Introduction to Library and Information Science


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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to library and information science.

Course objectives

The Palmer School objectives met by this course are

After taking this course the students


There are no prerequisite for this course.

Mailing list

There is a mailing list for the course at All students are encouraged to subscribe. As a rule, answers to email sent to the instructor will be copied to the list. There are exceptions to this rule


Thomas Krichel
Palmer School of Library and Information Science
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548–1300
work phone: +1–(516)299–2843

Private contact details may be obtained from the online CV.

Class structure

Classes will be held Wednesdays on the Brentwood graduate campus of LIU, between 18:20 and 20:10.

Class details:

0 2005–01–19 introduction to the course
1 2005–01–26 guest lecture by Antonella de Robbio
2 2005–02–02 the information architecture
3 2005–02–09 information science: a service perspective
4 2005–02–16 guest lecture on Brentwood library facilities
5 2005–02–23 libraries and technological change
6 2005–03–02 information policy in general
7 2005–03–09 guest lecture by Gerald Nichols
8 2005–03–16 information policy issues in libraries
9 2005–03–30 organizing information
10 2005–04–07 library history
11 2005–04–13 visit to Newsday
12 2005–04–20 libraries as organizations I
13 2005–04–27 study day, no class
14 2005–05–04 cheese and whine party

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The main reading is Rubin (2004). This is a standard book. Students are required to purchase the book if they want to do the readings. Other suggested readings, that acted as the source for the presentations of the instructor, will be listed at the beginning of the presentations.


Before each class except the first and second, as well as when the instructor says that there is no quiz, there will be a quiz on the issued covered in the previous class and the reading. Students answer one of three questions. Two will be covering past class and reading the third the current reading. The two worst performances in quizzes will be discounted. The average of the remainder counts for 50% of the class average. 10% is given for the test essay to be handed in on 16 March. 40% is for the final essay that has to be handed in at the beginning of the last class meeting. The topics of the test essay and the final essay has to be agreed with the instructor.

In addition, there is the optional Rubino assignment. It can be handed in any time up to the last class date. You will interview an information professional to get a detailed account, with some figures, on what precisely they do on a typical day, what portion of time they spend on different tasks and what the surrounding hierarchy is. Then you write this account in a two page paper.

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