School of Library and Information Studies

 LIS 597: Advanced Scholarship and Research in LIS

Course Outline

Fall 2016

Instructor: Dr. Tami Oliphant
Email: toliphan@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-492-2033
Office hours: By appointment

Calendar Description:
In-depth exploration of systematic approaches to scholarship and research in library and information studies for students pursuing thesis-route master’s programs or other advanced projects. 

Course Objectives:
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify selected systematic approaches that are suitable for the major areas in library and information studies scholarship and research—from project design to dissemination.

  • Critically discuss issues involved in completing a successful, advanced academic project (e.g., project management, ethics, data management, etc.).

  • Design and carry out a project related to a specific area of inquiry for a master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or other advanced project.

  • Analyze and reflect upon the relationship among research, scholarship, and professional practice.


Measurable Student Learning Outcomes:
Drawing upon course readings, self-directed readings, lectures, and class discussions and activities, students will identify quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches appropriate to library and information studies research.

Drawing upon course readings, self-directed readings, class discussion, and class activities, students will critically analyze and apply various research methodologies, methods, and systematic approaches appropriate to designing and implementing their own advanced projects.

Students will identify, analyze, and critically discuss the various issues involved in completing a successful advanced project (e.g., project management, ethics, data management, etc.)

Students will articulate the role of theory in research and advanced scholarship and the interdisciplinary nature of library and information studies and be able to critically reflect upon professional, practical, and theoretical problems in LIS.

Content:

  • LIS research and scholarship
  • Role of theory, evidence, and data in LIS

  • Current issues and trends in LIS scholarship

  • Statistics and software packages

  • Publishing practices and opportunities

  • Reflexive practice

  • Preparing written and oral reports

  • Evidence-based practice

  • Methods and methodology

  • Data management

  • Project management

  • Data analysis and interpretation

  • Power, responsibility, ethics and the relation of self to others

  • Sites, settings, and entry


Methods:

A combination of seminar discussion, presentations, practical exercises, lectures, readings, and computer demonstrations will be used throughout the course. Where possible, guest lectures and/or special presentations will also be included.


Course Relationships:

Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 503, and 505; Prerequisite to the MLIS Thesis option


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.


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 (online at http://www.governance.ualberta.ca/) 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 (http://www.slis.ualberta.ca/Resources/~/media/slis/Documents/Resources/SLISPoliciesandDocuments/SLIS_Copyright_Policy.pdf).


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 Student Accessibility Services.


Recording of Lectures:

Recording of lectures is permitted only with the prior written consent of the professor 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.