Information and Universal Usability: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Mega Subramaniam

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

This course folows Diverse Popuplations, Inclusion, and Information (LBSC 620) and builds on the concepts of that course. This course focuses on the use and challenges of information services and technologies to provide equal experiences and outcomes to all users. Laws, standards, approaches, component concepts, access needs, and technologies in relation to physical and online information environments.

Required Textbook:

Jaeger, P. T. 2012. Disability and the Internet: Confronting a Digital Divide.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/622_syllabus_2014_final.pdf

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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

Indigenous Librarianship: Summer 2014

Instructor:

Loriene Roy

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2014

Description:

The course provides a forum for introducing and discussing issues, activities, philosophies, and orientation to working with and for indigenous populations in providing library services. Students will discuss protocol, policies, issues, communities, key organizations and events, library services, resources/reference titles, and settings. Along the way, students will prepare and deliver presentations on tribal settings and issues, abstracts of prospective research papers, abstracts of fundable services, and a mini-pathfinder of resources on selected topic.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/LIS693Syllabus-LRoy-SU2014.docx

Diverse Communities: Summer 2013

Instructor:

Michelle Kowalsky

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2013

Description:

Library users are often members of different formal and informal communities, related to their cultural heritage, their careers or professions, or even their leisure interests. This course will investigate strategies and resources for serving users in different types of communities, including:diverse cultural and linguistic groups and nationalities; varied affinity groups like weaving clubs or online cancer support forums; users from many type of institutions including schools, hospitals, and prisons; and scholars and researchers in various subject areas. Issues in information seeking behaviors, promotion and advocacy, policy, and library resources will be discussed. This course is appropriate for those seeking careers in all types of libraries.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_Kowalsky_s2013.pdf