Summer 2021

The Institutes and Visions of Italy will not run in the summer of 2021. All  classes will be held online.

 

Asynchronous Online Courses
(May 10-August 14)

LSC 553: Information Sources and Services
with Dr. Sung Un Kim
A solid introduction to the fundamental terminology, concepts, and practices of library public services as well as the skills to deliver them effectively to a variety of information users and within a variety of settings. Special emphasis on the philosophy of reference service, appropriate communications skills for use in instructional settings and reference interviews, standard evaluative criteria for determining fitness of sources to meet information needs, proficient retrieval of information from print and electronic reference sources, policies and procedures for the provision of reference service, and the role of reference and information service departments within an organization.

LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
with Dr.  Sue Yeon Syn
Introduces students to the evolving role of information systems in the storage and retrieval of information. Students explore how information technology in libraries, archives and information centers, and on the World Wide Web facilitates interaction with information. This course is designed to: Introduce students to applicable theory, principles, and standards; explore the capabilities and functions of several classes of information systems, including established technology like integrated library systems (ILS) and databases as well as evolving social and collaborative environments; introduce essential technology elements (hardware, software, networking, etc.); introduce practical information technology skills used by information professionals, such as working with databases and creating and publishing web pages; and promote critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative teamwork abilities for working with information technology.

LSC 641: Collection Development and Management 
with Prof. Meg Tulloch
Focuses on the processes, concepts, and methodologies for building and managing collections in all types of libraries and all media. Covers Collection Development policies, selection, acquisition, processing, evaluation, and weeding of collections. Deals with the complexities of vendor relations and the licensing of digital content as well as the acquisition of print and multimedia, with associated hardware and software as appropriate. Relates the roles and functions of collection management to the overall library operations and missions, the utilization of collections, the increasing emphasis on library consortia, the roles of collections and the Internet in meeting information needs, and other emerging issues and trends.

LSC 612: Foundations of Digital Libraries
with Dr. Young Choi
The digital library is a blend of old and new, bringing new formats, technologies and techniques to the global dissemination of information, drawn on knowledge and experience in areas such as organization of information, digital preservation, information retrieval, interface design, and networking. This course will provide an overview of principles and practices in digital libraries. The course will address theoretical, technological, social, and practical issues regarding building, organizing, and providing access to digital libraries. Topics covered in the course include all phases of project management including collection development and assessment, formatting standards and practices, metadata and markup standards, technical infrastructure, and end-user experience. Prerequisites: 551

LSC 654: Database Management
with Prof. Bruce Hulse
Study of the fundamentals of information storage and retrieval systems design, including needs assessments, requirements specifications, data models and records structures, and information processing methods. Other topics may include document management, imaging, optical disk storage, markup languages, hypertext, and network architectures.  Prerequisites: 551, 555

LSSC  752: Design and Production of Multimedia
with Prof. Maddie Davis
This course focuses on the practical application and instructional integration of digital tools, including audio/video software and Web 2.0, to produce multimedia projects. Course projects will be designed to teach information literacy and media literacy skills to PK-12 students, and to provide professional development to teachers and administrators. Each project will align with national and state technology and curriculum standards. Multimedia-specific copyright laws will be discussed.

LSC 848: Media for Children
with Prof. Schenell Agee
Evaluation, selection, and use of multimedia materials for children in terms of needs, interests, and abilities. Attention to matching students' needs, interests, and stages of cognitive development. Discussion of characteristics and representative titles of various genres of children's literature.

LSC 849: Media for Young Adults
with Prof. Beth Ebenstein Mulch
Evaluation and selection of materials and techniques for providing reading guidance to young adults in school library media centers and public libraries. Emphasis on contemporary literature suited to the personal and recreational needs and interests of young people. Print and digital tools examined and utilized throughout the survey and evaluation of representational titles.

Synchronous Online Courses

LSC 747: Special Collections
with Prof. Marisa Bourgoin
June 29 - August 7, 2021, Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:40 p.m. EDT

Introduction to the key issues in managing library-based special collections of various subjects, formats, and media, including: traditional book and paper formats, rare books, manuscripts, still and moving images, audio recordings, ephemeral materials, and new media. Explores a variety of curatorial techniques and approaches to identify, acquire, preserve, describe, make accessible, manage and administer these materials. Examines the unique characteristics as well as the commonalities across varieties of special collections. Discusses curatorial challenges due to new technologies and popular misperceptions about the role and value of collections, and the evolving nature of special collections’ curatorship. (Note: No Prerequisite.)

LSC 844: Music Bibliography (synchronous online)
with Prof. James Wintle
June 29 - August 7, 2021, Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-9:10 p.m. EDT
Survey of management, organization, and services in music libraries, including those in public, academic, conservatory, and research settings. Includes acquisitions, cataloging, indexing, processing, and preservation of music materials, with special attention to the handling of music scores and sound recordings; also fiscal management, collection appraisal, and the evaluation of services.  
(This course is only offered once every two years. Don’t miss your opportunity to register!)

Students attending from consortium schools, contact us at cua-lis@cua.edu for syllabus.

LSC 886: Law Librarianship
with Prof. Abigail Ellsworth Ross
May 15 - June 26, 2021, Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-9:10 p.m. EDT
Introduction to the various kinds of law libraries, their organizational structures, collections, and services.  

If you are a visiting undergraduate or graduate student, please visit the Catholic University summer sessions page for information on how to apply.

 

Summer 2019

 

LSC 641: Collection Development and Management
LSC 747: Special Collections 
with Professor Marisa Bourgoin
at the Library of Congress
Introduction to the key issues in managing library-based special collections of various subjects, formats, and media, including: traditional book and paper formats, rare books, manuscripts, still and moving images, audio recordings, ephemeral materials, and new media. Explores a variety of curatorial techniques and approaches to identify, acquire, preserve, describe, make accessible, manage and administer these materials. Examines the unique characteristics as well as the commonalities across varieties of special collections. Discusses curatorial challenges due to new technologies and popular misperceptions about the role and value of collections, and the evolving nature of special collections’ curatorship. (Note: No Prerequisite.)

LSC 888: The Special Library/Information Center
with Professor Bruce Rosenstein
Survey of management, organization, and services within special libraries and information centers. Emphasizes ongoing changes within the profession and the organizational environment. Includes a customer service focus, knowledge management, and the move to virtual libraries/information centers.

Summer Abroad in Rome

Institutes