understanding of, and practical experience with, designing multimedia products and the user interface in information systems.It introduces basic knowledge of human-computer (HCI) and various computerized, new media and Internet based multimedia system designs. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of computers. 3 credits. [Offered on campus] [course outline]

ILS 560 - College and University Libraries
Organization and administration of academic libraries. The role of libraries in research and the relationship of academic libraries to curricula, students, faculty, and administration. Prerequisites/co-requisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 561 - Public Libraries
Organization, administration, and services of municipal, county, and regional libraries. Basic developments and trends are considered. The role of public libraries as educational institutions is examined. Prerequisites/co-requisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits.

ILS 562 - Management of School Library Media Centers
Best practices related to strategic planning and assessment, budgeting, and evaluating human, information, and physical resources. Organization of facilities to enhance the use of resources and services and to ensure equitable access. Methods for educating on the ethical use of information and ideas. Advocating for and marketing of information programs, resources, and services. Ongoing professional growth through library associations and professional publications. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 564 - Special Libraries and Documentation Centers
The aims, organization, administration and services of special libraries. Examples are drawn from those that are unique to interests of students. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 565 - Library Management
An examination of the general principles and practices of library management. Prerequisites/co-requisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits.

ILS 566 - Library Personnel Management
An examination of the sub-area of general management concerned with manpower resources: recruitment, selection, placement, training, and development of human resources within the organization. Prerequisites/co-requisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits.

ILS 568 - Library Public Relations
A study of Library Public Relations and its concomitant activities. The design of a public relations program for a specified agency. Prerequisites/co-requisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits.

ILS 570 - Utilizing Instructional Media
Workshop in the effective use of computer based instructional media including the planning, selection and production of materials. Prerequisite: basic computer skills or permission of instructor. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 575 - Instructional Design Principles
Introduction to the principles of the systematic application of instructional design. Critique of current and alternative instructional design models. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 580 - Research in Information and Library Science
Fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be studied.  Prerequisite: 12 credits in library science. 3 credits. (Replaces ILS 680) (per 10-29-09 and 4-7-11 minutes) [course outline]

ILS 581 - School Media Specialist Practice
A professional work experience in a school media center with a Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program trained school media specialist. Must meet all Department of Education student teaching requirements. The student teaching experience is completed in approved Connecticut schools and should include elementary and secondary experiences, urban and suburban experiences. 6 credits (only 3 credits applicable toward MLS degree). [course outline]

ILS 582 - Library Science Practice
A professional work experience in an academic, public or special library. By arrangement. Prerequisite: 15 credits in library science. Scheduled fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. (Occasionally a student desires additional internship experience through the department. In these cases a student may enroll for additional experience under ILS 582; however, only 3 credits of ILS 582 may count toward the MLS degree.) (per 10-29-09 minutes)

ILS 585 - Field Project
An action research project in which the student investigates a significant problem in an institution and develops a strategy for change. By arrangement. Prerequisite: 12 credits in library science and a course in research methods. Scheduled fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.
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ILS 586 - Special Project
Completion of the special project including: proposal, research, product development, and final report, following the Graduate School guidelines. Prerequisite: ILS 580 and departmental permission. 3 credits.

ILS 587 - Comprehensive Exam
This course is required for all students who chose the comprehensive exam as a capstone experience option toward receiving a Master of Library Science degree. Students work individually with an advisor in selecting a reading list that addresses each of the ALA core competences as they apply to a given information agency (archives and museums, academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, or special libraries). The exam will be held on campus in November and in April. Prerequisite: completed 24 credits of work toward the MLS degree with a 3.5 GPA and a minimum of "B" in each course. 3 credits.

ILS 590 - Thesis Seminar and Thesis
The seminar provides the opportunity for identifying a thesis problem in library and information science, presenting a thesis plan and securing approval of a thesis outline. Students complete the thesis writing after successful completion of the seminar. Prerequisite: 24 credits of work toward the MLS degree with a 2.5 GPA and a minimum of "B" in each course. 3 credits.

ILS 593 - Reader's Advisory Services

An overview of the methods and resources for implementing programs geared to patrons seeking help in selecting materials relevant to their reading interests. Prerequisites: ILS 501, 503, and 504. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 597 - Introduction to Archival and Museum Work
An introduction to work in archives and museums including basic theories and methodologies and to the application of archival and museum theory in the digital world. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 599 - Special Topics. (1-6 credits)

Scheduled any semester as needed to explore new course topics. 1-6 credits.

ILS 600 - Independent Study
For the advanced student with a background in library science to explore in-depth study in topics outside current courses. By arrangement. Prerequisite: 12 credits in library science and department permission. 1-3 credits. Up to 3 credits of ILS 600 may be applied to the MLS.

ILS 604 - Advanced Reference Materials and Services
Specialized reference services and collaborative reference are examined. Evaluation of E-Reference sources, services and systems. Demonstrated competence in reference interview techniques, online searching, development of bibliographic instruction for print and electronic resources. Lab in on-line retrieval and reference service. Prerequisite: ILS 501 and ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 606 - Advanced Cataloging and Classification
Cataloging of special library materials; new concepts of descriptive and subject cataloging; role of cataloging in public and technical services, metadata and cataloging of digital collection. Issues of Name and subject authority control. Prerequisite: ILS 506. 3 credits.

ILS 608 - Cataloging and Development of a Digital Union Catalog for Ancient Chinese
Special features and catalog sources of ancient and rare Chinese books; descriptive cataloging for Chinese rare books; and metadata for creating a digital union catalog. An online course for experienced librarians working for East Asian collections worldwide. Prerequisite: basic cataloging experience and reading competence of Chinese language. 3 credits.

ILS 615 - Humanities - Literature and Sources
An introduction to reference sources in the humanities: religion, philosophy, literature and performing and visual arts. Evaluation and selection of reference sources, institutions, societies, periodicals, major collections and their relative importance to each discipline will be considered. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 616 - Social Sciences - Literature and Sources
Advanced course in subject analysis and use directed toward strengthening command of resources in this major subject area. Course surveys both history and recent developments. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 617 - Science-Technology - Literature and Sources
The various type of organization and publication of Sci-Tech information sources and literature are examined. The functions of science and technology library and information centers in providing conventional library resources as well as online database services for different user needs are explored. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 618 - Business Information - Literature and Sources
Advanced courses in subject analysis and use are directed toward strengthening command of resources in these major areas. Courses survey both history and recent developments. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 619 - Medical Bibliography and Libraries
Literature resources in medicine and the health sciences, including library organization and services. Lab in MEDLARS databases. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 620 - Legal Bibliography and Libraries
Survey and evaluation of legal resources, with emphasis on bibliographical sources, methods of legal research, acquisition program, cataloging, and classification, and use of related materials. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits.

ILS 621 - Government Publications
Study of city, state, and federal documents and those of selected international agencies. Problems of acquisition, organization, and use of such collections in various types of libraries. Prerequisite: ILS 504. 3 credits. 

ILS 630 - Seminar in International and Comparative Librarianship 
Comparison of United States 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 offerings will include first-hand observation and experience alongside library professionals in other countries. 3 credits.

ILS 642 - Management of Electronic Resources and Services
Management and operation of electronic information resources and services in library and information centers. Selection and integrating system options; finance and budget; staff and end-user training; search strategies; database publishers and vendors; hardware/software; measurement/evaluation and future planning. Prerequisites: ILS 501, ILS 504, ILS 506. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 650 - Preservation of Library Materials
Fundamentals of materials preservation in libraries, museums and archival institutions. Preservation continuing education, disaster recovery and planning, reformatting and digitization projects are explored. Prerequisites: ILS 501 and ILS 503. 3 credits. [course outline

ILS 652 - Digital Memorials and Cultural Archives 
Introduction to the theoretical and practical issues confronting digital public historians, digital archivists, and digital curators of memorials and memory sites.

ILS 655 - Digital Libraries 
Theoretical study of and practice in designing, constructing and evaluating digital libraries. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 656 - Information Architecture 
An in depth study of the concepts and practices of information architecture (IA). Students will read the existing literature related to IA and build complex web sites to address issues specific to information and library science based on current best practices. Prerequisites: ILS 501 or good working knowledge of html with permission from the instructor. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 685 - Field Project 
An action research project in which the student investigates a significant problem in an institution and develops a strategy for change. (By arrangement.) Prerequisite: 12 credits and a course in research methods. 3 credits.

ILS 692 - Issues in  Library and Information Studies 
An overview of select major issues, problems, and trends facing cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums) and information professionals (librarians, archivists, curators). Topics will vary each semester. 1 to 3 credits.

ILS 693 - Contemporary Issues in School Library Media Centers 
Investigation of political and social issues affecting school libraries on local, state, and national levels. Option to complete fieldwork to broaden personal experience and perspective in the management of school libraries. Students may choose options of learning modules or fieldwork to complete requirements for 3 units of credit. 3 credits. [course outline]

ILS 695 - Online Information Retrieval 
An overview of major online systems providing resources and services to information users. Participants develop basic skills in online information retrieval. 3 credits. [course outline]

EDU 566 - Media Utilization and Curriculum 
Integration of technology toward an active, inquiry-based approach to learning and the development of 21st century skills. Techniques for effective collaborations with students, other teachers, and administrators to efficiently access, interpret, and communicate information. Use of differentiation, project based learning, classroom management, student data and evidence-based, action research to improve practice. 3 credits. [course outline]