SLIM Program Outcomes

“The goal of the SLIM MLS program is to prepare creative problem solvers who will provide proactive client-centered services in information agencies.”

  1. Foundations of the Profession
  2. Information Resources
  3. Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information
  4. Technological Knowledge and Skills
  5. Reference and User Services
  6. Research
  7. Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
  8. Administration and Management

You can read the narrative versions of my “Program Outcomes” by visiting the Digication Portfolio created as part of my capstone.

Courses Completed:

LI 800: Introduction to Informatics (3 credit hours)

The course is an introduction to information and systems theories, information technologies, analysis and design of information systems, information problem identification and practical problem solving, and supporting decision making. The course covers both conceptual building blocks and practical dimensions of informatics. Students will also be introduced to statistical analysis and simple programming. Information processing applications to solve real world problems in broad domains will be emphasized.

LI 801: Foundations of Library and Information Science (3 credit hours)

An introduction to information agencies and professions, this course examines the philosophical and ethical underpinnings, roles and societal contexts, and current issues of the global information society. Students explore the role of information in society, change as reflected in paradigm shifts, the theory and processes of information transfer, and the characteristics of information professionals and professional practices. (Required) Recommended for all new MLS students in their first semester.

LI 802: Information-seeking Behavior and User-centered Services (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the theories of information-seeking behavior and their application to user-centered services. Students are introduced to models of information seeking, retrieval and sharing; the selection, evaluation, and use of appropriate electronic and print resources; information literacy, learning styles, and best practices in providing user-centered services. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801 or concurrent enrollment.

LI 804: Organization of Information (3 credit hours)

Introduction to the individual, social, and institutional perspectives of organizing information. Students examine the assumptions, practices, issues and tools of commonly used subject analysis and classification systems in various types of information organizations. The impact of different approaches to accessing information is emphasized. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801 or concurrent enrollment.

LI 805: Management and Information Organizations (3 credit hours)

Students learn the foundations and basic skills necessary for the management of information organizations. Students examine and apply management skills, including planning, organizing, leading, and influencing. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801 or concurrent enrollment

LI 810: Research in Library and Information Science (3 credit hours)

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods and their applications in library and information science. Principles and procedures for analyzing and evaluating research are introduced. Students learn to be better consumers and critics of published research literature. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801.

LI 815: Information Technology (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the information technology concepts and skills necessary for library and information professionals. Students learn to facilitate the use of information technology; to evaluate and select technology solutions; to understand and keep abreast of technological change, both personally and institutionally; and to deploy technology effectively. Policy issues surrounding technology use, including privacy, copyright and legal concerns are also considered. (Required)

LI 819: Information Retrieval (3 credit hours)

Introduction to theory, organization, implementation, and evaluation of information retrieval systems. The course covers document and query representation, retrieval models, matching, filtering, evaluation techniques, user interfaces, data mining, and non-text retrieval. The emphasis will be placed on evaluation techniques to assess information retrieval systems. Prerequisite: LI804 or equivalent.

LI 837: Teaching in the Information Professions (2 credit hours)

Overview of the theories and models of instructional design, learning pedagogy, and assessment associated with teaching in the information professions. Case studies of a variety of instructional situations for face-to-face and online distance learning are covered. Recommend: LI 802.

LI 855: Collection Development and Management (3 credit hours)

Examination of the principles, policies, and procedures associated with evaluating, selecting, and acquiring materials and resources. Students learn about developing, managing, and organizing collections in libraries and information organizations, paying attention to ethical, philosophical, social, and political contexts in which these collections exist. (Required)

LI 859: Project Management in Information Organizations (3 credit hours)

This course examines the theory and practice of project management within information organizations.. Students study the roles and responsibilities of project managers and learn a practical approach to managing projects in information organizations. The course covers all aspects of the project life-cycle (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closure), and addresses staffing, workflow, communication and team-building, tools and techniques, and software.

LI 880: Capstone Course: Assessing the MLS Experience (1 credit hour)

This course will give students the opportunity to reflect on their growth and development over the course of their MLS experience. This should be the last course that students take. In the course, students will analyze the artifacts collected in their assessment portfolio, discuss them with their colleagues, and write a reflective essay addressing the extent to which they demonstrate they met the goals of the MLS curriculum. (Required)

LI 883: Introduction to Metadata (1 credit hour)

An introduction to the concepts, principles, and terminology required for work with metadata in information agencies such as libraries, museums, and archives. Students explore existing metadata schemas, application profiles, and standards in context. This course builds on concepts from LI804 and includes analysis, comparison, and evaluation of existing metadata and encoding schemas as well as the creation of metadata records. Prerequisite: LI804 or permission of instructor.

LI 884: Advanced Metadata Applications (2 credit hours)

An examination of the theory, practice, and current issues in the application of metadata in information agencies. Course topics include approaches to creating metadata schemas and application profiles, designing and documenting metadata and encoding schemas, and learning associated metadata tools and technologies. Students will explore current issues in metadata application. Prerequisite: LI883 or concurrent enrollment.

-Taken from ESU SLIM “Course Descriptions”

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