MLIS Courses

Library and Information Studies (LIS) courses are normally restricted to MLlS students. Students outside of the MLIS program are encouraged to inquire about special permission. Elective courses may not be offered each year and may be restricted to students in particular offerings. Students must check Bear Tracks for timetables and course availability. Questions should be directed to the Graduate Program Administrator.

Refer to the University Academic Calendar for Pre & Co-Requisite courses and other course information.

Designated Information Technology courses are marked with the (IT) designation. See the MLIS required courses for details on the IT program requirement.

Listed by Number

LIS 501 Foundations of Library and Information Studies (Required course)

An introduction to the historical, current, and potential roles of libraries and of library and information professionals in western society.

LIS 502 Organization of Information (Required course)

An introduction to the organization of knowledge and information focusing on theory and principles for application in a variety of settings.

LIS 503 Reference and Information Services (Required course)

An introduction to reference and information services and resources. Includes history and varieties of reference services, user populations, instruction, ethics, access issues, the reference interview, search strategies, evaluation of services, and the organization, selection, evaluation, and use of major information resources.

LIS 504 Leadership and Management Principles for Library and Information Services (Required course)

An introduction to the principles and practices of leadership and management in the professional lives of librarians, archivists, and other information service practitioners.

LIS 505 Introduction to Research in Library and Information Studies (Required course)

An introduction to the fundamental concepts, approaches, methodologies and uses of research in library and information environments. Includes research design, proposal writing, identifying and defining research problems, critically evaluating and analyzing research, and applying research findings to solve practical problems in libraries and information centres

LIS 507 Introduction to Knowledge Management

An introduction to different concepts and theories related to knowledge management (KM). Includes knowledge and knowledge management theories and models, KM design, KM informatics, tools and technologies for managing knowledge and an overview of issues in KM.

LIS 510 Storytelling

The past and present forms of storytelling, including the oral tradition, the function of the storyteller, the selection of material and the techniques of telling stories and listening to stories.

LIS 515 Materials for Young Adults

Materials for young adults of junior and senior high school age, young adults' reading interests, and current trends and issues in young adults' literature.

LIS 516 Canadian Literature for Young People in Schools and Libraries Available Online

A survey of Canadian children's materials from books for babies to those aimed at the young adult market. Focus on contemporary works, trends in both publishing and content, and issues such as censorship, multimedia forms and the Internet.

LIS 518 Comic Books and Graphic Novels in School and Public Libraries Available Online

Examines the history and contemporary reality of Comic Book publishing and readership in Canada, Great Britain, Japan and the United States, and issues related to the perception of the format of educators, librarians, and readers. Focus on collection development, censorship concerns and challenges, gender issues in both readership and content, genres, and impact of the Internet.

LIS 520 Information Resources in Specialized Fields

e.g. An Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship
Information resources and their administration in a specialized field and for a specialized clientele. The emphasis is on the nature of the field, problems of collection development, bibliographic access, retrieval and use by the clientele, and administrative issues in solving these problems. Specialized fields regularly examined are law, business, and health sciences. Pre-requisite: may vary.

e.g. Science and Technology Information Resources and Services

LIS 526 Instructional Practices in Library and Information Services

Theory and practice related to the teaching roles of the librarian or information professional. Includes planning, implementation and evaluation of pedagogical approaches for the design of effective information literacy and professional development instructional sessions.

LIS 531 Collection Management

An analytical approach to collection management including the acquisition, review and evaluation of collections.

LIS 532 Metadata

This course introduces students to the concept, development, applications and evaluation of metadata in various digital information contexts. Through a combination of practical exercises, including classification, cataloging and RDA, students will critically examine metadata issues, standards, and best practices, and will evaluate the role of metadata in discovery and access systems.

LIS 533 Database Design for Information Management (IT)

This course covers the core database concepts for the design, creation and manipulation of relational data.

LIS 534 Information Architecture: Web Design for Usability (IT)

An examination of the principles and practice of web usability, with a focus on information architecture, layout and design, metadata, and other topics related to effective web design and management. Includes an introduction to HTML and other web coding.

LIS 538 Digital Libraries (IT)

An introduction to the concept, development, types and trends of digital libraries. This course will focus on the creation, organization, access, use and evaluation of digital libraries with a view to socio-economic and cultural issues.

LIS 539 Emerging and Evolving Technologies (IT)

This course will cover an introduction to different emerging and evolving technologies that are (or can be) used in the Library and Information Science (LIS) and other domains. Includes an introduction to different aspects of Open Source Software (OSS); Social Media such as wikis, blogs, mashups and social networking; and other emerging technologies and concepts such as cloud computing.

LIS 541 LIS Services in Culturally Diverse Society

Examines the central concepts of diversity and inclusion and a range of related issues and contributions with respect to specific populations and traditionally underrepresented groups, and their support systems, in library and information settings.

LIS 542 Library Preservation, Security, and Risk Management

An introduction to and an overview of the role and activities of preservation administration on libraries of all kinds.

LIS 543 Human Information Interaction

An examination of individual and collaborative information needs, uses and practices in context. Students will develop an understanding of the crucial interaction between people and information.

LIS 545 Management of Human Resources

The field of human resource management and its application in library and information services.

LIS 546 Marketing Library and Information Services

The principles of marketing and public relations for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on library and information services.

LIS 548 Library Services to Children and Young Adults

The principles and practices of library service to children and young adults. Prerequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

LIS 580 Contemporary Theories and Practices of Reading

A study of different theories of reading (e.g. social, psychological, literary) and of sites and practices of literacy in an era of rapid cultural and technological change.

LIS 585 Multimedia Literacies

An introduction to the theories, practices and implications of multimedia literacies. Examples of multimedia texts include print, video, audio, CD-ROM, DVD, computer programs, digital games, hypermedia, internet sites, graphic forms, electronic books, and text-based toys, games and commodities. The course will explore the cultural, social, commercial, and educational issues raised by the proliferation of such texts.

LIS 586 History of the Book

The historical, aesthetic, and economic bases of the "book" and its role in the recording and preservation of information and ideas.

LIS 587 Facilities Planning for Libraries and Information Centres

The examination of the building needs of various types of libraries and information centres, the involvement of information professionals and architects in the planning process, and various contemporary building styles.

LIS 590 Practicum

The application of LIS theories and principles through experiential learning in library, archives, records management, and other information services settings.

LIS 591 Publishing

An examination of trends and issues in publishing, particularly the impacts of media and digital technology, and of the critical intersections among the publishing industry, contemporary society, and the library and information professions.

LIS 592 Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in Librarianship Available online

Examines the central concepts of intellectual freedom and social responsibility and the range of related issues impacting different types of libraries.

LIS 593 Archives Administration

Theories, standards and methods used in management of modern archives, with a historical overview and an emphasis on contemporary theory and practice.

LIS 594 Records Management

The theory and techniques of records management.

LIS 597 Advanced Scholarship and Research in LIS

In-depth exploration of systematic approaches to scholarship and research in library and information studies for students pursuing thesis-route master's programs or other advanced projects. Pre-requisites: LIS 501 and LIS 505, or consent of the instructor. Restricted to students in the MLIS thesis route.

LIS 598 Special Topics

A current topic of significance to, or a special aspect of, library and information studies may be examined as demand and resources permit. Pre-requisites are variable; contact department for more information. Special topics offered include the following:

  • Bibliometrics of Knowledge Networks (IT)
  • Government Information
  • Indigenous Contexts for Library and Information Studies in Canada
  • Information Policy
  • Issues and Trends in Public Libraries
  • Knowledge Production, Diffusion, and Reception in LIS
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Technology, Information, and Society (IT)
LIS 599 Directed Study

Further study of special topics and issues, based on knowledge acquired in previous courses or on significant prior experience. Must be approved by the School. Restricted to students in the on-campus MLIS offering.

LIS 600 Capping Exercise

The required capping exercise for the MLIS degree is an ePortfolio representing examples of the student's course work, leadership and innovation potential, communication skills, and involvement in professional life. Normally students are expected to begin developing their ePortfolio during their second semester. The ePortfolio must be completed and submitted during their final term of coursework. It will demonstrate that the student has met the Program Level Learning Outcomes (PLOs) of the MLIS degree.

LIS 699 Directed Study (Doctoral Level)

Further study at the doctoral level of special topics and issues, based on knowledge acquired in previous courses or on significant prior experience. Must must be approved by the School. Pre-requisite: Permission of the instructor and enrolment in a doctoral program.