Course descriptions taken from the UH LIS website, unless otherwise noted.

General Courses

LIS 601 - Introduction to Reference & Information Services
Dr. Vanessa Irvin
Philosophy, principles and practice of reference services in libraries, information centers and information literacy. Bibliographic control, reference research, reference interview, online searching, evaluating of bibliographic and Webliographic material. Field component.

LIS 610 - Foundations of the Information Professions
Dr. donna Bair-Mundy
Lecture/discussion course on role of libraries, their social utility in information societies. History and future of libraries in changing technological world. Information professions, information ethics, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, information access, national/international library developments.

LIS 615 - Collection Management
Dr. Andrew Wertheimer
Principles and issues of collection management and care. Criteria and tools for selecting and deselecting materials. Relationships with publishers/producers.

LIS 633 - Basic Database Searching
Christian DeLay
Introduces use of commercial online databases for interactive retrieval of bibliographic, full-text and directory information, the development of search strategies using controlled subject vocabularies and free text searching.

LIS 694 - Planning and Developing Virtual Library Instruction
Dr. Violet Harada and Michael-Brian Ogawa
The course introduces relevant principles and guidelines for instructional design that influence digital instruction in various library settings. Students develop an instructional plan for a specific library context and patron need. They also create a digital learning activity to implement the plan. The activities may focus on a range of user needs including refining information search strategies, promoting literacy, accessing specific databases, dealing with key aspects of the research process, or assisting with on-demand reference services.

Special Collections & Archives Courses

LIS 619 - Preservation Management
Deborah Dunn
Introduction to preservation management. Focuses on management strategies for preservation of materials in libraries and archives. Covers preservation planning, condition surveys, disaster planning, grantsmanship, and basic issues relating to deterioration.

LIS 620 - Conservation of Library & Archival Materials
Deborah Dunn
In-depth exploration of the nature of library and archival materials and factors that cause deterioration. Hands-on approach provides practical experience testing and analyzing basic conservation treatments, and understanding the role of conservation in preservation planning.

SI 580 - Understanding Records & Archives: Principles & Practices
(Course taken at the University of Michigan School of Information)
Dr. Paul Conway
Provides an understanding of why societies, cultures, organizations, and individuals create and keep records. Presents cornerstone terminology, concepts, and practices used in records management and archival administration. Examines the evolution of methods and technologies used to create, store, organize, and preserve records and the ways in which organizations and individuals are archives and records for ongoing operations, accountability, research, litigation, and organizational memory. Participants become familiar with the legal, policy, and ethical issues surrounding records and archives administration and become conversant with the structure, organization, and literature of the archival and records management professions. (Source: University of Michigan School of Information).