Information Professionals As Change Agents: Spring 2015

Instructor:

Brian Butler

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2015

Description:

Information professionals work and live in environments that include technical infrastructures and systems, dynamic information resources, diverse populations with different culture backgrounds and psychological dispositions, and complex organizational and institutional structures. Faced with the daunting task of making sense of this, it is often tempting to take these environments as given – as rigid constraints that must be accounted for as we attempt to do our work.

However, thinking about organizations, institutions, and communities purely as constraining context overlooks a challenge that is central to the information profession – that of deploying information resources, services, and technologies in ways that change the organizations, institutions, and communities we are part of and make them better.

In education, business, non-profits, libraries, or government, information professionals are increasingly called upon to facilitate the reconceptualization and redesign of groups, teams, organizations, institutions, and communities. Whether as a leader, a consultant, an internal advisor, an active participant, or an affected stakeholder, you will be involved in efforts to change organizations.

Required Textbook:

There is no required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/inst728pinfoprosaschangeagentsspring2015v1.pdf

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Social Computing Technologies And Applications: Fall 2013

Instructor:

Brian Butler

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2013

Description:

Online communities, online discussions, Twitter, Tmblr, Social Networking Systems, social media, crowdsourcing, human computation, Facebook, blogs, Pinterest, wikis, social recommendations, collective intelligence…. these are just a few of the many terms and technologies which making up the rapidly evolving domain of social computing. Successfully deploying social computing technologies requires a blend of technical and organizational knowledge and skills. Knowledge of both the core technologies and central social dynamics is essential if you are to develop effective social computing applications.

The goal of this course is to develop your ability to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to use social computing technologies to advance the goals of individuals, organizations, and communities.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/INFM741-Syllabus-F13%20v2.docx