LIS 401 Foundations in Library & Information Sciences

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.