Summer 2020: Classes Offered at UK SIS




The School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky is offering a number of courses in the 8-week summer session this year for its ICT and LIS degree programs. In addition, there will be part-of-term courses available for undergraduates in the last six weeks of the Summer term.

Courses with section #s in the 210s are offered fully online (distance learning) asynchronously via Canvas. These classes use weekly modules and discussion boards and do not have a regularly scheduled meeting pattern. Many students enjoy the flexibility of these classes which do not require students to live/commute to Lexington to complete coursework.

Please contact for more info on how to register.


Graduate Study Abroad returns in Summer 2020!

"Barriers and Bridges: Empowering Diverse Communities Through Access to Information"

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Video and Program Information available here:

Questions? Planning for next summer? Contact Ashley DeWitt at


Composition & Communication (First 4 Weeks, Last 8 Weeks, Last 6 Weeks)

In addition to our regular Summer Comp & Comm offerings, UK SIS will be offering a six-week version of the CIS 110 course (CIS 110 010) in the end weeks of Summer II. Please check the catalog for our full listings, including online versions of the CIS 110, 111, 112, and 300 courses. Contact for enrollment information.

Looking for another core class? See ICT 200 below.


Information Studies (IS) / Information Communication Technology (ICT) (Last 8 Weeks)

ICT 200 (same as IS 200) Section 210: Information Literacy & Critical Thinking

Emphasizing critical inquiry and critical thinking, this course will explore the theories and definitions surrounding the term “information literacy.” Students will put this theory into practice by developing problem-solving skills that allow them to meet information needs throughout their lifetimes. Students will gain a better understanding of how information and knowledge function in society and will discover methods of finding, accessing, evaluating, and using different information sources in an effective and ethical manner. Counts for UK Core in Arts & Creativity.


ICT 201 (same as IS 201) Section 210: Personal Knowledge Management

Information professionals play a major role in the information life cycle by facilitating the process of finding what others have created and accumulated. Their role is: to amass collections of information resources; to develop services to help people identify and articulate their information needs; and to enable people to find evaluate and use items of relevance. This course provides students with a basic understanding of the information environment, as well as an understanding of the differences in the information behavior, needs, and uses of various user groups. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to critically evaluate and employ information sources in different formats, and be able to communicate with users to identify and address their information needs. *Previously called General Information Sources.


ICT 202 (same as IS 202) Section 210 Technologies for Information Services

This course is designed to teach the fundamental concepts of information technology in ways relevant to professional practice in informatics and the information professions. It explores applications of computers and networks to information problems. Included are features of hardware, types of software, commercial systems and search engines.


ICT 301: Introduction to Databases

This course is intended to give students a solid background in databases, with a focus on relational database management systems. Topics include data modeling, database design theory, data definition and manipulation languages, storage and indexing techniques, query processing and optimization, and database programming interfaces.


Library Science (LIS) Courses (Last 8 Weeks)


LIS 510 Section 210: Children's Literature and Related Materials

This course is intended for upper-division undergraduates in the College of Education. Graduate students should take LIS 610: LIS 510 will not meet degree requirements for master's students. A survey of children’s literature, traditional and modern. Reading and evaluation of books with multimedia materials with emphasis on the needs and interests of children. Covers media for use by and with children from preschool through grade six.



LIS 600 Section 210: Information in Society

Students investigate the Information Society and its relationships with our world including the impact on information organizations and communities. Students focus on the discipline's ethics, values, and core concepts. Part of Library Science Core.


LIS 601 Section 210: Information Search

Within given theoretical contexts, students search and retrieve organized information. Students learn to construct, apply, and critically evaluate advanced information search and retrieval strategies.. Part of Library Science Core.



LIS 603 Section 210: Management of Information Organizations

Students learn and apply the basic elements of management and leadership within the context of information organizations. Part of Library Science Core.


LIS 636 Section 210: Foundations of Information Technology

A study of the computing fundamentals necessary for the understanding and use of information technology. Focus is on examining computer systems in concept and practice, which is essential to information professionals. Topics include how computers represent, process, store and retrieve information; how operating systems control these processes, interpret commands, present the user interface, and run applications; how databases are designed and created; how general understanding of programming processes and productivity software skills is important in a variety of professional contexts. Productivity applications include the Office suite, Internet applications and web publishing, and database management systems. Meets an IT requirement for LIS graduate students.


LIS 646 section 210: Academic Libraries

Examines historical development of academic libraries and their roles in higher education. Topics considered include the environment of academic libraries, organization and management needs of client groups, information resources and services provided clients; and issues, trends, and developments in academic libraries.


LIS 648 Section 210: Technology in School Media Centers

Consideration of new and emerging educational technologies that could be integrated into school curriculum. Includes hands-on experiences as well as critical reading and discussion on current issues relating to educational technology and the role of the media specialist in technology integration. Part of School Librarian program requirements.


LIS 612 Section 210:

A survey and historical study of culturally diverse literature for youth of all ages. Students will engage in extensive reading, evaluation, and discussion of literature and the issues related to developing an understanding of various cultures and special populations within the United States. Fulfills a literature requirement for School Librarian program students.


LIS 676 School Media Practicum:

Please contact your faculty advisor for information on requirements for the LIS 676 course. Registration for this course is restricted.


Special Electives for Library Science (LIS) Courses (Last 8 Weeks)

LIS 690 Section 211: Intellectual Freedom & Core Values in Information Organizations

Designed to be applicable to all types of libraries and information organizations, this course provides a deep look at intellectual freedom and related issues. We discuss how the core values of the profession can serve as a guide when faced with ethically challenging situations. We examine several issues related to intellectual freedom. In this course, students will also examine and develop policies to address some of these issues.

Taught by LIS associate professor Dr. Shannon Oltmann.


ICT/LIS 690 Section 212: Social Media

The goal of this course is to introduce major theories and methods for understanding and analyzing social media. This course will review topics such as social networks, ethics and policy, marketing approaches, and social analytics, and then discuss various applications of social media in different disciplines and organizations including scholarship, library, healthcare, and education.

Taught by LIS associate professor Dr. Namjoo Choi.