Transformational Information Technologies: Spring 2007

Instructor:

Doug Oard

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2007

Description:

The times in which we live are seeing the greatest sustained rate of change in technology in all of human history. We need to learn how to think about this tectonic shift and its effect on individuals and society as a whole. This course will explore the ways in which information technologies evolve, and how technologies interact with social systems, ultimately leading us to frameworks for thinking about the coupled evolution of technology and society. We’ll start by looking at what people know about how to think about innovation. Then we’ll work through a series of case studies, starting with those rooted most deeply in the past — where we can learn a lot about what actually happened — and moving towards those rooted most deeply in our vision of the future — where we can explore the utility of our frameworks for thinking about innovation and social transformation.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~oard/teaching/708t/spring07/

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Reader’s Advisory for Adult Popular Fiction: Summer 2007

Instructor:

Wayne A. Wiegand

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2007

Description:

An examination of the nature and societal functions of a variety of mass media-generated adult reading materials and their relationship to the contemporary field of library and information studies.

Required Textbook:

Herald, D. T., 2006. Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, 6th ed.
Ross, C. S., McKechnie, L. E. F., Rothbauer, P. M. 2006. Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_wiegand.pdf

Copyright and Libraries: Summer 2007

Instructor:

D.E. Perushek

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2007

Description:

Examines issues in copyright and intellectual property pertaining to libraries of all sorts from the perspective of both theory and praxis. Beginning with a history of copyright, we will analyze theories of copyright and its application, especially in the digital age. The practical aspects of copyright as it applies to licensing contracts for electronic resources will be explored, including the economics of licensing. Attention will be given to interpretations of copyright law, fair use, liability and the responsibility of the individual librarian to introduce copyright concepts to library users. The approach will be worldwide, but case studies and current issues in copyright and intellectual property in the United States will predominate.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_perushek.pdf

Advanced Database Design, Management, and Maintenance: Spring 2007

Instructor:

David Hendry

School:

University of Washington

Semester:

Spring 2007

Description:

Advanced perspectives on DBMS theory, architecture and implementation. Conceptual, logical and physical modeling. Index structures, query optimization and performance tuning, relational algebra, transaction processing and concurrency control. Operational databases, decision support systems and data warehousing. Projects in database implementation and integration. Social implications of large distributed database systems.

Required Textbook:

Connolly, T. M., Begg, C. E. 2003. Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management, 4th ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://faculty.washington.edu/dhendry/portfolio/info445.pdf