School of Library and Information Studies

 Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 Timetable (Online Learning Stream)

Tentative Schedule - All courses subject to availability of funding, instructor, and course enrolment. 

Fall Session 1610



Required Textbooks 


LEC 700 (61762) AND

LEC 701 (61764)

LIS 501: Foundations of Library and Information Studies

Note that both Hirsh’s and Lankes’s books below are available as ebooks via University of Alberta Libraries, as well as from the usual online and brick-and-mortar channels. We still recommend buying a copy of at least Lankes’s book, however. The more recent second edition of Lerner’s book is preferred over his earlier first edition (from 1998).

Hirsh, S. (Ed.) (2015). Information services today: An introduction. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-442-23958-6

Lankes, R. D. (2016). 
The new librarianship field guide. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-52908-2.
Lerner, F. (2009). The story of libraries: From the invention of writing to the computer age (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-826-42990-2

Adam Worrall

LEC 700 (61766) AND

LEC 701 (61768)
LIS 503: Reference and Information Services

Dove, J. G., & Tyckoson, D. A. (2015). Reimagining Reference in the 21st Century. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press.


Available from the UofA Libraries:


Recommended Texts:


Bopp, Richard E., and Linda C. Smith. 2011. Reference and Information Services: An Introduction. 4th ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. 

Available from the UofA Libraries:

Cassell, Kay Ann, and Uma Hiremath. 2013. Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman. 


Joanne Rodger and
Norene Erickson

LEC 700 (61788) AND

LEC 701 (61790)  
LIS 505: Introduction to Research in Library and Information Studies Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science, 2nd Edition by Barbara M. Wildemuth (Editor) ISBN-13: 978-1440839047
Tonyia Tidline

LEC 700 (73926)

LIS 516: Canadian Literature for Young People in Schools and Libraries
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Gail de Vos

LEC 700 (74876)

LIS 520: Information Resources in Specialized Fields (Rural Librarianship Focus)
No Textbook
Angela Pollak
LEC 700 (62226)  LIS 590: Practicum
No Textbook
Alvin Schrader

LEC 700 (73921)

LIS 597: Advanced Scholarship and Research in LIS No Textbook
Tami Oliphant
LEC 700 (73931)
LIS 598: Emerging and EvolvingTechnologies (IT)   No Textbook
Dinesh Rathi
LEC 700 (62026)
LIS 600: Capping Exercise
No Textbook
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Tentative Schedule - All courses subject to availability of funding, instructor, and course enrolment.
Winter Session 1620 

Section  Course  Required Textbooks  Instructor 

LEC 750 (81784) AND

LEC 751 (81786)

LIS 502: Organization of Information

No Textbook

Lei Zhang

LEC 750 (81796) AND

LEC 751 (81798)

LIS 504: Leadership & Management Principles for Library & Information Services

Law, M. Z. (2017). Cultivating engaged staff: Better management for better libraries. Libraries Unlimited, Inc.

Lew, S. & Yousefi, B. (2017). Feminists among us: Resistance and advocacy in library leadership.

Antonelli, M. & McCullough, M. (2012). Greening libraries. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Jason Openo
LEC 750 (95780)
LIS 531: Collection Management
Available online from the UofA Libraries:
Johnson, P. (2014). Fundamentals of collection development and management (Third edition). London: Facet Publishing.
Evans, G. E., & Saponaro, M. Z. (2012). Collection management basics (Sixth edition). Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited.
Angela Pollak

LEC 750 (94003)

LIS 533: Database Design for Information Management (IT)

Required Textbook:
Connolly, T.M. & Begg, C.E. (2015). Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management.Pearson, Global Edition (6th Edition). (Older editions are also acceptable.)

Required Software Program: MS Access

MS Access is included in MS Office 365 Education ProPlus Suite which is available for free to students. Go to the following link to download and install Office 365 on your computer:

Please note that MS Access is only available for Windows computers. If you use a MAC computer, you will need to first find out how to run Windows programs on your computer, and then follow the link above to download and install MS Access. Alternatively, try to obtain access to a computer that already has MS Access installed, such as computers in most university computer labs. You will need MS Access for the 2-week module on that topic and for two assignments.

Dangzhi Zhao
LEC 750 (95834)
LIS 534: Information Architecture: Web Design for Usability (IT)

Krug, S. (2013). Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. 3rd edition. New Riders Press. (ebook access through U of A library)

Rosenfeld, L., Morville, P., & J. Arango (2015). Information architecture: For the Web and Beyond. 4th edition. O'Reilly Media. (ebook access through U of A library)

Dangzhi Zhao 
LEC 750 (94000) LIS 538: Digital Libraries (IT)
No Textbook
Ali Shiri
LEC 750 (94012)
LIS 598: Human Information Interaction
No Textbook  Tami Oliphant
LEC 751 (94805)
LIS 598: Technology, Information and Society (IT)
No Textbook
Michael McNally
LEC 750 (82102)
LIS 600: Capping Exercise
No Textbook
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