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Information Studies Minor Courses: Spring 2017

LIB 3010 Topics in Information Studies: Visualizing History: Exhibits from Museums and Libraries
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Mon. & Wed. 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the role that museums play in preserving our cultural past. By using exhibits to provide the visual connection to the subject, museum audiences can be entertained while participating in a learning experience. We will first explore the history of museums in the United States and trace their evolution from displays of curiosities to educational tools geared to diverse audiences. We will then examine some controversial issues important to the museum community, which impact exhibits. Finally, this course will examine the techniques used by museums and libraries to create exhibits, from planning and research through script writing, marketing and evaluation.

LIB 3020 Principles of Information Retrieval
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Mon. & Wed. 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

This course teaches the theoretical and practical principles of information retrieval in an online environment. Students will learn the necessary skills to become expert-level searchers. Techniques and concepts for formulating effective search strategies for a range of information needs and formats will be examined. Students will have opportunities for hands-on practice and experimenting with a variety of online systems and explore current and emerging challenges in information retrieval.

LIB 3040 Information and Society
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Three sections:

  • Mon. & Wed. 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Tue. & Thu. 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Tue. 6:05 pm – 9:05 pm

This course examines the nature, production, value, and uses of information in historical perspective; the latest development in information technology; the ways information is produced and disseminated and how they affect business, politics, media, science, arts and culture; the growth of the information society; and major information policy issues. (Cross-listed with CIS 3040, COM 3040, and PAF 3040)

LIB 3065 Electronic Resources and Research Methods for Writers
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150. Pre- or corequisite: ENG 2500, ENG 2550, or departmental permission.
Day/Time to be announced

This course explores the impact of information research on writing. Students develop proficiency in evaluating, identifying, and using relevant print, electronic, and Internet sources to locate the business, government, biographical, political, social, and statistical information necessary for in-depth journalistic reportage and other forms of research.

LIB 4900 Social Informatics: Studies in the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Information
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150 and two 3000-level LIB courses, or permission of the department
Tue. 11:10 am – 2:05 pm

This course serves as the capstone course for students who have completed two 3000-level courses chosen from the course listings for the minor in information studies. Social informatics can be defined as the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of information from social and organizational perspectives. In this course, students will analyze systems of information in context to gain insight into the basic principles of social informatics, as well as relevant social and moral issues. This course satisfies the capstone requirement of the information studies minor.

Information Studies Minor

Other Credit Courses (not part of the minor)

LIB 1015 Information Research in Social Sciences and Humanities
3 hours, 3 credits.
Mon. & Wed. 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

This introduction to the nature, sources, and uses of printed and computerized information for study and problem solving develops students? Abilities in systematic approaches to analyzing information need, information searching, and evaluation and organization of data. Using the library and the online classroom, students learn to prepare bibliographies, literature reviews, term papers, and research reports in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. (Not open to students who have taken LIB 1016.)