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Below you will find the current coures offerings listed by semeseter and then alphabetically by department. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@simmons.edu or 617-521-2111.

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Fall 2014 Course Schedule - Updated Hourly

Updated Hourly - Last Updated: 04/24/2014 09:22AM

Learn. Comm. Integ. Sem.

LCIS 101 - Learn. Comm. Integ. Sem

The Honors Learning Community is a team-taught, interdisciplinary set of courses that address specific disciplinary topics as well as college writing. Each LC includes HON 101, HON 102 and LCIS 101. Faculty as listed below.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
N/A
Daren Graves
Masato Aoki
Open 15 Yes 2.00
02 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
N/A
Jennifer A. Roecklein-Canfield, Ph.D
Margaret S. Menzin
Open 15 Yes 2.00
03 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
N/A
Benjamin Cole
Heather Hole
Open 15 Yes 2.00

Library Science

LIS 400 - Technology Orientation Requirement (tor)

The Technology Orientation Requirement is designed to serve as a self-paced introduction to the technology and resources you will use in the GSLIS program. It ensures that all incoming GSLIS students are prepared to use the technology required for their GSLIS classes, regardless of a specific LIS track to be taken. It was created by a faculty committee who specifically chose the format and content that is most pertinent to the LIS curriculum.

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OL 07/01/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Linnea Marie Johnson Open 98 No 0.00

LIS 401 - Foundations in Lib & Info Sci

This course is an introduction to the field of library and information science, exploring information professions, services, and institutions, as well as addressing fundamental concepts and theories of information. Topics which will be the subject of discussion and study include settings in which an information professional might work (libraries, information centers, archives, and the information industries), the history of the information professions, the organizational structures of information institutions, the information needs of users and their information-seeking behavior, and information concepts, theories, and practices. The class will engage with current issues and trends affecting the information professions in today's society. Assignments may include presentations, posters, papers, case studies, examinations, and written exercises. Pre-requisite: None.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Dr. Michele Cloonan Open 28 No 3.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Melanie Kimball Open 29 No 3.00
03 09/05/2014 -
12/05/2014
Friday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Laura Ann Lidano Saunders Open 30 No 3.00
20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
Saturday

09:15AM-
12:15PM
N/A
Rachel Onuf Open 25 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Mary Wilkins Jordan Open 25 No 3.00
OL2 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Lisa Hussey Open 25 No 3.00

LIS 403 - Evaluation of Information Services

The course applies the principles of evaluation research to contemporary information management problems. It covers the fundamentals of identifying and investigating problems relevant to continuous quality enhancement and communicating the results to decision makers. NOTE: This is a required course for students entering Fall 2005 and thereafter; for students who entered prior to Fall 2005, this course may be taken to fulfill the program requirement of either LIS 403 or LIS 404.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Rong Tang Open 26 No 3.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Dr. Candy Schwartz Open 18 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Anne C. Moore Open 6 No 3.00

LIS 404 - Principles of Management

Designed to acquaint students with the basic management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. The course is intended to help provide understanding of human interactions in the workplace and develop the practical problem-solving skills needed to handle managerial problems professionally. Approaches to managing, from authoritarian to participative to laissez-faire, are examined. Readings, case studies, critical incidents, simulations, and discussions. NOTE: This is a required course for students entering Fall 2005 and thereafter; for students who entered prior to Fall 2005, this course may be taken to fulfill the program requirement of either LIS 403 or LIS 404.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Lisa Hussey Open 19 No 3.00
BL 09/09/2014

09/16/2014

10/21/2014

10/28/2014

12/02/2014

12/09/2014

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Tuesday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Tuesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
06:00PM-
08:50PM
06:00PM-
08:50PM
06:00PM-
08:50PM
06:00PM-
08:50PM
06:00PM-
08:50PM
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Mary Wilkins Jordan Open 15 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Monica Colon-Aguirre Open 13 No 3.00

LIS 406 - Management of School Library Programs

This course examines the philosophy and management of school library programs including the roles of the school library teacher and of the pre-K-12 school library program through the study of teaching and learning, library facility design, integration of instructional technology, electronic access, differentiation of instruction, literacy, 21st Century information skills, service to English Language Learners, access, equity, ethical issues, budget, advocacy, strategic planning, and program evaluation. Field-based course work is also required.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Ms. Mary F. Zilonis Open 18 No 3.00

LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services

Covers reference services, searching, and sources. Introduces reference concepts and services, such as the reference interview, customer service, evaluating the reference collection, management, ethics, reference philosophy, service in different institutional settings and for diverse populations, and the assessment of reference services. Students learn how to search in digital and print sources, including full text information retrieval in subscription services and the freely available web. Students become familiar with over two hundred core, fundamental print and digital sources. Required course.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Monica Colon-Aguirre Open 13 No 3.00
02 09/05/2014 -
12/05/2014
Friday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Monica Colon-Aguirre Open 25 No 3.00
20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
Saturday

09:15AM-
12:15PM
N/A
TBA Open 18 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Mr. Rex J. Krajewski Open 11 No 3.00

LIS 408 - User Instruction

This course offers an overview of user instruction, including needs assessment, planning, educational strategies, and evaluation of programs in all types of libraries. Critical evaluation of concepts of information literacy, learning theories, and the goals of user instruction. Application of best practices principles in development of user instruction program modules for either oral presentation or online tutorials. Readings, discussion, guest lectures, oral presentations, and a term project. (Prerequisites: 12 semester hours.)

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Laura Ann Lidano Saunders Wlst 0 No 3.00

LIS 415 - Information Organization

The phenomena, activities, and issues surrounding the organization of information in service of users and user communities. Topics include resource types and formats, information service institutions, markup, descriptive metadata, content standards, subject analysis and classification, and the information life cycle. Readings, discussions, examinations, and oral and written exercises.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Dr. Daniel Joudrey Open 27 No 3.00
02 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
Tuesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Dr. Daniel Joudrey Open 21 No 3.00
03 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Dr. Candy Schwartz Open 26 No 3.00
20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
Saturday

01:15PM-
04:15PM
N/A
Dodie Gaudet Open 23 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Kyong Eun Oh
Katherine Wisser
Open 44 No 3.00

LIS 416 - Introduction to Cataloging & Classification

This course covers the principles and practices of bibliographic description, subject cataloging, and classification. It covers basic descriptive cataloging of books, including: the elements of bibliographic description; the choice of descriptive detail; authority control; the choice and form of access points; and the application of MARC21. It covers basic subject cataloging and classification processes, including the application of subject headings to information resources and the creation of call numbers in Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classifications. May include readings, discussions, presentations, exams, exercises, and individual or group projects. Prerequisites: LIS 415.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Dr. Daniel Joudrey Open 4 No 3.00

LIS 420 - Mod Pub & Librnshp

The publishing industry and its relation to the library profession. History and modern processes of publication including: editing, design, selection, typography, composition, printing processes, illustrations, binding, marketing, methods of distribution, and sales outlets. Organization and current issues of the publishing industry; problems in the acquisition of materials; various aspects of copyright; and specialized publishing. Role and future of print in relation to other communication media. Course includes field trips, guest lectures, media presentations, and individual research papers. (Please note: this course is one of several still under review by the faculty. Please be aware that the course content may be changed or, in some cases, the course may not be offered again.)

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20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
Saturday

09:15AM-
12:15PM
N/A
Mr. James R. Kelly Open 13 No 3.00

LIS 421 - Social Informatics

Social Informatics refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization - including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technologies are influenced by social forces and social practices. This graduate seminar is for students interested in the influence of information technology in the human context, including cultural heritage, professional concerns, and social inequities. The course introduces some of the key concepts of social informatics and situates them into the view of varied perspectives including readers, librarians, computer professionals, authors, educators, publishers, editors, and the institutions that support them.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Lisa Hussey Open 17 No 3.00

LIS 423 - Storytelling

This course examines cultural origins and contemporary practices of oral storytelling. It explores the psychological and social value of stories and practical and ethical issues in selecting, adapting, and presenting story materials. Students observe and practice storytelling and develop a personal repertoire of stories. Readings, class discussion and exercises, and course assignments will acquaint them with a wide variety of story types, skills of story presentation, and the development of story programs.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Melanie Kimball Open 14 No 3.00

LIS 426 - Curriculum and the School Library Teacher

This course provides a close examination of the organization, structure, and content of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and of the Common Core. Students will identify elements of the Frameworks that promote student achievement through library activities, projects, and instruction. The central role of curriculum in teaching and learning will be discussed. Emphasis will be on lesson and unit planning, organizing, implementing, and assessing library activities and student projects that support and enhance the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core topics and bridge to AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and that result in student achievement. Some key topics will be cross-disciplinary learning, inquiry-based learning, differentiation, literacy, research skills, assessment, and collaboration with classroom and subject area teachers, and developing the role of the school library teacher as a reflective practitioner.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Susan Bryan Open 18 No 3.00

LIS 430 - Business Info. Sources & Services

A survey of print and electronic information sources as well as coverage of basic business concepts is provided. It will include sources basic to business, finance, trade, company and industry reference and be both national and international in scope. The objective will be to familiarize students with source material including government sources and statistics, industry and trade literature, used for business research. Attention will also be paid to the information needs of business people and researchers as well as the issues and concerns associated with business information gathering and research. (Prerequisite: LIS 407.)

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Ms. Linda Schuller Open 22 No 3.00

LIS 431 - Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher

This course provides an in-depth look at the pedagogy of teaching and learning including an analysis of the research base that informs the use of specific instructional strategies. It is structured to enable the future library teacher to understand his/her role and responsibilities as a teacher and instructional partner with classroom/subject area teachers with whom he/she will collaborate. Students prepare lessons, teach, participate in peer reviews, and begin to develop as reflective practitioners.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Mary M. Swerling Open 10 No 3.00

LIS 438 - Introduction to Archival Methods and Services

Fundamentals of a wide range of archival activities including appraisal, acquisitions, arrangement, description, reference, and access. Overview of history and terminology of the profession. Discussion of the types and varieties of archival repositories and the value of historical records beyond traditional research use. Course includes a required 60-hour internship completed in an archives or manuscript repository. (Required course for Archives Management Concentration.)

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
Tuesday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Joel Blanco-Rivera Open 23 No 3.00
02 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Ms. Donna E. Webber Open 21 No 3.00
03 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Joel Blanco-Rivera Open 18 No 3.00

LIS 439 - Preservation Management

This course covers the fundamentals of planning and managing programs of prevention and remedial treatment for the preservation of information resources in libraries and archives. The study of the nature of all types of materials and the factors contributing to their deterioration serves as background. Preservation planning topics, such as environmental control and light, security, risk management, fire prevention, housekeeping and storage, general collections maintenance and testing methods, are covered. Additional topics include: emergency planning in the areas of preparedness, mitigation and response; selection of materials for basic repair, conservation or reformatting; budgeting for preservation activities; preservation training for staff and users; digital preservation; and cooperative programs. Course includes readings, guest lectures, media presentations, field trips, demonstrations, and individual projects. Team taught with members of the Northeast Document Conservation Center staff.

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OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Donia Conn Open 4 No 3.00

LIS 440 - Archival Access and Use

Explores access to and use of archives and manuscript collections within the framework of archival description and representation. How archives are described and the surrogates that are used to represent them profoundly impact their access and use and are central to the archives profession. Students will explore various types of archival use including exhibits (physical and virtual) in addition to the creation of surrogates for primary sources and will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of EAD (Encoded Archival Description) as well as other emerging metadata standards. (Required course for Archives Management Concentration. Prerequisite: LIS 415 and LIS 438)

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Katherine Wisser Wlst 0 No 3.00
20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
Saturday

01:15PM-
04:15PM
N/A
Robert S. Cox Open 17 No 3.00

LIS 441 - Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts

Archival appraisal, or the assessment and evaluation of archival records to determine their continuing value for long-term retention, is one of the central and most critical challenges and responsibilities of the archivist. Building on the introductory exposure to appraisal offered in LIS 438, this course will focus on developing a theoretical framework for appraisal by introducing students to the strategies and methodologies of appraisal, through case studies and by exploring appraisal models developed and implemented within the profession. It will place the issues and activities of appraisal within the context of the documentation of society and the preservation of organizational and community memory. Prerequisite: LIS 438

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OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Joel Blanco-Rivera Open 20 No 3.00

LIS 442 - Establishing Archives and Manuscript Programs

Developing a knowledge base that encompasses a variety of competencies around sustaining an archives is vital for archivists who often work in small one or two person repositories or may face the challenges of establishing new repositories. This course will analyze the requirements of such small or emerging programs and focus on the ways to develop strategic plans, locate and pursue sources of funding, market and design outreach, understand the physical and intellectual resources of an archival facility; and sustain program growth. The class will also examine these issues within the context of different types of archives (i.e. government, academic, historical societies). (Prerequisite: LIS 438)

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/10/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
James M. Roth Wlst 0 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Donna E. Webber Wlst 0 No 3.00

LIS 443 - Archives, History and Coll Mem

This is a bridge course between Archives and History that explores the relationship between historical events, the creation and maintenance of archival records, and the construction of collective memory. It analyzes the role of archives and records in the process of documenting and remembering (or forgetting) history. Focusing on twentieth century events, it considers such archival issues as repatriation, records destruction, contested history, and memory construction. These issues are presented within the context of various types of records such as genealogical records, oral records, and records of material culture (artifacts) in addition to traditional print materials. Required for Dual Degree Archives/History students. (Prerequisite: LIS 438 for Archives Concentrators and dual degree students)

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
Tuesday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Jeannette A. Bastian Open 16 Yes 3.00

LIS 444 - Arch. & Pres. Dig. Media

The preservation and retention of media in digital environments are increasingly urgent issues for archival digital repositories. This course focuses on archiving and preserving a wide variety of digital media (primarily text, image, sound, moving images, and web sites) as well as thinking in a long-term way about overcoming the many challenges. Topics under discussion will include the characteristics of digital media that make a difference in their long-term preservation, media formats, rights issues, digital asset management, each addressed theoretically, historically, and practically. Please note: This class is not limited to Archives concentrators. All students are welcome.

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OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Pablo Andres Morales Henry Open 11 No 3.00

LIS 445 - Metadata

This course will cover the theory and practice of metadata as it is applied to digital collections. It will provide students with a comprehensive overview of current metadata standards in the library, archives, and visual resources communities, and offer them an opportunity to get hands-on practice using selected standards. It will examine the role of metadata in the discovery, delivery, administration, and preservation of digital objects, and consider current and emerging issues in metadata. The course will address all aspects of metadata, including creation, management, and use. In-class exercises and assignments will provide students with the opportunity to apply specific content and structure standards.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
Tuesday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
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Katherine Wisser Open 1 No 3.00

LIS 448 - Digital Stewardship

This course teaches the core concepts and skills needed to create and manage digital collections and repositories. It covers the digital convergence of cultural heritage information in libraries, archives and museums. It introduces strategies for managing digital objects over the long term through active, ongoing oversight of the total environment (content, technologies, and user expectations) during all phases of the information life cycle. The course also includes extensive discussion of policy issues affecting digital collections, including sustainability issues for digital repositories, and open access to digital resources.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Peter Botticelli Wlst 0 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Peter Botticelli Open 2 No 3.00

LIS 449 - Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship

With the growth of the Internet and the proliferat applications in librarianship, the role of the Spe Book library has not gotten simpler. In fact, the layer of complexity to the life of the librarian, remain unchanged. Often, Special Collections/Rare a library in microcosm, for many of these departme parent institution does, in both technical and pub this, many administrators look to the Rare Books D departmentıs facilities and holdings for public re fund-raising activities. This course is designed a to Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship neophyte as well as the experienced librarian the departmentsı responsibilities.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Sidney Berger Open 17 No 3.00

LIS 450 - Organization/ Management of Public Libraries

Examines the principles and techniques of planning and delivering public library services to individuals and communities. Emphasis on preparation of a community profile and development of service goals and objectives, with attention to library relationships with other community agencies. Examination of the governance and service structure of metropolitan and town libraries with consideration of political, fiscal and societal trends affecting them. Analysis of the library needs of specific groups and the means of implementing particular programs and services.

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20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
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01:15PM-
04:15PM
N/A
TBA Open 10 No 3.00

LIS 451 - Academic Libraries

Survey of the development, current state, and future directions of college and university libraries. The focus will be on broad issues within a context that connects academic libraries, and their infrastructure, with their parent institutions. Such issues include managing change, scholarly communication, publishing, information technology, advocacy, evaluation and assessment, planning, budgeting, and higher education. (Prerequisite: LIS 407)

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Laura Ann Lidano Saunders Open 1 No 3.00

LIS 454 - Digital Information Services and Providers

Provides a survey of the use and management of commercial electronic resources. The course will focus on search strategies and logics as applied to online databases in bibliographic, full-text, numeric, and directory formats. Focuses on management considerations such as client relationships, collection development, equipment purchasing, and the management of public access services. Trends in electronic publishing both in multimedia CD-ROM and the World Wide Web are explored. Instructional methods include lecture, online demonstrations, hands-on training, and guest speakers. (Prerequisite: LIS 407)

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Rong Tang Open 15 No 3.00

LIS 456 - Managing Records in Electronic Environments

Records Management is an essential component of archival practice. This course covers the principles, standard, procedures, and technologies utilized in modern recordkeeping and information resources management. Topics include appraisal, scheduling and disposition, systems theory, functional analysis, systems design and electronic records management and policy. management setting. Required course for Archives Management Concentration. Prerequisite: LIS 415 for all students and LIS-438 is suggested for Archives Concentrators.

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01 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
Saturday

09:00AM-
12:00PM
N/A
Elizabeth A. Copenhagen Open 11 No 3.00
20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
Saturday

09:15AM-
12:15PM
N/A
Ms. Sarah Polirer Open 17 No 3.00

LIS 462 - Digital Libraries

Digital libraries are regulated collections of distributed networked resources made accessible to users, usually through a transparent and standardized interface. This course will examine publicly and privately funded digital library projects in the US and internationally, and will explore evolving definitions and visions, as well as issues such as preservation and intellectual property. Through hands-on investigation, students will also become familiar with the components of digital libraries, and with digital library research. Assignments will include (but are not limited to) papers and presentations. (Prerequisites: LIS 415 and LIS 488)

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01 09/05/2014 -
12/05/2014
Friday

09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Dr. Candy Schwartz Open 4 No 3.00
20 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Aaron D. Rubinstein Open 16 No 3.00

LIS 464 - The Medieval Manuscript: Charlemagne To Gutenberg

This course will introduce students to the components of the medieval manuscript codex and teach them how to localize and date this kind of material, introducing them to the fields of paleography, codicology and manuscript illumination from the reign of Charlemagne in the ninth century to the invention of printing in the fifteenth. They will trace the development of book production and literate culture from its monastic origins to the later commercialization of the book trade. Different types of texts, such as Books of Hours, will be introduced. Students will learn the fundamentals of manuscript bibliographic description, and issues involving the modern book trade and curatorship of this type of material will be addressed.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
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Lisa F. Davis Open 16 No 3.00

LIS 467 - Web Develop & Info. Arch

Organizing and structuring content to help individuals, communities, and organizations find and manage internal and external Web-based resources and services. Application of current coding, metadata, and style standards to create Web documents. Evaluation of Web site quality and usability, and assessment of resource discovery tools. Strategic planning and user needs analysis for information architecture. Content inventory, organization, and management in support of wayfinding and navigation. Design documents for prototyping large Web sites. Readings, essays, design projects, in-class presentations.

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20BL 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
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Michael Richard Leach Open 6 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Linda Braun Open 9 No 3.00
OL2 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Naresh K. Agarwal Open 18 No 3.00

LIS 469 - XML- eXtensible Markup Lang.

This course introduces students to eXtensible Markup Language (XML), its role as a standard in enabling and managing metadata applications, and its application as a data-modeling technique. Students create XML schemas and document type definitions (DTDs), and learn to apply transformations using eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL). The course examines a wide range of applications of XML in libraries, archives, and related information settings, and considers the technical requirements of making XML-tagged content available and useful to Web browsers and to metadata harvesting applications such as the OAI (Open Archives Initiative). Topics include XML applications in bibliographic utilities, cross-walks between XML and other systems, the role of XML as an alternative or complement to the structured database model, and managing metadata services with XML.

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OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Gerald Benoit Open 11 No 3.00

LIS 471 - Photographic Archives

Photographs as visual information. Problems of meaning, context, and definition. Responsibilities of the photo archivist. History of major types of photographic artifacts and development of photographic genres. Characteristics of 19th century processes. Special problems of subject access and remote access. Utilization by scholars, visual researchers, and communication industries. Onsite examination of management practices in a variety of institutions. Guest specialists include, when possible, visitors from special libraries, historical societies, major archives, museums, and picture agencies. (Prerequisite: LIS 415)

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
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Martha R. Mahard Open 13 No 3.00

LIS 481 - Child Literature and Media

This course considers critical evaluation and selection of materials for children in public libraries and schools. Examination of the characteristics of major genres of children's books and non-print formats. Emphasis on evaluation of collections and the development of collection policies and procedures. Attention to the learning needs of children and to the impact of popular media, societal and teaching trends, and contemporary information technology.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
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Ms. Amy S. Pattee Open 15 No 3.00
20 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
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01:15PM-
04:15PM
N/A
Shelley S. Quezada Open 12 No 3.00

LIS 482 - Library Programs and Service for Children

This course examines trends and techniques in planning and delivering public library services to children and their families. Attention is paid to the learning needs and recreational interests of children through the various stages of childhood. Students have opportunities for observation and practice of storytelling and other program techniques. Emphasis on planning, developing, funding, publicizing and evaluation of services and programs.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
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Ms. Amy S. Pattee Open 14 No 3.00

LIS 483 - Young Adult Literature

This course explores the social and psychological needs and attitudes of adolescents and the literature created especially for this demographic. This class emphasizes the evaluation, selection and oral presentation of books and non-print materials for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Special attention is paid to the developmental tasks of this age group with an eye towards literary recommendation. Topics of discussion include the literacy practices of young adults, popular literature for teen readers, and the use of specialized selection materials to develop collections in school and public libraries. Please note: some of the content formerly included in this course has been moved to the new course http://my.simmons.edu/gslis/courses/descriptions/m s-topics.shtml#LIS531L LIS 531L: Library Programs and Services for Young Adults.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
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Ms. Amy S. Pattee Open 5 No 3.00

LIS 488 - Technology for Information Professionals

This course provides the conceptual foundation and context of computing, Internet and related technologies as used in information-intensive professions. With an emphasis both on concepts (along with an emphasis on terminology that appears in the professional literature) and skills (interactive demos and/or hands-on sessions), the course encourages students in trying out and learning new pieces of technology. The course provides an overview of topics such as how computers work (hardware, software, history of IT); networking; internet, related technologies and the future of WWW; content management systems; RDBMS and XML; ethics; security; information search and retrieval; the impact and implications of technological change on libraries, archives and other information centers; technology today and tomorrow; and other related topics. Along with providing the general technology foundation needed before taking other technology courses offered at GSLIS, this course also introduces some of these other courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take this course early in their course program. This is a required course for students and does not replace LIS 400 (Technology Orientation Requirement).

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
N/A
Kyong Eun Oh Open 22 No 3.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/04/2014
Thursday

01:00PM-
03:50PM
N/A
Kyong Eun Oh Open 14 No 3.00
BL 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
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09:00AM-
11:50AM
N/A
Naresh K. Agarwal Open 25 No 3.00
OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A Naresh K. Agarwal Open 14 No 3.00

LIS 489 - Technical Foundations for Information Science

LIS 489 is a wide-ranging, fast-paced but detailed introduction to many computer technologies used in Information Science and Informatics movements. The course introduces and demonstrates many fundamental aspects: object-oriented models, data models, scripts and programming, client-server and mobile architectures. We review computer-based information systems that are part of larger movements, such as digital library models, information architecture, information visualization, content management systems, information retrieval systems, data and text mining, informatics, and information science. The course includes many hands-on assignments applying techniques (web design, typography, color theory, various file types (full-text, sql, xml), etc.) to provide the student with skills and knowledge applicable immediately in any library, archives, museum, and other information-rich settings, as well as an introduction to systems design, analysis, and grounding for other information science courses. Students develop a web-based portfolio demonstrating their application of a host of skills to specific information resource project.The course is a recommended for students interested in the processing of RDBMS, XML records, full-text retrieval, data interoperability and integration, systems librarianship, web-mastering, and any of the various informatics courses.

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BL 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
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06:00PM-
08:50PM
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Gerald Benoit Open 17 No 3.00

LIS 500 - Independent Study

The independent study program provides an opportunity for the student with a distinguished academic record, who has achieved degree candidacy, to pursue an individual topic related to his/her own interests for use in a substantial paper or project. A faculty member guides and advises the student in conferences, reviews preliminary drafts, and assigns the final grade. Academic credit is dependent upon substantial accomplishment at a distinguished level of quality. Members of the faculty actively encourage publication of those completed seminar studies that represent useful contributions to professional literature. The study proposal must be initiated by the student at least eight weeks before the semester in which it is to be undertaken. The student bears responsibility for formulating the study, approaching an appropriate faculty member, securing his/her consent to act as a sponsor, and submitting a full written statement outlining the study to that sponsor at least four weeks before the semester opens. Approval of the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science must be secured at least ten days before the semester begins. Detailed instructions and Independent Study proposal forms are available from the Admissions Office. Please note: this course is one of several still under review by the faculty. Please be aware that the course content may be changed.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Peter Botticelli Clsd 0 Yes 3.00

LIS 501 - Internship in Library & Information Science

The internship is approximately 150 hours of field experience that represents an important learning experience for the student. As a 3-credit course, it has a significant hands-on learning component. Through discussion with key personnel in the organization and working under professional librarian supervision the student gains hands-on experience in the information environment. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 18 credits of which 15 hours are the core courses.

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BL 09/08/2014

10/20/2014

12/01/2014

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08:50PM
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06:00PM-
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Mary Wilkins Jordan Open 19 No 3.00

LIS 502 - Archives Field Study

This course is a field experience of 130-140 hours working in an archives setting. In includes three in-class sessions and is required for Archives concentrators. This course replaces the required internship section of LIS 440 by separating the course from the internship component and creating a separate and required Archives Field Study course. While the internship component of LIS 440 was 60 hours, the Field Study will be 130 - 140 hours and also include three in-class sessions, one at the beginning of the semester, one in the middle and one at the end. These in-class sessions will serve as mentoring, guidance and sharing sessions for students. Students may complete this Field Study concurrent with LIS 440 or may complete it any time after they have completed LIS 440. Pre-requisites: LIS 438 and LIS440 (or concurrent with LIS 440).

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BL 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
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Ms. Donna E. Webber Open 15 No 3.00

LIS 513 - Computer and Network Basics for Elementary and Secondary Schools

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of computer hardware, operating systems, servers, networks, their use and maintenance. Basic concepts including set-up, maintenance, trouble shooting, and repairs will be developed. Students will learn technical language. Students will be prepared to make informed decisions about upgrading and replacing technology. This course will provide a basic understanding of computer and network architecture thus making use and maintenance of them accessible. Prerequisite: LIS 460

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OL 09/04/2014 -
12/10/2014
N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 25 No 3.00

LIS 531V - Concepts in Cultural Heritage Informatics

This courses serves as a foundation course for students who seek careers as information professionals in archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural heritage settings. Working with representative partner sites, the course introduces students to diverse information organizations. With a focus on the purpose, mission, and history of these institutions, the course examines key concepts and activities in an interdisciplinary context. Differences in the purposes and missions of these institutions are also considered. Speci?c topics include: collection building, organizing knowledge structures, conserving and preserving collections, collection use, exhibitions, education, the application of technology, and cultural politics. Assignments include case studies, presentations, and group projects.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
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Martha R. Mahard Open 15 No 3.00

LIS 531Y - Usability & User Exp. Research

This course covers the conceptual frameworks and applied methodologies for user-centered design and user experience research. Emphasis is placed on learning and practicing a variety of usability research methods/techniques such as scenario development, user profiling, tasks analysis, contextual inquiry, card sorting, usability tests, log data analysis, expert inspection and heuristic evaluation. Rather than a Web or interface design course, this is a research and evaluation course on usability and user experience with the assumption that the results of user and usability research would feed directly into various stages of the interface design cycle. Assignments may include usability methods plan, user persona development, scenario and task modeling, card sorting, usability testing project, and user experience research project. The usability test project will use actual real-time cases from organizations in the Greater Boston area. Usability experts and research specialists will be invited as guest speakers to present in class and some will serve as mentors/site supervisors for the usability testing project. Field trips to local usability labs will be arranged. Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab (http://gslis.simmons.edu/usability/) will be used as the platform for class projects/assignments. Prerequisites: LIS403 (or permission of the instructor); LIS467 (Preferred to take prior to this course but not a prerequisite)

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
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Rong Tang Open 18 No 3.00

LIS 532G - Scientific Research Data Management

This course uses the case study method to prepare students from all academic backgrounds for roles in scientific research data management. It explores the current and emerging roles for information professionals in managing large or small volumes of research datasets across all disciplines. The course provides students with the skillset relevant to that of a data librarian whose job involves helping researchers manage and curate research datasets. The course examines the data practices of researchers in scientific fields such as biomedicine and engineering as examples of how researchers produce data and how they use these data for purposes of inquiry. Students learn about the purposes and tools of research data production and data reuse, data lifecycles and data reference interviews, data management practices, and the strategies of offering data consultancy services to researchers. Current issues regarding citing datasets, Open Access policies, and embedding the librarian as a member of a research team will also be addressed. The course will feature guest lectures by data scientists, data librarians and data archivists. Assignments include a series of case study assignments, data reference interviews with researchers, and the development of data reference interview tools and data management plans for real research projects

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01 09/06/2014 -
12/06/2014
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09:15AM-
12:15PM
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Elaine Russo Martin Open 21 No 3.00
20 09/06/2014 -
11/29/2014
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09:15AM-
12:15PM
N/A
Elaine Russo Martin Open 23 No 3.00

LIS 532H - School Library Programs and Services

This course engages students with a range of educational issues, ideas, current trends, government laws, and regulations that are integral to providing appropriate school library programming and services to elementary, middle, and high school students. Topics include special education, learning disabilities, differentiation, equity, standardized testing, English Language Learners/Sheltered English Immersion, the role of the library in reading instruction, curriculum development, collaborative planning with teachers, and the integration of technology into teaching and learning.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/02/2014
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Ms. Mary F. Zilonis Open 24 No 3.00

LIS 620 - History, Concepts, and Research Opportun

Serves as a foundation and a cohort-building course. The course takes an international perspective in exploring historical developments, current issues, and research activities of interest to library and information science, archival studies, and related information fields. It reviews the history and major developments in LIS education and considers the role of scholarship in higher education. It introduces key topics related to the research process, including problem identification, funding opportunities, the communication of findings, use of human subjects, research ethics, and research misconduct. Assignments include papers, presentations, leading classroom discussion and completion of the Simmons College Institutional Review Board Investigator 101 module. *This is the required first course for PhD students*.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Dr. Michele Cloonan Open 7 Yes 4.00

LIS 642 - Applied Statistics for Library & Information Science

A basic course in the application of measurement procedures in library management problems. Emphasis on basic statistical procedures and techniques commonly employed in the analysis of operational data for managerial decision making.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Gerald Benoit Open 6 No 3.00
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