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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - LIS6949
Tracking Number - 2264

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-07-17
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): A syllabus has been added. The course objectives, learning outcomes and the need for this course have been updated.
Comments: to GC 4/4/11; approved 4/18/11. to USF System for concurrence 5/3/11; ready for SCNS 5/11/11. Apprd Eff 8/1/11

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-02-02
  2. Department: Library and Information Science
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 124800000
  5. Contact Person: Jinfang Niu
  6. Phone: 46837
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: LIS
  9. Number: 6949
  10. Full Title: Practicum in Archives and Special Collections
  11. Credit Hours: 2-6
  12. Section Type: I - Internships (Including Practicum)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: Y
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Practicum in Arch. and Spec.
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: S - S/U Only
  22. Prerequisites: LIS 5937, LIS 6711, LIS 6724
  23. Corequisites: LIS 6603, LIS 6409, LIS 6271, LIS 6511
  24. Course Description: Students gain hands-on practice in processing, cataloging and digitizing archives, rare books and other kinds of special collections. Students will be supervised by an archivist/ special collections librarian and a faculty member. Permission required.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? In the Library and information Science field, there is a growing job market for archivists. As a result, there is also a rapidly rising demand for archives and records management courses. A practicum course is an indispensable step in preparing students to become ready for real archival work. Many students have tried to engage in fieldwork through their individual contacts with archivists. It is now time to develop a well-structured practicum course to satisfy student needs and provide a more formal channel for students to gain practical experiences. This course can be extended to other sites of the School of Library and Information Science in Florida and out of state for distance students.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) For practica working professionals are expected to have at a minimum a master's in library and information science. Supervising faculty member will have a doctorate.
  29. Objectives: Apply theories and methods for archives management into the real practice. Gain hands-on experiences in the whole workflow in archives and special collection management, including appraising, arranging, describing and preserving physical archives and special collections, selecting archival materials for digitization, publishing digitized images online, and preserving digital collections. Students also will assist archivists in testing digitization standards and workflows, and setting up collections- related exhibits.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Developed skills in appraising, arranging, describing and preserving archive collections.

    Become familiar with technologies for cataloging and digitizing archives and special collections

    Gain experience in cataloging rare books, creating archival inventories and online finding aids,

    Gain knowledge in producing authority records for archive collections

    Gain experience in assigning classification codes and subject headings to rare books

    Gain skills in publishing findings aids and digitized archive collections online

  31. Major Topics: Archival appraisal, arrangement and description, digitization, online finding aids, digital preservation, digital archives
  32. Textbooks: Not applicable
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Varies
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 40 hrs. of practicum work per credit hour.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments vary. No exams or tests.
  36. Attendance Policy: Students have the responsibility of observing the practicum schedule and keeping up with all required work. If you must arrive late or leave early, or cannot make scheduled hours, expect to submit work late, or intend to withdraw from the course, you are asked to notify your practicum supervisor or instructor in advance.

    Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second week. For more information about the observance of religious days, please refer to

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Not applicable
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master's degree in Library and Information Science
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Museum studies certificate

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