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LIS403 Survey of Young Adult Materials Course Page

Description: A survey of fiction in all media forms for upper elementary and secondary school-aged readers. Adolescents' reading and media needs and interests, and current issues and trends will be examined. Not open to MLIS students.

LIS404 Comic Books and Graphic Novels in School and Public Libraries Course Page

Description: Examines the history and contemporary reality of comic book publishing and readership in Canada, Great Britain, Japan and the United States, and issues related to perception of the format of educators, librarians, and readers. Focus on collection development, censorship concerns and challenges, gender issues in both readership and content, genres, and impact of the Internet. Not open to MLIS students.

LIS405 Canadian Children's Literature for Young People in Schools and Libraries Course Page

Description: A survey of Canadian children's materials from books for babies to those aimed at the young adult market. Focus on contemporary works, trends in both publishing and content, and issues such as censorship, multimedia forms and the Internet.

LIS501 Foundations of Library and Information Studies Course Page

Description: Introduction to the historical, current, and potential roles of libraries and of library and information professionals in western society. Required course. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.

LIS502 Organization of Information Course Page

Description: An introduction to the organization of information focusing on theory and principles for application in a variety of settings. Required course. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS503 Reference and Information Services Course Page

Description: An introduction to reference and information services and resources. Includes history and varieties of reference services, user populations, instruction, ethics, access issues, the reference interview, search strategies, evaluation of services, and the organization, selection, evaluation, and use of major information resources. Required course. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS504 Leadership and Management Principles for Library and Information Services Course Page

Description: An introduction to principles and practices of leadership and management in the professional lives of librarians, archivists, and other information service practitioners. Required course. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS505 Introduction to Research in Library and Information Studies Course Page

Description: An introduction to the fundamental concepts, approaches, and uses of research in library and information environments. Includes research design, proposal writing, identifying and defining research problems, critically evaluating and analyzing research, and applying research findings to solve practical problems in libraries and information centres. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisite: LIS 501 and 503.

LIS507 Introduction to Knowledge Management Course Page

Description: An introduction to different concepts and theories related to knowledge management (KM). Includes knowledge and knowledge management theories and models, KM design, KM informatics, tools and technologies for managing knowledge and an overview of issues in KM. Pre or corequisites: LIS 501, 502, and 505, or consent of instructor.

LIS508 Information Technologies in LIS Environments Course Page

Description: An introduction to and a critical examination of a range of information technologies relevant to diverse library and information settings.

LIS510 Storytelling Course Page

Description: The past and present forms of storytelling, including the oral tradition, the function of the storyteller, the selection of material and the techniques of telling stories and listening to stories. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS515 Materials for Young Adults Course Page

Description: Materials for young adults of junior and senior high school age, young adults' reading interests, and current trends and issues in young adults literature. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS516 Canadian Children's Literature for Young People in Schools and Libraries Course Page

Description: A survey of Canadian children's materials from books for babies to those aimed at the young adult market. Focus on contemporary works, trends in both publishing and content, and issues such as censorship, multimedia forms and the Internet. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS518 Comic Books and Graphic Novels in Schools and Public Libraries Course Page

Description: Examines the history and contemporary reality of comic book publishing and readership in Canada, Great Britain, Japan and the United States, and issues related to perception of the format by educators, librarians, and readers. Focus on collection development, censorship concerns and challenges, gender issues in both readership and content, genres, and impact of the Internet. Open to MLIS students and other graduate students. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS519 Introduction to Children's Literature Course Page

Description: Literature for children from infancy through the elementary school years, principles of evaluation and selection, and current issues and trends. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS520 Information Resources in Specialized Fields Course Page

Description: Information resources and their administration in a specialized field and for a specialized clientele. The emphasis is on the nature of the field, problems of collection development, bibliographic access, retrieval and use by the clientele, and administrative issues in solving these problems. Specialized fields regularly examined are law, business, and health sciences. Prerequisites are variable, contact department for more information.

LIS526 Instructional Practices in Library and Information Services Course Page

Description: Theory and practice related to the teaching roles of the librarian or information professional. Includes planning, implementation and evaluation of pedagogical approaches for the design of effective information literacy and professional development instructional sessions. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prequisites: LIS 501, 502, and 503, or consent of instructor.

LIS531 Collection Management Course Page

Description: An analytical approach to collection management including the acquisition, review and evaluation of collections. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 503, 504, and 505, or consent of instructor.

LIS532 Metadata Course Page

Description: This course introduces students to the concept, development, applications and evaluation of metadata in various information contexts. Through a combination of practical exercises, including classification, cataloguing, and RDA, students will critically examine metadata issues, standards, and best practices, and will evaluate the role of metadata in discovery and access systems.

LIS533 Database Design for Information Management Course Page

Description: An introduction to core concepts, principles, and techniques of database design for information management, from user requirement analysis, to data and information modeling and querying. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS534 Information Architecture: Web Design for Usability Course Page

Description: An examination of the principles and practice of web usability, with a focus on information architecture, layout and design, metadata, and other topics related to effective web design and management. Includes an introduction to HTML and other web coding. Pre or corequisites: LIS 501 and 502, or consent of instructor.

LIS538 Digital Libraries Course Page

Description: An introduction to the concept, development, types and trends of digital libraries. This course will focus on the creation, organization, access, use and evaluation of digital libraries with a view to socioeconomic and cultural issues. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 503, and 505, or consent of instructor.

LIS541 Library and Information Services in Culturally Diverse Society Course Page

Description: Examines the central concepts of diversity and inclusion and a range of related issues and contributions with respect to specific populations and traditionally underrepresented groups, and their support systems, in library and information settings. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.

LIS545 Management of Human Resources Course Page

Description: The field of human resource management and its application in library and information services. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, and 504, or consent of instructor.

LIS546 Marketing Library and Information Services Course Page

Description: The principles of marketing and public relations for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on library and information services. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, and 503, or consent of instructor.

LIS580 Contemporary Theories and Practices of Reading Course Page

Description: A study of different theories of reading (e.g. social, psychological, literary) and of sites and practices of literacy in an era of rapid cultural and technological change. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS585 Multimedia Literacies Course Page

Description: An introduction to the theories, practices and implications of multimedia literacies. Examples of multimedia texts include print, video, audio, CD-ROM, DVD, computer programs, digital games, hypermedia, Internet sites, graphic forms, electronic books, and text-based toys, games, and commodities. The course will explore the cultural, social, commercial, and educational issues raised by the proliferation of such texts. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS586 History of the Book Course Page

Description: The historical, aesthetic, and economic bases of the 'book' and its role in the recording and preservation of information and ideas. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS590 Practicum Course Page

Description: The application of LIS theories and principles through experiential learning in a library, archives, records management and other services settings. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 504, 505, and an additional *6 in LIS electives, or consent of instructor.

LIS591 Publishing Course Page

Description: An examination of trends and issues in publishing, particularly the impacts of media and digital technology, and of the critical intersections among the publishing industry, contemporary society, and the library and information professions. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS592 Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in Librarianship Course Page

Description: An examination of the central concepts of intellectual freedom and social responsibility and the range of related issues impacting librarians, library institutions, and library associations. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS593 Archives Administration Course Page

Description: Theories, standards and methods used in management of modern archives, with an historical overview and an emphasis on contemporary theory and practice. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS594 Records Management Course Page

Description: The theory and techniques of records management. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS596 Seminar Course Page

Description: A current topic of significance to, or a special aspect of, library and information studies may be examined as demand and resources permit. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites are variable, contact department for more information.

LIS597 Advanced Scholarship and Research in LIS Course Page

Description: In-depth exploration of systematic approaches to scholarship and research in library and information studies for students pursuing thesis-route master's programs or other advanced projects. Prerequisites: LIS 501 and 505, or consent of the instructor.

LIS598 Special Topics Course Page

Description: A current topic of significance to, or a special aspect of, library and information studies may be examined as demand and resources permit. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites are variable, contact department for more information.

LIS599 Directed Study Course Page

Description: Further study of special topics and issues, based on knowledge acquired in previous courses or on significant prior experience. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Topic and course weight to be approved by the School. Prerequisite: consent of department.

LIS600 Capping Exercise Course Page

Description: The required capping exercise for the MLIS degree is an ePortfolio representing examples of the student's course work, leadership and innovation potential, communication skills, and involvement in professional life. Normally students are expected to begin developing their ePortfolio during their second semester. The ePortfolio must be completed and submitted during their final term of coursework. It will demonstrate that the student has met the Program Level Learning Outcomes (PLLOs) of the MLIS degree.

LIS697 Advanced Scholarship and Research in LIS Course Page

Description: In-depth exploration of systematic approaches to scholarship and research in library and information studies for students pursuing doctoral programs or other advanced projects. Permission of the instructor is required.

LIS699 Directed Study Course Page

Description: Further study at the doctoral level of special topics and issues, based on knowledge acquired in previous courses or on significant prior experience. Topics must be approved by the School.