LIS-S 604 Topics in Library and Information Science
- Prerequisite(s): LIS-S 500, LIS-S 507
- Delivery: Online
- Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Check the schedule to confirm.)
Study of specific topics in librarianship and preservation. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Same course number used for different courses.
Family Engagement in Libraries
This course focuses on all aspects of the concept: Family Engagement in Libraries. This topical seminar involves exploration of all aspects of family engagement both for children and young adults ages 0-18, as well as support for their parents, guardians, caregivers and educators. All types of literacies Including but not limited to digital literacy as well as traditional print literacies will be investigated.
Library leadership develops leaders who lead change in positional and non-positional roles by creating experiences and spaces for participation and belonging to imagine and construct 21st century libraries and decolonial knowledge systems. This course distinguishes leadership from management. It establishes a safe space for critical dialogue that challenges norms and assumptions, systems, and practices that perpetuate injustices. Leadership identity is developed by situating leadership in historical, social organizational and community contexts to identify complex local/global issues that affect libraries and communities to practice leadership through critical dialogue, active listening and coaching. Library Leadership aims to fill a much-needed gap in LIS education and prepare generational leaders to address issues that impact information access and obstruct knowledge justice.
Inquiry and Innovation
This course is an introduction to the use of information inquiry processes, methods, techniques, and concepts with PK-12 students and other educators and librarians. Skills and processes associated with information literacy, media literacy, creative thinking, and critical thinking provide the foundation of the course design. Throughout the course students will be exploring and applying innovative integration of technology into curriculum development and programming. Timely topics such as administrating Learning Management Systems and designing curriculum for eLearning and 1:1 initiatives are included.
Tools for Digital Preservation
Building on the knowledge and skills acquired in LIS-S 582 (Digital Preservation), this course introduces students to practical tools for curating and preserving born-digital objects. Throughout the course, students will test and evaluate primarily free and/or open-source software designed to transfer, appraise (forensically), package, ingest, arrange, describe, and provide access to born-digital records. The course will also familiarize students with how to interact with digital files through a command line interface (shell) as a means for developing more efficient and scalable digital preservation workflows.
Legal Issues for Library and Information Managers
While you will not be able to learn every aspect of the law relating to libraries you will leave the course with a strong foundation to continue learning in these and new areas… we’ll dispel myths, practice how to think as courts, lawyers and “the law” thinks regarding legal issues in the library and how to approach and resolve problems of legal risk management in the library and related settings. This course will also prepare you to be an advocate for a variety of library and patron rights of access to and use of information in all its forms. Legal issues are becoming increasingly important in libraries and other information settings. The litigious nature of our society, the reactive nature of our legislative processes and at times the partisanship of our administrative agencies only exacerbate and complicate the challenges for librarians in navigating sound decision-making in this area. There is more law to understand now than 10 or 20 years ago when this course was first developed and taught; more court cases, statutes and administrative rule of direct relevance to libraries. The prevalence of digital content requires a thorough understanding of copyright and contract (licensing). In our connected world patron informational privacy remains a bulwark of the librarian profession and its practice. The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment continues to drive our law and policy making in libraries, from access issues (meeting rooms, display cases, presence in the library, liberty interests, etc.) to content regulation (in-house and online collections) to information liability and malpractice for what some may call dangerous information, disinformation (“fake news”) or outdated information including information execution errors. These concepts are explored in detail throughout the course, increasing the repertoire of tools with which the graduating librarian can enter practice.
Global Digital Services
This is a course for Study Abroad: Finland. This experience is comprised of two learning components. The first is a semester-long course taken by local students alongside others from Finland for a global classroom experience (graduate: LIS S531, undergraduate: INFO I400), and those traveling abroad will take an additional 3 credits starting in spring but terminating during summer session 1. LIS S604/S400 will offer students the opportunity to collaborate with students at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. This course will begin in the spring semester and continue at our cooperating institution during summer I. In the spring semester, students from the IUPUI campus will be partnered with students from the Haaga-Helia campus and follow the course together via Canvas and other tools. The online course in the spring will provide technological and conceptual knowledge in skills such as HTML, CSS, and information architecture that will be practiced and refined in collaborative course projects. For Indiana University students who wish to go abroad, part of spring semester will also be devoted to academic sessions in anticipation of the international travel. All projects will be finalized at the end of spring semester but with the option to further collaborate with their partners. In the first half of summer session 1, students will have the opportunity to reconvene in Helsinki to discuss and pursue their projects with their collaborators at Haaga-Helia University. In Finland (not limited to Helsinki) the students’ activities will be supplemented by field trips and site visits relevant to the class as well as to Finnish culture in general via visits to historic sites, museums, industries, and cultural events. Our partner institution is Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. However, we will not need to use classroom facilities at the University, although that is an option. Most lectures will have been accomplished before arrival. On-site activities include meetings, class visits, and lectures.
History and Methods of the Islamic Book
The history of books is the history of the world and in no field is that more true than the history of the Islamic book. This course will be an overview of the history of Islamic Manuscripts, preparing students to encounter Islamic manuscripts as LIS/GLAM professionals: Thus, this course will adopt a broad understanding of the term ‘Islamic’ to give students an inclusive, diverse view of the world of books in Muslim-majority lands (as well as their diasporas). The approach we take centers accessibility and reparative approaches so get ready to ask hard questions of the institutions we’re studying. Each week will introduce students to different aspects of the materiality of the book and issues around cataloging, artistry, digitization, rare book libraries, and museums. Students will be introduced to each material component of the Islamic manuscript, as well as its history. This course is global in its approach, introducing students to manuscripts from West Africa to Southeast Asia, spanning the 500s to the 1800s. Additionally, while students will learn basic handling principles and some aspects of conservation, this course will center the use of digital archives. Digital open-access archives for Islamic manuscripts, including digital library repositories, museum catalogs, and more, will be a constant in the course on a week-to-week basis. Students will engage in critical analysis of archive accessibility including but not limited to user interface (UI)/user experience (UX) and the viability of digitization as an accessibility solution. The course will prepare students to catalog and describe Islamic manuscripts, do research on Islamic manuscripts and give them a grounding in what Islamic manuscript collections exist globally and digitally. Students will read 60-100 pages a week and will write weekly response papers of 500-750 words on accessibility of the archives under consideration for that week. Students are also responsible for watching the weekly lecture. Knowledge of Arabic or any other non-European language is useful but not required. Non-DLIS students are also encouraged to enroll.
Social Issues in Archives
This course will introduce students to social, cultural, and critical theory in archival practice through scholarly literature, case studies, and the lived experiences of course participants. Students will consider how sociocultural factors such as race and ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, class, citizenship status, and language manifest in the archival record. The course will also discuss the explicit, normative, and emerging obligations of archivists in relation to these elements and explore the outcomes of specific programs and practices. Drawing from the pedagogy of bell hooks and Paola Freire, students are expected to participate with active curiosity in critical dialogue. Drawing upon shared course readings, independent research, personal reflections, and lived experience, we will collectively respond to a series of “wicked problems” in archival practice. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate an understanding of archival practice through cross-disciplinary frameworks of sociocultural critique.
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