School of Information and Library Science
GARY MARCHIONINI, Dean
Barbara Wildemuth, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Stephanie W. Haas
Robert M. Losee
Gary J. Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor
Joanne Gard Marshall, Alumni Distinguished Professor
Sarah C. Michalak, Associate Provost for Libraries and University Librarian
Barbara B. Moran, Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor
Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
Barbara M. Wildemuth
Claudia J. Gollop
Bradley M. Hemminger
Diane Kelly, Frances Carroll McColl Term Associate Professor
Christopher (Cal) Lee
Brian W. Sturm
Ryan B. Shaw
Clinical Associate Professor
Clinical Assistant Professor
Deborah Balsamo, Environmental Protection Agency
Todd Barlow, SAS
Tamika Barnes, Environmental Protection Agency
Jamie Bradway, North Carolina State University
Meg Brown, Duke University
William Cross, North Carolina State University
Abe Crystal, ruzuku, Inc.
Evelyn H. Daniel
Joel Dunn, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Charles B. McNamara
Lokman Meho, American University Beirut
Angela Myatt, University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio
Connie Schardt, Duke University
Kevin Smith, Duke University
The programs of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) are designed to prepare students for professional employment and advanced study in the fields of information and library science. The school offers graduate instruction leading to the degrees of master of science in information science (M.S.I.S.) and master of science in library science (M.S.L.S.), Post-master's certificate (PMC), and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in information and library science. The school also offers an undergraduate minor in information systems and an undergraduate major in information science (B.S.I.S.).
The M.S.I.S. is designed to prepare students to contribute to the design, development, and maintenance of information systems; to provide leadership in the development of new technologies and new applications relating to the delivery of information to users; and to demonstrate a theoretical knowledge of information science, including the theory of information storage and retrieval, systems science, and social, political, and ethical implications of information systems. Within this degree program, students complete a core set of courses and build their own specialized program of studies on this foundation. Areas where students find jobs include (among others) database design and administration, social media, interface design and usability testing, systems analysis and design, archives and digital repositories, systems administration, user training and support, information resources/knowledge management, information systems security, competitive intelligence, and Web site design and management.
The goal of the M.S.L.S. program is to prepare students to contribute to the design, development, and management of libraries and their collections and services; to provide leadership in the development of new services and technologies to improve access to information for users; and to demonstrate a theoretical knowledge of library science, including the theory of information organization, effective communication, and social, political, cultural, and ethical issues surrounding libraries. Areas where students find jobs include library administration, administration of archives and manuscript collections, records management, documents librarianship, cataloging, public and reference services, acquisitions and collection management, children's librarianship, access to and manipulation of database information, special collections, academic subject specialties, and systems librarianship. Graduates of the program are ready to practice within various settings: academic, public, or special libraries, information centers or school library media centers.
The 48 credit hours of course work is selected, in consultation with the student's faculty advisor, from the information and library science curriculum, or as appropriate, from related subject fields in other schools and departments of the University or at neighboring universities. A master's paper or project (INLS 992) is also required of each master's student. A theme within the curriculum for both master's degrees is evidence-based practice, which requires students to interpret and apply the research of others to their professional situations, as well as to be able to design and conduct their own research where necessary data is not otherwise available.
Graduate certificates within either the M.S.L.S. or the M.S.I.S. are available in the following areas: aging, bioinformatics, clinical information science, digital curation, interdisciplinary health communication, nonprofit leadership, and international development. A program leading to a certificate as a school library media coordinate is also available as part of the M.S.L.S.
The School of Information and Library Science participates in several dual or cooperative degree programs. These include dual degree programs with:
• the Kenan–Flagler Business School, which combines the master of business administration (M.B.A.) degree and the M.S.I.S. degree.
• the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, which combines the master of health administration (M.H.A.) degree with either the M.S.L.S. or M.S.I.S. degree.
• the School of Nursing, which combines the master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) with either the M.S.I.S. or M.S.L.S. degree.
• the Department of Art, which combines the master of arts in art history (M.A.) with either the M.S.I.S. or M.S.L.S. degree.
• the School of Government, which combines the master of public administration (M.P.A.) with either the M.S.I.S. or M.S.L.S. degree.
• the School of Law, which combines the juris doctor (J.D.) degree with either the M.S.L.S. or the M.S.I.S degree.
A cooperative archival program allows students to combine the master of arts (M.A.) in public history at North Carolina State University with either the M.S.L.S. or the M.S.I.S. with specializations in archival science. A similar dual degree cooperative program with Duke University's School of Medicine allows students to combine a degree in medicine with either the M.S.I.S. or M.S.L.S. degree..
Participation in any dual degree program requires separate admission to both degree programs.
The basic requirement for admission to the master's programs is a bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university. The student's undergraduate work should demonstrate a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences. Each master's student is required to enter the program with a foundation in various technological tools (e.g., HTML, databases) employed in the field. Admission involves meeting the requirements for The Graduate School, which include submission of acceptable scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For details about the entrance requirements and the curriculum for the master's programs, see the program descriptions of the School of Information and Library Science, whichare available on the Web at sils.unc.edu/programs.
The post-master's certificate (PMC) in information and library science is a 30-semester-hour post-master's degree program that is designed for practitioners who seek an articulated and systematic continuing education program to enhance their professional career development in information and library science. The School currently offers a specialized PMC in Data Curation. Students may also design a specialization to meet their individual needs.
The doctor of philosophy in information and library science (Ph.D.) is a research degree. Thus, the purpose of the doctoral program in SILS is to educate scholars who are capable of addressing problems of scholarly consequence in the field of information and library science. Toward this end each student develops a program of studies, which is tailored to individual interests and career goals. Required classes include a year-long seminar on research issues and questions (INLS 881/882) and completion of an appropriate sequence of courses in statistics. Additional courses in research methods and theory development are recommended, as are research experience and substantive content courses, which are related to a student's research interests. There are also opportunities for students to develop teaching skills through both course work and teaching experience.
The school is located in Manning Hall, with the administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, ibiblio.org (one of the most popular Web sites on the Internet), and the Information and Technology Resource Center (ITRC) all contained in that building. The ITRC includes the Information and Library Science Library, which holds more than 100,000 volumes, and computer labs. Wireless network access is available in Manning Hall and many other locations on campus; direct connections to the campus network are also available in the ITRC.
Those interested in any of the SILS degree programs should see the SILS Web site (sils.unc.edu) or request information from the School of Information and Library Science, CB #3360, 100 Manning Hall, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
NOTE: The prefix for all School of Information and Library Science courses is INLS. When a prerequisite is listed for a course, it may be assumed that an equivalent course taken elsewhere or permission of the instructor also fulfills the prerequisite or corequisite. The course instructor must approve the equivalency of the substitute course.
Although graduate students may take courses numbered below 400, they will not receive credit toward a graduate degree for those courses.
Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
461 Information Tools (3). This course may not be taken if the student has already taken INLS 261. Tools and concepts for information literacy: client-server relationships, Web and Internet standards (including open source), underlying structure and use of specific software. Undergraduates may take either INLS 261 or INLS 461.
465 Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections (3). Prepares students to be conversant with information technologies that underlie digital collections in order to evaluate the work of developers, delegate tasks, write requests for proposals, and establish policies and procedures. Teaches students how to think about information technology systems and recognize and manage interdependencies between parts of the systems.
490 Selected Topics (1–3). Exploration of an introductory-level special topic not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Previous offerings of these courses do not predict their future availability; new courses may replace these.
500 Human Information Interactions (3). The behavioral and cognitive activities of those who interact with information, with emphasis on the role of information mediators. How information needs are recognized and resolved; use and dissemination of information.
501 Information Resources and Services (3). Analysis, use, and evaluation of information and reference systems, services, and tools for both printed and electronic delivery. Provides a foundation in electronic information search techniques, question negotiation, interviewing, and instruction.
502 User Education (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Examines the history and context of LIS training programs. Pedagogy, teaching skills, methods of evaluation are addressed. Students may tailor learning projects to their own interests.
503 Communication Skills for Information Professionals (3). Through individual presentations, group exercises, and performance-centered feedback, this course seeks to improve students' ability to communicate their ideas clearly and present themselves positively in a professional setting.
509 Information Retrieval (COMP 487) (3). Study of information retrieval and question answering techniques, including document classification, retrieval and evaluation techniques, handling of large data collections, and the use of feedback.
512 Applications of Natural Language Processing (COMP 486) (3). Prerequisite, COMP 110, 116, or 121. Study of applications of natural language processing techniques and the representations and processes needed to support them. Topics include interfaces, text retrieval, machine translation, speech processing, and text generation.
513 Resource Selection and Evaluation (3). Identification, provision, and evaluation of resources to meet primary needs of clientele in different institutional environments.
515 Consumer Health Information (3). Examines concepts of health, health conditions, policy, and information collections and services from social and cultural perspectives. Analysis and design for provision and access to consumer health information services.
520 Organization of Information (3). Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemata, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.
523 Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications (3). Pre- or corequisite, INLS 261 or 461. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.
525 Electronic Records Management (3). Explores relationships between new information and communication technologies and organizational efforts to define, identify, control, manage, and preserve records. Considers the importance of organizational, institutional and technological factors in determining appropriate recordkeeping strategies.
530 Young Adult Literature and Related Materials (3). A survey of print and nonprint library materials particularly suited to the needs of adolescents.
534 Issues for Children and Technology (3). This course will encourage students to explore the array of technologies available to children and adolescents, the issues surrounding their use, the role of care givers, and potential impacts on development.
541 Information Visualization (3). An introduction to information visualization through reading current literature and studying exemplars. The course reviews information visualization techniques, provides a framework for identifying the need for information visualization, and emphasizes interactive electronic visualizations that use freely available tools. Students will construct several visualizations. No programming skills are required.
550 History of the Book and Other Information Formats (3). The history of the origin and development of the book in all its formats: clay tablets to electronic. Coverage includes scientific and other scholarly publications, religious works, popular literature, periodicals, and newspapers.
551 History of Libraries and Other Information-Related Cultural Institutions (3). The history of cultural institutions related to information from earliest times to the present day. Includes specific institutions, trends in service and facilities, and individuals important in the development of these institutions.
554 Cultural Institutions (3). Explores cultural institutions—libraries, museums, parks, zoological and botanical gardens, reconstructions, and other settings—as lifelong educational environments.
556 Introduction to Archives and Records Management (3). Survey of the principles, techniques, and issues in the acquisition, management, and administration of records, manuscripts, archives, and other cultural and documentary resources in paper, electronic, and other media formats.
558 Principles and Techniques of Storytelling (3). An overview of storytelling, its historical development, and the presentation and administration of storytelling programs. The class focuses on performance skills merged with theoretical issues.
560 Programming for Information Science (3). Introduction to programming and computational concepts. Students will learn to write programs using constructs such as iteration, flow control, variables, functions, and error handling. No programming experience required.
566 Information Security (3). Prerequisite, INLS 261 or 461. Aspects of data integrity, privacy, and security from several perspectives: legal issues, technical tools and methods, social and ethical concerns, and standards.
572 Web Development I (3). Prerequisite, INLS 261 or 461. Introduction to Internet concepts, applications, and services. Introduces the TCP/IP protocol suite along with clients and servers for Internet communication, browsing, and navigation. Examines policy, management, and implementation issues.
574 Introduction to Local Area Networks (3). Prerequisite, INLS 261 or 461. Introduction to local area network hardware, topologies, operating systems, and applications. Also discusses LAN management and the role of the network administrator.
576 Distributed Systems and Administration (3). Prerequisite, INLS 261 or 461. Distributed and client/server-based computing. Includes operating system basics, security concerns, and issues and trends in network administration.
578 Protocols and Network Management (3). Prerequisite, INLS 261 or 461. Network protocols and protocol stacks. Included are discussions of protocol classes, packet filtering, address filtering, network management, and hardware such as protocol analyzers, repeaters, routers, and bridges.
582 Systems Analysis (3). Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object-oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates are encouraged to take INLS 382 instead of this course.
584 Information Ethics (3). An overview of ethical reasoning, followed by discussion of issues most salient to information professionals, e.g., intellectual property, privacy, access/censorship, effects of computerization, and ethical codes of conduct.
585 Management for Information Professionals (3). Introduction to management principles and practices for information professionals working in all types of organizations. Topics include planning, budgeting, organizational theory, staffing, leadership, organizational change and evaluation, and decision making.
613 Text Mining (3). This course will allow the student to develop a general understanding of knowledge discovery and gain a specific understanding of text mining. Students will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of text mining and develop a proficiency with data modeling text.
621 Personal Information Management (3). This course focuses on issues in personal information management research and practice, including information organization, human cognition and memory, task continuity across devices, preservation, and the role of technology in personal information management.
623 Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases (3). Prerequisites, INLS 382 or 582, and 523. Intermediate-level design and implementation of database systems, building on topics studied in INLS 523. Additional topics include MySQL, indexing, XML, and nontext databases.
624 Policy-Based Data Management (3). Prerequisite, INLS 461 or COMP 110 or 116. Students will develop policies for managing digital repositories and persistent archives. The rules will be implemented in the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS), which organizes and distributes data into shareable collections.
691H Research Methods in Information Science (3). Senior standing and permission of the instructor. Restricted to information science majors. An introduction to research methods used in information science. Includes the writing of a research proposal.
692H Honors Thesis in Information Science (3). Senior standing and permission of the instructor. Restricted to information science majors. Students in the SILS undergraduate honors program engage in independent research and write an honors thesis reporting the research under the supervision of a faculty member.
696 Study in Information and Library Science (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Study by an individual student on a special topic under the direction of a specific faculty member. Six credit maximum for master's students. Graduate faculty.
697 Information Science Capstone (3). Senior standing required. Information science major or minor. Contemporary topics of information science, information systems, information technology, information design, and information management. Assessment of future impact of new developments.
Courses for Graduate Students
700 Scholarly Communication (3). Prerequisite, INLS 500 or permission of instructor. Addresses how scholars approach academic work; social relationships within academia; external stakeholders in the scholarly communication system; and emerging technologies' impact upon work practices. Intended for students interested in academic libraries or digital collections of scholarly materials, and/or conducting research on scholarly communication.
701 Information Retrieval Search Strategies (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501 or 509. Investigates information retrieval techniques and strategies from the world of electronic information sources, including commercial and Internet databases and search engines. Data analysis, marketing, and end-user products and services are explored.
703 Science Information (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. Survey of the communication of scientific information and the information sources in the physical and biological sciences; emphasis on major bibliographic and fact sources, including online reference services.
704 Humanities and Social Sciences Information (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. Survey of information and its needs in the social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on information use and search strategies and on reference and other information resources.
705 Health Sciences Information (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. A survey of information used in the health sciences disciplines and professions. The organization of sources, current techniques and tools for its control, including online databases.
706 Biomedical Informatics Research Review (1.5). Develops understanding of information/library science research issues related to biomedical and health informatics through the review of journal articles, invited talks, and critical group discussions.
707 Government Documents (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. A survey of the major publications of the United States federal government, United Nations, United States governments, and British government, with attention to the selection, classification, and administration of a document collection.
708 Law Libraries and Legal Information (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. An introduction to the legal system and the development of law libraries, their unique objectives, characteristics, and functions. The literature of Anglo-American jurisprudence and computerized legal research are emphasized, as well as research techniques.
709 Business Information (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. Combines an introduction to basic business concepts and vocabulary with consideration of current issues in business librarianship and of key print and electronic information sources.
710 Evidence-Based Medicine (3). An introduction to the process of evidence-based medicine (EBM) including question building, searching, and critical appraisal of studies and to the supporting roles and opportunities for medical librarians.
718 User Interface Design (3). Prerequisite, INLS 582. Basic principles for designing the human interface to information systems, emphasizing computer-assisted systems. Major topics: users' conceptual models of systems, human information processing capabilities, styles of interfaces, evaluation methods.
720 Metadata Architectures and Applications (3). Prerequisite, INLS 509, 520, or 521. Examines metadata in digital environment. Emphasizes the development and implementation of metadata schemas in distinct information communities and the standards and technological applications used to create machine understandable metadata.
721 Cataloging Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisite, INLS 520. Covers principles, practices, and future trends for cataloging library resources. Topics include RDA/AACR2, MARC, authority control, subject analysis, classification, and cataloging of print, nonprint, and digital resources.
723 Database Systems III: Advanced Databases (3). Prerequisite, INLS 623. Advanced study of database systems. Topics include database design, administration, current issues in development and use, optimization, indexing, transactions and database programming.
724 Abstracting and Indexing for Information Retrieval (3). Prerequisite, INLS 261, 461, 520, or 521. Examines abstracting, indexing and classification principles and techniques for document and object (nontextual materials) analysis. Human and automated techniques are covered.
725 Electronic Health Records (3). Focuses on EHR data standards with emphasis on data management requirements, applications, and services. Course includes HL7, CCHIT, and CDISC standards. For data management specialists, administrators, and health data analysts.
728 Seminar in Knowledge Organization (3). Prerequisite, INLS 509, 520 or 521. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Explores theoretical foundations, historical approaches, and current practices for organizing knowledge. Covers general terminological and classificatory systems, domain semantic systems, and research.
732 Children's Literature and Related Materials (3). Survey of literature and related materials for children with emphasis on 20th-century authors and illustrators.
733 Administration of Public Library Work with Children and Young Adults (3). Objectives and organization of public library services for children and young adults; designed for those who may work directly with young people or who intend to work in public libraries.
739 Information Services and Specific Populations (3). Service, professional, and administrative issues related to information access by nontraditional information service users. The course examines trends, public policy, ethical issues, programming, and evaluation of services.
740 Digital Libraries: Principles and Applications (3). Research and development issues in digital libraries including: collection development and digitization, mixed mode holdings; access strategies and interfaces, metadata and interoperability, economic and social policies, and management and evaluation.
745 Curriculum Issues and the School Librarian (3). Considers the educational process, methods of teaching, scope, and sequence of curricular content in grades K–12. Examines the role of the library media specialist in providing access, instruction, and consultation.
746 Music Librarianship (3). Survey of the history and practice of music librarianship, with an emphasis on administration, collection development, and public service in academic and large public libraries.
747 Special Libraries and Knowledge Management (3). Prerequisite, INLS 585. Professional competencies required to work as a special librarian or knowledge manager in a corporate or nonprofit setting. Strategic planning. Organizational dynamics. Tailoring services. Intranet design. Value-added measures. Intellectual capital.
748 Health Sciences Environment (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501 or 585. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Trends in health care delivery, biomedical research and health sciences education, with emphasis on the impact and use of information. Includes observation of clinical and research settings.
749 Art and Visual Information Management (3). Prerequisite, INLS 520 or 521. A survey of the history and practice of art and visual resources librarianship/curatorship, with an emphasis on administration, collection development, copyright practices, digital resource management, and public service.
752 Digital Preservation and Access (3). Focuses on best practices for the creation, provision, and long-term preservation of digital entities. Topics include digitization technologies; standards and quality control; digital asset management; grant writing; and metadata.
753 Preservation of Library and Archive Materials (3). An introduction to current practices, issues, and trends in the preservation of materials for libraries and archives, with an emphasis on integrating preservation throughout an institution's operations.
754 Access, Outreach, and Public Service in Cultural Heritage Repositories (3). Prerequisite, INLS 501. Explores user needs, information seeking behaviors, and provision of access to primary source materials in archives, manuscript repositories, and museums. User education and outreach are major foci.
755 Archival Appraisal (3). Prerequisite, INLS 556. Explores history, theories, techniques, and methods that archivists use to identify documents and other materials of enduring value for long-term preservation.
756 Data Curation and Management (3). Explores data curation lifecycle activities from design of good data, through content creator management, metadata creation, ingest into a repository, repository management, access policies and implementation, and data reuse.
757 Principles and Practices in Archival Description (3). Prerequisite, INLS 556. Recommended preparation, INLS 520 or 521. Explores the history, principles, development, and use of archival description with a focus on EAD and MARC structures. Presents authority and subject analysis work and description for special formats.
758 International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives for Information Management (3). Examines information in society for selected nations/cultures. Compares institutions, processes, and trends in the globalization of information management in the face of barriers of language and culture.
760 Web Databases (3). Prerequisites, INLS 572 and 623. Programming experience required. Explores concepts and practice surrounding the implementation and delivery of Web-enabled databases. Students will gain experience with and evaluate PC and Unix Web database platforms.
762 Internet Issues and Future Initiatives (3). Prerequisite, INLS 572. Members of this seminar discuss emerging Internet policy issues such as copyright, intellectual property, privacy, and security. Participants will also explore emerging Internet tools and applications.
780 Research Methods (3). Prerequisites, INLS 500, and 501 or 509. Required preparation, completion of 12 credit hours. An introduction to research methods used in library and information science. Includes the writing of a research proposal.
781 Proposal Development (1.5). Prerequisite, INLS 581. Development of a proposal for the master's paper/project/portfolio.
782 Library Assessment (3). Recommended preparation, INLS 780. Addresses evaluation and assessment activities in libraries. Existing tools for evaluation library operations will be considered. Students will design and conduct their own evaluation of one or more library operations.
785 Human Resources Management (3). Prerequisite, INLS 585. An in-depth look at the management of human resources in libraries and other information agencies. Includes topics such as recruitment, hiring, job analysis, performance appraisal, training, and compensation.
786 Marketing of Information Services (3). Application of marketing theory to libraries and other information settings. Includes consumer behavior, market research, segmentation, targeting and positioning, public relations, product design, and sales promotion.
795 Supervised Field Experience (3). Required preparation, completion of 18 semester hours. Permission of the instructor. Supervised observation and practice in an information service agency or library. The student will work a required amount of time under the supervision of an information/library professional and participate in faculty-led discussions for ongoing evaluation of the practical experience.
796 Field Experience in School Library Media (3). Required preparation, completion of at least 21 semester hours, including INLS 744 and INLS 754. Permission of the instructor. Supervised observation and practice in a school library media center. Faculty-led seminars, reflection journals, and on-site faculty observations enhance the experience.
818 Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction (3). Prerequisite, INLS 718. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Research and development in design and evaluation of user interfaces that support information seeking. Major topics: interactivity, needs assessment, query and browser interactions, interactive design and maintenance, usability testing.
841 Seminar in Academic Libraries (3). Prerequisite, INLS 585. Study of problems in the organization and administration of college and university libraries with emphasis on current issues in personnel, finance, governance, and services.
842 Seminar in Popular Materials in Libraries (3). Selected topics relating to the roles of various types of libraries in the provision and preservation of popular materials (light romances, science fiction, comic books, etc.) existing in various forms (print, recorded sound, etc.).
843 Seminar in Public Libraries (3). Required preparation, completion of 12 semester hours. Selected topics in public library services, systems, networks, and their management. Current issues are emphasized, along with the interests of the participants.
857 Seminar in Rare Book Collections (3). A study of the nature and importance of rare book collections; problems of acquisition, organization, and service.
859 Seminar in Information and Culture (3). Explorations of scholarship and observations about information and its social appearances in contemporary culture. Reading, literacy, and cultural values will be emphasized.
881 Research Issues and Questions I (3). Doctoral standing or permission of the instructor. Intensive and systematic investigation of the fundamental ideas in information and library science. Exploration and discussion in seminar format. Must be taken in fall semester followed by INLS 882 in spring.
882 Research Issues and Questions II (3). Doctoral standing or permission of the instructor. Intensive and systematic investigation of the fundamental ideas in information and library science. Exploration and discussion in seminar format. Must be taken in the spring semester immediately after INLS 881 (offered fall only).
883 Research Colloquium (1). Doctoral standing required. Presentation and discussion of research issues, questions, methods, analytical approaches by students, faculty, or visitors.
884 Seminar in Research Methodology (3). Required preparation, doctoral standing or INLS 780 for Master's students. Permission of the instructor for students lacking this preparation. Exploration of topics related to research design and methodology in information and library science.
886 Graduate Teaching Practicum (1–3). Permission of the instructor. Doctoral students will observe and work with faculty in the classroom to gain foundational teaching skills. Students may practice designing a class session or exercise, leading a class, and/or grading.
887 Seminar in Theory Development (3). Doctoral or advanced master's standing required. Discussion and critique of the structural components and processes utilized in theory development. Seminar provides knowledge relating to the various stages of theory building.
888 Seminar in Teaching and Academic Life (3). Doctoral or advanced master's standing required. Examines teaching, research, publication, and service responsibilities. Provides perspective on professional graduate education and LIS educational programs. Explores changing curricula and discusses ethics, rewards, and problems of academic life.
889 Seminar in Teaching Practice (1). Pre- or corequisite, INLS 888. Doctoral standing required. For doctoral students currently involved in teaching activities, these regular seminar meetings are designed to discuss relevant literature and aspects of the teaching experience.
890 Advanced Selected Topics (1–6). Exploration of an advanced special topic not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Previous offering of these courses does not predict their future availability; new courses may replace these.
988 Research in Information and Library Science (1–6). Permission of the instructor. Supports individual and small group research undertaken by doctoral students in information and library science intended to produce research results of publishable quality.
992 Master's Paper (3). Provides a culminating experience for master's degree students, who engage in independent research or project effort and develop a major paper reporting the research or project under the supervision of a faculty member.
994 Doctoral Dissertation (3–9).