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Taking in the Spring + past classes

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I’ve finally committed to a course of action for spring classes – it’s really hard to do! GSLIS has a lot of fantastic classes, but thought I’d share what I’ll be taking, and therefore thinking and blogging about next Spring:

Systems Analysis and Management
Covers how to evaluate, select and manage the information systems that will be used in the daily operation of libraries and information centers. Includes the systems used by technical staff and the information consumers. Course will focus on information as a product. Attention is given to the operation of an organization as a whole and the impact of change on the integration of resources, work flow and usability. Formal methods for modeling systems, and industry practice techniques of analysis are used to address these problems and opportunities.

Instruction and Assistance Systems
Provides an introduction to instruction and assistance methods used in a variety of information systems including libraries, archives, museums, and electronic environments. Includes an overview of theoretical and applied research and discusses relevant issues and concepts. Students will have an opportunity to design and present an instruction or assistance program.

Current Topics in Collection Development (very excited to work the visiting professor, Dorothea Salo, whose excellent blog I follow)
Explores current topics and problems related to the development and management of library collections. Addresses changes in scholarly communication and the production and distribution of information resources that impact planning and policy for building, budgeting, and providing access to collections. Examines issues related to developing libraries that blend traditional and digital materials, including economic challenges, cooperative strategies, and specific selection and evaluation practices. Provides an overview of current digital library projects and products. Conducted as a seminar, will revolve around discussion of readings and case material collected by students. Class sessions will cover contemporary problems and trends in the field.

Foundations of Information Processing in Library & Information Science
Covers the common data and document processing constructs and programming concepts used in library and information science. The history, strengths and weaknesses of the techniques are evaluated in the context of our discipline. These constructs and techniques form the basis of applications in areas such as bibliographic records management, full text management and multimedia. No prior programming background is assumed.

And, just because I know you’re riveted – I thought I’d share what I have taken in the past semester. I think this is more for my family than you – hey, Mom! Here’s what I’m doing in school!

Foundations of Data Curation
Data curation is the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education; curation activities and policies enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain data quality and add value, and provide for re-use over time. This course provides an overview of a broad range of theoretical and practical problems in this emerging field. Examines issues related to appraisal and selection, long-lived data collections, research lifecycles, workflows, metadata, legal and intellectual property issues.

Libraries, Information and Society
Explores major issues in the library and information science professions as they involve their communities of users and sponsors. Analyzes specific situations that reflect the professional agenda of these fields, including intellectual freedom, community service, professional ethics, social responsibilities, intellectual property, literacy, historical and international models, the socio-cultural role of libraries and information agencies and professionalism in general, focusing in particular on the interrelationships among these issues

Information Organization and Access
Emphasizes information organization and access in settings and systems of different kinds. Traces the information transfer process from the generation of knowledge through its storage and use in both print and non-print formats. Consideration will be given to the creation of information systems: the principles and practice of selection and preservation, methods of organizing information for retrieval and display, the operation of organizations that provide information services, and the information service needs of various user communities.

Interfaces to Information Systems
This course will provide an introduction to the following: Issues in Human Computer Interaction; Analysis of interfaces and their use; Synthesis: the design process as an engineering activity; Designing usable interfaces under constraints of resources; The rapid prototyping and evaluation cycle; Metacognition: learning how to learn and to operate in this domain as a reflective, continually improving professional. Considers how people use information systems such as on-line public access catalogues, CD-Roms, bibliographic databases, digital libraries, world wide web pages, web search engines, etc.


Written by nicolibrarian

November 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm

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  1. your spring looks like fun! i am uber-excited about dorothea teaching (i love her blog, love her articles, everything!), but now i have a conflict with digital preservation. if i take CDO now, i need to put off graduation until 2011 to fit in DP next spring. i am really torn!

    i am taking systems now and am doing databases in the spring rather than 492…i have high hopes! i think 492 and systems together would be tough, although you might be able to stay in a machine mindset for both (which may or may not be much fun, depending!) 🙂 the other two would likely balance the load out nicely though, at least mentally.


    November 19, 2009 at 2:58 am

  2. if you are interested in borrowing my systems books for the semester, let me know. i can ship them out asap, though would like to have them back at the end!

    so far i will be seeing you in CDO! looks like a good semester! enjoy getting back into the readings 🙂


    January 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    • Thanks, Lynn! Should be a great semester and thanks for the offer – already got the books.


      January 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

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