Library and Information Science (LIS) concentration

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Information for students who entered the program in September 2012 or before is available here.

Information on this page:

About changes to the MI program as of November 2012

The information on this page incorporates changes that were made to the MI program in November 2012.  These changes apply to students who will be entering the MI program from September 2013 onward.  Students who entered the program in September 2012 or before:  please refer to the program requirements as they existed prior to the November 2012 changes here.
 

About Library & Information Science

Concentration liaison: Prof. Patrick Keilty

LIS is a broad label for a variety of perspectives on, and approaches to, the study of information in service to humanity.  Students are prepared for leadership roles against a backdrop of fundamental social change, and the transition to global knowledge-based societies.

With its mix of theory-grounded practice, and a focus on core values of stewardship, advocacy, intellectual freedom, literacy, privacy, inclusiveness, and accessibility, the LIS curriculum seeks to educate and engage students in critical and innovative thinking. 

Topics include:

  • The information life cycle, including information creation, representation, organization, management, dissemination, and preservation
  • The range of information-intensive and service-oriented institutions, including public, academic, governmental, health sciences, and corporate libraries
  • The larger social, economic, political, and technological forces that affect information processes, practices, policies, and professionals
     

Concentration requirements    

Two core quarter courses (0.5 FCE total):

Five required courses (2.5 FCEs):    

  1. INF1230H  Management of Information Organizations
  2. INF1240H  Research Methods
  3. INF1300H  Foundations in Library and Information Science
  4. INF1310H  Introduction to Reference
  5. INF1320H  Knowledge Organization

Two year course sequence (PDF format):

Clusters of elective courses:

Recommended elective:

Public librarianship cluster:

  • INF1325H Online Information Retrieval
  • INF2110H Design and Evaluation of Information Literacy Programs
  • INF2125H Information and Culture in a Global Context
  • INF2126H  Public Library Services to Culturally Diverse Communities
  • INF2127H Collection Development, Evaluation and Management
  • INF2130H History of Libraries and Librarianship
  • INF2139H  Young People: Collection Development
  • INF2140H  Young People: Current and Emerging Information Practices
  • INF2143H  Issues in Children's and Young Adults' Services
  • INF2152H Advocacy and Library Issues
  • INF2153H  Technical Services: Organization and Administration
  • INF2155H The Public Library in the Community: Developing a Critical Practice
  • INF2157H  Theory and Practice of Intellectual Freedom
  • INF2167H  Community Informatics
  • INF2172H  Readers' Advisory: Reference Work and Resources

Government documents cluster:

  • INF1325H  Online Information Retrieval Retrieval
  • INF2115H Data Librarianship
  • INF2125H  Information and Culture in a Global Context
  • INF2127H Collection Development, Evaluation and Management
  • INF2133H Legal Literature and Librarianship
  • INF2136H  Government Information and Publications
  • INF2137H  International Organizations: Their Documents and Publications
  • INF2181H Information Policy, Regulation and Law

Academic librarianship cluster:

  • INF1325H Online Information Retrieval
  • INF2110H Design and Evaluation of Information Literacy Programs
  • INF2115H Data Librarianship
  • INF2120H Conservation and Preservation of Recorded Information
  • INF2127H  Collection Development, Evaluation and Management
  • INF2128H Serials Management
  • INF2131H Literature of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • INF2136H  Government Information and Publications
  • INF2137H  International Organizations: Their Documents and Publications
  • INF2145H Creation and Organization of Bibliographic Records
  • INF2153H Technical Services: Organization and Administration
  • INF2159H  Analytical and Historical Bibliography
  • INF2160H  Analytical and Historical Bibliography II
  • INF2162H Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • INF2331H The Future of the Book

Special librarianship cluster:

  • INF1325H Online Information Retrieval
  • INF2040H Project Management
  • INF2127H  Collection Development, Evaluation and Management
  • INF2133H Legal Literature and Librarianship
  • INF2134H  Business Information Resources
  • INF2135H  Health Sciences Information Resources
  • INF2153H Technical Services: Organization and Administration
  • INF2158H  Management of Corporate and other Special Information Centres
  • INF2173H  Information Professional Practicum
  • INF2175H  Managing Organizational Records
  • INF2181H Information Policy, Regulation and Law
  • INF2186H  Metadata Schemas and Applications
  • INF2311H Managing AudioVisual Material
  • INF2312H Art Librarianship in Theory and Practice
  • MSL2240H The Photographic Record

Organization of information cluster:

  • INF1331H  Archival Description and Arrangement
  • INF1343H Data Modeling and Database Design
  • INF2142H Theories of Classification and Knowledge Organization
  • INF2145H Creation and Organization of Bibliographic Records
  • INF2159H  Analytical and Historical Bibliography I
  • INF2160H  Analytical and Historical Bibliography II
  • INF2171H  Major Subject Heading and Classification Systems
  • INF2174H  History of Records and Records Keeping
  • INF2175H  Managing Organizational Records
  • INF2186H Metadata Schemas and Applications

Information resources and collections cluster:

  • INF1325H Online Information Retrieval
  • INF2115H Data Librarianship
  • INF2127H  Collection Development, Evaluation and Management
  • INF2128H Serials Management
  • INF2131H Literature of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • INF2133H Legal Literature and Librarianship
  • INF2134H Business Information Resources
  • INF2135H Health Sciences Information Resources
  • INF2136H  Government Information and Publications
  • INF2137H  International Organizations: Their Documents and Publications
  • INF2139H  Young People: Collection Development
  • INF2162H Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • INF2311H Managing Information Resources
  • INF2312H Art Librarianship in Theory and Practice
  • INF2331H The Future of the Book