Spring 2018 Course List

The list of spring 2018 courses below includes all electives offered. MLIS core courses are not offered through iSchool Open Classes.

Note: Enrollment is based on space availability and is not guaranteed. Some of the classes below might already be filled.

As you explore these courses, we encourage you to read the example course syllabus. (Click on the course title to view the syllabus.) Note that in some cases, the syllabus may be from a previous semester, as the spring 2018 syllabus is not yet available. Also, some courses are new, and thus there are no previous syllabi available. When viewing a course syllabus from a previous semester, please note that the instructor for the spring 2018 Open Class may not be the same instructor in the sample syllabus we have linked to from a previous semester. Check the iSchool Schedule of Classes for any mandatory Zoom web conferencing dates.

The course syllabus includes a brief course description, along with details regarding assignments, technology requirements, grades, course calendar, workload expectations, student learning outcomes, and textbooks. If any live synchronous class sessions are required, they will be noted on the syllabus.

Most courses are for three units and cover the full 15-week session. However, there are several 1-unit courses available, reducing the cost to enroll, as well as the time needed to complete the course. We are also offering 2-unit courses. Many of these shorter courses have a leadership focus. Another option is to take a 3-unit course offered in an intensive format, where the time to complete the course is condensed to 7 or 8 weeks, yet you can still earn 3 units of credit.

Students who enroll in Open Classes do not need to complete any prerequisites prior to enrolling. If you are interested in a specific course, we invite you to complete a sign-up form, which will be available starting on Dec. 1,  2017, and then we will get in touch with you to confirm whether space is available.

Choose courses in any of the following areas:



Emerging Trends in the Profession
INFO 282-14 The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends
INFO 287-11 Gamifying Information
INFO 287-14 Library Services in the Digital Age


Developing and Managing Information Systems and Web Applications
INFO 240-10/ -11/ -12 Web Design and Programming Section 10 Closed
INFO 242-10 Database Management
INFO 246-10 JavaScript/jQuery
INFO 246-12 Learning to use Drupal and Understanding Content Management Systems Closed
INFO 246-13 Linux, Python, Data Security, Networking
INFO 246-14 Information Architecture
INFO 246-15 Web Frameworks with Bootstrap* (1 unit) Runs from January 31st - March 2nd. Requires a knowledge of HTML and CSS (INFO 240 or equivalent experience) See more information about this class.
INFO 251-10 Web Usability
INFO 293-10 Introduction to Data Networking


Information Assurance, Big Data, Informatics and Information Visualization
INFO 246-11 Information Visualization
INFO 281-13 Crisis/Disaster Health Informatics
MARA 284-10 Information Assurance


Leadership and Management
INFO 275-10 Library Services for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities Closed
INFO 275-11 Library Services for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities
INFO 281-10 Intercultural Communication, (2 units), Runs from January 24th - March 23rd. Closed
INFO 281-14 Digital Copyright,(1 unit), Runs from April 11-May 22 Closed
INFO 282-10 Grant Writing
INFO 282-11 Social Network Analysis and Social Analytics,(2 units) Runs from February 5th - April 13th
INFO 282-12 Financial Management, (1 unit) Runs from February 12th - March 16th
INFO 282-13 Leadership, (1 unit) Runs from February 19th - March 18th
INFO 282-15 Political Advocacy, (1 unit) Runs from January 24th - February 27th
INFO 282-17 Crisis Management: the Expanding Role of Information Professionals* (1 unit) Runs from January 31st - March 2nd
INFO 282-18 Project Management (2 units)Runs from  January 24th - March 23rd
MARA 284-11 Advocacy and the Professional Image of Archivists in Popular Culture*, (1 unit), Runs from Dates TBD See more information about this class


Managing, Preserving, and Curating Digital Assets, Records, and Other Cultural Heritage Artifacts
INFO 256-10 Archives and Manuscripts Closed
INFO 256-11 Archives and Manuscripts
INFO 259-10 Preservation Management Closed
INFO 280-10 History of Books and Libraries Closed
INFO 282-16 Digital Asset Management Closed
INFO 284-10 Digitization and Digital Preservation Closed
INFO 284-11 Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
INFO 284-12 Electronic Records
INFO 284-13 Digital Curation
INFO 284-14 Enterprise Content Management, (2 units) Runs from March 1st - May 3rd, note: example syllabus linked is from a 3 unit version of this class.
MARA 210-10 Records Appraisal, Creation and Retention
MARA 249-10 Electronic Recordkeeping Systems and Issues in Electronic Recordkeeping
MARA 284-11 Advocacy and the Professional Image of Archivists in Popular Culture* (1 unit) Dates: TBD See more information about this class


Information Organization and Retrieval
INFO 241-10  The ILS and basic functionality for all library systems, (1 unit) Runs from January 24th - February 21st
INFO 241-11  Current Expansions of the ILS already in play (e-books, social media), (1 unit) Runs from February 22nd - March 23rd
INFO 241-12  Emerging technologies that could be core pieces in 3-5 years (linked data, the Internet of Things), (1 unit) Runs from April 2nd - May 4th
INFO 247-10  Vocabulary Design
INFO 248-10/ -11/- 12  Beginning Cataloging and Classification All sections are closed
INFO 266-10  Collection Management
INFO 266-11  Collection Management
INFO 266-12  Collection Management Closed
INFO 281-11  Metadata Closed
INFO 287-12  RDA, (1 unit) Runs from January 24th - February 23rd Please note: Must already have had INFO 248 or equivalent experience
INFO 287-13 Subject Analysis, (1 unit) Runs from February 26th - March 23rd Please note: Must already have had INFO 248 or equivalent experience


Information Intermediation and Instruction
INFO 210-10/ -11 Reference and Information Services Both sections are closed.
INFO 210-12 Reference and Information Services
INFO 210-13 Reference Collections in the 21st century (1 Unit), Runs from February 26th - March 23rd
INFO 210-14 Reference in the Age of Google: Marketing, Outreach, Management, and Evaluation (2 Units), Runs from January 24th - March 23rd
INFO 220-10 Psychology of the Information User
INFO 220-11 Legal Resources*, (2 units) Runs from January 24th - March 23rd
INFO 220-12 Data Services in Libraries
INFO 221-10 Government Information Sources
INFO 244-10/ -11 Online Searching Section -10 is Closed
INFO 250-10 Instructional Design K-12 Focus
INFO 250-11 Instructional Design Non K-12 Focus Closed
INFO 254-10 / -11 Information Literacy and Learning Section -10 Closed


Library Services for Children and Young Adults
INFO 237-10 School Library Media Materials
INFO 260A-10 Programming and Services for Children
INFO 261A-10 Programming and Services for Young Adults Closed
INFO 263-10 Materials for Children Closed
INFO 267-10 Intellectual Freedom - YA


Courses Covering Specific Library Environments
INFO 230-10 Issues in Academic Libraries
INFO 232-10 Issues in Public Libraries Closed
INFO 233-10 School Library Media Centers
INFO 281-12 Indigenous Librarianship, (1 unit) Runs from February 21st - March 23rd
INFO 287-10 Institutional Repositories and Services (2 units) Runs from February 7th - April 13th


Research and Program Evaluation
INFO 285-10 Applied Research Methods: Youth Services
INFO 285-11 Research in Academic Libraries
INFO 285-12 Action Research, Intensive Format, Runs from Dates TBD  See more information about Intensives
INFO 285-13 Evaluating Programs and Services Closed
INFO 285-14 Evaluating Programs and Services Closed


Language and Culture for Information Professionals
SPAN 132-10 Beginning Spanish, SPAN 132 (4 units), is planned to be offered online by World Languages for the School of Information. See more information.

*New course offered for the first time in spring 2018. No prior course syllabus available.

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