INLS 500, Human Information Interactions, Spring 2015



Instructor: Amelia N. Gibson


Office: 205 Manning Hall

Class meetings: Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00-9:15 am; 014 Manning Hall

On this page:

Course Description

Course Objectives


Assignments and Evaluation

Additional Course Policies

Other class pages:

Assignments / Weekly Schedule/Readings / Additional Readings / Sakai site

Course Description

Brief description: This course surveys human information interactions through broad examination of information science literature. Students examine cognitive, social, organizational/institutional, and behavioral approaches to understanding interactions between people and information. Emphasis is placed on the role of the information professional or information scientist as mediator, and students are encouraged to apply analyze current events and situations.

Rationale and relationship to the current curriculum: This course undergirds much of our curriculum, because it introduces students to core concepts that have implications for the practice of information science and librarianship. It is expected that it will be taken during the first or second semester of the student's career at SILS.

Course Objectives

Students completing this course will:


Since this is a "survey" course, students will be expected to complete readings in preparation for each class meeting. The assigned readings are listed on the course schedule and will be made available electronically, through the UNC libraries, e-reserves, or the Sakai site for the course. No textbook is required.

Assignments and Evaluation

Detailed description of class assignments can be found on the Assignments page. The final grade for this course will be based on class participation and four graded assignments, one of which will be completed in small teams:

Due dates, including due dates of intermediate deliverables, are listed on the class schedule.

Honor Code. The Honor Code, which prohibits giving or receiving unauthorized aid in the completion of assignments, is in effect in this class. Whenever you use the words or ideas of others, they should be properly marked as a quotation (and referenced) or the source of the ideas should be cited. APA citation format is required for assignments in this class.

Please contact the instructor if you have any questions about the application of the Honor Code to your work in this class. You can learn more about the UNC Honor Code at and about the Instrument of Student Governance at

Additional Course Policies

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the specified due date. With the instructor's permission, late assignments will be accepted with a penalty of .5 points per day.

Laptops and mobile devices are welcome in class, but should be used only for legitimate purposes related to this course.

You will be using SILS library and IT services during the course of the semester. Please remember that many of your fellow students also need to use the same equipment and materials. Follow the proper checkout procedures and return materials promptly to be a good SILS citizen.

Email is the most efficient way to communicate with the instructor outside of class, for brief questions or notes. Normally, you should expect a response within 24 hours. I am also happy to schedule a meeting with you; office hours are by appointment. If you come by the office and my door is open, then I'm available for a conversation.

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Creative Commons LicenseThis INLS 500 website, UNC-CH, 2014, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, and benefitted from the earlier or co-development of this course by Barbara Wildemuth, Deborah Barreau, Laura Sheble, Ruth Palmquist, Kaitlin Costello, and Earl Bailey. Address all comments and questions to Amelia N. Gibson at This page was last modified on December 9, 2014 by Amelia N. Gibson.