UT Austin
Graduate Catalog
1999-2001



CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of Graduate Studies Committees

APPENDIX
Course Abbreviations
 

Chapter 4: Fields of Study

Library and Information Science


The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes that have been made to the courses listed here since this catalog was published.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Library and Information Science: LIS

181, 281, 381. Individual Studies.
In-depth study of a problem or topic related to library and information science, usually culminating in an examination or a scholarly written report. Conference course. With consent of the graduate adviser, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

382L. Information Resources and Services.
Evaluation and use of printed and online information resources and services in specialized areas, with emphasis on new information technologies such as CD-ROM. Information-seeking behavior of users, document delivery, new roles of the information specialist in user support, and information needs of a variety of clients. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; some topics require laboratory hours as well. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 2: Information Resources in the Humanities.
Communication patterns, bibliographic organization, and information resources of the humanities, including fine arts, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12).

Topic 3: Information Resources in the Social Sciences.
Communication patterns, bibliographic organization, and information resources of the social sciences, including anthropology, economics and business, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12).

Topic 4: Information Resources in Science and Technology.
Communication patterns, bibliographic organization, and information resources in science and technology, including general science, astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12).

Topic 5: Government Information Resources.
Generation, production, distribution, bibliographic control, and administration of government information resources; emphasis is on developing the student's proficiency in reference and research use. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12).

Topic 9: Materials for Children.
Materials in all formats suitable for use by and with children. Selection aids, application of selection and evaluation criteria, and planning for the use of materials.

Topic 10: Materials for Young Adults.
Evaluation, selection, and use of books and other media to meet the needs of young adults of junior- and senior-high-school age.

Topic 11: Information Resources in the Health Sciences.
Communication patterns, bibliographic organization, and information resources in medicine, nursing, and allied health sciences. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12).

Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services.
Major reference resources and techniques useful for providing information services in libraries and other information agencies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with laboratory hours to be arranged.

Topic 13: Seminar in Information Resources and Services.
Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 14: Information Resources and Services in the Law.
Bibliographic organization and information resources in statute law, case law, and related materials. Emphasis on legal terminology, legal research, online information services, and legal reference work. Overview of key issues in development, organization, and administration of different types of law libraries. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12).

Topic 15: Designing and Producing Learning Materials.
Design of instructional messages; applications to the production of graphic, audio, and video materials.

Topic 16: Information Resources on, and Services for, Hispanic Americans.
Information needs of Hispanic American library users and the roles of academic, public, and school libraries in meeting these needs.

Topic 17: Seminar in Information Resources and Services for Children and Young Adults.
Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 9 or Topic 10).

Topic 18: Online Information Resources.
Concepts, principles, and practice in the preparation, conduct, and interpretation of an online information search. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I).

Topic 19: Information Resources in Business.
Communication patterns, bibliographic organization, and information resources in business and industry. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12).

383L. Latin American Information Sources and Services.
Survey of three major aspects of Latin American librarianship: sources of information from and about Latin America; the nature of archival materials, institutions, and repositories; and the publishing industry and book trade and methods and tools for acquisition work. Intensive research on specific Latin American library and information science topics may be pursued through individual studies arranged with the instructor. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of instructor.

Topic 6: Seminar in Latin American Information Sources and Services.
Research on a Latin American library and information science topic.

Topic 9: Latin American Information Resources.
Historical survey of sources of information on Latin America. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services).

384K. Access to Information and Materials.
Study of principles and theories of selecting, acquiring, organizing, indexing, and networking sources of information. Creation, processing, and management of automated and manual files for information access. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Collection Development.
Philosophical and social context, objectives, and methodology of evaluating and selecting library materials. Additional prerequisite: Credit or registration for Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services).

Topic 2: Developing and Organizing Media Collections.
Collection development and organization, focusing on nonbook media. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services) and 384K (Topic 8).

Topic 3: Organization of Materials II.
Advanced study of the principles, methods, and problems of organizing library and other information-containing materials. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 384K (Topic 8).

Topic 4: Classification of Knowledge.
Philosophical and historical background and development of library classification systems. Theory of classification. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 384K (Topic 8).

Topic 7: Seminar in Access to Information and Materials.
Access to information and materials: administration, theories, issues, and trends. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 8: Organization of Materials I.
Study of the theory and application of the principles of organizing library and other information-containing materials. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with laboratory hours to be arranged.

Topic 9: Indexing and Abstracting.
Theory, principles, techniques, and practical applications of analytical (back-of-book) indexing, descriptive (database) indexing, and abstracting.

Topic 10: Information Networks.
Development, design, use, and evaluation of information networks.

Topic 11: Database Management Principles and Applications.
Database management systems, including architecture, design, administration, and implementation.

Topic 13: Microcomputers in Managing Information.
Theory and application of microcomputers in managing information, especially in libraries and other information agencies.

Topic 15: Image Processing and Management.
Analysis of organizational document processing requirements and the application of imaging equipment, techniques, and system configurations to organizational needs. Library and Information Science 384K (Topic 15) and 385T (Topic 14: Image Processing and Management) may not both be counted.

385T. Information Science and Knowledge Systems.
Study of the properties and behavior of information; forces governing the flow and use of information; technology affecting information processing and management; information production, transmission, selection, storage, and use. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 6: Seminar in Information Science and Knowledge Systems.
Critical examination of theories, applications, trends, and problems in information science and knowledge systems. Some sections are offered on the letter-grade basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 14: Biomedical Informatics.
Applications of the theories and techniques of information science to biomedical information systems.

Topic 15: Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems.
The nature of intelligence and the development of intelligent systems.

Topic 16: User-System Interface Design.
Design of user-system interfaces through advanced graphic techniques, including hypercard and hypertext. Library and Information Science 385T (Topic 16) and 385T (Topic: Nonlinear Access: Hypercard) may not both be counted.

Topic 17: Cognitive Studies.
The cognitive nature of information needs and use.

Topic 18: Generalized Programming and Data Structures.
The underlying concepts of computer programming and the structures used for storing and handling information and programs in computers.

Topic 19: Legal Informatics.
Effect of technology-driven information processing on the field of law.

386. Foundations for Library and Information Studies.
Topics on the philosophical foundations, the history, and the development of archives, books, libraries, and information service. Topics vary from general introductory treatments to advanced seminars; most stress wide reading and independent research papers. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Additional hours may be required for some topics; these topics are identified in the Course Schedule. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Introduction to Library and Information Studies.
Library science, information science, archives and records, preservation and conservation of library and archival materials, and educational communications and technology, as applied to the work of information professionals. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional hours may be required.

Topic 5: Issues in Contemporary Publishing.

Topic 7: Seminar in Foundations for Library and Information Studies.
Problems, issues, and trends, historical and current, in libraries, librarianship, information science, knowledge systems, and relevant technologies. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 8: History of Printing.
The advent of movable-type printing in the West: its antecedents, preconditions, pioneers, and progress.

Topic 10: Books, Libraries, and Civilization.
Review and exploration of the role and significance of collections of recorded knowledge--their creation, organization, preservation, and use--in the context of cultural and social history; the development of various forms of manuscript and print communication and efforts to mediate them. Focus varies each semester.

Topic 11: Archives and Records in the Modern World.
Progress of archival enterprise, records management, and preservation administration from the Renaissance to the present.

387. Administration.
Theory and practice in the design, behavior, evaluation, and administration of libraries and other information agencies and systems. Marketing of information organizations and resources. Administrative applications of technology. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Administration of Libraries and Other Information Agencies.
Management theory, concepts, processes, and practices as applied to libraries and other information agencies and systems. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 386 (Topic 1: Introduction to Library and Information Studies).

Topic 3: Seminar in Administration.
Issues and trends in the management of libraries and other information agencies. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 5: Systems Analysis and Evaluation.
Topic 8: Information Management.
Management of information resources for profit or nonprofit organizations.

Topic 9: Information Marketing.
Marketing of information agencies, systems, services, publications, and software and hardware.

Topic 11: Management of Library Automation.
The process of planning for individual and cooperative library automation projects. Additional prerequisite: Credit or registration for Library and Information Science 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I) and 386 (Topic 1: Introduction to Library and Information Studies).

388K. Organizational Environments.
Mission, goals, and objectives of specific library and information science settings in relation to the services they provide and to the larger institutions of which they are a part. Unique features of a particular setting in staffing, facilities, finances, and clientele. Issues, trends, and problems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Learning Resources Programs.
Philosophy, objectives, and management of the learning resources center. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 9: Materials for Children) or 382L (Topic 10: Materials for Young Adults), 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services), and 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I) or the equivalent.

Topic 3: Public Libraries.
Mission, governance, issues, trends, and problems of public libraries. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services), 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I), 386 (Topic 1: Introduction to Library and Information Studies), and 387 (Topic 1: Administration of Libraries and Other Information Agencies) or the equivalent.

Topic 4: Academic Libraries.
The relationship of academic library management to trends in postsecondary education, to the institution the library serves, and to the research community at large. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services), 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I), 386 (Topic 1: Introduction to Library and Information Studies), and 387 (Topic 1: Administration of Libraries and Other Information Agencies) or the equivalent.

Topic 5: Special Libraries.
Development and management of special libraries and information centers. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 386 (Topic 1: Introduction to Library and Information Studies) and 387 (Topic 1: Administration of Libraries and Other Information Agencies).

Topic 7: Medical Libraries.
Development and management of health-science information resources.

Topic 9: Rare Book and Special Collections.
Administration of rare book and manuscript collections. Introduction to analytical bibliography. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L(Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services), and 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I) or the equivalent.

Topic 10: Seminar in Organizational Environments.
Critical study of problems and trends in environments for information. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 15: Visual Resources Collections.
Theoretical and practical management of slide and graphic arts collections.

Topic 16: Planning and Management of Services and Programs for Children and Young Adults.
Designing and planning effective services and programs for children and young adults: technologies, information need analysis, and trends.

388P. Fieldwork in Libraries and Other Information Agencies.
Fieldwork in a library or other information agency under the supervision of qualified personnel. At least 125 hours of supervised fieldwork for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Practicum in Libraries and Other Information Agencies.
Library and Information Science 388K (Topic 12: Practicum in Libraries and Other Information Agencies) and 388P (Topic 1) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services) and 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I). Students must complete the practicum application form before registering. Participants will not receive monetary compensation.

Topic 2: Practicum in School Libraries.
Fieldwork in a school library under the supervision of qualified personnel. Library and Information Science 388K (Topic 1: Practicum in Libraries and Other Information Agencies) and 388P (Topic 2) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 382L (Topic 9: Materials for Children or Topic 10: Materials for Young Adults), 382L (Topic 12: Introduction to Information Resources and Services), 384K (Topic 8: Organization of Materials I), and 388K (Topic 1: Learning Resources Programs). Students must complete practicum application form before registering. Participants will not receive monetary compensation.

Topic 3: Practicum in Preservation Planning.
Library and Information Science 388K (Topic 12: Practicum in Libraries and Other Information Agencies) and 388P (Topic 3) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 392P (Topic 1: Preservation of Archival and Library Materials or Topic 6: The Protection and Care of Records Materials). Students must complete practicum application form before registering. Participants will not receive monetary compensation.

Topic 4: Internship in Libraries and Other Information Agencies.
Additional prerequisite: Students must complete application form before registering. Participants must receive monetary compensation.

389C. Archival Enterprise.
Theory and practice of archival administration, records management, and preservation administration. Problems in acquiring, organizing, and providing for use of archives and office records; issues in deterioration and care of paper, books, photographic material, magnetic records, and other media through preservation programs for libraries and archives. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Archives and Manuscripts.
Principles and practice of appraisal, acquisition, arrangement and description, preservation, reference service, and administration of institutional and collected archives.

Topic 2: Photograph and Cinema Archives.
History and characteristics of photographic processes, organization of photographic materials, and administration of collections of photographs and movies.

Topic 3: Seminar in Archival Enterprise.
The nature of and problems in the administration of archival and manuscript repositories. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 4: Records Management.
Systems for controlling recorded information in an organizational setting.

Topic 5: Seminar in Records Management.
The nature of and problems in the administration of records management programs; development of models. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

390N. Information Policy.
Critical examination of issues and trends in information policy in public- and private-sector organizations on the local, state, federal, and international levels. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Federal Information Policy.
Identification and understanding of roles of major stakeholders in federal information policy; development of policy analysis techniques.

Topic 2: Seminar in Information Policy.
Analysis of issues and trends in information policy in various environments.

391D. Advanced Studies in Library and Information Science.
Topics in the theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of library and information science. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Uses and Users of Information.
The role of information in society; societal policies for handling information; the uses and users of information.

Topic 2: Organizing and Providing Access to Information.
Organization, storage, preservation, retrieval, dissemination, and delivery of information.

Topic 3: Administration of Information Resources.
Administration of systems of people, procedures, and technologies for organizing and providing access to information.

Topic 4: Disciplinary and Professional Development of Library and Information Science.
Past, present, and prospective future of library and information science; international and comparative aspects of library and information science.

Topic 5: Research and Writing Seminar.
In-depth study of a current subject or issue in library and information science. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 391D (Topic 1, 2, 3, or 4).

Topic 7: Directed Readings.
Study of a problem or topic related to library and information science. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.

Topic 8: Directed Research.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.

392P. Preservation of Library and Archival Materials.
Theory, policy, and practice of the management of preservation programs in documentary repositories--materials, environmental control, history and context. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Preservation of Archival and Library Materials.
Administration of preservation programs for students not enrolled in the preservation and conservation studies program.

Topic 2: Seminar in Archival and Library Preservation.
Special topics in preservation and conservation, with experimentation in processes and techniques. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Additional prerequisite: Admission to preservation and conservation studies and consent of instructor.

Topic 4: Conservation Treatment for Preservation Administrators.
Protective housing, treatment, and testing techniques useful in library and archives collections maintenance. Additional prerequisite: Admission to preservation and conservation studies and consent of instructor.

Topic 5: Introductory Technology and Structure of Records Materials.
Factors in the quality of records materials. Additional prerequisite: Admission to preservation and conservation studies and consent of instructor.

Topic 6: The Protection and Care of Records Materials.
Causes of deterioration and their control. Additional prerequisite: Admission to preservation and conservation studies and consent of instructor.

Topic 7: Organization and Planning of Preservation Programs.
Determining preservation needs and priorities; preventive preservation. Additional prerequisite: Admission to preservation and conservation studies and consent of instructor.

Topic 8: Management of Preservation Activities.
Additional prerequisite: Admission to preservation and conservation studies and consent of instructor.

393C. Conservation Practice.
Theory, policy, and practice of conservation treatment in documentary repositories, materials science, housing, and preventive and curative treatment. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, admission to preservation and conservation studies, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Conservation Treatment Laboratory I.
Fundamentals of conservation treatment in the protection of library and archives materials.

Topic 2: Conservation Treatment Laboratory II.
Paper repair, conservation, and library bookbinding.

Topic 3: Conservation Treatment Laboratory III.
Examination, documentation, and treatment in the conservation of book textblocks; technical criteria and specifications for the maintenance of circulating collections.

Topic 4: Conservation Treatment Laboratory IV.
Individual projects that explore special problems in book treatment and protection.

Topic 5: Methods and Materials of New Technologies of Recorded Information.
Newer media for recording information, considered both as media to be preserved and as potential preservation media.

Topic 6: Treatment of Paper Documents I.
Documentation of condition; identification of media; treatments.

Topic 7: Treatment of Paper Documents II.
Technical and aesthetic considerations in the conservation of paper objects.

Topic 8: Introductory Laboratory in Conservation Science.
Physical and chemical properties of materials used in books, photographs, manuscripts, and related objects.

Topic 9: Advanced Laboratory in Conservation Science.
Research investigation of a typical conservation problem. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.

394C, 994C. Fieldwork in Conservation.
For 394C, fifteen hours of fieldwork a week for one semester; for 994C, forty hours of fieldwork a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Library and Information Science 393C (Topic 1) and 393C (Topic 2), and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

Topic 1: Fieldwork in Conservation.
Fieldwork in a research or rare book library, an archives, or a historical society, with emphasis on planning and executing broad collections care. This topic is offered as 394C and in the summer session only. Additional prerequisite: Completion of all conservation courses other than fieldwork.

Topic 2: Conservator Internship I.
Development of binding or other treatment skills under professional supervision in the working environment of a recognized book or document conservation laboratory. This topic is offered as 994C only. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 394C (Topic 1).

Topic 3: Conservator Internship II.
Continuation of Library and Information Science 994C (Topic 2). This topic is offered as 994C only. Additional prerequisite: Library and Information Science 994C (Topic 2).

397. Research in Library and Information Science.
Methods and subjects of research in library and information science. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science.
Nature of social science research and its role in library and information science.

Topic 2: Seminar in Research in Library and Information Science.
Intensive investigation of topics relevant to research in library and information science and related fields. May be repeated for credit. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 3: Bibliography and Methods in Historical Research.
Sources of information for, and techniques of conducting, investigations in history.

Topic 4: Practicum in Research.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in library and information science, Library and Information Science 397 (Topic 1: Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science), and written consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Library and Information Science 698A.

398R. Master's Report.
Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in library and information science, Library and Information Science 397 (Topic 1: Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science), and written consent of the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Library and Information Science.
History and present status of education for librarianship and information science. Curriculum design, systematic course design and management, teaching methodologies, and evaluation of learning. May be repeated for credit as a practicum in a specific library and information science course. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Library and Information Science 399R, 699R, or 999R.



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