Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Undergraduate Courses
250 402 433 457 469 473Z       
Master's Courses
502  523  533  535  538 546 547
554  557 560 561 565 566 571
573  578  601  602  603 605 606 
608  610  611  614  615 617 618 
619  623  636  640  642 643 644
645  647  648  649  650 651 653 
654  655  656  658  660 666  668 
669 670 673 675 676 680  699 
701  702 768 780       

Course Level
100 Level | 300 Level | 400 Level | 500 Level | 600 Level | 700 Level

Undergraduate Courses
IST 250/250U: Social and Community Informatics (3)
  The course examines information technology from a social and community informatics perspective. Through appropriate readings in the field of information science, as well as in-class discussions, a field study observation, and community service project, students explore emerging technologies that have implications on individual identity, society, and policy development. only one version of I IST 250 may be taken for credit.
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IST 402: History of Recorded Information (3)
  An introduction to the history of how human beings have created, maintained, and preserved information for personal, official, and cultural purposes. Topics will include the development of writing, recordkeeping, and libraries; the emergence of printing and the history of the book; the evolution of recordkeeping by organizations, government, and individuals; and the impact of different technologies on the development of print and digital culture.
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  Eppard Spring 2015
IST 433: Information Storage and Retrieval (3)
  An introduction to current practices in information retrieval. Topics covered include key concepts in information storage and retrieval, the document and query structure, matching mechanisms and formal retrieval models, output presentation, and the evaluation of system effectiveness. Includes an investigation into the inner workings of retrieval systems and search engines.
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  Uzuner, Fall 2010
IST 457: Introduction to Legal Research (3)
  An examination and analysis of the basic and specialized information sources that provide a structure for legal research. Topics include court reports, digests, annotations, constitutions, statutes/legislation, administrative sources, Shepard's citations, looseleaf reporters, legal encyclopedias and periodicals. Assignments in WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS online databases will provide hands-on familiarity with computer-assisted legal research (CALR).
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  Ostiguy Fall 2013
IST 469/469Z Independent Study (1-3)
  Student-initiated research project under faculty guidance. May be repeated for credit up to total of six credits with permission of department. IIST 469Z, Independent Study, is the writing intensive version of IIST 469. S/U grading. (Written approval of the independent study proposal by a supervising faculty member and the department chair is required prior to registration.)
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IST 473Z: The History of Children's Literature (3)
  Selected literature for children in English from the beginnings to the early 20th century. Texts are selected to represent different historical periods and a diversity of authorial perspectives; the key considerations are the quality of the literature and its historical significance. Attention is given to changing attitudes toward children as reflected in children's books. Writing assignments will range from historical/critical analyses to reader-response essays. Includes an introduction to basic skills in accessing electronic resources in literary history.
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Graduate Courses
IST 502: History of Recorded Information (3)
  An introduction to the history of how human beings have created, maintained, and preserved information for personal, official, and cultural purposes. Topics will include the development of writing, recordkeeping, and libraries; the emergence of printing and the history of the book; the evolution of recordkeeping by organizations, government, and individuals; and the impact of different technologies on the development of print and digital culture.
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  Eppard Spring 2015
IST 523: Fundamentals of Information Technology (3)
  Introduces essential information technology skills for information professionals. Students learn how operating systems, hardware, software, and networks interoperate. Includes an overview of web-based applications, including XHTML, JavaScript, digital representation of information, database basics, and information security. 
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  Uzuner Fall 2011; Uzuner Fall 2013
IST 533 (Graduate) / IST 433 (Undergraduate): Information Storage and Retrieval (3)
  An introduction to current practices in information retrieval. Topics covered include key concepts in information storage and retrieval, the document and query structure, matching mechanisms and formal retrieval models, output presentation, and the evaluation of system effectiveness. Includes an investigation of the inner workings of retrieval systems and search engines.
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  Uzner Fall 2010; Uzuner Fall 2013
IST 535: Web Database Programming (3)
  This course covers the application of database technology to the service of Websites. Students learn practical programming skills in a hands-on project based course, and acquire the ability to develop a dtatbase backed, dynamic and feature-rich Web site.
Prerequisites: IIST 523 or permission of instructor.
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  Cusack-Steciuk Fall 2011
IST 538: Fundamentals of XML (3)
  Extensible Markup Language (XML) provides a standard to support automated processing across platforms and applications. Students will learn practical applications of XML, and will apply the standard to sample texts and objects.
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  Wolfe Spring 2015, Wolfe Fall 2015
IST 546: Fundamentals of Records Management (3)
  Basic concepts and practices of records management in governmental, institutional, and corporate agencies, including those areas of communication, administration and computer technology that relate to the efficient and effective flow of information from its generation to its final disposition. Will include records inventory, active and inactive records control, manual and automated systems, vital records protection, the records center, micrographics technology and applications, and legal and ethical aspects of records management.
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  Raymond Fall 2011, Raymond Fall 2014, Lowry Fall 2015
IST 547: Electronic Records Management (3)
  Topics include problems of defining records and documents in a digital environment, analysis and understanding of the requirements for creating and keeping records digitally, developing information systems that create usable and accessible digital records, and preservation of and access to digital materials. The emphasis is on electronic records created by institutions and organizations. Prerequisite: IIST 546 or IIST 656.
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  Peters Spring 2015, Peters Spring 2016
IST 554: Contemporary Publishing (3)
  Structure and problems of the publishing industry (including print and non-print materials); production and distribution systems and their implications for libraries and other information agencies; legal and economic aspects and technological developments.
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IST 557: Introduction to Legal Research (3)
  Examination and analysis of the basic and specialized information sources that provide a structure for legal research. Topics include court reports, digests, annotations, constitutions, Shepard's citations, looseleaf reporters, legal encyclopedias and periodicals. Assignments in WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS online databases will provide hands-on familiarity with computer-assisted legal research (CALR).
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  Ostiguy Fall 2013
IST 560: Information and Public Policy (3)
Analysis and evaluation of public policies affecting the production, dissemination, and access to information generated by or for the federal government. Topics and issues include concepts of intellectual freedom, the public's right to be informed, freedom of information and privacy legislation, policies on dissemination of information in non-print formats, national security classification, privatizing of government information, issues of equity, and related policy matter.
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  Andersen Spring 2013, Andersen Spring 2015
IST 561: Web Design and Development (3)
  This course introduces principles of web design and development through readings, exercises, discussions, hands-on lab activities, lectures, projects, and presentations. Topics covered include: Web design basics, HTML/XHTML, Web technologies, CSS, Web graphics, dynamic HTML/XHTML, usability, evaluation of Websites and Web-based online resources, and accessibility.
Students should not take IST561 if they have taken IST361, INF201, or INF362.
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  Goldstein Fall 2012
IST 565: Human Information Behavior (3)
  Human Information Behavior (HIB) is central to the field of information studies and is very relevant to all the tracks in the MSIS program. The course introduces theories, methods and models relating to information behavior. Examines human information behavior, including information needs, information seeking and use in different situations, environments, and populations. Essentially the course focuses on the relationship between information and human behavior. Presents and overview of HIB in different contexts, including information behavior in science, technology, education, medicine, health and in various professions. The use of information resources in different social contexts, such as in everyday life information seeking (ELIS) and also in the context of digital libraries, IR and the web.

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IST 566: Special Problems in Information Science & Policy (3)
  Special course on a current problem, issue, or development in information and library science.
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IST 571: Literature for Children (3)
  Introductory survey of literature for children with the emphasis on twentieth-century authors and illustrators. Problems and trends in writing and publishing. Class discussion and written critical evaluations based on extensive reading.
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   Jorgensen Fall 2014
IST 573: The History of Children's Literature (3)
  Selected literature for children in English from the beginnings to the early 20th century. Texts are selected to represent different historical periods and a diversity of authorial perspectives; the key considerations are the quality of the literature and its historical significance. Attention is given to changing attitudes toward children as reflected in children's books. Writing assignments will range from historical/critical analyses to reader-response essays. Includes an introduction to basic skills in accessing electronic resources in literary history.
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IST 578: Literature for Young Adults (3)
  This is an introductory survey of literature for young adults (ages 12-18), with an emphasis on current authors. Includes a discussion of the characteristics, needs, and reading interests of teenagers, a critical study of the literature, an overview of basic selection tools, practice in booktalking and usage of the literature with Common Core Learning Standards.
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  Laiosa Spring 2015, Laiosa Spring 2016
IST 601: The Information Environment (3)
  Provides a theoretical background for students entering the information science professions. Through guest speakers, field trips, a variety of readings, class discussion, lectures, and writing assignments, students gain knowledge of the critical themes in the field, such as information seeking, users, environments, policies, and ethics.
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  DAndraia Spring 2014; Andersen Fall 2014; Rorissa Fall 2014
IST 602: Information and Knowledge Organization (3)
  An introduction to fundamental concepts and theoretical principles of knowledge-organization models and techniques used to facilitate access to information resources. The emphasis in this course is on interdisciplinary ideas and concepts.
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  Sinn Spring 2015
IST 603: Information Processing (3)
  An introduction to the principles and practices of bibliographic control, including cataloging and classification. A variety of methods, systems, and tools are used to illustrate the application of underlying principles in practical situations.
Prerequisite: IIST 602
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  Iyer Monday Spring 2012, Iyer Wednesday Spring 2012, Iyer Spring 2016
IST 605: Information Sources and Services (3)
  General consideration of reference/information services, the kinds of knowledge, the kinds of formats in which knowledge is recorded, and the ways in which it is pursued and retrieved.
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  Black Fall 2014, Ostiguy & Urbanek Spring 2015, Black Fall 2015, Black Spring 2016
IST 606: Collection Development and Management (3)
  Theoretical and practical aspects of the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and management of resources to meet the information needs of clientele in libraries and other institutions. Prerequisite: IIST 605.
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  Sinn Fall 2011
IST 608: Research Methods (3)
  Basic research methods and statistics for students entering the information science professions. Covers descriptive and inferential statistics through correlation and regression; basic research process methods, quantitative and qualitative, and the creation of grant or research proposals.
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  Andersen Spring 2015, Rorissa Spring 2015, Rorissa Spring 2016
 IST 610: Visual Resources Management (3)
Addresses the knowledge and competencies required by the visual resources profession. This course is concerned with the managment of visual resources, such as images, photographs, moving images, cultural objects and the like. Provides the necessary background to work in art libraries, museums, special collections, and institutions where information professionals are responsible to oversee and manage image/visual resources collections. Students will have an opportunity to work on practical problems and projects.
 
IST 611: Information Systems (3)
  This course provides a detailed survey of information systems.
It will present conceptual, theoretical, historical, social, economic, and ethical issues surrounding the development, deployment and management of dominant information systems technologies. Topics covered include: information systems architectures, database management systems, transaction processing, eCommerce, telecommunications, software and hardware standards, Web-based systems, data warehousing, data mining, agent-based systems, and social impacts of information systems.
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  Cortesi Fall 2011, Demissie Fall 2013, Cortesi Fall 2014
IST 614: Administration of Information Agencies (3)
  This course focuses on the managerial role in information agencies. The purpose of the class is to highlight the core competencies necessary for information organization management, summarize some of the key theories behind management, and provide an opportunities for students to experiment with tools for improving managerial effectiveness. Recommended: IIST 601.
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  Goodall, Fall 2010, D'Andraia Fall 2014
IST 615: Advanced Seminar in Information Policy and Management (3)
  This course consists of advanced study of selected topics in information policy and organizational information management. Expanding on concepts covered in core IST policy and management courses, students select, in consultation with the instructor, an area of in-depth research focus, regularly sharing research insights with other class participants.
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IST 617: Academic Libraries and Higher Education (3)
  The course studies the academic library in the context of the changing environment of higher education, including the historical development of institutions of higher education and their libraries in the U.S. Enrolled students will analyze the academic library, its functions, and its relationships within the various institutions of which they are a part and study current challenges confronting academic libraries.
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  D'Andraia Fall 2014
IST 618: Public Libraries (3)
  This course focuses on current issues, practices and trends in public library organizations, planning, and service delivery. Topics include levels of governance in public libraries; the role of state charters, systems, and trustees; public, technical and administrative services; and professional development, including career paths, continuing education, and compensation. Prerequisite: IIST 601.
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  Kirkpatrick Spring 2013, Burke & Cannell Spring 2015, Burke & Cannell Spring 2016
IST 619: Special Libraries/Information Centers (3)
  Application of contemporary management techniques with an emphasis on the operation, function, purpose and problems of special libraries/information centers.
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  Birdsall Looby Summer 2012
IST 623: Special Topics (1)
  Short one-credit courses examining various aspects of library and information science. Topics will change from semester to semester.
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IST 636: Systems Analysis in the Information Environment (3)
  Theory and methods of systems analysis as applied to information systems and services.
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  Cusack-Steciuk Spring 2012, Goldstein Spring 2013, Demissie Spring 2014, Demissie Spring 2016
IST 640: Abstracting and Indexing (3)
  Characteristics and applications of abstracts and indexes, and techniques for their creation. Impact and implications of recent technology.Recommended: IIST 603.
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IST 642: Advanced Cataloging (3)
  Explores special problems in handling various types of non-print materials. Covers the cataloging and management of the following types of resources: computer files, Internet resources, electronic serials, sound recordings, video-recordings, realia, kits(multimedia), cultural objects, manuscripts etc. These skills will be useful in libraries (special, academic and special collections in public libraries, museums and archives). Prerequisite: IIST 603.
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IST 643: Information Sources in the Humanities (3)
  Bibliographic structure, information resources and services, classic and contemporary scholarship, research problems and trends in the humanities. Prerequisites: IIST 603 and IIST 605
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  Andersen Spring 2009
IST 644: Information Sources in the Social Sciences (3)
  Bibliographic structure, information resources and services, classical and contemporary scholarship, research problems and trends in the social sciences. Prerequisites: IIST 603 and IIST 605.
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IST 645: Information Sources in the Sciences (3)
  Bibliographic structure, reference and information resources, research problems, specialized information problems and services in the pure and applied sciences. Recommended for individuals intending to take the Medical Library Association certification examination. Prerequisites: IIST 603 and IIST 605.
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IST 647: Health Sciences Information and Communications Systems (3)
  Management and operation of information resources and services. Essential elements of database searching. Relationship of health information agencies, health education, drug information programs, health sciences records administration. Clinical decision making and medical information. Recommended for individuals seeking Medical Library Association certification. Prerequisites: IIST 603 and IIST 605.
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IST 648: Information Sources and Services in Business and Economics (3)
  The study of national and international corporate, industrial, governmental information resources in business and economics; user needs and communication patterns in the business world; search strategies for effective use of databases; library and information services to the business community. Prerequisite: IIST 605.
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IST 649: Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Techniques (3)
  This course is an introduction to information literacy instruction in a variety of types of libraries and other information-related organizations. The history of library instruction, theoretical issues in the field, instructional program development, and teaching techniques will all be included. Students will develop and present an instructional session designed for a specific library or other user group.
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  Bernnard Spring 2015
IST 650: United States Government Information Sources (3)
  An examination of the general and specialized sources that comprise the texts and finding aids of United States government information. Practical assignments will give students direct experience with these sources, and the lectures and readings will provide a framework for understanding the ways in which the federal government generates and disseminates information. In addition to printed materials, as array of online services, including Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis, will be studied. Prerequisite: IST605 or consent of instructor.
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  Giliberto Spring 2009
IST 651: Serials (3)
  General bibliographical control of serials, including cataloging and recent efforts at international standardization; serials management; collection development and resource sharing. Prerequisites: IIST 603 and IIST 605.
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  Black Summer 2009
IST 653: Digital Libraries (3)
   Provides an overview of both the theoretical and practical aspects of digital libraries. Topics covered include types and formats of digital content, collection development and selection, digitization and underlying technologies, metadata, organization, access, preservation, project management, and evaluation and use of digital libraries.
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IST 654: Preservation Management in Archives and Libraries (3)
  An introductory survey of preservation management in libraries and archives, covering such topics as the historical evolution of the preservation dilemma, programs for academic and public libraries, collections maintenance and environmental controls, commercial binding and rebinding, selection for preservation and microfilming, security, archival preservation, paper conservation, disaster planning and recovery, and preservation of non-print materials (including electronic media).
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  Eppard Spring 2012, Eppard Spring 2013
IST 655: Rare Books (3)
  Introduction to the handling and development of rare book collecting; conservation and preservation; terminology and principles of bibliographic description; the antiquarian book trade; the history of rare book collection; important collections.
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  Eppard Fall 2011, Eppard Summer 2012, Eppard Summer 2015
IST 656: Archives and Manuscripts (3)
  Administration of archival and manuscript collections; appraisal, arrangement, description, and reference services; current practices at national, state, and local levels. Topics include concepts of records management, preservation and conservation, online retrieval systems, and freedom of access and privacy.
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  Eppard Fall 2011, Eppard Fall 2015
IST 658: Database Design and Development (3)
  Database principles for microcomputers, with an emphasis on relational database management systems (DBMS) for applications development in the library and information fields. Database design, creation, and maintenance; the user interface; programming concepts. Creation of a working database system.
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  Borys Spring 2012, Borys Spring 2013, Borys Spring 2016
IST 660: Archival Representation (3)
  Introduction to the history, theory, and practice of the representation of archival materials. Examines arrangement principles, descriptive standards, current research, and implementation of description programs for archival access. Students study different types of surrogates, including finding aids, MARC, EAD, and archival metadata, and complete a description project at at local repository.
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  Sinn Spring 2015, Hutchinson Spring 2016
IST 666 : Current Problems in Information Studies (3)
  Special course on a current problem, issue or development in information and library science. Topics vary.

IIST 666 Developing User Interfaces (3): Provides an overview of user interface design. Covers user interface design principles, interface design methods, task and user analysis, user interface evaluation and usability testing. Students will be expected to do readings, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments and exercises. Students will use web design tools (Dreamweaver/MS PowerPoint) to prototype user interfaces for information systems. Yuan Fall 2010

IIST 666 Public Relations and Fundraising for Libraries (3): This course studies contemporary fundraising, marketing, and public relation techniques, theory and practice, especially those designed for information agencies. Assignments have been crafted to insure students understand basic concepts; identify key issues and trends; become familiar with professional and scholarly resources; and gain knowledge and understanding through reading, discussion, and group activities, as well as a variety of writing assignments.

IIST 666 Educational Assessment & Evaluation for School Librarians and Teachers (3): An online competency based, collaborative professional development course for educators that enables participants to develop and directly apply essential capabilities related to educational assessment and evaluation in educational settings. The development of this course was made possible by funding provided from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) http://www.imls.gov. The University at Albany, State University of New York's College of Computing and Information's department of Information Studies in collaboration with leaders from the Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education (ACASE- http://acase.org/) developed the instructional materials for this course. The University at Albany's School of Education was a part of the partnership in the early stages of the course's development and helped to identify key resources related to classroom and formative assessment. Participants will identify a learning module that is aligned to the existing curriculum in their educational setting. The learning module must be implemented in an educational setting during the period of participation in the course. Participants will work collaboratively on planning, implementing, evaluating, and refining the learning module that will involve periodic assessment of student attainment and instructor effectiveness. Stefl-Mabry Fall 2014, Stefl-Mabry Fall 2015

IIST 666 Network and Systems Security (3): This course explores a critical business challenge: how to protect an organization's computer networks, systems, applications, and information. Students learn how to design procedures, protocols, and policies that address both engineering and human issues. Engineered security is examined through the application of cryptography, digital signatures and certificates, authentication protocols, firewalls, and intrusion detection. Also considered are security issues related to people's use of an organization's networks and system including policies and practices for password management and protecting privacy rights. Students also study options for maintain business continuity in the event of a disruption of business operations. Specific case studies are used to highlight the choices that must be made to balance operational efficiency of business functions with protecting the business from the onslaught of security threats. Prerequisite expertise: networking protocols. The student should have taken a course in computer communications/ networking and have programming experience such as C/C++, JAVA, or PHP. (The programming experience will allow the course to include a hands-on security project). Cortesi Spring 2015, Cortesi Spring 2016

IST 666 Creating Innovators: The Maker Movement (3): Designed for PreK-12 educators, school library media specialists, teacher librarians, classroom teachers, STEM educators, tech integrationists, and educational technology teachers. The theories and practices covered can also be applied in public and university libraries. Learn evidence-based instructional strategies that support building models, prototypes, inventions and innovations and encourage creative problem solving and team collaboration across a range of subject matters and all grade levels. Applications of learning theory and assessment strategies will be employed to create K-12 interdisciplinary inquiry-based maker experiences. Mersand Spring 2016

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IST 668: *Internship (3-6)
  Opportunity for skill development and problem solving through observation and practice in an information environment under the supervision of a faculty member and a cooperating librarian or other information professional. Meetings, reports, and 150 hours of experience required. Prerequisites: 24 credits completed toward MSIS and consent of advisor - See Internship Program Requirements.
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  General Internship 2012DiMaggio Spring 2012
IST 669: **Independent Study in Library and Information Science and Policy (1-3)
  Supervised reading, research, or field project in some specialized area of information science and policy to meet the needs of advanced students. Written approval of the independent study proposal by a supervising faculty member and by the Information Studies Chair is required before registration. Prerequisite: 12 credits in MSIS.
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IST 670: Teaching Fundamentals for School Libraries (3)
  Covers essentials of K-12 educational theory and practice with particular reference to information literacy instruction. Includes 50 hours of supervised school library field experience. Mandatory for students who do not have prior student teaching or equivalent instructional experience.
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   Fasano Fall 2014, Fasano Fall 2015
IST 673: Technology in School Library Media Centers: Theory, Practice, Application, and Assessment (3)
  Based on information literacy, educational technology, and learning theories, problem-based project teams of students will develop a multimedia curriculum/web project and be actively involved in its implementation in assessment collaboration with K-12 media specialists and teachers. Includes 25 hours of school library field experience. Prerequisites: IIST 523, IIST 601, and one education course.
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  Stefl-Mabry Spring 2012, Stefl-Mabry Fall 2015
IST 675: The Curriculum and Supportive Resources (3)
  Elementary and secondary curriculum and the school media center program; analysis, appraisal, selection, and use of curricular resources and related print and non-print materials. Consultative and instructional responsibilities. Includes 25 hours of school library field experience. Prerequisite: IIST 605
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  Fasano Spring 2013, Stefl-Mabry Spring 2014, Stefl-Mabry Spring 2016
IST 676: Administration of School Library Media (3)
  Problems, practices, and research in the organization and management of school media centers. Standards, programs and services, facilities, policies, budgets, human and organizational factors. Prerequisite: IIST 601
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   Holland, Fall 2012, Holland Fall 2013
IST 680: *Seminar (3)
  In-depth research of a specific problem or issue in information science and policy. Class reports, discussions, and submission of a major paper are required. Prerequisite(s): IST 608 and IST 609 or equivalent, and consent of instructor. Limited to students who have completed a minimum of 15 credits of graduate study in library and information science.
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IST 699: **Master's Thesis in Information Science and Policy (2-6)
  Prerequisites: IST 608 or equivalent, and consent of instructor and Chair of Department.
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IST 701: *Proseminar in Information Science and Policy (3)
  Trends, issues, and problems in information science and policy; problem formulation; research design and method; development of research projects. (May be taken twice).
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IST 702: *Directed Readings in Information Science and Policy (3)
  Supervised reading on selected topics in information science and policy appropriate to the planned specialization of advanced students. (May be taken twice).
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IST 768: *Advanced Internship in Information Science and Policy (3-6)
  Planned experiences which emphasize the student's professional objective. Includes a critical and analytical paper on some aspect of the program of the library or information center in which the internship takes place.
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IST 780: *Major Research Seminar (3-6)
  Preparation of a major research paper in the area of the student's specialization. Paper is expected to follow thesis format and be suitable for deposit in University Library or ERIC Clearinghouse. *Requires special permission of instructor.
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