Information and Human Rights: Fall 2013

Instructor:

Paul T. Jaeger

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2013

Description:

The concept of human rights is the belief that all individuals deserve certain equal rights as members of society. This course examines information as a human right, including topics on the relationship of information to human rights; social, cultural, economic, legal, and political forces shaping information rights; the impacts of information rights on information professions, standards, and cultural institutions; and disadvantaged populations. While this course will focus on the United States, cases and examples will be drawn from international events.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/INST613fall2013final2.pdf

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Database Design and Development: Spring 2013

Instructor:

Ted Borys

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Spring 2013

Description:

Database principles for microcomputers, with an emphasis on relational database management systems (DBMS) for applications development in the library and information fields. Database design, creation, and maintenance; the user interface; programming concepts. Creation of a working database system.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/SP13_IST658_Borys.pdf

Preservation Management in Archives and Libraries: Spring 2013

Instructor:

Philip B. Eppard

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Spring 2013

Description:

An introductory survey of preservation management in libraries and archives, covering such topics as the historical evolution of the preservation dilemma, programs for academic and public libraries, collections maintenance and environmental controls, commercial binding and rebinding, selection for preservation and microfilming, security, archival preservation, paper conservation, disaster planning and recovery, and preservation of non-print materials (including electronic media).

Required Textbook:

Nicholson, B. 2001. Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.
Ritzenthaler, M. L. 2010. Preserving Archives and Manuscripts, 2nd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/SP13_IST654_Eppard.pdf

Public Libraries: Spring 2013

Instructor:

Geoffrey Kirkpatrick

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Spring 2013

Description:

This course focuses on current issues, practices and trends in public library organizations, planning, and service delivery. Topics include levels of governance in public libraries; the role of state charters, systems, and trustees; public, technical and administrative services; and professional development, including career paths, continuing education, and compensation.

Required Textbook:

McCook, K. De la Pena. 2011. Introduction to public librarianship, 2nd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/SP13_IST618_Kirkpatrick.pdf

Information and Public Policy: Spring 2013

Instructor:

Deborah Lines Andersen

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Spring 2013

Description:

This course is designed to provide an overview of important topics in the area of information policy. During the last two decades, the growing importance of information as a societal, management and economic tool has strained our previous laws and regulations governing the proper use and role of information in national and international society. During the semester, we will study some key information policies at the state, national and international level, in order to better understand their rationale, effectiveness, and appropriateness with regard to their intended role in society. This understanding will help us, as professionals, to anticipate and reflect on changes information policies can be expected to undergo in the future.

Required Textbook:

Braman, S. 2009. Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/IST560-INF724_Spring2013.pdf

Introduction to Legal Research: Fall 2013

Instructor:

Colleen Ostiguy

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Fall 2013

Description:

Examination and analysis of the basic and specialized information sources that provide a structure for legal research. Topics include court reports, digests, annotations, constitutions, Shepard’s citations, looseleaf reporters, legal encyclopedias and periodicals. Assignments in WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS online databases will provide hands-on familiarity with computer-assisted legal research (CALR).

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/557_Ostiguy.pdf

Electronic Records Management: Spring 2013

Instructor:

Catherine Stollar Peters

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Spring 2013

Description:

Topics include problems of defining records and documents in a digital environment, analysis and understanding of the requirements for creating and keeping records digitally, developing information systems that create usable and accessible digital records, and preservation of and access to digital materials. The emphasis is on electronic records created by institutions and organizations.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/IST547_Peters.pdf