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INFO-698 Practicum/Seminar Information Science

3 Credits

This 3-credit course fractures experiential hands-on learning and experience in cultural settings such as libraries, archives, museums, non-profits, publishing and information design firms. Students engage in professional-level work, while relating theory and research to practice. Importantly, the course is designed to provide opportunities to apply and develop the knowledge and skills acquired through coursework in a real work setting. Completion of the following course elements are required: 1)120 hours of fieldwork and research in a workplace setting selected by the student and related to his/her career goals, 2) maintain a journal of on-site hours, activities and reflections, 3) attend four 2 1/2 -hour seminar sessions (10 hours) and 4) produce a practicum project drawn from on-site work and a project presentation at the final course session (20 hours). The course grade is based on the site supervisor’s evaluation and the instructor’s assessment of the journal, practicum project and class participation. The Practicum/Seminar is required for Advanced Certificate programs within the MSLIS in archives and in museum libraries.