Public Library Seminar: Spring 2015

Instructor:

John Carlo Bertot

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2015

Description:

This course is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in public library service or who have an interest in the role and contribution of the public library to society. The course focuses on the history of the public library in the United States, the social contributions of public libraries, public library services and roles, the building of the public library profession/professionals, the ethics and values of public libraries, the policy and political context in which public libraries reside, and the ways in which public libraries transform communities.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/plseminarspring2015syllabus24january2015_0_0.pdf

Information Policy: Summer 2014

Instructor:

John Carlo Bertot

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Summer 2014

Description:

The access, exchange, and management of information have been key recurring issues throughout the history of the United States, from the Declaration of the Independence through today. This course examines selected aspects of public policy questions that relate to information and communications, with special attention paid to complex policy issues that involve value conflicts among information ownership rights, personal privacy rights, and public access rights to information. It focuses on constitutional principles, statutory provisions, laws and regulations, and federal policies. Topics include information equity, universal service, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, and e-government. The course focuses on providing students with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy on the information profession.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/informationpolicysummer2014_10july2014.pdf