LIS 541: LIS Services in Culturally Diverse Society
Instructor: Dr. Danielle Allard
Phone: (780) 492-2605
Office: 3-11 Rutherford South
Class times: Wednesday:
6:00pm.– 8:50 pm. in 3-22 Rutherford South
Examines the central concepts
of diversity and inclusion and a range of related issues and contributions with
respect to specific populations and traditionally underrepresented groups, and
their support systems, in library and information settings.
basic concepts and terminology relating to diversity and inclusion in the
context of library and information settings in culturally diverse society.
and analyze multiple meanings of diversity and inclusion and discuss them in
relation to a range of themes and theoretical frameworks (e.g.,
multiculturalism, feminist theory and praxis, intersectionality,
decolonization, global citizenship, universal access to information).
awareness of advocacy, activism, and leadership perspectives supporting a place
for specific populations and traditionally underrepresented groups in library,
archives, and information settings and discourses.
both theoretical and practical service-oriented issues and concerns regarding
library, archives, and information use by a range of specific populations and
traditionally underrepresented groups.
through both oral and written means information professionals’ roles in
promotion and advocacy of diversity, access, and equity in culturally diverse
in-class activities and assignments, students will be able to articulate basic
concepts and terminology relating to diversity and inclusion in the context of
library, archives, and information settings in culturally diverse society.
exposure to advocacy and leadership perspectives supporting a place for
specific populations and traditionally underrepresented groups in library and
information settings and discourses, students will be able to appreciate both
theoretical and practical service-oriented issues and concerns, including
evaluation of policies, collections, programs, and services.
critical examination of library and information studies (and related) theory
and practice, students will be able to identify and analyze major issues and
emergent trends with respect to LIS services in culturally diverse society.
paired projects, individual assignments, class discussions and readings,
students will increase their communication and problem-solving skills and will
gain a greater understanding of the challenges and benefits of collaborative
written paper(s) and assignments, students will demonstrate awareness of both
opportunities and threats to the development of a diverse and inclusive
profession and discipline, and will articulate an increased knowledge about
diversity in multiple contexts relating to library, archives, and information
of diversity and inclusion issues in LIS, Library
policies and strategies for serving LGBTQ* minorities, race and ethnicity on
the Internet, Information practices of migrants and refugees, feminist and
community based classification, access to information for marginalized
communities, global citizenship, and Indigenous
knowledges and archiving.
Lectures, readings, in class
discussions, small group discussions, group work, classroom facilitation, in
class activities, guest speakers, and assignments
LIS 501 (or permission
Lee, D. & Mahalakshmi, K. (Eds). (2014). Aboriginal
and Visible Minority Librarians: Oral Histories from Canada. Lanham: R&L
Inclusive Language & Equity:
Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and
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 backgrounds.
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 Student Accessibility Services.
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.
Policy about course outlines can
be found in Section 23.4(2)
of the University Calendar.