LIS 4700 - Information Architecture
The web is a complex information environment consisting of billions of web pages, users, and clicks and interactions every single day. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of web information architecture (IA) – a discipline that aims to understand the information needs and activities of web visitors and create design elements to help users find their way around in this complex information environment with ease. The course will cover various strategies and skills, in which information architects structure, organize, label, navigate, and search for information on large websites. A service learning component is built into this course so that students can transfer their IA knowledge and skills to a real-world project. The course is designed following a project management approach and students will be exposed to different activities from start to finish.
LIS 4910 - Practicum Experience: DMNS Image Archives
A hands-on learning experience, wherein the student will digitize a collection of nitrate negatives and create a digital collection of images and corresponding metadata for permanent display on the website for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS). Goals and objectives for the practicum experience are as follows:
Goal #1 - Digitization of Nitrate Negatives
- Objective: Identify best practices
- Objective: Implement best practices in digitizing at least 200 negatives
- Objective: Define best practices vs. real-life constraints (budget, data storage, policy, etc.)
- Objective: Digitize at least 200 images
Goal #2 - Collection Development
- Objective: Define criteria for selection
- Objective: Select at least 200 images
- Objective: Create digital collection
Goal #3 - Preservation
- Objective: Define physical vs. digital preservation
- Objective: Define and implement safe handling methods for nitrate negatives
LIS 4991 - Independent Study: Digitization and Preservation of Audio Materials
According to the National Recording Preservation Board (2010), the state of preservation of audio materials of all types in the United States is dire. Many institutions possess vast holdings of audio materials with few or no plans in place to preserve or digitize those materials. For this independent study, the student will explore the extant literature and create an annotated bibliography; create a digitial collection of born digital music files using CONTENTdm; write an analytical report on the creation of the digital collection; and write an in-depth research paper on the digitization and preservation of audio materials.
LIS 4040 - Management of Information Organizations
An introduction to current theory and practice of management in information organizations through the study of organizations, communications, decision-making, planning, leadership, human resources, and budgeting.
LIS 4070 - Cataloging & Classification
Theory and practice of bibliographic control including the study of representative cataloging using Anglo American Cataloging Rules, 2d ed., rev. with amendments and Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, machine-based representation using the USMARC formats and other standards, and subject analysis and classification using Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, and Library of Congress Classification, with principle focus on monographs, major media, sound recordings, and serials.
LIS 4050 - Library & Information Technologies
A foundation course on the applications of information and communications technology in libraries and information agencies. Integrated library systems and the acquisition, evaluation, and implementation of library automation solutions, including electronic resource management systems are explored. The course further introduces database design, Internet technology, web services, cloud computing, computer networks, telecommunications, and computer security. Hardware, software, and other productivity tools and utilities from organizations such as OCLC, Amazon, and Google are discussed.
LIS 4060 - Reference
Information resources include a number of different kinds of reference materials in a wide variety of formats. These include guidebooks, encyclopedias and dictionaries, indexes and abstracts, handbooks, bibliographies, biographical finding tools and biographies, data sets, and much more. Many of these resources are available online, as well as in print and other digital formats. This course helps students identify and evaluate the most likely resources for information queries in particular settings. It also provides the opportunity to find answers to real research questions. The course covers the primary resources for the broad disciplines of business, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and government publications in print and electronic formats. Class exercises reflect the multidisciplinary and multicultural interests and characteristics of library users.
LIS 4700 - Usability
This course provides an overview of usability analysis and user experience research and introduces students to practical methods and techniques in conducting usability evaluation. The focus of the course is on the selection of appropriate evaluation methods as well as planning, designing, and conducting usability evaluations of information systems. In addition, the course discusses the methods and tools of user experience research, the theoretical underpinnings of usability, and the role of usability in iterative design and the development of information systems.
RMS 4900 - Education Research and Measurement
This course is intended for Master's degree students in the College of Education. Quantitative research designs, empirical methods of data collection and interpretation, and measurement issues in research are examined.
LIS 4020 - Professional Principles & Ethics
This course introduces students to writings and theories on professional ethics, values and principles of concern to information specialists and information service providers. It will challenge students to think creatively and critically in their application of ethics concepts in social, organizational, historical, and contemporary contexts. The course will briefly address the relationships between professional ethics and the laws, including copyright, intellectual freedom, first amendment rights, and confidentiality. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the importance of values, professional ethics, and socially responsible behavior in the professional setting.
LIS 4206 - Web Content Management
This course includes instruction in web page creation, selection and evaluation of web content, as well as web site management. Selection of web page content is discussed in the context of organizational knowledge management and competitive intelligence needs. Differences in information needs for provision of public information and competitive intelligence on Internet pages versus the organizational information needs of Intranets in knowledge management are explored. This course also addresses human-computer interface design to allow web page designers to create effective web pages according to established principles of design.
LIS 4804 - Digital Objects & Collections
This course is designed to be an exploration of the intersection of library and archival traditions and the world of interoperable digital libraries. It examines the existing and developing methodologies for creating, managing, preserving, and creating access to electronic records and digital objects. Topics covered include content creation standards and best practices, metadata, interoperability, sustainability, scalability of management systems, and concepts related to designing access tools and delivery systems. While not a technical course, discussion of technology and its application to digital library practices is a major theme.
LIS 4011 - Information Access & Retrieval
Using systems for information discovery, access, and retrieval requires an understanding of characteristics of information storage media (books, videos, floppy disks, hard disks, CD-ROM, etc.), information transmission (digital and analog), and query logic. It also requires understanding the various systems for organizing types of information, including textual information, numeric, geographic, and image files. The current and existing technologies and software aiding information access and retrieval will be explored in this course. Students will experience and discuss searching systems for all types of information files stored in various media and accessed by the use of both analog and digital telecommunications systems.
LIS 4110 - Teaching and Learning with Technology
A foundation course about the science of effective teaching and the role of technology and media to enhance learning outcomes. This course engages students with skills and knowledge required to incorporate effective media and technology to support the teaching and learning activity. The course primarily explores a wide range of appropriate educational media and technology that facilitate preparation, presentation, and delivery of content. Most importantly, tools and educational technologies that promote best practices in both classroom interaction and expanding the learningscape outside the classroom are explored. Theories, principles, and strategies supported by the science of learning to improve the learning outcome are discussed.
LIS 4700 - Introduction to Digitization
This course offers an introduction to issues and trends in planning, developing, and managing digitization projects at libraries, archives, and museums. The focus of the course will be on the conversion process of analog materials into the digital format, online delivery, and preservation of master files. The course will discuss collection development policy for digital projects, copyright, digital imaging technology, digitization standards and the best practices for text, images, audio, and video, metadata for cultural heritage collections, delivery platforms, digital archiving and preservation, project management, documentation, promotion, and evaluation of digital projects.
LIS 4000 - Understanding the Information User
This course offers a basic knowledge of information literacy and the processes of human communication, cognition, and behavior, including information processing and transfer. The focus is directed toward the development of a fundamental understanding of the information user, enabling the professional to design, implement, and evaluate an information system or process that is sensitive to the behavioral patterns and needs of diverse users.
LIS 4010 - Organization of Information
This course provides an overview of the methodologies of organizing information in both electronic and paper formats. Examines indexing systems, websites, citation systems, records management systems, descriptive cataloging, indexing, classification, standards, natural language, and controlled language systems.
LIS 4030 - The Information Environment
This course provides an overview of the historical and contemporary generation, production, management, dissemination, and use of information. Examines the role of society, current issues in the information industries, economics of information production and services, the impact of technologies, and national information policies.