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Undergraduate Program


Yan Quan Liu, Program Coordinator
Tel. (203) 392-5763 
E-mail: liuy1@SouthernCT.edu

The Department of Information and Library Science prepares students for positions in library and information science and related fields. At the undergraduate level, a Bachelor of Science degree program in Information Management and Services (IMS) is offered. The program integrates coursework in information science, library science, and interdisciplinary studies. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students may also enroll in a minor in information management and services. 

A consortium enables students enrolled at the other three Connecticut State Universities to take undergraduate courses in information and library science at Southern Connecticut State University.

 

 

The Student Learning Outcomes of the IMS Program

Graduates of the IMS program will be able to:

  • Explain the roles of libraries and information centers in a democratic society.
  • Describe the basics of information seeking behavior and user studies.
  • Exhibit good customer service and communication skills.
  • Explain common library and information technology terminology.
  • Illustrate current issues and trends in data literacy and presentation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information organization, storage, retrieval, evaluation, dissemination, and utilization.
  • Identify basic reference and information resources and referral procedures.
  • Identify appropriate methods and techniques for material processing, storage, and preservation.
  • Apply learned skills and knowledge across a broad span of paraprofessional positions in libraries and information centers.

 

MAJOR IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES 

The B.S. degree program prepares graduates for careers in a variety of information-based fields. The program also prepares graduates for support positions in libraries. The major consists of 39 credits, 24 credits of required core courses, 9 credits of electives from computer science and 6 credits of electives from cognate areas. 

The Liberal Education Program (LEP) requires students to take courses within three tiers: 18 Credits of Tier 1 Foundations courses covering First Year Experience, Critical Thinking, Multilingual Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Technology Fluency, and Written Communication; 27 credits of Tier 2 Explorations courses covering American Experience, Creative Drive, Cultural Expression, Global Awareness, Mind & Body, Natural World I: Physical Realm, Natural World II: Life & Environment, Social Structure, Conflict & Consensus, and Time & Place; and 3 credits of Tier 3: Connections (Senior Capstone). 

ILS Major (39 credits; minimum 2.5 Overall GPA)

Required (24 credits):
     ILS 302 - Information Service
     ILS 320 - Technical Services
     ILS 330 - User Services
     ILS 360 - Data Literacy and Presentation
     ILS 421 - Organization of the Information Center
     ILS 425 - Information Sources
     ILS 440 - Information Service Technology
     ILS 400 - Library - Information Service Practice

Electives (9 credits) chosen from:

     CSC 104 - Web Technology
     CSC 152 - Computer Programming I
     CSC 200 - Information Management and Productivity Software
     CSC 207 - Computer Systems
     CSC 212 - Data Structures
     CSC 334 - Human Computer Interactions
     CSC 335 - Database Management Systems Design
     CSC 465 - Communications and Networks
     CSC 477 - Fundamentals of Data Mining

Electives (6 credits) chosen from one of these cognate areas:
Management
     MGT 105 - Managerial Communication
     MGT 300 - Management and Organization
     MGT 305 - Organizational Behavior 
     MGT 415 - Developing Team Managerial Skills
Psychology / Sociology
     PSY 210 - Infant & Child Development
     PSY 215 - Adolescent Development
     PSY 227 - Social Psychology
     PSY 370 - Educational Psychology or
     PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood
     SOC 203 - Social Organizations
     SOC 361 - Urban Sociology
Communication
     COM 101 - Professional Presentations
     COM 225 - Interpersonal Communications
     COM 253 - Fundamentals of Video Production

 

MINOR IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES 

The minor in information management and services may be used as a pre-professional preparation as a career ladder component for students who have earned an associate of science degree in the field and as a career-oriented concentration for students in professional studies or liberal arts programs. To become an information management and services minor, students must complete a minor declaration/change form, which is available online in the Registrar’s Homepage under forms (http://www2.southernct.edu/offices/registrar/forms.html) -- Change of Major/Minor. By clicking on the 'Change of Major/Minor' link it takes you to a login page, the student logs in and selects their declaration/change of a Minor.

ILS Minor (18 credits; minimum 2.5 Overall GPA)

Required (12 credits):
     ILS 302 - Information Service
     ILS 320 - Technical Services
     ILS 330 - User Services
     ILS 440 - Information Service Technology
 
Electives (6 credits): See lists above under CSC, MGT, PSY, SOC, and COM

State University Consortium

A consortium of the Connecticut State Universities enables students enrolled at the other three State Universities to take undergraduate courses in library science at Southern Connecticut State University. Students register and pay tuition and fees at their respective colleges. An interview should be held with a faculty advisor at Southern. 

 

 

INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE COURSES

 

ILS 244 - The Use of Information Sources
The range of media, technology and services available to students in the modern library is examined and applied. Cannot be used to fulfill requirements for major in Library Information Service. 3 credits.

ILS 300 - Literature for Children
Critical study of literature for children. Included are folklore, poetry, fiction and nonfiction, as well as discussions of outstanding writers and illustrators, past and present.

ILS 302 - Information Service
An overview of the information field: library science, instructional technology, information science, communications. 3 credits.

ILS 320 - Technical Services
Organization of the technical services structure: acquisition processes, cataloging-classification systems. 3 credits.

ILS 330 - User Services
Utilization of reference tools and the development of library-information programs. 3 credits.

ILS 360 - Data Literacy and Presentation
This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with natural characteristics of data, and data presentation including data management, data presentation and multimedia data. 3 credits.


ILS 400 - Library - Information Service Practice
A 150-hour work experience in a library-information service agency. By arrangement. 3 credits.

ILS 421 - Organization of the Information Center
The structure and function of information service agencies. 3 credits.

ILS 425 - Information Sources
Sources of information in the public and private sectors: selection, acquisition, utilization. 3 credits.

ILS 440 - Information Service Technology
Utilization of major technologies in library-information service agencies: video, microforms, computers. 3 credits.

 

Course Rotation Plan

Course  ILS 244 ILS 300 ILS 302 ILS 320 ILS 330 ILS 360 ILS 400 ILS 421 ILS 425 ILS 440
Spring 2018     YES   YES   YES YES   YES
Fall 2018 YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES  
Spring 2019   YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES
Fall 2019 YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES  
Spring 2020   YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES
Fall 2020 YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES  
Spring 2021   YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES
Fall 2021 YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES  
Spring 2022   YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES
Fall 2022 YES YES   YES   YES YES   YES  

 

A typical course sequence follows:

 

 

FRESHMAN YEAR - 30 Credits

 

LEP Tier 1: Critical Thinking

3

LEP Tier 1: INQ 101 Intellectual and Creative Inq.

3

LEP Tier 1: WC - ENG 112 Written Arguments

3

Free Elective or MAT 100/100P Inter. Algebra/Intro

3

Free Elective or ILS 244 The Use of Information Sources

3

LEP Tier 1: Multilingual Communication

3

LEP Tier 1: Quantitative Reasoning

3

LEP Tier 1: Technological Fluency

3

LEP Tier 2: Option

3

Free Elective or ENG 110 Fund. of Aca Writing

3

 

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR - 30 Credits

 

LEP Tier 2: Option

3

LEP Tier 2: Option

3

ILS 302 Information Service

3

Cognate 2: Option

3

LEP Tier 2: Option

3

LEP Tier 2: Option

3

Free Elective or MAT 107 Elementary Statistics

3

Free Elective or ILS 300 Literature for Children

3

Cognate 1: Option

3

LEP Tier 2: Option

3

 

 

JUNIOR YEAR - 30 Credits

 

ILS 320 Technical Services

3

Computer Science Cognate 1 out of 3

3

Computer Science Cognate 2 out of 3

3

Free Elective

3

Free Elective

3

ILS 330 User Services

3

ILS 421 Organization of the Information Center

3

Computer Science Cognate 3 out of 3

3

LEP Tier 3: Option

3

Free Elective

3

 

 

SENIOR YEAR - 33 Credits

 

ILS 360 Data Literacy and Presentation

3

ILS 425 Information Sources

3

Free Elective

3

Free Elective

3

Free Elective

3

ILS 440 Information Service Technology

3

ILS 400 Library Information Service Practice

3

Free Elective

3

Free Elective

3

Free Elective

3

 

 

Updated from the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog  

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: October 24, 2019