Summer Institute Courses

LSC  834 - Art and Museum Librarianship
During a week of field visits and classroom sessions, supplemented by individual research and writing projects, students will gain an overview of the rich variety of library collections that support, and operate in tandem with, cultural institutions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Students will learn about the programs and mission of large, nationally-known museums as well as small, community-based historical organizations. Students will be encouraged to consider changes in technology and informatics during the first decade of the 21st century, and the impact of those changes on art and museum library and archival services, collections, space allocations, staffing, and equipment

LSC  879 - Visions of Italy: Culture in Twenty-First Century Rome and Florence
This course is an introduction to the management and operations of religious and other cultural archives, records, manuscripts, objects and collections. Serving as the political center of western civilization for centuries, Rome is home to a plethora of structures, artifacts, texts, and documents illuminative of the rich history of the city as well as the Italian peninsula from classical times to the present. Further north, Florence is home to materials reflective of the city’s cultural centrality during the Renaissance. Through readings, site visits, and meetings with professionals, students will gain a basic knowledge of how Italian cultural professionals make museum, archival, and library resources known to various user groups. We will explore religious and other types of public programs, outreach strategies, and digital and physical exhibits, study the principles and practical elements involved in creating each, with site visits and instruction designed to reveal the ways the application of such principles occur in existing institutions and apply learning in their public programming.

LSC 884 - Copyright & Licensing Institute
This five-day intensive Institute surveys various U.S., and some global, copyright law and licensing issues in libraries. The emphasis will be on understanding copyright, licensing and electronic rights (e-rights) in modern culture and technology, and applying this understanding to the use of copyright and licensed content in a variety of library settings. Topics for this course include: 1) the basics of copyright, 2) digital copyright issues, 3) library copyright issues, 4) permissions and licensing, and, 5) managing copyright and licensing in libraries. This course will be taught on the CUA campus, the Library of Congress, and online through Blackboard. Guest speakers will address the class, where appropriate. Participants will have an opportunity to explore relevant and evolving copyright issues, gain confidence in their knowledge in this confusing area, and apply their knowledge through practical exercises and assignments.

LSC887 Institute on Federal Library Resources
Examines the complex of federal library programs and operations in detail through lectures, panel discussions, and information clinics, featuring library leaders, information scientists, government officials, and others prominent in federal library activities. Field trips to major federal libraries, information centers, and data banks, where participants may use resources and see technology in operation.


Online Courses

  • LSC 553: Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
  • LSC 641: Collection Development and Management 
  • LSC 612: Foundations of Digital Libraries
  • LSC 654: Database Management
  • LSSC  752: Design and Production of Multimedia
  • LSC 848: Media for Children
  • LSC 849: Media for Young Adults


Additional Courses

  • LSC 747: Special Collections
  • LSC 844: Music Bibliography (synchronous online)
  • LSC 886: Law Librarianship