Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors

Thinking about dabbling a bit in the rare book / archives world? Check out our fall schedule. How about a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the Great Collections of NYC (LIS 519; summer 2015)? Or maybe you’d like to try something in preservation, new technologies, or the history of the book (fall 2015)? We offer a great class at the Met’s Watson Library in Tech Services. It meets over six Saturdays beginning in Sept. And see below for more about our Film and Media Collections class, meeting over four Saturdays starting in Nov. So many choices!  Many of our courses, from the fields of rare books, archives, public librarianship and technology, are popular among auditors.

Palmer classes are open to students who wish to audit classes (no credit) for personal enrichment or take a class for credit. They may do so by completing the Graduate Personal Enrichment/Visiting Student form listed under ‘Graduate Students Applying for Admission’.

  • Auditors pay half tuition (approximately $1800) and although no credit is granted, the course is recorded on the official LIU transcript. Auditing students are not required to submit assignments or other materials.
  • Visiting or personal enrichment students who wish to earn credit for a class pay the standard LIU tuition and will receive a grade and three credits.

Check here for the full summer 2015 schedule of classes; the fall is here. A small sampling follows. Almost all classes are open to personal enrichment/visiting students.

Great Collections of NYC: Intrepid book lovers will have a chance to see some of the very special collections housed here in the city with an expert guide leading the way. Summers, based out of the NYU Bobst Library.

Film and Media Collections: In today’s multi-media world, it is likely that libraries, public and academic, collect non-print formats. Organizations such as government agencies, non-profit organizations, law firms and companies have historically generated and maintained sound and moving image recordings. In addition, many organizations generate and need to store three-dimensional objects such as models and ephemera of all shapes and sizes. Librarians and archivists should have an understanding of the principles and practices related to acquiring and maintaining these collections. This class will focus on moving image and sound collections with a particular focus on film. The history of film and its preservation serves as an excellent model for understanding the issues related to maintaining these types of collections. The class is not necessarily intended for students wishing to become film or media librarians rather it is intended as an overview for any student expecting at some point in his/her career to be working with these formats in any capacity. This includes librarians working in public and academic institutions as well as archivists. This class counts as an Archives certificate elective. Offered in the fall of 2015 over four Saturdays beginning on Nov. 7. The class will be taught by Dr. Kent Underwood, head of Bobst Library’s Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media. 

A number of online classes are also available, in both summer and fall!