Course Description

IST 511 is the introductory course for the MSLIS program. Librarianship is a field that is rapidly evolving, and this course will introduce you to established structures and practices in the field as well as the directions in which we are moving in the 21st century. This course surveys the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues affecting information service professionals and organizations and prepares students to deal with these issues.



Professor of Record

Beth Patin


Graduate students and information professionals

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Use the library catalog, print resources and commercial databases for basic information retrieval, as demonstrated through a research-based professional presentation.
  • Select and apply appropriate oral and written communication methods, in both large and small group environments as demonstrated through class discussions, group assignments and written assignments. 
  • Apply the basic concepts and vocabulary of library and information science.
  • Apply the ethics and responsibilities of information professionals to real-world situations.
  • Identify and explore issues, opportunities or challenges appropriate to their area of interest of the library and information professions.
  • Begin the process of professional networking and understand the issues and goals of different types of libraries. 

Course Syllabus

IST 511 Fall 2021 Syllabus- Beth Patin

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