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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

School of Information

College of Communication and Information

Web Page: http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/

Director: Lorri Mon; Professors: G. Burnett, K. Burnett, Everhart, Gross, Kazmer, Latham, Lustria, Marty, McClure, Riccardi, Stvilia; Associate Professors: C. Hinnant, Mardis, Mon; Assistant Professors: Allen, L. Hinnant, He, Ho, Rodriguez-Mori; Specialized Faculty: Barrager, Gibradze, Jowett, Marks, Swaine; Professors Emeriti: Aaron, Blazek, DePew, Hart, C. Jörgensen, Robbins, Summers, Wiegand, Zachert

The School of Information (iSchool) at Florida State University is one of the top-ranked information and information technology programs in the nation and offers a myriad of opportunities to facilitate people’s needs for credible information with complex and highly sophisticated technology. The multi- and inter-disciplinary domains represented by the information field offer some of the most diverse and rewarding professional opportunities available today. Powerful information technologies have fundamentally changed the nature of how information is produced, distributed, acquired, organized, stored, preserved, and analyzed. Information professions serve as a bridge between people, information, and technology, ensuring that information systems are designed to support and empower users, and that the information technology used is affordable, flexible, reliable, and robust. Information professionals ensure that people can access the credible information they want and need, while at the same time addressing issues such as security and privacy, intellectual property, and information policy.

Established in 1947 as a professional school, the iSchool offers graduate degree programs that provide professional development in information management, information technologies, and information services. The Master of Science in Information Technology degree is ranked #11 nationally and the Master of Science in Information degree programs is ranked at #13 nationally and #1 ranked for School Media, #5 ranked for Youth, and #11 ranked for Digital Libraries among library and information science degree programs nationwide. The Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) degree programs in Information (MIS) are accredited by the American Library Association (ALA): http://www.ala.org/. The iSchool also offers the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), a BS/MS in Information Technology Bridge program, a specialist degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, as well as graduate certificate programs in areas such as Information Architecture, Health Information Technology, Leadership and Management, Reference Services, and Youth Services. The School is a member of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T): http://www.asis.org/, the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE): http://www.alise.org/, and is a founding member of the iSchools movement: http://ischools.org/.

The School’s exceptional faculty is highly visible in professional conferences, organizations, and societies; conducts significant ground breaking research; and continues to publish in highly respected peer-reviewed publication venues. The overwhelming majority of the courses are taught by our faculty, and their professional and academic activities translate directly into a rich, intellectual environment that amply prepares students for future career options. Our graduates are well prepared to work across public and private sector environments from educational institutions, libraries, government and non-profit agencies, to businesses and in any organization that has a significant need to bring people, information and technology together.

Synchronous Activities for Online Courses

Our online courses typically meet for a scheduled day/time in the evenings, during which students participate in webinar-style synchronous online activities. These scheduled days/times are published on the course schedule each semester. Adherence to this schedule may vary from course to course. Some courses use a variety of modes and students should check with the instructor for information about the mode of instruction for a particular course, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/online/.

Professional Opportunities

In the master’s degree programs, students will gain the theoretical foundation, knowledge, and skills necessary to function effectively in a variety of professional positions within the information fields, such as:

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Digital Youth Specialist
  • Information Manager
  • Health Informaticist
  • Digital Librarian
  • Computer Security Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Web Developer/Administrator
  • Social Media Manager

Graduate Programs Available

  • Master of Science in Information
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Arts in Information
  • Specialist (Post-Master’s)
  • Juris Doctor / Master of Science in Information
  • Juris Doctor / Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Certificate Programs in:
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Leadership and Management
  • Reference Services
  • Youth Services

Master of Science in Information

The Master of Science in Information degree requires successful completion of thirty-six semester hours of graduate coursework, which can be earned online. Students must take four core courses from among the areas of professional foundations, information organization, policy, research methods, user needs assessment, and management; and choose additional courses from one or more programs of study. Current programs of study include: digital librarianship, digital youth, health informatics, information management, reference services and instruction, social media management, museum theory and practice, law librarianship, and school librarianship. For more information about the MS program, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/mslis/.

Master of Arts in Information

A Master of Arts degree may be earned by students who complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree, including six or more semester hours of graduate credit in one or more of the following fields: art, classical language, literature, and civilization; communication (not including speech correction); English; history; humanities; modern languages and linguistics; music; philosophy; religion; and theatre. In addition, they must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. For more information about the MA program requirements, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/mslis/#malis.

Master of Science in Information Technology

The Master of Science in Information Technology degree requires successful completion of thirty-two semester hours of graduate coursework, which can be earned online. Students must take four core courses in the areas of management of information organizations, user needs assessment, information systems management, and usability analysis. Students choose additional courses either from one or more programs of study or by designing an individualized approach that best meets their career goals. Current programs of study include: large-scale data management, leadership and management, technology and networking, user-centered design, and Web design. Additional programs of study are developed according to professional needs in preparing students for diverse IT careers such as Web developer/administrator, information systems analyst, information security systems analyst, and social media manager. A combined bachelor’s to master’s degree program (BSIT to MSIT) combining a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with a master’s degree in Information Technology is also available to eligible undergraduate students, offering them the opportunity to take up to twelve semester hours of graduate coursework, which may be counted toward both the BSIT and MSIT degrees. Information about the combined BSIT to MSIT degree program can be found at: http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/undergrad/bs-msit/.

For more information about the MSIT program, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/msit/.

Admission Requirements – Master of Science and Master of Arts Programs

In order to be considered for admission to the MS or MA program, a student must present:

  1. Proof of completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all upper-division undergraduate coursework toward a bachelor’s degree, or an earned minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on a completed master’s degree; and
  3. Official test results from a nationally standardized Graduate Admissions Entrance Exam, such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE is preferred.
  4. Additional supporting application materials: resume, application fee, FSU Graduate Application, and School of Information Supplemental Application.

Students applying for admission to the Master of Science in Information Technology degree must also provide proof of completion of twelve credit hours of technology-related coursework or two years of information technology-related work experience. A student who does not have this IT background is encouraged to consider completing the graduate Certificate in Information Architecture as a non-degree seeking student to meet this requirement.

English Language Proficiency

Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. International graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are also required to pass a test of spoken English.

Meeting the University’s minimum required GPA or graduate school exam scores does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission is competitive and applicants must demonstrate academic ability, focus, interest, commitment, maturity, and other evidence that they can succeed in our graduate program and contribute to the profession. The School of Information gives preference for admission to applicants who meet the minimum University requirements for both the GPA and the Graduate Admissions Entrance Exam. For more information about master’s degree admission requirements, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/.

Master of Science in Information Technology

Students must have completed twelve credit hours of technology related coursework or two years of Information Technology (IT) related work experience. A student who does not have this IT background is encouraged to consider first completing our Information Architecture Certificate as a non-degree seeking student. For more information about the Master of Science in Information Technology admission requirements, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/admissions/graduate/msit/.

Specialist (Post-Master’s) In Information

The specialist degree is a post-master’s degree designed for students who are interested in gaining knowledge in new areas within the information field. The focus of the program is to improve and/or develop new skills and professional competencies. Students in this degree plan their specific program of study cooperatively with faculty advisors who will help tailor the program to meet the student’s professional needs. The specialist degree requires successful completion of thirty semester hours beyond the MS/MA degree and an optional culminating paper or project upon completion of coursework. For more information about the specialist program, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/spec/.

Admission Requirements – Specialist Degree

In order to be considered for admission to the MS or MA program, a student must present:

  1. Proof of completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) on all upper-division undergraduate coursework toward a bachelor’s degree, or an earned minimum grade point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) on a completed master’s degree; and
  3. Official test results from a nationally standardized Graduate Admissions Entrance Exam, such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE is preferred.
  4. Additional supporting application materials: resume, application fee, writing sample, FSU Graduate Application, and School of Information Supplemental Application.

Students applying for admission to the Master of Science in Information Technology degree must also provide proof of completion of twelve credit hours of technology-related coursework or two years of information technology-related work experience. A student who does not have this IT background is encouraged to consider completing the graduate Certificate in Information Architecture as a non-degree seeking student to meet this requirement.

English Language Proficiency

Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. International graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are also required to pass a test of spoken English.

Meeting the University’s minimum required GPA or graduate school exam scores does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission is competitive and applicants must demonstrate academic ability, focus, interest, commitment, maturity, and other evidence that they can succeed in our graduate program and contribute to the profession. The School of Information gives preference for admission to applicants who meet the minimum University requirements for both the GPA and the Graduate Admissions Entrance Exam. For more information about master’s degree admission requirements, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/.

Timeline for Completion of Graduate Degrees – MS, MA, and Specialist

The work for the master’s or specialist degree must be completed within seven years from the time the student first registers for graduate credit. Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better in all work taken at the graduate level. No course with a grade below “C” will be credited toward a graduate degree and no student is eligible for the conferral of a degree if the overall grade point average is less than a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Students whose grade point average falls below 3.0 in any semester are placed on academic probation for the next term; academic dismissal will occur if the minimum 3.0 grade point average is not achieved by the end of the next semester of enrollment.

Juris Doctor/Master of Science Degrees

The JD/MSI and JD/MSIT joint degree programs lead to both a Juris Doctor degree from the FSU College of Law and a Master of Science in Information (MSI) or Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree from the School of Information. Graduates of these programs are particularly suited to work in law libraries and other organizations involved with the creation, organization, and dissemination of legal information and the management and implementation of legal information technology systems. Students in the joint degree program receive academic advising from both the College of Law and the School of Information.

For the JD/MSI degree, nine semester hours of graduate coursework in Information are credited toward the hours normally required for the Juris Doctor degree, and nine hours of Law courses are credited toward the thirty-six hours required for the Master of Science degree. This saves the joint-degree student eighteen semester hours of coursework that would otherwise be required to complete both degrees separately.

All coursework for both degrees must be completed within a five-year period and both degrees are awarded at the same time. With the exception of the eighteen special semester hours described above, students are expected to fulfill all requirements for both degrees.

For more information about the JD/MS joint degree programs, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/mslis/#jdms/.

Doctor of Philosophy In Information

The Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) is a research degree awarded as the result of independent and comprehensive scholarship in a particular area. Students become familiar with a wide range of research methods and develop a background in social science and information theory and phenomena, culminating in the completion of an original piece of research. The goal of the PhD program is to produce highly qualified researchers for academic, corporate, nonprofit, or governmental settings. The goals of the doctoral program are to prepare graduates who:

  1. Are familiar with standard techniques of information studies research
  2. Have mastered definite fields of knowledge so that they are familiar not only with what has been done in their specific fields but also with the potential and opportunity for further advances
  3. Have demonstrated capacity to do original and independent scholarly investigation or creative work in their selected fields

Each student’s program is planned individually, in concert with his/her major professor and Supervisory Committee (SC). Together they must formulate a comprehensive program of study that will ensure a mastery of major areas of interest.

Applicants generally will hold a master’s or equivalent degree. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of doctoral activity in information studies, applications from prospective students representing a wide range of fields are encouraged. A student must first meet the minimum requirements for admission to Florida State University Graduate School, as stated in the Graduate Bulletin.

Admission to the PhD program is highly selective, based upon the assessment of a number of factors which, when taken together, provide evidence that the applicant possesses superior scholastic ability, has the potential for success in a rigorous graduate program of research study, and will perform well within the broad context of information studies. Among the factors considered are the following:

  1. Academic records of previous undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies
  2. Performance on the general aptitude sections of the GRE
  3. Quality and quantity of prior work experience
  4. Three or more references provided by the applicants to attest to their experience and their ability to complete advanced study and research successfully
  5. A personal statement covering their career objectives, describing their research interests, as well as the specific qualifications of the applicant to pursue doctoral work
  6. A recent research paper or writing sample
  7. A current curriculum vitae or resumé
  8. A digital video of the applicant detailing his/her background information and accomplishments, why he/she is interested in the FSU School of Information, research areas of interest, the faculty with whom he/she would like to work, and goals after completing the PhD

Admission Requirements – PhD Program

Admission to the PhD program requires approval of both the University and the School of Information. To be considered for admission, students must present:

  1. Proof of Completion of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. Proof of an earned minimum 3.0 GPA on the last two years of the bachelor’s degree program or a 3.0 on master’s-level work; and
  3. Official test results from a nationally standardized Graduate Admissions Entrance Exam, such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE is preferred.
    • Preferred GRE Scores
    • Exam Taken prior to August 1, 2011
      • Verbal - 450
      • Quantitative- 630
      • Writing - 4.0
    • Exam Taken on or after August 1, 2011
      • Verbal - 150
      • Quantitative - 149
      • Writing - 4.0
  4. English Language Proficiency

Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English-speaking country for at least one academic year. The minimum scores required for admission to the School of Information are:

  • Paper based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 600 total / 61 writing
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT): 100 total / 24 writing
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7.0

International graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are required to pass a test of spoken English.

Completed applications are evaluated by the doctoral program committee, which looks at the totality of the applicant’s qualifications. Every effort is made to select those individuals who have the potential to succeed in the program.

All credentials for evaluation for entry must be received by Florida State University by January 15.

For more information about the PhD degree program, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/phd/.

Certificate Programs

The School of Information offers graduate-level certificate programs that can be earned online. For more information about certificate programs, please visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/cert/.

Health Information Technology Certificate

This certificate program prepares information and technology professionals to be managers and leaders in health information technology by educating students in health information, health technologies, and management of information and technology systems and services. This program offers training in areas including electronic medical records systems, and eHealth approaches for health promotion and patient self-management.

Information Architecture Certificate

This certificate program prepares information and technology professionals to design, build, and manage a Web site as an information resource. This program offers opportunities to enhance skills in areas of Web design, Web applications, administration, and usability, building on students’ existing knowledge of Web technologies.

Information Leadership and Management Certificate

This certificate program prepares information and technology professionals to be managers and leaders in their respective fields by enhancing their understanding of the unique challenges facing their profession now and in the future. This certificate program offers training in leadership, management, policy, strategy development, decision-making, customer service, team building, negotiating, and budget and finance.

Reference Services Certificate

This certificate program prepares information professionals to assume the role of an information, research, and instructional specialist in order to provide assistance to patrons. The certificate program offers training in searching, selecting, and using information resources in a wide range of forms and formats; understanding information needs; and communicating and working effectively with diverse populations.

Youth Services Certificate

This certificate program prepares information professionals to be successful youth services specialists. This program offers training in resources, services, and evaluation focused on the information needs and interests of children and youth.

Scholarships, Assistantships, and Fellowships

The School of Information provides several internal opportunities for financial assistance based on a variety of factors. For more information, visit our Web site at http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/admissions/financial/.

Harold Goldstein Library

The Harold Goldstein Library includes technologies and materials for information technology and library science, and is the home to a hands-on information makerspace and innovation center for emerging technologies including 3D printing and 3D visualization, and electronic circuitry building projects, available to all FSU users. For more information, visit http://goldstein.cci.fsu.edu/.

Student Organizations and Honor Societies

For more information, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/people/students/.

The American Library Association Student Chapter

As one of forty-nine active Student Chapter groups, the FSU iSchool American Library Association (ALA) student chapter seeks to promote the growth of its members in accordance with ALA standards. Founded in 1988, the Student Chapter was the 14th to be officially recognized by ALA. By becoming a member of ALA, FSU students gain access to lower membership rates, career opportunities, discounts, national conferences, job listings, newsletters, and invaluable networking opportunities, among other benefits. Student members of ALA can also apply for the Student-to-Staff position at the ALA annual conference. Those chosen as a representative will receive free conference registration and housing in exchange for four hours of volunteer work per day. Students also have the opportunity to join the Florida Library Association at a discounted price when joining ALA. The ALA student Chapter also provides access to leaders in the library community by bringing esteemed speakers to our meetings. The FSU ALA Student Chapter has earned national honors as Student Chapter of the Year and runner-up for Student Chapter of the Year.

Beta Phi Mu Honor Society

Beta Phi Mu was founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. The motto, “Aliis inserviendo consumor,” meaning “Consumed in the service of others,” was selected by the founders based on the concept of dedication of librarians and other information professionals to the service of others. The Gamma Chapter, at Florida State University, was founded in 1957 and is the second oldest continually existent Beta Phi Mu chapter. Eligibility for membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation of the faculty from an American Library Association accredited professional degree program.

Institutes and Centers

The School of Information offers a variety of research labs, institutes and centers, including the Social Media Lab, the Collaboratory, and the iSensor Lab, as well as the Information Institute and the Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Computing. For more information about the School of Information’s research institutes and centers, visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/research/institutes/.

Information Use Management and Policy Institute (Information Institute)

The Information Use Management and Policy Institute (Information Institute) was founded in the summer of 1999 by Dr. Charles R. McClure, and he has been the Director since it began operations. It is dedicated to serving the university community through encouraging the growth and development of faculty resources, student opportunities, and staff enrichment options.

The Institute conducts research that focuses on the information user, the interaction of the user with information products, services, policies, technologies, and organizations. The Institute also conducts information policy research on current issues at every level of government related to public access, privacy, records management, and use of information in electronic forms. Particular emphasis is placed on the planning and evaluation of networked and other information services through analyzing and evaluating the impact of systems from a policy and user perspective.

Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication (iDigInfo)

The mission of the Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication (iDigInfo) is to advance the science of information analysis and organization, improve the research capabilities of research disciplines, and engage students in research and communication activities.

By employing their unique focus on user information seeking needs, iDigInfo works to be the top international source of information management and analysis activities, especially in the area of the capture and analysis of scientific inference and the information that supports it. Dr. Greg Riccardi is the Director of iDigInfo.

Definition of Prefix

IDC—Interdisciplinary Computing

LIS—Library and Information Studies

Graduate Courses

IDC 5015. Teaching Interdisciplinary Computing (2–3). This course offers teaching assistants and future educators techniques for the effective teaching of computing concepts and skills. Focus is placed on general college-level teaching skills and on the unique challenges of teaching computer skills to students from multiple disciplines, who are not necessarily technically inclined.

LIS 5008. Advanced Online Searching (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5603. The course presents the latest tools, resources, and techniques of searching online database systems (such as DialogWeb and Lexis/Nexis), various Web search tools (such as search engines, directories, and meta-search tools), and methods of delivering search results to clients.

LIS 5020. Foundations of the Information Professions (3). This course provides background information about the information profession and aims to facilitate optimal information management. Topics include librarianship, the disciplines of library-information science (LIS) and of information technology (IT), the organizations and institutions of the information-provision environment, as well as the applications of technology to information provision.

LIS 5025. Educational Concepts and Strategies for School Librarians (3). This course introduces future school librarians to the educational concepts and strategies necessary to function successfully in schools. It examines basic language and concepts of human growth and development, teaching and learning, classroom management, individual differences, standards and observations, as well as contemporary issues related to the field. Relationships with other members of the learning community are examined.

LIS 5028. Writing for the Information Professions (3). This course offers practical hands-on experience with forms and practices of technical and professional writing, including documentation, correspondence, audience analysis, writing for social media, evaluation, and review. This course also emphasizes clear, concise, and effective writing in information technology settings, both within organizations, and for other uses.

LIS 5105. Communities of Practice (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5603. Examines historical, contemporary, and emerging communication patterns and knowledge generation and use in the research, scholarly, and professional communities. Studies the development of communities of practice, their literature structures and communication networks, and information behaviors.

LIS 5112. History of Reading in Everyday Life (3). The course introduces the history of reading in everyday life from ancient times through the nineteenth century in Europe, as well as the history of reading in everyday life in the United States from colonial to present times. Emphasis is on the examination of the influence of print on social, cultural, and intellectual life.

LIS 5113. History of American Librarianship (3). The course covers the development of American librarianship from colonial times to the present, with special reference to the relationship of library institutions to their contemporary social, economic, and political environments.

LIS 5203. Assessing Information Needs (3). Provides students with an overview of the user’s perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.

LIS 5241. International and Comparative Information Service (3). Explores the political economy of information, including those factors which encourage or discourage free exchange of information within and among inhabitants of countries worldwide. The unit of analysis is an individual country in comparison with others chosen from the spectrum of development. Attention is given to the legal, economic, and infrastructural conditions from a culturally sensitive point of view. Practical preparation for work abroad is provided.

LIS 5255. Information, Technology, and Older Adults (3). This course examines the information and technology needs, uses, and seeking of older adults, with attention to aging in society, successful longevity, lifelong learning, health information, information service provision and evaluation, technology and interface design, technology affordances, and information use environments of older adults.

LIS 5260. Information Science (3). A basic introduction to the interdisciplinary field of information science, including its goals, methods, and applications in information providing/information managing environments. Emphasis is placed on understanding the broad spectrum of topics within information studies.

LIS 5263. Theory of Information Retrieval (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5703. Theory of information retrieval for text, images, and sound. Discussion of various retrieval, query, and knowledge representation methods beyond Boolean models, including vector, probabilistic, and associative network models. Elaboration of concepts of retrieval performance efficiency and effectiveness beyond precision and recall. Relevant issues of user interfaces and hypertext are explored.

LIS 5270. Evaluating Networked Information Services and Systems (3). This course introduces the importance and applications of evaluating networked information services and systems. It examines a number of research methods and specific data collection techniques to assess their quality and impact, emphasizing assessment in public and governmental sectors. Descriptions of the development of performance measures are also discussed.

LIS 5271. Research in Information Studies (3). This is an introductory course in applied research methods in the social sciences with a particular emphasis on information studies. It provides an overview of the basic issues and methods that information professionals should consider when collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data regarding information programs and services. The course covers scientific inquiry, research ethics, problem formulation, measurement, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis. It also provides a foundation for evaluating a variety of scientific, technical, business, and government information and for conducting applied research in information-based organizations. This course is appropriate for students with no background in research or analytical methods.

LIS 5273. Practical Library and Information Science Exploration (3).This course blends library and information science theory with practical library experience and application. Students explore alternative approaches to a variety of challenges related to the management of information centers and interact with a variety of working information professionals.

LIS 5275. Usability Analysis (3). Design, execution, and reporting of tests for the usability of information products and services. Covers cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.

LIS 5313. Digital Media: Concepts and Production (3). This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to creating and using digital-media resources to support learning and collaboration in information professions. Students regularly engage in media analysis and media production activities that incorporate digital image, sound, and video elements; utilize Web-based collaborative tools; and apply knowledge of fair use, copyright, and copyleft to multimedia.

LIS 5316. Information Graphics (3). The theory and use of graphical presentation of sound and text in both paper and electronically displayed information. Includes critical evaluation, semiotics and cognitive theory.

LIS 5362. Design and Production of Networked Multimedia (3). This course introduces the student to the design, creation and management of standards-based, ADA-compliant Web sites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Other topics include acquiring domain names and Web hosting agencies. The principles of user accessibility and user-centered design are emphasized, as is a focus on the implementation of modern Web standards and coding, including search engine optimization.

LIS 5364. Web Site Development and Administration (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5362. This course follows a step-by-step introduction to the topics concerning programming with XHTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL. Topics include acquiring domain names and Web hosting agencies, introduction to Web development and PHP, working with data types and operators, building functions and control structures, manipulating strings, accessing files and directories, manipulating data in arrays and strings, working with databases and MySQL, manipulating MySQL databases with PHP, managing state information, developing object-oriented PHP, and debugging and error handling. In addition, more advanced topics like templates and jQuery are introduced as well.

LIS 5367. Advanced Web Applications (3). Prerequisites: LIS 5362 and LIS 5364. This course aims to explore, discuss, and research emerging technologies in the area of Web application development. Emphasis is placed on standards and exposure to more recent technologies relating to the Web, providing hands-on experience, and discussion of practical implications of these emerging fields.

LIS 5385. Social Media Management (3). This course explores the tools, information management, and communication functions of social media through hands-on work with designing and managing social media sites. Students participating in this class actively design, implement, and coordinate numerous projects that build a foundation in social media management while allowing students to gain valuable leadership, communication, and organizational skills. Students also explore the different issues and concerns may influence the widespread adoption and implementation of social media at the individual and national levels.

LIS 5403. Human Resource Management for Information Professionals (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5408. This course provides education and information relevant to real life and dynamic organizational events confronting human resource (HR) managers working in a 21st century information provision environment (IPE). The overall intent of the course is to facilitate optimal human resource management in the IPE.

LIS 5405. Leadership in Technology (3). This course introduces students to the leadership concepts necessary to build successful information technology infrastructures in a variety of contexts. Through the course, students develop an understanding of IT leadership careers, the roles and responsibilities of IT leaders, evidence-based methods for developing leadership strategies, and how to lead innovative and entrepreneurial technology development in fast-paced environments. The course challenges students to engage in active planning of their careers through the development of leadership vision statements and personal action plans.

LIS 5408. Management of Information Organizations (3). This course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.

LIS 5411. Introduction to Information Policy (3). This course examines selected fundamental policy questions regarding information and communications, with special attention to intricate policy issues such as information ownership rights, privacy rights, and public access to information. The course examines such issues by focusing on the underlying constitutional principles, laws and regulations, statutes, and government policies that impact such issues. Specific attention is given to federal policies within the United States but state and local policies are examined as needed. Specific course topics include universal service, information equity, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, e-government, and information management. The course focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy.

LIS 5413. Seminar in Information Policy (3). An analysis of both existing and possible public policies toward the production, dissemination, recording, and ownership of information. The economic, political, and social aspects of policy analysis will be introduced and applied to specific information policy issues.

LIS 5416. Introduction to Legal Informatics (3). This course is an introduction to the role of information technology in the creation, management, and retrieval of legal information in the legal work environment, such as the law office and the law library. It examines the use of information technology in judicial administration and other legal contexts, it introduces the student to various definitions of legal informatics, while also exploring the detailed structure of legal-information database retrieval systems such as LEXIS and Westlaw, as well as other methods of storage and automatic retrieval of law sources.

LIS 5417. Introduction to Legal Resources (3). Provides an introduction to legal literature and to the tools of legal research to create an understanding of how legal information is organized, structured, and accessed in various settings.

LIS 5418. Introduction to Health Informatics (3). This survey course evaluates medical informatics from a stakeholder perspective. Beginning with a brief overview of the US health care system, the focus then shifts to understanding to what extent health information needs are met using technology for users such as providers of health care services, clinician educators, consumers, and caregivers.

LIS 5419. Consumer Health Informatics (3). This course explores how emerging technologies are being used to empower health consumers and improve their medical outcomes. Students examine different technology-based approaches for health promotion, disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. They evaluate patients’ information needs and behaviors to design more effective technology-based health education and behavior change interventions. They also discuss issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels. This course emphasized an interdisciplinary, user-centered and theory-based approach using concepts drawn from communication, information studies, human-computer interaction, medicine, psychology, and public health.

LIS 5426. Grant Writing, Evaluation, and Administration (3). Basic skills in planning, evaluation, and financial management are developed, as well as application of these aspects to the overall management task in the information organization.

LIS 5441. Leadership in Reading (3). This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for informational professionals to provide collaborative leadership in reading across the K-12 spectrum. Special emphasis is placed on how reading for achievement and reading motivation can successfully be reconciled as essential components of information literacy.

LIS 5442. Information Leadership (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5408. This course analyzes evidence-based concepts in order to develop a personalized understanding of 21st century leadership. The course focuses on the development of leadership capacity for information professionals, including how to think reflectively as well as strategically, ethically influence others, design and maintain functional organizations, capitalize on a swiftly changing technological environment, and finally to demonstrate vision.

LIS 5472. Digital Libraries (3). Pre- or corequisite: LIS 5703. This course offers a comprehensive overview of digital libraries, beginning with the conceptual underpinnings of digital libraries and broadening to include issues in the design, management, and evaluation of digital libraries, such as collection management and digitization, knowledge representation, access and user interfaces, archiving and digital preservation, as well as evaluation. The course also discusses the research literature addressing digital-library development.

LIS 5474. Business Information and Competitive Intelligence (3). This course introduces students to business information and competitive intelligence for information and technology professions, covering techniques for locating business and competitive intelligence information, and how to analyze, interpret and report the results of business and competitive intelligence research.

LIS 5484. Introduction to Data Networks for Information Professionals (3). This course discusses networking and telecommunications technologies, and management of modern data networks, with emphasis on the building blocks of local and wide area networks. Subjects covered include networking architectures, topologies, models, layers, protocols, IP sub netting, equipment, operating systems, security and various tools and utilities. Also covered are economic and policy issues inherent to telecommunications, and management skills that the professional in this field needs to master.

LIS 5485. Introduction to Information Technologies (3). This course introduces students to Information Technology (IT) on a theoretical and practical level. The course reviews the underlying concepts of IT as embodied in operating systems, hardware, application software, Web site creation, and networks. It ensures that all students have mastered minimum skill and knowledge sets and are prepared to carry out assignments requiring IT skills through the program.

LIS 5487. Information Systems Management (3). An introduction to the role of information systems in organizations and how they relate to organizational objectives and structures. Covers the basics of management and information as they relate to each other in the operation of an information center.

LIS 5489. Network Administration (3). This course focuses on the planning, design, configuration, operation, and management of computer networks containing data communication devices, servers, workstations, and networked applications and support systems. The course introduces students to administrative techniques inherent to basic operating systems, and also to enterprise management systems required by larger organizations. Students examine and discuss issues of scalability, performance management, and integration of internal resources with external resources such as cloud-based systems.

LIS 5511. Management of Information Collections (3). This course is an introduction to the national, state, and local environments, principles, policies and practices that facilitate or inhibit the selection, evaluation, acquisition, access to, maintenance, and evaluation of resources for a library and their use and usefulness.

LIS 5512. School Collection Development and Management (3). This course provides an understanding of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to manage human resources and provide effective leadership in a school library media program. Covers collection development and management in school libraries. Required for school media certification. Students should take this course the semester before taking the State of Florida media-specialist exam.

LIS 5513. Preservation of Information Materials (3). Introduction to the problems, solutions, management, and ethics of the preservation of library, archive, media, and information center materials.

LIS 5524. Instructional Role of the Informational Professional (3). This course focuses on three concepts: merging instruction theory with practice; learning how to create an instruction program; and learning how to become a successful instructor in information settings. Students develop a conceptual framework for information user education, which includes an overview of learning theory, teaching methods, and instructional design. Students learn how to create, teach, evaluate, and manage an instruction program.

LIS 5528. Storytelling for Information Professionals (3). This course provides instruction for the practice and application of the oral tradition of storytelling. The overall intent of the course is to facilitate the oral tradition of storytelling within library and information studies (LIS).

LIS 5564. Information Needs of Children (3). Materials for children in relation to their needs, interests and abilities. Evaluation and use of print and audiovisual materials.

LIS 5565. Information Needs of Young Adults (3). This course is an overview of the characteristics and the information needs of young adults and the resources and strategies that may assist adults and youth in meeting these needs. Developmental stages of young adults are taken into consideration in understanding their information needs. This course focuses on fiction and nonfiction materials published specifically for ages 12-18 (grades 6-12, or middle and high school), but from time to time incorporates resources designed for younger children and for adults that are also appropriate for young adults.

LIS 5566. Diverse Resources for Children and Young Adults (3). This course focuses on evaluating both United States and international literature and information resources for children and young adults from the perspective of diversity. Students explore various diversity issues, including race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, ability, religion, and the immigrant experience. Students employ strategies for using literature and information resources to meet the developmental, informational, and recreational needs of children and young adults in relation to these issues. Discussion includes various resource formats, selection criteria, and promotional strategies.

LIS 5567. International Literature for Children and Young Adults (3). This course provides students an opportunity to explore literature for children and young adults originating in a nation other than the United States. The course draws examples from literary awards for each continent, discusses unique issues of evaluation and provides a comparative view of themes across cultures to increase global understanding, and describes strategies for promoting and using international literature for youth with children, young adults, and adults.

LIS 5576. Information Needs of Adults (3). This course examines the nature and societal aspects of adult information needs, sources, and uses. The focus of the course is on fiction and non-fiction genres; formal, popular, and alternative information sources; and the cultural values of entertainment and information, as well as the relationship between the two. The course also examines print, electronic, and mass-media sources and uses within their social contexts.

LIS 5577. Graphic Novels in Libraries (3). This course is a survey of graphic novels, including manga and manhwa, for readers of all ages, but focuses primarily on materials for young adults and adults. Students examine issues related to evaluation, collection development, organization, promotion, readers’ advisory, programming, intellectual freedom, and the use of graphic novels in schools and college classrooms.

LIS 5590. Museum Informatics (3). Provides an introduction to the study of how technical innovations influence the social world of museums by exploring the nature of information technology in museums and the way modern information systems have shaped the museum environment.

LIS 5602. Marketing of Library and Information Services (3). This course provides students with the concepts, techniques and illustrative examples needed to develop first-rate nonprofit marketing skills. These skills facilitate strategic planning that is cost effective and customer-centered.

LIS 5603. Introduction to Information Services (3). Introduction to reference work using both print and online sources. It also addresses the relationship of reference work to other information services in libraries and other information-providing agencies.

LIS 5631. Health Information Sources (3). This course provides an overview of health information resources used in different contexts including clinical care, research and continuing medical education, as well as patient health care and health promotion and communication. Students evaluate and explore a variety of medical and consumer health information sources. The course discusses issues, trends, and policies related to the retrieval and use of health information including the different stakeholders that shape these (e.g., local, state and national organizations and professional associations). Course material is intended for those interested in professions that require the use and/or provision of medical and consumer health information sources in a variety of settings including bio-medical research, continuing medical education, clinical care and patient education.

LIS 5661. Government Information (3). The course provides an introduction to government information sources and research, with focus on U.S. government information. Students learn about the structure of government and the dissemination of government information resources to the public, including techniques for locating and using government information sources.

LIS 5703. Information Organization (3). This course establishes the conceptual and theoretical framework for organizing and retrieving information, including the study of systems, their objectives and structures, formats, standards, and vocabularies. The course also covers the information object and its relationship to organizing systems and to other information objects.

LIS 5711. Cataloging and Classification (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5703. An examination of problems of entry, description, and subject analysis including the Library of Congress classification. Covers an analysis and evaluation of problems relating to the organization, operation, and management of a cataloging department.

LIS 5736. Indexing and Abstracting (3). Taking a practical approach to indexing and abstracting, this course covers manual and automatic processes and methods, and database organization and design. Emphasis is on indexing and abstracting in an online environment with attention to production rules, standards, markup languages, and file organization.

LIS 5737. Subject Analysis (3). Theory of subject access; analysis, evaluation, and comparison of major systems of subject organization including study of PRECIS and the development of an original classification scheme in a subject area of the student’s interest.

LIS 5751. Computers as Persuasive Technology (3). This course explores the design and use of digital technologies for the purpose of influencing individuals’ attitudes or behaviors in a number of contexts (i.e., e-commerce, social marketing, education, health, etc.). Computers as persuasive technology or “captology” is an interdisciplinary field that draws on theories and methods of psychology, human behavior studies, communication and human-computer interaction to inform the design of persuasive experiences delivered through interactive and computational technologies.

LIS 5771. Information and Image Management (3). The scope and problems of the administrative management of records. Emphasis on the importance of managing and controlling records from the time of their creation until their vital disposition.

LIS 5775. Information Security (3). This course is an introduction to the concepts and issues associated with digital computer and network security and the skills necessary to assess and improve the security of servers, desktop systems, and digital networks. This includes information on security policy and legal issues.

LIS 5782. Database Management Systems (3). This course focuses on the relational model, the basis for most currently installed production database management systems (DBMS), although several database models are briefly presented. The course introduces students with no experience in database management systems and with no knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL) to the principles of database design and implementation including relational concepts, data modeling, conceptual and logical database design, use of SQL as a data-manipulation language, and current issues in database administration.

LIS 5786. Introduction to Information Architecture (3). This course provides instruction and learning experiences in user-centered design of information systems, especially Web sites. The entire Information Architecture process from learning the user’s needs by developing user personas and scenarios through organizing the information to be presented to specifying the final design parameters, such as low-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes, is covered. The result is a technical solution to a specific information system need that takes into account its social and organizational context. The project-based course design allows students to learn issues and problems in a real-life project of building information architecture for systems.

LIS 5787. Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisite: LIS 5703. This course introduces students to the basic theories and principles of metadata design and creation using ER modeling, XML and RDF. The course reviews major conceptual frameworks, ontologies and metadata schemas used in libraries, archives, museums, and digital data repositories. Real-life scenarios and collections are used to highlight and gain understanding of the issues related to metadata creation, aggregation, and reuse.

LIS 5788. Management of Health Information Technology (3). This is an introductory course in management of Health Information Technology (HIT) within a variety of organizational contexts. It is designed to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental HIT management concepts, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management approach that relates to health related organizations (broadly defined) of the 21st century. In addition, students acquire strategies for developing cohesive, productive HIT management teams through experiential learning.

LIS 5900r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only). Guided studies for individual professional and subject needs. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

LIS 5916r. Issues in Information Studies (3). This course takes the consideration of selected topics and issues in information studies not included elsewhere in the curriculum. Credit is, and enrollment may be, determined by the instructor. Different sections may be taken in the same semester. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

LIS 5945r. Internship (0–12). (S/U grade only). An opportunity to learn how information and technology principles and techniques are applied in a professional setting. A minimum of forty-five hours on the job per semester hour earned is required. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

LIS 5971r. Thesis (2–6). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. Thesis must be completed for a total of either three or six credits.

LIS 6024. Seminar in Theory and Foundations of Information Sciences (3). This course is a critical examination of the theoretical and foundational literature of information sciences. Readings in seminal works provide a rich background and context for analyzing and understanding current problems and future trends in LIS and developing research and applications to solve fundamental problems.

LIS 6027. Statistics and Data Analysis for Information Studies (3). This course is an introduction to statistical analysis for students pursuing a doctorate in information studies. The course provides a foundation in statistical techniques that are often used in information studies and prepares students for more advanced statistics courses. The course also covers descriptive statistics, probability distributions, inference, hypothesis testing, correlation, simple regression, multiple regression, ANOVA, and ANCOVA. Students become proficient using statistical software applications to analyze data sets in order to research questions.

LIS 6040. Teaching in Information Studies (3). (S/U grade only). This course introduces future Teaching Assistants to the basic skills they need to succeed as a TA, including an introduction to multiple teaching and learning styles, course building and management, using technology in the classroom, developing rubrics, leading the classroom, and assessing student work.

LIS 6205. Issues in Information Behavior (3). Prepares doctoral students to do research focusing on an aspect of information behavior through discovering issues in Information Behavior. The seminar introduces a range of techniques applied to the analysis of information behavior, with a focus on ethnographic methodologies.

LIS 6269. Seminar in Information Science (3). Surveys recent developments and emerging technologies in library and information science. Stresses research methodologies in these areas.

LIS 6272. Qualitative Research in Information Studies (3). This course covers a variety of qualitative research methods that may be used in library and information science. It explores general, epistemological, and ethical issues with qualitative research; methods of data collection; techniques for data analysis; and evaluation of qualitative research. It includes readings, short- and long-form writing, in-class discussions, and practical exercises in qualitative research.

LIS 6278. Seminar in Theory Development (3–5). This course requires students to discuss and critique the structural components and research processes related to the origination, construction, and evolution of theory. The seminar provides students with an awareness of the historical and social conditions that influence a tradition of ideas

LIS 6279. Research in Information Studies (3). This course surveys the research methods commonly used in information studies. Students learn to design, evaluate, and present research. Focus is on the preparation of designs for conducting individual research leading to a dissertation research project.

LIS 6289. Seminar in Education for Information Studies (3). Within the framework of University and professional education, an examination of the aims, structures, and issues related to education for information issues. Includes curricular content and design, faculty, students and finance and administration.

LIS 6662. Seminar in Information Policy (3). Identifies/analyzes selected issues related to government information policies, and considers policy alternatives to better access state/federal information. Examines research methodologies to investigate information policies.

LIS 6759. Seminar in Intellectual Access (3). A thematic examination of issues in intellectual access. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the relationship between the structure of knowledge and access to electronic information; knowledge structures for digital libraries; the social construction of information; and the impact of economic classification structures on access to information.

LIS 6909r. Directed Individual Study (1–9). (S/U grade only). In this course, specific activities vary based on the contract negotiated between the student and the instructor and reflect the student’s need to acquire skills and gain experience in specific topic areas. Directed Individual Study is not available as an alternative version of a course otherwise offered on a regular basis by the college. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

LIS 6911r. Research Collaboration (1–5). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: LIS 6279. This course provides students with experience in conducting research under the guidance of faculty. The student participates in the supervising faculty member’s research program and can be involved in theory building, literature reviews, research design, data collection, data analysis and report writing. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

LIS 6919r. Issues in Information Studies (1–3). This course is a directed and supervised detailed investigation of selected problems, issues, and trends in the various areas of information studies including, cataloging and classification; work with the disadvantaged; children and youth services; academic, public, school, and special libraries; administration; and information science. Each offering is different because of the currency, and thus, the changing nature of the subject matter. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of fifteen semester hours.

LIS 6936r. Proseminar in IS Research and Teaching (0–3). (S/U grade only). This course introduces students to research and teaching within the field of Information, as well as orienting students to current issues relevant to preparing for teaching and research careers. The course emphasizes reading, discussion and collaborative critical analysis of the methods, findings, and impacts of assigned readings, and presentations by students and invited speakers. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

LIS 6965r. Preliminary Exam Preparation (1–8). (S/U grade only). This preliminary exam is the milestone that determines a student’s readiness to advance to candidacy. May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four hours.

LIS 6980r. Dissertation (2–12). (S/U grade only). In this course, dissertation credits are to be arranged in consultation with major professor. A maximum of twelve semester hours may be taken in any given semester. University regulations require that a minimum of twenty-four hours of dissertation credit (LIS 6980) be earned between the time the student is admitted to candidacy and the date the degree is awarded. The candidate must register for a minimum of two hours each semester. The number of credit hours taken each semester should represent the proportion of time devoted to the dissertation, whether on or off campus.

LIS 8964r. Doctoral Preliminary Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

LIS 8966r. Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

LIS 8976r. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

LIS 8985r. Dissertation Defense Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH:

see Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEMS:

see Educational Psychology and Learning Systems