MLS 711: Organization of Knowledge
The course examines theories and practices in knowledge organization: cataloguing, bibliographic description, subject analysis and classification. It covers the organization of information in various formats, including examination and application of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR, 2nd revised ed.), major classification schemes and subject headings lists, authority work and formatting bibliographic or surrogate records for computer manipulation using international standards like MARC and Dublin Core.
MLS 712: Information Searching and Retrieval
This course examines the developments and changes of online information searching and retrieval, in the context of digital technology, for the purposes of retrieving the right, precise and relevant information resources. It focuses on human cognitive and visual processes, application of artificial intelligence and natural language processing techniques to information retrieval, and interaction with various electronic resources to identify appropriate content to satisfy different information needs of users.
MLS 713: Advanced Cataloguing and Classification
This course provides an in-depth theory and practice in descriptive and subject cataloguing at more advanced levels including cataloguing of various formats of information packages using international standards, rules and manuals. Students are exposed to more advanced techniques of cataloguing and classifying non-print and electronic materials and non-MARC standards.
MLS 714: Thesaurus Construction in a Specific Discipline
This course provides an opportunity for students to examine in depth the structure of knowledge in certain disciplines, such as medical science, architecture & building, environmental science, etc. By examining the thesauri of these fields, students gain a better understanding of the field. The main focus of the course will be on concepts, theories and principle of design and methods of thesaurus construction. It discusses the concepts and principles of vocabulary control, evaluation and overview of thesauri used in manual and online environments. It explores the basic technique for constructing thesaurus in a specific discipline. Students will undergo practical experience in constructing a thesaurus.
MLS 715: Metadata
The course examines principles and current applications of metadata for information resource description and retrieval, with an emphasis on the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set. It discusses methods for enabling users to find, identify, select and obtain information resources by means of a variety of metadata content standards and encoding schemes. It focuses on the creation and application of descriptive metadata for information resources in electronic formats and digital collections. Includes issues on taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, encoding schemes interoperability and element mapping.
MLS 721: Library Administration
Examines the art and science of library administration, namely organization and management theories, principles, and practices in various types of libraries. Examines current issues and challenges facing present and future role of libraries and strategies for their administration. Emphasis will be on strategic planning, policy formulation, organization of operations and processes, human resources, financial management, facility management, resource sharing, and customer-focus services.
MLS 722: Resources and Collection Management
The course examines the principles, policies and practices for the selection, evaluation, and management of various resources and collections in libraries. It involves collection development policy for print and electronic resources, user needs studies, cost-benefit studies, standards and procedures, evaluation, weeding, preservation, evaluation of vendors and information providers. Discusses issues in policy formulation, intellectual freedom, censorship, access versus ownership.
MLS 723: Strategic Planning and Human Resources Management for Libraries
The course examines the significance of strategic planning and human resources management within the context of managing libraries and information organizations. It covers the rationale, principles, and processes involved in strategic planning in relation to human resource management; the formulation, implementation and evaluation of various strategic choices in different situations in libraries, information centres, and knowledge centres. Human resource management components such as task design, selection and recruitment, appraisal and reward system, training and career development play a critical role in determining the success or failure of strategy implementation in libraries. The leadership and personnel competencies necessary for strategic planning and management are discussed.
MLS 724: Public Relations and Marketing of Libraries
The course examines and applies concepts of Public Relations and Marketing in libraries and information agencies. Communication, advertising, publicity, marketing, market research, image building, selling yourself concept, promotional activities and media relations will be discussed. Strategies for selling the organization and libraries will be emphasized. Current PR issues in libraries and information agencies including crisis management and electronic PR will be highlighted.
MLS 725: Information Policy and Information Infrastructure
Various national and international information policies and infrastructures that facilitate information flow in the public and private sectors are examined. It emphasizes the significant role of information policy in promoting and nurturing information and knowledge access and transfer. Librarians and information professionals will examine various information policies and infrastructure issues and challenges. Policies related to information creation, resource management, format, access, use, protection, confidentiality, privacy exploitation and sharing are becoming more important in the process of handling information products and services. Information policy and the provision of appropriate infrastructures are critical to the successful development, provision, access, delivery and exploitation of information and knowledge at organizational, national, regional and international levels. Information policy matter is of utmost importance and must not be neglected by organizations and governments in the 21st century.
MLS 730: User Needs and User Studies
This course examines the concepts, theories and models applied to study user needs and information seeking behaviour. Students will evaluate and compare models of information behaviour, information search process and apply instructional principles in the development of information literacy programs and others to assist user services.
MLS 731: Specialized Information Sources and Services
The course examines various types of reference sources and information services in libraries. It covers a variety of reference sources, both print and electronic, the history, philosophy and practice of reference services, users’ needs and users’ behavior. It also discusses current trends and challenges in meeting the demands of users’ services.
MLS 732: Information Sources and Services in Social Sciences
This course examines various information sources, information services, and information seeking behavior of users in the area of social sciences. Students are required to choose a topic within the field and compile a subject bibliography or resource guide to the information sources of the chosen topic. In addition to subject bibliography compilation, students will also create a database of local information or local history.
MLS 733: Business Information Sources and Services
The course examines literature, information sources and information services in business and finance. It also discusses information needs and information seeking behavior of people in the business and commercial environments. It introduces business analytical tools and outlines the models for assessing competitive forces within an industry and the critical success factors in corporate environments.
MLS 734: Legal Information Resources and Services
This course examines various information sources and services in the legal field. It discusses users’ needs, trends in information seeking behavior and information use of legal materials. References will be made to Malaysian, British and other international legal materials.
MLS 735: Information Sources and Services in Medical and Health Sciences
This course examines the development of the health sciences information: the structure, functions, service patterns, health sciences literature, information needs, resources, reference services, networks, trends and issues in medical and health information.
MLS 736: Islamic Information Sources and Services
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of the various sources, services and trends of information seeking behavior in the areas of Islamic knowledge. Students are required to choose a topic within the field and compile a subject bibliography or resource guide to the information sources of the chosen topic. In addition to subject bibliography compilation, students will also create a database of Islamic information of local or international in scope.
MLS 741: Information System Management and Evaluation in the Library Environment
As information system proliferates in organization, the question of their effectiveness becomes significant to the top management. Information system needs to be evaluated in order to assess and align its benefits to the organization. This course focuses on the evaluation of the information system used within libraries and information organisations. Methods, approaches, and issues of information systems management and systems evaluation will be discussed. To set the stage, the general aspects of information systems in organization will be discussed first in this course.
MLS 742: Digital Libraries and Multimedia Applications
This course examines the concepts of digital and virtual libraries and applications of multimedia systems. It includes developing competencies, skills and knowledge in digital library management. Students are required to plan a multimedia project; design and develop a multimedia product relevant to current needs in the library environment.
MLS 743: Information System Security in the Library Environments
This course examines the management of information technology security: access control systems and methodology, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, legal issues in information system security, ethics, computer operations security, physical security and security architecture and models.
MLS 744: Information System Project Management in the Library Environments
This course examines the project management framework and techniques applicable to library environments. It develops competencies and skills in managing IT projects at the managerial and operational levels. It covers applications of project management software in academic as well research organizations. It provides an essential guidance on project management for library professionals.
MLS 745: Information System Evaluation In Libraries And Information Centers
As information system proliferates in libraries and information centers, the question of their effectiveness in the organization becomes significant to the top management. Information system needs to be evaluated in order to assess and align its benefits to the organization. This course focuses on the evaluation of the information system used in the library and information center environment. Methods and approaches of information systems evaluation will be examined.
MLS 751: Seminar: Information, Libraries and Society
This course which uses a seminar approach presents concepts, knowledge, theories, applications, issues and challenges pertinent to the information and library world. The main focus of the discussions and deliberations will be on information, information agencies (libraries) and information users (society), with specific reference to current and forthcoming issues and strategies. A significant discussion will be on the impact of ICT, changing roles and function of libraries in the content of information and knowledge era. Extensive research and reading, presentations, discussions, interactions and recommendations will be adopted in this seminar mode of study. Students are expected to read widely and discuss intelligently and be innovative in their recommendations to the issues.
MLS 752: Dissertation Development and Research Methods
This course equips students with the philosophy, principles and various research methods used by researchers in the fields of social science, in particular those relating to library and information science. Students will learn the research principles, needs and value of research skills at postgraduate level, as well as the systematic processes and techniques for ensuring the validity and reliability in qualitative and quantitative research. Emphasis will be on research design, data collection and analysis, data interpretation, preparation of research proposal and writing of the final report. The course will culminate in students being able to produce a research proposal that will lay the foundation for their research work and thesis writing in the subsequent semesters.
MLS 758: Measurement and Evaluation in Libraries
This paper enables students to exercise analytical thinking ability in measuring and evaluating different operations; activities and services pertaining to information work in libraries and information organizations. The course examines principles and various methods in measurement and their applications to the evaluation of inputs, processes, outputs, and outcomes in libraries. It enhances students’ analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for decision-making and performing other managerial functions.
MLS 760: Independent Study
This course provides an opportunity for students to pursue an in-depth study on a topic of their interest / relevant to their career. Students will identify and indicate their interest by discussing with lecturer(s) and proceed to conduct some literature review before finalising the specific title of the study. A supervisor will be assigned according to the chosen topic that matches with the supervisor’s expertise and availability. At the end of the course, students are required to produce a written report of 7,000 – 10,000 words, using the format prescribed by the faculty. For a topic under the umbrella of ICT Applications, students may produce a prototype of a product / multi-media presentation accompanied by an appropriate documentation.
Students may approach the project by applying the research methods learnt in the previous semester and using the similar format and guidelines provided in thesis writing.
MLS 761: Seminar in Knowledge Management
This course, which uses a seminar approach, presents concepts, knowledge, theories, applications, issues and challenges pertinent to knowledge management in organizations, with special attention to knowledge creation and knowledge sharing. The main focus of the discussions will be on the identification of Knowledge artifacts in the form of resources and assets, knowledge repositories and knowledge transfer. This course is participatory, and students will engage in active learning through discussion, seminars and case studies. Students are expected to read widely and discuss on various issues in knowledge management.
MLS 763: Information Industry and Information
The course examines the evolution, development and characteristics of information industry in advanced and developing countries; the role of and relationship between information industry, knowledge-based society, and knowledge-based economy. Discusses business and economic aspects of information production and information services; the generation and transformation of raw data into information, knowledge as a commodity, consumer products and services; information value and pricing; fee-based information services; information gateways, aggregators, hosts and vendors.
MLS 764: Bibliometrics Applications and Knowledge Productivity
This course examines concepts and theories prevalent in quantitative studies of communication of scholarly information. It explores the origin and growth of knowledge in information-rich and information-poor nations. Discusses the application of Bibliometrics in assessing research performance and knowledge productivity in departments, universities, organizations, and nations. The use of bibliometric indicators in management and policy planning is also included.