INLS 110-037 - CIRCULATING INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
ISSUES AND TRENDS IN INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE
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To develop an understanding of the forces shaping information institutions and services in today's world
To examine the impact of information on daily life and in society and the economy
To consider social implications of changes in information technology
To analyze the use of information tools and technologies in the context of creating, preserving, storing, retrieving, and presenting the human record and the implications for the information professions and the role of information professionals
To analyze information policies relating to generation and production, dissemination and access, and distribution of information focusing on two key areas of current concern: copyright and privacy
To demonstrate good collaborative skills in working with classmates and instructor in this course to make it an effective and efficient learning environment.
A required textbook is:
Other reading material will be made available to you either in SILS Reserve or as pdf's or links on the Blackboard site for the class.
Some important professional journals you will want to investigate during the semester are listed below. Current print copies are available in the SILS Library; all are also available in e-journal format and available through the UNC library (www.lib.unc.edu). Plan to select at least three to become familiar with.
A list of web sites, books and journal articles is being prepared for the class. As you find new and interesting material on the web, please post the URL on the discussion board and I will add it to the page.
In this class, we will investigate current issues and trends in the library and information science field looking comparatively across three (or more) countries with an emphasis on what is currently in the headlines in the United States. Some of our topics will include Copyright and intellectual freedom, Knowledge management, Digitization of information and/or Digital libraries, New information professional roles, Records management and archival activities, Information and IT literacy, Information ethics, Open access, Wireless networking, New information technologies, Information use in various environments,and possibly other topics.
Each week I will post some "Getting Ready" guidelines in Blackboard linked to the schedule for the week's sessions. Classes will be a combination of lecture and discussion plus some visits to local libraries and information service agencies. A day-long trip to attend a national conference (ASIST) in Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, is also planned.
Class policies that you should be aware of:
After a mutual interview assignment at the beginning of class, the main assignment will be to become a class expert on a particular topic. This will mean contributing your knowledge as it develops about the topic to class discussions. You will be asked to make one formal class presentation on your topic and to lead a class discussion. The final assignment will be a term paper on your topic. Please note that it is my policy to alter the assignments if a student has a compelling reason to pursue an alternative. Please contact me if you wish to do something different.
The weights for the assignments are as follows: