1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Professional Paths

LS 513-002Fall 2022 | 3 Credit Hours


Ms. Melissa Fortson

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

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Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

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Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:

No textbook is required for this course. All readings are freely available online, through the UA Libraries, or through Blackboard Learn.

Course Objectives

  • This course will introduce major career trajectories that graduates of Library and Information Studies programs can pursue.

  • This course will provide a bridge between Library and Information Science research and practices of working professionals.

  • This course will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their own career choices and begin to articulate their own goals for themselves.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recognize and describe the breadth of professional roles an MLIS can provide.

  • Students will be able to identify the skills and other requirements for their preferred career path and to express their current progress towards that goal in a way that accentuates the student’s strengths.

  • Students will be able to locate and curate resources relevant to an LIS topic.

  • Students will be able to articulate their initial professional path, informed by course material and class discussions.

Other Course Materials

No textbook is required for this course. All readings are freely available online, through the UA Libraries, or through Blackboard Learn.

Outline of Topics

The course schedule is subject to change. I will communicate changes in class and in our Blackboard course.




Course Introduction


Thinking About the Profession


Information Literacy and Reference Services


School Libraries


Youth Services


Public Libraries


Academic Libraries


Special Libraries Part 1


Special Libraries Part 2


Information Technologies and Technology Services


Digital Libraries


Institutional and Community Archives


Information Science


Digital Humanities


Thanksgiving Break


Guest Speakers/Panel

Exams and Assignments

All assignments will be graded. The following point values are possible for the assignments and for participation:


Points Possible

Content Analysis of Job Ads

10 points

Resume & Job Application Packet

25 points

Curating a Communal Toolkit

30 points (3 x 10 points)

Articulating Your Professional Path

30 points


5 points

Total Possible

100 points

Grading Policy

Assessments and their respective point values are listed in the Exams and Assignments section of this syllabus. I expect you to complete and turn in your coursework by the deadlines specified here and in the Blackboard course.

Grade Ranges

Number Grade

Letter Grade







Less than 70


Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

I expect you to complete and turn in your coursework by the deadlines specified here and in the Blackboard course.

That being said, we are still in the midst of a pandemic and circumstances change quickly. If you are unable to meet a deadline because something is happening in your life, please reach out to me as soon as possible so we can agree on another plan for turning in your work.

Attendance Policy

Your presence and participation are important to me. I expect you to attend and participate in all class meetings. Reading assignments should be completed before class on the date assigned. Please bring the assigned readings to class so you can refer to them during class discussion.

That being said, we are learning under challenging circumstances, and life happens. Please let me know if you expect to miss a class meeting due to illness, work or family concerns, etc.. In addition to wanting to support you, I may need to adjust planned activities.

A small amount (5%) of your grade in this course is based on participation. Participation may take the form of coming to class prepared to discuss the readings, contributing to in-class discussions, asking and answering questions in class discussion forums, sharing resources related to our class topics, and communicating with me as the need arises. I am committed to providing multiple ways you can engage with course content.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Learning

Your success in this class is important to me. We all learn differently, and I am committed to creating a course that is inclusive in its design. If there are aspects of this course that prevent you from learning or exclude you, please let me know as soon as possible. Together we’ll develop strategies to meet both your needs and the requirements of the course.

If you have a disability, or think you may have a disability, I encourage you contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to discuss academic accommodations and support services. If you are already working with ODS and have an accommodations letter, please share it with me at the earliest opportunity so we can discuss making the course and its design work for you. The UA Writing Center and the Capstone Center for Student Success are great places to get help if you're struggling academically, regardless of ability status.

You are important to me. If you or someone you know is facing a challenging time or dealing with academic or personal stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerns, I strongly encourage and support you to seek assistance or to help friends find the care that they may need: Resource List for Students (PDF)

In this class, we will foster a learning community that is inclusive and respectful. Our diversity may be reflected by differences in race, ethnicities, nationalities, culture, age, religion, genders and gender identities, disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, political affiliation, and other social identities and life experiences. Course content and class discussions will heighten our awareness of our diverse and intersecting identities, and we will strive to use inclusive language. We will not tolerate disruptive behaviors that interfere with carrying out class or creating a space conducive to learning. If disruptive behaviors persist, they may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

I encourage you to share your preferred name and your pronouns. In myBama, go to Student tab > Self Service Banner > Personal Information > View/Update Personal Information (or search pronoun). Your pronouns will appear to other users. In your Blackboard Learn courses, they will display in various locations of interactive tools, group activities, and name lists. If you do not want others to see your pronouns, select Not Applicable from the Personal Pronoun drop down menu, then select Update. More information about pronouns in Blackboard Learn: Personal Pronouns in Blackboard Learn

Technical Support

Students needing assistance using Blackboard and other instructional technologies are encouraged to visit the Center for Instructional Technology website for self-service resources. If you need additional assistance, please submit a request or call CIT at 205-348-3532.

Blackboard Ultra Course Pilot Syllabus Statement

This class is one of several participating in a pilot program of Blackboard's Ultra Course View (UCV). UCV is designed to offer a more stream-lined and easier to use interface, as well as improved workflows and functionality for many tools. For technical assistance using Blackboard or other UA instruction technology, contact CIT at cit@ua.edu. CIT will also be contacting pilot participants to gather feedback and ideas for the future of UCV at UA.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.

Wellness Resources

College can be a stressful time

If you or someone you know is facing a challenging time or dealing with academic or personal stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerns, we strongly encourage and support you to seek assistance or to help friends find the care that they may need. Please refer to our Campus Resource List for Students.

Also, If you are experiencing a personal crisis and need urgent assistance, you can also contact the following resources:

Counseling Center

  • Monday-Friday during routine Center hours (205-348-3863).
  • Weekends, holidays, after-hours (contact UAPD at 205-348-5454 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor).
  • You may also text BAMA to 741-741 to text with a trained volunteer.

Women and Gender Resource Center

  • Monday-Friday during routine Center hours (205-348-5040).
  • Weekends, holidays, after-hours (contact UAPD at 205-348-5454 and ask to speak to the on-call advocate for the WGRC.