Web-Based Information Science Education

What is WISE?

Web–based Information Science Education is a unique opportunity for MLIS and MARA students to take online learning courses from other ALA-accredited U.S. and Canadian schools and some schools from other countries. This expands the range of specialized classes available to our students. See the current list of WISE Schools.

Taking a WISE Course

SJSU students can enroll in online courses offered through WISE member schools. Students taking a WISE course will register for the appropriate number of credits of INFO 298. All fees are paid to SJSU and credits are awarded by SJSU which makes the process much easier than transferring credits.

Please note:

  • Prerequisite (MLIS Students): Completion of INFO 200, 202 and 204; good academic status (not on academic probation); students with more than 43 earned units are not eligible.
  • Prerequisite (MARA Students): Completion of MARA 200, 204 and 210; good academic status (not on academic probation).
  • A maximum of 6 units of INFO 298 can be applied toward completion of the MLIS/MARA degree..
  • INFO 298 is graded as CR/NC (Credit/No Credit). To earn a grade of CR, students must earn a C or better in their WISE class. A grade of C- or lower will result in a grade of NC for INFO 298.

To Apply

Students who are interested in enrolling in a WISE class should apply by submitting the online WISE Course Request Application form.

Course offerings, dates and deadlines for the appropriate semester are posted below.

Only a limited number of spots are available for WISE classes. Not all requests can be granted. Students who participate must be flexible and willing to adjust to the schedule, course management system, and online environment of the host school. A good candidate for a spot in a WISE course is a self–motivated, disciplined student who is comfortable with technology and can adapt well to change.


Students will register for INFO 298 for the number of units specified. They will pay the same tuition/fees they normally pay per unit.


Questions about participating in WISE should be directed to Alison Johnson.

Courses Offered & Deadlines

Spring 2023 Semester

Dates & Deadlines (subject to change):

  • Course offerings posted: Nov. 16, 2022
  • Applications accepted until Dec. 2, 2022
  • The sooner your application is submitted, the better your chance of getting into a WISE course.

Courses Offered for Spring 2023:

Course Information Description

Theological Librarianship (4 credits)

Host University: University of Illinois
Berryhill, Carisse

Course runs Jan. 17 – May 3, 2023. Course meets online on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm Central /  1:00-3:00pm Pacific.


Provides an overview of the contexts, materials, services, and issues characterizing theological librarianship. Students interact with a number of librarians currently working in the field.

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International and Comparative Librarianship (3 credits)

Host University: Simmons University
Hussey, Lisa

Course runs Jan. 17 – May 5, 2023. Course is asynchronous. 


Comparison of American and foreign library systems in terms of national differences in philosophy, objectives, and services. Evaluation and comparison of collection policies, technical processes, public services, professional training, management, and facilities. Selected in-depth area studies. International cooperation and major projects in the information fields; contributions of international organizations. Guest lectures, presentations, and individual research projects. 

Information Visualization (3 credits)

Host University: Simmons University
Dumas, Catherine

Course runs Jan. 17 – May 5, 2023. Course is asynchronous. 


Information visualization is the interdisciplinary study of the visual representation of large-scale collections of non-numerical information, such as library and bibliographic databases, networks of relations on the Internet, query and retrieval set relationships. Collections of digital objects — text-based and digitized visual resources — are part of a larger stream in information work of presenting large volumes of data in graphic forms from library, archive, museum, and scientific work. Traditionally, information visualization has been associated largely with information retrieval, data mining, and information graphics with purposively design explanatory images, but as the volume of digital resources grows and visualizing techniques are simplified, library systems, digital libraries, and special-purpose information systems in both the sciences and humanities turn to visualization techniques to display, explain, and help users establish meaning from the retrieved data sets.

Digital Inclusion for Information Professionals​ (3 credits)

Host University: Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Goulding, Anne

Course runs Feb. 27 – Jun. 2, 2023. Course is asynchronous. 


This course provides an introduction to, and overview of, community engagement theory and practice and its relevance to building the relationships that serve the information needs of communities in the digital age. Topics covered include community in theory and practice, social capital, social networks, information needs of communities, engagement methodology, evaluation, and collective impact and their relationship to library and information science organizations.

To Apply: Submit the online WISE Course Request Application form.

Previous Courses Offered

Fall 2022 Semester

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Summer 2022 Semester

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Spring 2022 Semester

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Fall 2021 Semester

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Summer 2021 Semester

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