Courses & Course Evaluations

SLIS, U of Alberta

LIS598 “Information & Libraries in the International Context” (Winter 2017)

This course invites students to travel outside the North American borders and join the international LIS forum. It is delivered through three interrelated modules. The first module introduces students to the field of Area Studies in North America (e.g., East Asian studies, Islamic studies, African studies, Jewish studies, Caribbean studies, Slavic & East European studies, etc.). The second module examines general international issues in the field of LIS, including but not limited to the development of information organizations around the world, international cooperation, the transnational data flow, information policy, intellectual freedom, copyright, values and ethics, and international LIS education. The third module focuses on several selected issues, such as information literacy, Indigenous heritage preservation, and children & youth services around the world.

Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, Queens College, CUNY, NYC

LBSCI 701: “Fundamentals of LIS” (Spring 2016)

LBSCI 702: “Information Sources and Services: General” (Fall 2015)

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. For Independent Study Courses, click here.

INF1310H. “Introduction to Reference” (Summer 2012; Fall 2013)

The landscape of reference work, traditionally associated with librarians serving as information intermediaries, is rapidly changing in the present. In the new library environment, which heavily relies on digital technologies, emphasizes community participation, and defies traditional divisions between public and technical services, reference librarians are expected to perform not only as information specialists but also as educators, information literacy instructors, leisure and entertainment advisors, research and publishing support experts, and equal collaborators in content creation, to name just a few.

INF2172H. “Readers’ Advisory: Reference Work and Resources” (Fall 2011; Summer 2012; Fall 2013)

INF2172H: Student Course Evaluation -1 (evaluation administered four months after the course was over)

INF2172H: Student Course Evaluation – 2

This course introduces students to the selected theories underlying reading studies and readers’ advisory (RA); the major genres and sub-genres of fiction and non-fiction materials that comprise the core of RA work; a wide array of RA print and electronic tools; and current practices of delivering RA services in both public and academic libraries. For selected examples of student work, see: RA in an Academic Library; Reading Maps.

INF2127H. “Collection Development, Evaluation, & Management” (Winter 2013)

INF2127H: Student Course Evaluation

The course focuses on collection development and collection management work in various types of libraries, in the context of recent trends in the world of libraries and publishing. It provides an overview of the principles of collection assessment, selection, and deselection and analyzes the models that govern staffing and human resources management, print and electronic resources management, and the changing nature of collection-related work in a new digital environment.

INF1005/1006H. “Information Workshop: Reading Maps: Expanding the Reading Experience Beyond the Book” (Winter 2012)

INF1005H: Student Course Evaluation

INF1006H: Student Course Evaluation

Reading maps demonstrate a novel approach to the analysis of reading and making reading recommendations, account for various dimensions of reading (e.g., linear vs. non-linear), reflect multiple literacies (textual vs. visual vs. oral), and link reading to other types of leisure. In addition to the theoretical discussion of reading and reading maps, students will carefully analyze specific book titles and develop reading maps based on these titles.

INF1300H. “Foundations in LIS” (Fall 2010; Fall 2011 [two sections])

INF1300H: Student Course Evaluation-1

INF1300H: Student Course Evaluation-2

INF1300H: Student Course Evaluation-3

The course covers the development of librarianship and information science from past to present and their interconnection; the place of libraries in the broader information environment; and the influence of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the field. Various types of libraries (public, academic, and special) will be examined along with the major organizational and intellectual issues they face.

INF2156H “Reading and the Reading Public in North America and around the World” [formerly, INF2309H. “Reading: Theories, Practices, and International Perspectives”] (Winter 2010; Fall 2010; Summer 2011)

This course, devised for a broad interdisciplinary student community, focuses on reading as a social phenomenon; individual readers with their preferences, habits, and behaviors; and readerships in different world countries. See the associated website at: Fiction about Fiction: What We Read and Enjoyed .

INF2156/2309H: Student Course Evaluation – 1

INF2156/2309H: Student Course Evaluation – 2

INF2156/2309H: Student Course Evaluation – 3

INF2125H. “Information and Culture in a Global Context” (Winter 2011)

This course consists of two interconnected modules. The first module examines the development of information organizations (e.g., libraries, archives, professional associations, and major international organizations active in this area) around the world within the cultural context of societies wherein they operate. The second module discusses the structure and resources of area studies (e.g., East Asian studies, Islamic studies, African studies, Jewish studies, etc.).

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