Examples from SLIS courses
- S505 Evaluation of Resources and Services: Students learn about and are able to determine which methods are appropriate for evaluating library collections and services. In many sections of the course, student projects evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of particular collections or and service delivery methods.
- S510 Introduction to Information Science: Students work in groups on a semester long project investigation careers in the information professions including job descriptions and outlooks, working conditions, education preparation, professional organizations, and typical career paths.
- S511 Database Design; S512 Information Systems Design; S532 Information Architecture for the Web; S556 Systems Analysis and Design: Students work in groups (S511, S512, S556) or on their own (S532) on projects for clients in the community, the end result, in many cases, improves the client’s situation. Typical projects have involved analysis and redesign of existing websites and databases, creation of new websites and databases, analysis of information systems and recommendations for improvements; clients have come from the University, local businesses and non-profits, and local government.a
- S551 Library Management; S552 Public Library Management; S553 Academic Library Management: Students develop an understanding of management functions and the manager’s role in libraries and information centers and learn about the interdependencies of organizations, managers, and employees in complex and dynamic environments. They learn about the importance of teamwork as a required skill for professionals in the workplace and put it into practice in their case-based assignments. They also critically reflect on their philosophy of and approach to management.
- S573 Education of Information Users: Students acquire basic concepts of instructional design and learning theory (including information literacy and problem based learning), become familiar with issues regarding education in various settings (including academic libraries), practice delivering different types of instruction, and learn about and practice various techniques used for evaluation of education and training.
- S640 Seminar in Intellectual Freedom: Students read and critically reflect upon the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual, among other sources. In class discussions and writing, they explore a range of issues from access, to censorship, to the protection of intellectual property.