Summer 2024 Course List


The list of Summer 2024 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 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 Summer 2024 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 Summer 2024 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 summer special session programs, for any mandatory Zoom web conferencing dates, which will be added before Open Classes registration. Tentative start and end dates for summer session classes are listed at the top of the schedules. Dates for variable unit classes will be added to the schedule later. Please check back to the schedule for final 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 MLIS and MARA courses are for three units and cover the full 10-week session. However, there are several 1-unit and 2-unit MLIS and MARA courses available, reducing the cost to enroll, as well as the time needed to complete the course.

Students who enroll in MLIS and MARA Open Classes electives do not need to complete any core course prerequisites prior to enrolling. Students requesting INFM courses through Open Classes do need to meet the INFM required tech competency before requesting classes.

If you are interested in a specific course, we invite you to complete a sign-up form, which will be available starting May (TBA),  at 8 am Pacific, and then we will get in touch with you to confirm whether space is available. Request period will close on May (TBA), 2024, at 5 pm Pacific. We will not be able to process requests after that time.

MLIS and MARA Electives

Fees for MLIS and MARA classes are $525 per unit. Courses will run 3 units unless specified.

Estimated Semester dates are: 06/03/24 to 08/09/24.

MS Informatics Electives

Fees for Informatics classes are $575 per unit.

Check INFM course dates listed for each class.

Students requesting INFM courses through Open Classes need to meet the INFM required technology competency, before enrolling in an INFM Open Class: Applicants are required to demonstrate a strong technical foundation by having completed coursework and/or work experience with either 1) HTML5 and CSS, 2) a programming language, or 3) in information systems.

Transferring Open Classes into a Future Degree or Certificate

A maximum of 9 units can transfer into a future MLIS or MARA degree, including:

  • MLIS and MARA electives taken in iSchool Open Classes
  • SJSU World Languages Classes
  • Units from outside institutions
  • Only 6 of these 9 units can be INFM classes (Prospective MARA students should review the electives approval process for the MARA program.)

A maximum of 3 units taken in Open Classes can be transferred into a future Post-Master’s Certificate or Digital Assets Certificate.

INFM classes taken in Open Classes cannot transfer into a future MS in Informatics because of the cohort nature of the MS Informatics program.

Choose courses in any of the following areas:

Emerging Trends in the Profession
INFO 287-12     STEM in Libraries
INFO 287-13 Augmented Virtual Reality
INFO 287-14 The Hyperlinked Library: Emerging Trends, Emerging Technologies


Developing and Managing Information Systems and Web Applications
INFO 240-10, -11 Information Technology Tools and Applications
INFO 246-10 Web 2.0 and Social Media
INFO 246-11 MySQL in Depth
INFO 246-12 Graphic Design for Librarians (2 Units) Runs from TBA


Information Assurance, Big Data, Informatics, and Information Visualization
INFM 208-10

Information Security – Information Assurance*  

Note: INFM classes are $575 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement (1 unit) Runs from TBA


Leadership and Management
INFO 275-10 Library Services for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities
INFO 287-11 Adult Literacy
INFO 281-14 Scholarly Communication and Publishing Access, Intellectual Property, and Impact (2 units) Runs from TBA
INFO 281-15 Global Principles, Local Libraries (2 units) Runs from TBA
INFO 281-16 Open Education: OER and Open Pedagogy (1 unit) Runs from TBA
INFO 281-17 Serving Homeless Patrons in Public Libraries (1 unit) Runs from TBA
INFO 281-21 Serving Homeless Patrons in Public Libraries (1 unit) Runs from TBA
INFO 281-20 Building a Critical Culture: Information Ethics, Diverse Communities, and Critical Librarianship (2 units) Runs from TBA
INFO 282-10 Prison Library Management
INFO 282-11 Project Management (2 units) Runs from TBA
INFO 282-12 Using Social Media for Competitive and Company Research
INFO 282-13 Communications Strategy for Information Professionals
INFO 286-10 Interpersonal Communication Skills for Librarians


Managing, Preserving, and Curating Digital Assets, Records, and Other Cultural Heritage Artifacts
INFO 256-10 Archives and Manuscripts 
INFO 256-11 Archives and Manuscripts 
INFO 284-10 Genealogy
INFO 284-11 Photographic Preservation
INFO 284-12 Special Collections (2 units) Runs from TBA
INFO 284-13 Oral History (2 units) Runs from TBA
MARA 284-11 Navigating the Archives and Records/Information Management Job Market (1 unit) Runs from TBA
INFM 206-10 Electronic Records Foundations INFM classes are $575 per unit, INFM Tech Competency Requirement
INFO 207-10 DAM – Digital Assets Management* (2 units) Runs from TBA INFM classes are $575 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement


Information Organization and Retrieval
INFO 247-10 Vocabulary Design
INFO 248-10, -11 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
INFO 248-12, -13 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
INFO 266-10 Collection Management
INFO 266-11 Collection Management
INFO 281-10 Metadata
INFO 281-18 Metadata


Information Intermediation and Instruction
INFO 210-10, -11 Reference and Information Services, General (3 unit version)
INFO 210-12, -13 Reference and Information Services, General (3 unit version)
INFO 220-10 Data Service in Libraries
INFO 220-11 Consumer Health Librarianship (1 unit) Runs from TBA
INFO 220-12 Music Librarianship/Music Informatics
INFO 244-10 Online Searching
INFO 250-10 Instructional Design K-12 Focus
INFO 250-11, -12 Instructional Design Non K-12 Focus


Library Services for Children and Young Adults
INFO 260A-10 Programming and Services for Children
INFO 261A-10, -11 Programming and Services for Young Adults
INFO 265-10 Materials for Young Adults
INFO 267-10 International Children’s Literature (2 units) Runs from TBA
INFO 267-11 Materials from Early Adolescence
INFO 268-10 History of Youth Literature*
INFO 281-19 Early Literacy Storytime


Adult Services
INFO 281-11 Graphic Novels (1 unit) Runs from TBA
INFO 231-13 Graphic Novels (1 unit) Runs from TBA
INFO 287-11 Adult Literacy


Courses Covering Specific Library Environments
INFO 231-10 Issues in Special Libraries and Information Centers
INFO 237-10 School Library Media Materials
INFO 287-10 Digital Libraries


Research and Program Evaluation
INFO 285-10 Unobtrusive Research: Analyzing Existing Content
INFO 285-11 Survey Research (especially Library User Surveys)
INFO 285-12, -13     Action Research
INFO 285-14, -15 Literature Review Research Methods


*New course for summer 2024, Instructor TBA, or no prior course syllabus available for this instructor.