University of Hawaii
Library and information science professionals around the world are deep in the midst of implementing user-generated content and social Web applications. But what comes next? In a world where Google is the dominant reference paradigm and patrons are comfortable texting in queries, how will the profession save itself and adapt its way toward continued relevance? Web 3.0 may be the greatest challenge to the existing library infrastructure because it promises to make vast amounts of machine-readable data easily digestible in informal settings on cheap devices. The semantic web could be our next killer app, but only if we can find ways to leverage it properly. And the mobile revolution also promises to keep people away from libraries in droves unless librarians learn to harness the new capabilities. This course will give students the ability to understand new technology trends in the 2- to 5-year time frame and position both themselves, their employers and their patrons for productive implementation of these computer-based innovations. Expect plenty of expert speakers, case-studies, hands-on demos, forum discussions and reflective writing exercises.
No required textbook.