LIS - Library and Information Studies

Offered By:
Faculty of Education

Below are the courses available from the LIS code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisite: LIS 501 and 503.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The focus will be on the Canadian federal system with a view towards discovering patterns, approaches, and techniques applicable to other jurisdictions and bodies, in particular, the United States and International Governmental Organizations. Pre-requisites: LIS 501, 502, and 503 or consent.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, and 503, or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A critical and interdisciplinary examination, incorporating human and social perspectives, of technology in the context of libraries and information organizations and of the complex relationships among technology, information, and society. Prerequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An analytical approach to collection management including the acquisition, review and evaluation of collections. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 503, 504, and 505, or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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. Prerequisites: LIS 501 and LIS 502; or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 503, and 505, or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course will cover an introduction to different emerging and evolving technologies that are used and/or relevant to Library and Information Science (LIS) as well as to other domains. The course will examine different facets including current and potential uses, development and issues with various tools and technologies indifferent contexts. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to Indigenous Library and Information Studies within a Canadian context. This course will focus on Indigenous approaches to Storytelling, Traditional Knowledges, data sovereignty, social responsibility, collections and services, programming, research, and reference. This is a community-led course that encourages reciprocal relationships with local Indigenous communities. Pre/Co-requisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to and overview of the role and activities of preservation administration in libraries of all kinds, from the physical preservation and conservation of book and multimedia collections, to risk management and insurance, prevention of theft and vandalism, disaster contingency planning and preparedness, through post-disaster salvage and recovery operations. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 3-0-0)

An examination of individual and collaborative information needs, uses and practices in context. Students will develop an understanding of the crucial interaction between people and information. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of the instructor

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The principles of marketing and public relations for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on library and information services. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, and 503, or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The principles and practices of library service to children and young adults. Prerequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of selected topics in information policy including a focus on origins, policy and regulatory environment and current issues. Selected topics regularly examined are intellectual property; telecommunications policy; access to Information, privacy, and surveillance. Prerequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The examination of the building needs of various types of libraries and information centres, the involvement of information professionals and architects in the planning process, and various contemporary building styles. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 100 HOURS)

The application of LIS theories and principles through experiential learning in a library, archives, records management and other services settings. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 504, 505, and an additional *6 in LIS electives, or consent of instructor.

Starting: 2023-09-01 LIS 590 - Practicum

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 100 HOURS)

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, 503, 504, 505, and an additional *3 in an IT-designated LIS elective, or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to theories, standards and methods used in modern archives, with an historical overview and an emphasis on critical and contemporary theory and practice. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This survey course examines public librarianship from a community-led framework, which emphasizes the collaborative nature of developing and implementing library services. The course focuses on issues and trends in public librarianship, including programming, technology, library governance, service models, and services for diverse communities. Prerequisite: LIS 501

★ 1 (fi VAR)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites are variable, contact department for more information.

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 0-3S-0)

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, 502, 503 and 505; corequisite: LIS 504; or consent of the instructor.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites are variable, contact department for more information.

★ 1 (fi VAR)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

Further study of special topics and issues, based on knowledge acquired in previous courses or on significant prior experience. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Topic and course weight to be approved by the School. Prerequisite: consent of department.

★ 0.1 (fi 1)(EITHER, 12 HOURS)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 0-3S-0)

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.

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

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.