Diverse Populations, Inclusion, and Information: Fall 2014

Instructor:

Mega Subramaniam

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2014

Description:

Information underlies virtually every interaction, is a vital social and political equalizer, and is a unifying thread throughout all human actions. Given the importance of equal access to information by all members of society, the study of information must be framed in the most inclusive terms possible, including issues of socio-economic status, education, geography, language, literacy, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, and national origin. This course is designed to prepare future information professionals to develop and provide inclusive services to diverse and underrepresented populations, and to analyze and evaluate services to ensure equality of access to information in a range of institutional settings.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/620_syllabus_final_v2.pdf

History of the Book: Summer 2014

Instructor:

Stephen Greenberg

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Summer 2014

Description:

No description.

Required Textbook:

Benson, R. 2008. The Printed Picture.
Gaskell, P. 2012. A New Introduction to Bibliography, 2nd ed.
Pearson, D. 2013. Books as History, 2nd ed.
Spiekermann, E. 2014. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, 3rd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/2014_umd_combined.docx

Serving Information Needs: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Julie Strange

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

How can we best help people with their information needs? In this course, we will focus on the skills needed to interact directly and successfully with individuals from diverse populations as they seek information. We will approach the topic from a number of directions including theories of information behavior and the application of theory to information practice. The following topics will be explored; collection development, reference services, user education, information literacy, search strategies, and the policies and ethics that guide the information profession.

Required Textbook:

Bell, S. S. 2012. Librarian’s Guide to Online Searching, 3rd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/syllabus_602.0201_strange.pdf

Capstone Project for the Master of Human-Computer Interaction: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Marshini Chetty

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in their coursework in a semester long project applied to a real world problem. This project will be more extensive and in-depth than course projects assignments. Students will be required to do comprehensive background research, choose appropriate Human Computer Interaction research methods and execute their projects with rigor. The project will be documented as the class progresses. Capstone projects will vary individually but all students are expected to follow a user-centered design process that may include the end-to-end process from design, prototyping, and evaluation or some subset of these steps conducted in depth, such as formative research.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/inst_776_syllabus_mc_final.pdf

Digging Into Data: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Jordan Boyd-Graber

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

Computers have made it possible, even easy, to collect vast amounts of data from a wide variety of sources. It is not always clear, however, how to use those data and how to extract useful information from data. This problem is faced in a tremendous range of scholarly, government, business, medical, and scientific applications. The purpose of this course is to teach some of the best and most general approaches to get the most out of data through clustering, classification, and regression techniques. Students will gain experience analyzing several kinds of data, including document collections, financial data, scientific data, and natural images.

Required Textbook:

Williams, G. 2011. Data Mining with Rattle and R.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~jbg/teaching/DATA_DIGGING/

Information Retrieval Systems: Fall 2014

Instructor:

Doug Oard

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2014

Description:

Principles of organizing and providing access to information using automated information storage and retrieval systems. Retrieval system models, index language selection, data structures, user interfaces and evaluation for text and multimedia applications.

Required Textbook:

Manning, C. D., Raghavan, P., Schutze. 2008. Introduction to Information Retrieval. (Available online)

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~oard/teaching/734/fall14/

Database Design: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Vedat G. Diker

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

This course focuses on approaches to and methods for designing relational databases. After almost half a century of development, and challenges from various competing paradigms, relational databases remain to be the industry standard for data persistence. A high-quality relational database can help leverage an organization’s data and information assets for better fulfillment of its mission. On the other hand, a poor, problem-ridden database can complicate even the simplest data-driven functions within the organization. There are various factors that determine the quality of a relational database. An indispensible prerequisite for establishing a high-quality database is a robust design. This course covers principles and methods for logical and physical database design, as well as SQL, a language for maintaining relational databases and managing data held in relational databases.

Required Textbook:

Fehily, C. 2008. SQL: Visual QuickStart Guide, 3rd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/inst733_syllabus_spring_2014_v01_2014-01-26.pdf