Library Education

Bachelor of Science – Information Science*

  • SLIS 4000:  Introduction to Information Professions – History, roles, and scope of information professions and practice.  Basic concepts and issues including impact of information technology on the individual, intellectual freedom, privacy and diversity.  Course activities emphasize team building and leadership skills.
  • SLIS 4080:  Research Methods and Evaluation – Research principles and techniques; role of theories and hypotheses; experimental and non-experimental research; measurement and data collection; analysis and interpretation; quantitative methods and applications; problems in formulating research proposals and evaluating representative studies.
  • SLIS 4200:  Basic Information Organization – Basics of information organization and presentation for facilitating access.  Concepts and problems of human information behavior, classification and categorization related to information organization.  Database technology, structure and design.  Standards for information organization, data representation and information exchange.  Systems for organizing information and facilitating information access in various information use environments.
  • SLIS 4205:  Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting – Applications in different types of information systems and agencies.  Use of database retrieval software.  Indexing language formulation, macros programming, and design for user support.  Planning and implementing representative programs.
  • SLIS 4210:  Information Organization and Records Control – Descriptive cataloging, subject analysis, classification and control of information resources of all kinds; Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules; Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems; subject headings; organization; functions and use of catalogs and classification systems; principles of information indexing and retrieval; use of bibliographic databases; representative problems and practice.
  • SLIS 4300:  Administration of Information Agencies – Role, functions and development of principal kinds of information centers and agencies.  Management principles and practices; standards and evaluation; resources and services; facilities and equipment; planning, staffing, and reporting; public relations; budgeting and financial procedures; policy making; social contexts and backgrounds; professional perspectives.
  • SLIS 4400:  Evaluation and Development of Information Resources – Principles and techniques of selecting and acquiring information resources of all kinds; development and maintenance of collections; criteria and selection aids; national and trade bibliographies; online searching; publishers and publishing; censorship problems and intellectual freedom; representative problems and practice.
  • SLIS 4420:  Information Resource for Children – Survey of print and nonprint materials, including multicultural/multiethnic materials; utilization practices and selection; curricular correlations and enrichment; recreational and developmental needs; children’s services and programs; wide reading and using of literature and other materials for children from preschool through middle-school years.
  • SLIS 4600:  Basic Information Access and Retrieval – Basic principles and techniques of information retrieval and access services.  Survey of research in information seeking behavior and user interaction.  Introduction to systems of access, search and retrieval skills, and collection management.  Study of evaluation methods for all formats of resources, services, and user satisfaction.
  • SLIS 4615:  Electronic Information Services – Basic concepts of electronic information services and databases in different fields; conducting online searches and evaluating services.  Supervised practical experience.

Master of Science – Library Science*

  • SLIS 5090:  Practicum and Field Study – Supervised practice work and field study (120 clock hours minimum) in a cooperating library, learning resource center or information agency, plus seminar conferences and summary report.
  • SLIS 5208:  Learning Resources Organization and Media – Organization of print and non-print collections, including descriptive cataloging, Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress and Sears Subject Headings and MARC records.  Media and media services, including media services to special populations.  Library automation systems and their management.
  • SLIS 5302:  Advanced Management of Information Agencies – Advanced topics in administration of different types of libraries, information systems and related agencies; planning and program development; personnel and financial management; legal problems and political relations; problem-solving and decision-making; project and systems management; funding and support; issues and trends.  Individual investigation of selected problems.
  • SLIS 5303:  Financial and Human Resource Management in Information Agencies – Problems and topics in personnel and financial management.  Recruitment, training and supervision.  Work environments; position and staff evaluation; wage and salary management; collective bargaining; funding; budgeting and accounting systems; expenditure and income control; audits; inventory control; insurance.  Current trends and case studies of common problems.
  • SLIS 5306:  Project Management for Information Systems – Managing the process of planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating systems in libraries and information centers of all types and sizes.  Planning, defining requirements, developing requests for proposals, evaluating alternative systems, and locating and hiring consultants.
  • SLIS 5320:  Public Libraries – Problems of organization and management of public libraries and urban/rural library systems; their resources, functions, and services.  Related municipal, regional, and state information agencies and services.  Federal and state programs; development and trends.  Individual investigation of major issues and topics.
  • SLIS 5345:  Library Operation and Policy Development – Operational procedures for administration supervision of department libraries, including acquisition, processing and maintenance of collections.  Policy development within the context of the school community, including stakeholder assessment, policy preparation, legal implications and political impact of library operations.
  • SLIS 5410:  Adult Materials and Reading Interests – Reading interests and behavior of adults, including younger and older adults.  Selection and use of books and other materials for recreation and self-development.  Adult programs and services, including reading guidance.  Wide reading and use of literature and non-print materials in different fields.
  • SLIS 5440:  Storytelling for Information Professionals – Storytelling ethnography, history, theory, methods and bibliographic resources.  Story research, analysis, selection, adaptation and preparation.  Oral performance development and audience dynamics.  Program planning, implementation, evaluation and grant writing for schools, libraries, or other information settings.
  • SLIS 5445:  History and Culture of Youth Information Services – History of youth services librarianship.  Theory and methods of ethnographic evaluation.  Community assessment and interviews.  Users and designers of youth information services and systems.  Current trends.
  • SLIS 5611:  Seminar in Information Services and Programs – Intensive study of selected types of information resources, services and programs for individuals and groups, such as reference and referral services, advisory and educational services, bibliotherapy and counseling, fee-based services and programs, research advisement and consulting, and storytelling and youth programs.  Planning services and programs; issues and trends.  Individual investigation of selected types of services and related problems.
  • SLIS 5685:  Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities – Seminar in information resources and services for ethnic cultural minorities.  Issues in the provision of information services to ethnic cultural minority communities.  Study of the needs and cultural milieu of these communities.  Materials and methods for serving these groups.
  • SLIS 5713:  Telecommunications and Information Professionals – A foundation course concerned with digital and analog forms of electronic communications, design and performance of networks and their relationship to the provision of information services.  Emphasis on management issues for libraries and information agencies.

Graduate Academic Certificates**

  • Advanced Management of Information Agencies
  • Storytelling
  • Youth Services in Libraries and Information Agencies

Professional Memberships

  • American Library Association, September 2011 to present
  • Texas Library Association, April 2013 to present

Continuing Education

I participate in professional development activities to continue developing my skills in the profession and to keep abreast of current trends and changes.  Specific opportunities include webinars, online and in-person courses, and conference attendance.

*All course descriptions taken from the University of North Texas academic catalogs, available online at https://www.unt.edu/catalog/archive

**For more details about the University of North Texas Graduate Academic Certificates, visit http://informationscience.unt.edu/graduate-academic-certificates.

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