of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Information and Library Science
INLS 500, Human Information
Interactions, Fall 2006
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and assignments / Honor Code and other course policies
/ Assignments / Class
Gary Marchionini, Barbara
march, wildem, ils.unc.edu
Manning Hall, Gary 203, Barbara 210
Gary 966-3611, Barbara 962-8072
meetings: Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00-12:15;
208 Manning Hall
This course is intended to introduce
the class members to current theory and empirical data on the behavioral and
cognitive activities of those who interact with information, with emphasis on
the role of information mediators. A major portion of the course will focus
on how information needs are recognized and resolved, and the use and dissemination
Relationship to other courses at
Because this course's content undergirds
so many of the studies in the field of information and library science, it is
a prerequisite for the required research methods course (INLS 780). Ideas encountered
in this course often lead to questions addressed in students' master's papers.
There is no textbook required for
this course. The assigned readings are listed on the schedule, and are available
online or on reserve in the SILS Library.
The course grade will be based on several assignments, a
term project, and class participation (10%).
Patterns (10%): Each class member will analyze citations to and
from an article, and discuss their findings. Due September 19.
Questions (10%): Each class members will develop and analyze
a set of sample questions. Due September 28.
an Information Interation (20%): Class members will work in pairs,
observing each other interacting with an information system and reporting
and discussing their observations. Due October 31.
Class members will work individually or in teams to conduct a study, create
an original non-print artifact, or synthesize the literature on a particular
topic. The results will be presented orally on November 30 or December 5,
and the final product is due on December 12.
Participation (20%): Each class member is expected to contribute
to class discussions, both during the class period and via the class listserv
and blog. Each person is expected to post 3 questions related to one reading
of your choice for each class day that has assigned reading, and/or respond
in a substantive way to a classmate's posting.
Library and lab resources
You will be using SILS library
and lab resources during the
course of the semester. Please remember that many of your fellow students also
need to use the same material. Follow the proper checkout procedures and return
materials promptly to be a good SILS citizen.
The UNC Honor Code, which prohibits
giving or receiving unauthorized aid in the completion of assignments, is in
effect in this class. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance gives examples
of actions that constitute academic
There are some specific guidelines
for this class.
- You are encouraged to discuss
issues raised in class or by the readings with each other. You may also ask
your classmates for clarification on class notes.
- Individual assignments are to
be done individually. You may consult the course readings, your notes, and
even other print or web sources. You may not consult your classmates
or other people; all questions should be addressed to one of the instructors.
- If your term project is being
done as a team, the team takes responsibility for the final product. Work
on the project should be distributed equitably among team members. We expect
team members to discuss, consult, and even debate with each other about the
project throughout the term.
Other course policies
- All cell phones and beepers should be turned off during
- If there is something you don't understand, ask a question!
If you don't want to ask during class, come to see one of the instructors.
- Reading assignments should be done before class so that
you can ask questions and participate in discussions. Be sure to post your
questions about readings to the blog at least one day in advance of the class
in which they will be discussed.
- Homework assignments must be turned in at the beginning
of the class in which they are due.
Schedule / Assignments
/ Class Roster
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