History of the Book: Summer 2009

Instructor:

Stephen Greenberg

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Summer 2009

Description:

No description provided.

Required Textbook:

Carter, J., Barker, N. 2002. ABC for Book Collectors, 7th ed.

Gascoigne, B. 2004. How to Identify Prints, 2nd ed.

Pearson, D. 2008. Books as History.

Steinberg, S. H. 1996. Five Hundred Years of Printing.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/LBSC%20708B%20Greenberg%202009.pdf

Leadership in the Information Professions: Spring 2010

Instructor:

Ann E. Prentice

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2010

Description:

This elective course will be of interest to all students; those who aspire to supervisory roles and those who participate in the activities of the organization under the leadership of another.
Leadership is a pervasive theme in nearly all aspects of a professional program and is one of the underlying elements of the iSchool program.

This course, offered on the web, provides opportunities for discussion in online fora, for small groups to work on projects, and for regular interaction. It also provides opportunities for each student to express her/his ideas in short, individual papers. Teaching, learning, and working in an online format is important to the ways in which we interact in the information age; the ways in which we interact with our colleagues in the workplace and in professional societies as well as in numerous other interactions. The course provides an opportunity to become comfortable in this environment.

Required Textbook:

Bennis, W. G. 2003. On Becoming a Leader, Rev. ed.

Hesselbein, F., Goldsmith, M. 2006. The Leader of the Future 2.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/LBSC%20708F%20Prentice%20Spring%202010.pdf

Information Storage and Retrieval: Fall 2010

Instructor:

Ozlem Uzuner

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Fall 2010

Description:

An introduction to current practices in information retrieval. Topics covered include key concepts in information storage and retrieval, the document and query structure, matching mechanisms and formal retrieval models, output presentation, and the evaluation of system effectiveness. Includes an investigation into the inner workings of retrieval systems and search engines.

Required Textbook:

Manning, C. D., Raghavan, P, Schutze, H. 2008. Introduction to Information Retrieval.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/cci/images/UzunerIIST433_IST533(17617)Fall10SyllabusALA.pdf

Information Communication Policy Issues: Summer 2010

Instructor:

Donna Bair-Mundy

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2010

Description:

Information is increasingly disseminated through telecommunication networks. New technologies such as the Internet and cellular telephones can bring information into and out of regions that in the past were largely cut off from the outside world. Thus our telecommunication networks have the potential to democratize information.

However, there are a number of issues that attend these new technologies. For example, the same technologies that facilitate information sharing can be used to block information sharing or to spread disinformation. If access to information is to be equalized, the world must address not only the technical issues but also the issue of financing the information-sharing network. How will people in remote areas or with low incomes be able to access information in the digital environment? In addition, there have been efforts by corporate entities to prioritize Internet traffic based on corporate ability to pay. There have also been numerous news stories about government agencies intercepting and viewing or listening to telcommunications—whether personal conversations, file sharing, or accessing Websites.

This course will examine some of the issues related to information dissemination and access via telecommunication networks. In order to discuss these issues, we will look at the technological infrastructure as well as the political power structures behind the major telecommunication networks. We will look at the roles of entities such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the design and management of global telecommunication networks. We will talk about the potentials and the conundrums these new (and some not so new) technologies pose in a world of unevenly distributed resources and competing ideologies.

Required Textbook:

Castells, M. 2010. The rise of the network society, 2nd ed.
Cortada, J. W. 2002. Making the information society: experience, consequences, and possibilities.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~donnab/infocomm/infocomm_syll_su10.html

Information Resources in the Health Sciences: Summer 2010

Instructor:

Mabel Trafford

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2010

Description:

This course will cover the most important healthcare related information resources within a context of providing reference and information services. It will cover primary, secondary and tertiary sources in the following areas: medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, consumer health and informatics. We will look at evidence based medical and nursing information resources in terms of when and how to use them most effectively. We will learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus and the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). We will also learn how to compare and evaluate similar resources and how to select the best resources. We will learn how to do efficient and effective searches in the major healthcare information resources.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

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

English Children’s Literature: Fall 2010

Instructor:

Rebecca Knuth

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Fall 2010

Description:

This course is on the development (in England) of children’s literature as a genre—its history, classics, and the influence and contributions of iconic authors and illustrators. Topics/critical issues to be discussed include contrasting visions of childhood, the power of traditional literature (folktales, legends, nursery rhymes), the commodification and commercialization of literary characters/texts, the popularized presentation of texts and authors in films, and the ability of texts to entertain, criticize society, present values, and help children to find meaning. Also, the role of English children’s literature in developing national consciousness and values, Englishness.

Required Textbook:

See syllabus.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_knuth_f10.pdf

Seminar for Beginning School Librarians: Fall 2010

Instructor:

Karen Muronaga, Violet Harada

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Fall 2010

Description:

This is a series of five seminar meetings focusing on topics and issues of primary interest to beginning school library media specialists although veteran librarians assuming new responsibilities or posts are also welcomed. Participants will have opportunities to share experiences and to use problem-solving strategies in areas they identify as being of high priority. The goal is to assist librarians in developing the skills and strategies as well as a support network that will ultimately help them create effective library programs and services in their schools.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/680_harada_f10.pdf

Introduction to Reference and Information Services: Fall 2010

Instructor:

Lori Bell

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Fall 2010

Description:

Introduces the philosophy, principles, and practice of reference/information services in libraries, information centers, and online communities. Examines the nature of reference work, human information needs, and information literacy. Studies the characteristics and application of bibliographic control, reference effectiveness research, and electronic information retrieval systems. Provides practical experience in evaluation and use of bibliographic and Webographic materials, reference interviewing and search techniques. Includes virtual world field component.

Required Textbook:

Cassell, K. A., Hiremath, U. 2009. Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An Introduction, 2nd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/601_bell_f10.pdf

Special Libraries: Spring 2010

Instructor:

Mike Koenig

School:

Long Island University

Semester:

Spring 2010

Description:

A study of the characteristics, contexts, and roles of special libraries, and of information work in organizations, both profit and not-for-profit. Topics covered include the organization, the administration, the services and functions provided by, and the financial management of special libraries. Particular attention is given to the relationship between the special library and the organization within which it is embedded.

The relationship between Knowledge Management and Special Librarianship is also examined. The emphasis upon Knowledge Management is substantial because libraries in the corporate sector, the largest chunk of the spectrum of special libraries, are increasingly a component of and are subsumed under Knowledge Management, and to be successful, ―librarians‖ must think of themselves primarily as key players in the organization’s KM effort.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://palmerblog.liu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/lis_747_syllabus.pdf

Human-Computer Interaction: Spring 2010

Instructor:

Qiping Zhang

School:

Long Island University

Semester:

Spring 2010

Description:

The course provides an overview of foundations, interaction design and evaluation techniques in HCI, a discipline concerned with understanding user needs, designing and evaluating an interactive system from a user-centered perspective. It covers the psychological and social aspects of users, the impact of user characteristics on design decisions, the user requirements, design approaches, usability evaluation methods, interface paradigms and architectures for user interface implementation. Focusing on library systems and services as examples for evaluation, students acquire practical skills in collecting patron/user needs, prototype design, and evaluating website/system. The course project will expose students to key skills (including usability testing, persona design, card sorting, heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthrough, and more) necessary to understand and work in the exciting field of HCI.

Required Textbook:

Sharp H., Rogers, Y. & Preece, J. 2007. Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://palmerblog.liu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/lis_707_spring_2010.pdf