Special Topics Courses
LIS 7808 Special Topics in Library & Information Science (3) May be taken for a maximum of 15 semester hours of credit when topics vary.
Current Special Topics offered:
Introduction to basic concepts and methods of competitive intelligence (CI), focusing
on fundamental skills required to practice CI gathering and analysis. Students will
learn techniques on how to utilize proper sources to collect and analyze information
about an organization’s competitors and competitive environment.
Creating a Community of Readers
Value and role of leisure reading for children and adolescents, ages 5-18; strategies
for building enthusiasm for reading in school and public libraries.
E-Discovery is the process of identifying, locating, preserving, collecting, preparing,
reviewing, and producing Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in the context of
the legal process. This course addresses information retrieval concepts in the applied
context of litigation, investigations and review of ESI for public release. It discusses
legal requirements, professional standards, best practices, and technical capabilities
for automated support, evaluation, and risk management of e-discovery. It is intended
for students interested in legal, corporate or institutional settings involving provision
of responsive controlled access to large collections of electronic records.
This course covers concepts, principles, and practice of information architecture.
Students will learn tools and techniques for structuring and organizing information
on the Web such as labeling, navigating, and searching information. Students are
also exposed to the foundation of how to integrate information architecture in to
the Web development process; how to examine users’ needs, context, and content; and
how to improve user experience for better interaction with systems.
Introduction to basic concepts, strategies, and best practices of information governance
(IG); highlighting the comprehensive feature of IG, which blends law, records management,
information technology, risk management, information security, and business operations.
Information Services to Diverse Populations
Develops cultural competence in librarians and other information service providers,
including identifying diverse populations, determining their educational, informational
and recreational needs, and effectively and equitably meeting those needs.
Theoretical foundations of knowledge organizations. The design and construction of
knowledge taxonomies. The use and evaluation of knowledge taxonomies. Term project
in building a knowledge taxonomy.
Research Seminar in Archives & Cultural Heritage
This course provides students an opportunity to conduct original research related
to archives and/or cultural heritage institutions.
Sci Fi and Fantasy in Libraries
Explores the history of the fantasy literature in the West, the literature itself
and its uses in public and school libraries. Designed for those planning to work with
children and young adults in school and public libraries and is appropriate for meeting
Louisiana school library media certification requirements in Category 1.
Social Media Analysis
In this course, students will learn both theoretical and practical knowledge regarding
analysis and visualization of social media data in two aspects – (1) networks and
(2) content of social media. To support people who are not familiar with computing
and visualization tools, we will provide easy-to-follow user tutorials for setting
up and using the software tools. By the end of the class, you will have skills and
hands-on experience of analyzing and reporting your analysis results based on real-life
social media data and software tools.