School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 508

Course Outline
Winter 2015 (Online via eClass)

Instructor: Dinesh Rathi 
Phone: (780) 492-8797 
Office: 3-06A Rutherford South 
Office Hours: By appointment

Calendar Description:
An introduction to and a critical examination of a range of information technologies relevant to diverse library and information settings.

Course Objectives:
To introduce students to different information technologies relevant to libraries and related areas. Examples of information technologies include: Integrated Library Systems (ILS), institutional repositories, information retrieval systems, Digital Rights Management (DRM), and Web technologies;
To provide historical perspective and trends on different information technologies;
To introduce students to concept and theories relevant to, and the use of different information technologies;
To understand the benefits, challenges and other emerging issues such as privacy and legal in the use of different technologies in libraries and related areas.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Through individual submission(s), group project(s), online discussions, readings and course lecture, students will be able to critically analyze information technologies using critical approaches, and present and discuss their findings with the class. (Connects to Program Level Learning Outcome (PLLO) 2, 3 and 9).
After reviewing the scholarly literature, relevant resources and course readings, students will be able to synthesize and reflect on the role and importance of different information technologies in LIS environments. (Connects to PLLO 2, 3, 7 and 9).
Upon completion of selected readings, students will be able to write a critical response that evinces an informed understanding of concepts, theories and issues as they relate to LIS technologies (Connects to PLLO 2, 3 and 9).
Throughout the course, students will be able to actively contribute to and participate in informed and engaging discussions (Connects to PLLO 2, 3, 5, and 9).

Content discussed in online environment (i.e., eClass) can only be used for assignment submission purposes and cannot be shared including cut-paste beyond eClass environment.

This course will be delivered online through eClass and students will learn via assigned readings, PowerPoint slides, lectures/guest lectures, discussions, group work, assignments, and seminar presentations by students.

Course Relationships:
Prerequisites: LIS 501

Recommended Texts and Readings:
There is no required textbook for this class. This course requires substantial reading and details of all the required readings are listed in the weekly schedule. In addition, if required, additional readings or learning materials will be posted on eClass. The readings are carefully chosen and most of the articles are available online.  Students are expected to prepare for, and actively and regularly participate in every discussion module.

Reading List
The readings are assigned for each week and the students are expected to read at least two sets of papers (including a combination of papers counted as one as instructed in the weekly schedule) for each week (including “Must Read” paper) or as instructed in the class. It is also important to review guest speakers’ talks (if any).
Also the readings for the two virtual seminar weeks will be submitted by each group, so you will updated on the readings for those two weeks when submitted (please see the Assignment #2 instructions).

Important note for students when readings are uploaded in eClass:
Normally, readings are accessible online either through the University of Alberta databases or as publicly available information. However, select readings may be uploaded to eClass in accordance with the fair dealing provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act. Students are reminded that these readings are for the purposes of research, education and private study. As such readings should not be disseminated to those who are not registered in the course, and students are encouraged to delete the digital copy of the readings when they are no longer being used for research, education or private study.

Assignment and Weighting:



Horizon Report


Presentation/Virtual Seminar - Each One Teach One


Technology Comparison


Class Discussions and Participation




School of Library and Information Studies Grading Statement:
Grades reflect professional judgements of student achievement made by instructors. These judgements are based on a combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in class. The instructor should mark in terms of raw scores, rank the assignments in order of merit, and with due attention to the verbal descriptions of the various grades, assign an appropriate final letter grade.

Grades are calculated in accordance with the SLIS Grading Procedure

Academic Integrity:
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Students should also be mindful of the SLIS Copyright Policy

Inclusive Language and Equity:
The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of respect for all people within the university community and to educating faculty, staff, and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation and ethnic background. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support and Disability Services.

Recording Lectures:
Recording is permitted only with the prior written consent of the instructor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.

Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.