Course name: English for Library and Information Science

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Course name: English for Library and Information Science

Teaching medium: English


1 credit, 20 Class Hours, 1st Semester etc.

This course is committed to helping students master the basic knowledge of professional English, including professional vocabulary application technology, oral academic communication skills through English and translation ability on scientific and technological literature. This course at the same time pay attention to cultivate graduates’ English using skills, combined with their academic research works, on written and oral communication ability, academic reading and translation of professional literature and information archives, cultivate students in academic activities concerning foreign affairs in written and oral communication, and lay a foundation for further improvement of their ability of international communication. In ideological education, this course aims to cultivate students' interest in learning, help them build up self-confidence and develop good study habits. Help graduates understand the cultural differences between the east and the west, cultivate the spirit of patriotism, build up the awareness of cultural exchange and mutual learning and international vision, and lay a good language foundation for students to enter the society and carry out future study and scientific research.


This course is based on lecture method, supplemented by classroom report on English literature reading and translation, simulated academic oral report, and English academic papers writing skills report, to comprehensively exercise and improve graduates' professional English listening, speaking, reading and writing ability.

C. COURSE OBJECTIVES(five or six objectives; general but comprehensive)

Objective 1:On the basis of English teaching for postgraduates, students are required to master the basic knowledge of professional English through 12 hours of teaching, including professional vocabulary using ability, oral English academic communication skills and scientific literature translation ability.

Objective 2:This course focus on cultivating students’ practical ability of English using in terms of academic literature written and oral communication, academic reading and translation of professional literature and archives, and build a foundation for further improving the ability of international communication.

Objective 3:This course cultivates students’ interest in self-learning and help students to build up self-confidence and positive study habits; To help students understand cultural differences and build up students’ awareness of cultural exchanges and mutual learning.


Chapter 1 Brief introduction on information science (2 class hours)

Chapter 2 Information retrieval and organization (3 class hours)

Chapter 3 Management of library and information system (3 class hours)

Chapter 4 Communication in the age of information (4 class hours)

Textbook (required):

[1] Li Jifang, Information Management English Tutorial[M]. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2004.

[2] Qi Yanli, English For Information Management[M]. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005.

[3] Xie Yangqun, Information Law[M]. Hefei: Anhui science and technology press, 2003.

[4] T.G. Lewis,Network Science: Theory and Application,Wiley Press,2009.

[5] Saracevic. T. Information science. New York: Taylor & Francis,2009

Supplies and/or tools:

[1] Nambisan S, Lyytinen K, Majchrzak A, et al. Digital Innovation Management: Reinventing Innovation Management Research in a Digital World[J]. MIS Quarterly, 2017, 41(1).

[2] Yang S, Han R, Wolfram D, et al. Visualizing the intellectual structure of information science (2006-2015): Introducing author keyword coupling analysis[J]. Journal of informetrics, 2016, 10(1):132-150.

[3] Mongeon, Philippe, Paul-Hus, et al. The journal coverage of Web of Science and Scopus: a comparative analysis[J]. Scientometrics: An International Journal for All Quantitative Aspects of the Science of Science Policy, 2016.

[4] Click A B, Wiley C W, Houlihan M. The Internationalization of the Academic Library: A Systematic Review of 25 Years of Literature on International Students[J]. College & Research Libraries, 2017, 78(3).

[5] Yoon H Y. User Acceptance of Mobile Library Applications in Academic Libraries: An Application of the Technology Acceptance Model[J]. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2016, 42(6).

1. In-class participation (40%): (1) Full attendance; (2) Active participation in class discussion.

Research paper (60%): (1) At least 2000 words; (2) Complete article structure; (3) Good topics and innovation; (4) Compliance with academic ethics, no plagiarism.

2. Grading standards: (1) 60~70: Can basically complete the teaching tasks and assignments of this course and appropriately use the specialty English for LIS.

(2) 71~80: Can complete the teaching content and tasks of this course and have a relatively comprehensive understanding of specialty English for LIS.

(3) 81~90: Can well complete the teaching tasks of this course and have a comprehensive understanding of specialty English for LIS.

(4) 91~100: Can perfectly complete the teaching tasks of this course and expertly use specialty English for LIS in academic research.


Chapter 1 Chief introduction on information science (2 class hours)

1. What is information?

2. What is information science?

3. The information studies and professional

Requirements: Master the scientific method of professional English vocabulary memorizing, consciously develop the habit of lifelong English learning, and be familiar with and skilled in using English literature resource acquisition platform, methods and tools.

Chapter 2 Information retrieval and organization (3 class hours)

1. Classification

2. Coding

3. Abstracts and abstracting

4. Acquisition

Requirements: Graduate students are required to understand the reading skills of English academic articles, learn English academic information and knowledge resources through speed reading and intensive reading, and understand the international academic frontier and hot spots. At the same time, skilled in English literature translation methods. One oral presentation in English literature reading and translation need to be prepared by the end of class.

Chapter 3 Management of library and information system (3 class hours)

1. Library systems

2. Citation indexing system

3. Information management: goals and functions

Requirements: The graduates clearly understand the basic rules, skills and chapter structure of English literature writing. On the basis of reading English literature, graduates need to organize the writing methods of English papers and present an oral report.

Chapter 4 Communication in the age of information (4 class hours)

1. The science and technology novelty

2. Intensive reading on research papers

3. Writing skills and practice

4. How to communicate with foreign experts?

5. Applied paper

6. Review

Requirements: The graduates should master the academic English oral communication skills, understand the basic principle of international communication and the methods of oral English self-training. Join a virtual academic conference on the topic assigned by the teacher. Teacher and students will review the questions during the learning process.

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