iSchool at Maryland
This course analyzes global trends and contemporary constraints in access to information around the world. We will compare and contrast information delivery systems, information policy issues, service arrangements and professional patterns, focusing primarily on developing countries. We will view libraries, information organizations and information systems against the backdrop of national cultures and diverging paths of development. We will highlight influences of social, political and economic factors upon these paths.
Participants will gain an overview of the myriad topics that make up international librarianship and other information institutions, and survey some of the specific topics in world affairs that make library and information work challenging in all parts of the globe. Each student will take an in-depth look at information environments in specific countries, as well as analyze worldwide initiatives.
No required textbook.