Foundations of Library & Information Science

Course Description

This course is designed to give an overview of the library and information science field to MLIS students. It includes an introduction to the history, functions, and processes of library and information science, its place in society, practice of the profession in various types of settings, and current issues and trends.

Lectures and discussion explore the social, philosophical, and historical foundations of libraries, librarianship and other information institutions and LIS-related professions. Topics include the impact of technology on society, policy-making, and the economy; an overview of types of libraries and services, locally and globally; the nature of information infrastructures; and access to and organization of information.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the historical foundations and development of libraries, librarianship and other information institutions and professions and relate this history to current events;
  • Identify and assess the current role, impact, and response of information institutions (libraries, archives, museums, etc.) To recent social, technological, political and economic changes in society;
  • Describe the various types of information institutions, including different types of libraries, as well as identify the unique missions and issues found in these environments;
  • Articulate and apply the unique core values and ethics associated with the library and information science field and librarianship; and
  • Analyze and recognize current information infrastructures and the role of information in society, policy-making, technology and the economy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of core values, ethics, information infrastructure, historical development, sociological changes, and technology impacting libraries and other information organizations such as museums and archives.

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