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Required Courses

LIS 520 Records Management I: Fundamentals

Introduction to the systematic management of business records. Topics covered include: inventorying records, preparation of retention schedules, space management for inactive records, micrographics, protection of vital records, and file organization concepts.
3 credits

LIS 714 Archives and Manuscripts

Identification, preservation, and use of archival materials. Emphasis on the organization and administration of archival collections and departments of archives in various types of institutions.
3 credits

LIS 690 Internship

120 hours (or a combined 40 days at two school sites for school media students) during a semester at an approved site, working under supervision of a professional in the field. Guided by a Learning Contract jointly approved by faculty and the site supervisor, students augment what they have been taught in formal courses, further their career objectives, and enhance their skills, competencies, and abilities. For students with extensive library experience, LIS 695 (Master’s Project) is available as an alternative to the internship, with permission from the student’s advisor and Dean.
Prerequisites: LIS 510, LIS 511, LIS 512, LIS 514, and most electives. LIS 620, LIS 622, LIS 626, LIS 628, & LIS 629 are prerequisites for SLMS students without NY State Teacher Certification.
There may be additional prerequisites. Check with your academic or faculty advisor. Each Semester, 3 credits


LIS 611 Film and Media Collections

This course will provide an introduction to building and maintaining collections and services related to visual media, primarily moving image, sound and ephemera. Discussion will survey key components such as the history of film and media in library collections, collection development, access, equipment, copyright,  emerging technologies and management of non-print formats.

LIS 657 Introduction to Preservation

An introduction to the principles and practices of library and archives preservation. Current
preservation methods, national, regional, and local preservation efforts, the history of preservation, and disaster planning and recovery will be examined.
3 credits

LIS 705 Principles and Practices in Archival Description: DACS/EAD

Explores the principles of archival description as expressed in Describing Archives: A Content
Standard. Implementation of those principles through Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and
MARC structures will form the largest portion of the semester. Other practices will include authority and subject analysis work. Other topics, issues, and technologies include related standards, the history and development of archival description, the uses of description, and description for special formats. The course consists of lectures, discussion and hands-on exercises, culminating in an EAD and DACS-based analysis of existing finding aids.
3 credits

LIS 706 Digital Preservation

An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of the preservation of digital records. The course begins with an overview of the issues facing institutions trying to preserve digital records. It then turns to a review of the many preservation initiatives underway worldwide. Finally, it focuses on practical considerations in implementing a digital preservation program.
3 credits

LIS 713 Rare Books and Special Collections Librarianship

Examines the characteristics, criteria, and appraisal of book materials. Historical background,
principles, and practice of rare book librarianship. The organization, administration, collection
building, maintenance, preservation, exhibition, publication, special problems, and use of rare books in all settings.
Prerequisites: LIS 510 or LIS 512
3 credits

LIS 716 Audio Preservation

The purpose of the course is to explore the issues related to the preservation of audio materials, both in legacy formats and in current of future or digital forms. Students will be able to identify audio formats found in a library or archive. They will be knowledgeable about the fragility and obsolescence issues pertaining to preservation and access of audio formats.
3 credits

LIS 721 Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts

Discusses classic archival appraisal theory and recent refinements, including documentation strategies. Relates appraisal to the mission, goals, and objectives of an archival institution. Explores the applicability of appraisal theory to records on media other than print.
Prerequisite: LIS 714 or instructor approval
3 credits

LIS 722 Electronic Records

In-depth examination of electronic records management implications and applications. Topics include: document imaging systems, document management systems, inventorying and retention of electronic records, preservation of electronic records, and protection of vital electronic records.
3 credits

LIS 755 Information Technologies and Society

A study of the history of technologies of information and communication and their social impact. The course examines the evolution of several technologies, such as writing, the printing press, film, digitization, and their social and cultural context. The course also explores the development of the Internet and its current potential impact on social, economic, political and cultural structures.
Prerequisite: LIS 510 or instructor approval
3 credits

LIS 763 Metadata: Description and Access

Application of standards and rules to the construction of tools for information retrieval, primarily web resources and catalogs in library and information environments. Overview of concepts of knowledge organization and of meta-data applications. Special problems in the organization of resources (archival and library materials in various forms, internet resources). Includes metadata formats, descriptive detail for different forms of material; choice and form of entry for names and uniform titles; provision of authority control for names and titles.
Prerequisites: LIS 510 & LIS 512
3 credits