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Examples from SLIS courses

  • S501 Reference: In addition to working with print based sources, students learn how to work with online proprietary and open source reference tools, formulating search strategies based on their understanding of their clients’ needs and the strengths and limitations of the tools that use. They create pathfinders that are made available online and, in a number of instances, published in journals.
  • S514 Social Aspects of Information Technology: Students think critically and constructively about information and communication technologies and their relations to work, leisure, and society at large. This course covers a series of concepts and analytical devices as well as empirical case studies related to social consequences of information and communication technologies as they are shaped and used by individuals, public agencies, and businesses.
  • S519 Evaluation of Information Systems: Students explore a range of issues surrounding information systems in order to learn how to evaluate different types of technologies from a user perspective. This approach draws on research from behavioral, cognitive, and social sciences and exposes students to multiple research methods including online surveys, sense-making, critical incident, and network analysis. Students use published case studies of organizational information systems to learn and assess different techniques of system evaluation
  • S554 Library Systems: Students learn about the design, selection, implementation, and management of automated systems of all types in libraries, including systems that support technical services, reference and user services, and management. Lectures and discussion highlight current and future applications of technology in libraries, their technical features, and their implications for library services and management.
  • S652 Digital Libraries: Students study the design and operation of digital libraries and related electronic publishing practices from a socio-technical perspective. They read about and discuss major issues, concepts, and trends, enabling them to understand the socio-technical character of digital libraries that can and will be effectively supported and used by various groups.
  • S685 Electronic Records Management: By engaging major issues and challenges facing the archival/records management professions, students understand the development of policies and procedures for managing electronic records. They study and evaluate how automation has influenced archival theory and practice, analyzing various models and strategies archivists have developed to manage electronic records.