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

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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