Note: Only the links in the syllabus to readings available online are working. Registered students please contact me to gain full access to the class website.

Summer 2008: Meets weekdays June 16 - July 4, 2008, 1:00pm - 3:40pm in Bilger 319

Instructor: Joyce Yukawa
Voicemail: TBA
Email: jyukawa(at)
Office: TBA
Office Hours: before/after class & by appointment

Course Description

This course introduces students to the field of library and information science, and where those fields fit in the overall information infrastructure. We consider the historical context and discuss the present and future of libraries and information centers in a changing technological world. Topics include: information seeking behavior, diverse user needs, information organization and access, characteristics of the information professions, information ethics, intellectual freedom and intellectual property, as well as national and international library development.

Prerequisite: None

Registered students please email me to get access to the course website for a full description of course assignments and reading lists. Please note that there are assigned readings due the first day of class. You can also work on the first assignment, Informal Survey, before class begins.

Core Competencies Addressed

  • Professional Ethics
  • Resource Building
  • Knowledge Organization
  • Technological Knowledge
  • Knowledge Dissemination--Service
  • Knowledge Inquiry--Research
  • Social, Historical, and Cultural Context

Program Learning Objectives Addressed

This introductory survey course addresses the following objectives of the LIS Program, enabling students to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, philosophy, principles, policies and ethics of library and information science and technology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development, organization, and communication of knowledge.
  • Apply basic competencies and knowledge that are essential for providing, managing, and designing information services in a variety of information environments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development and interrelationship of librarianship and information science.
  • Demonstrate theoretical understanding of and basic competencies in storage, retrieval, dissemination, utilization and evaluation of information sources.
  • Demonstrate the professional attitudes and the interpersonal and interdisciplinary skills needed to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and information users.

Professional Expectations

All students in the Program are expected to become familiar with and adhere to the Professional Expectations posted at

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Gain a broad understanding of the field of library and information science, and where those fields fit in the overall information infrastructure.
  • Explore the rich possibilities of practice available in the field.
  • Become aware of the primary research areas for information science.
  • Develop knowledge of the basic elements of information access and information organization.
  • Develop an understanding of users and uses of library services.
  • Develop a conceptual framework for understanding the relations between technological developments and the changing nature of the profession.
  • Develop an awareness of the primary ethical, economic and policy issues/challenges of the library and information professions.
  • On a personal level, understand the potential scope and dimensions of the careers for which they are preparing, in order to perceive their own pathways to meaningful and rewarding work.

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Course Assignments and Scoring

Assignment Points Due Date
Informal Survey 10 June 18
Journal Review and Analysis Paper 20 June 23
Issue Presentation (in groups) 30 June 25-July 2
Final Paper 25 July 3
Class Participation 15 Throughout the class

Letter Grades

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-
98-100 94-97 90-93 86-89 82-85 78-81 74-77 70-73 65-69

Late work will not be accepted unless there are special circumstances requiring consideration. In such cases, the instructor will decide on the action to be taken after consultation with the individual student.

Required Text

Rubin, R. (2004). Foundations of library and information science (2nd ed.). New York: Neal Schuman.

Other required readings are noted in the course schedule.

Optional Text

Battles, M. (2003). Library: An unquiet history. New York: W. W. Norton.

Technology Requirements

In this course, you will be expected to accomplish the following:

  • Post and respond to messages using email.
  • Create and edit wiki pages on the class wiki.
  • Produce reports on either a Mac or PC word processing program.
  • Use various databases including library online catalogs and internet sources.
  • Create presentations using PowerPoint or other presentation applications.

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