School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 508 Outline

Course Outline


Instructor: Dangzhi Zhao, Ph.D.

Office: 3-13 Rutherford South;
Phone: (780) 492-2814
Email: dzhao@ualberta.ca;
Web: http://www.ualberta.ca/~dzhao/

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

Objectives:
  • Through a group project, online discussions, readings and course lecture, students will be able to critically analyze information technologies using critical approaches and present their findings to 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 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:
  • Basics of computers, computer networks and the Internet
  • History, development and trends of LIS technologies
  • Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
  • Digital objects, digitization, and digital libraries
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Archiving and preservation technologies and initiatives
  • Information Retrieval Systems and alternative discovery applications
  • Technological Protection Measures and Digital Rights Management
  • Social computing and social media
  • Database technology
  • Web technologies and markup languages

Methods:
Lectures, discussions, seminars, and guest speakers will be used. This is an asynchronous online course. You will need to spend a total of 3 hours online each week for class activities just as you would in the classroom for a face-to-face course. However, these 3 hours are spread out over the course of an entire week, during which you can log into the course as many times as you want to, but 3 times at a minimum. You will still need to spend additional time “out of class” on readings, assignments, etc.

Course Relationships:
Prerequisites: LIS 501, LIS 502, LIS 503

Assignments & Evaluation:
There will be no exams in this course. You will be assessed on your successful completion of the following assignments. Details of these assignments are available in the Assignments Description document in eClass.
  1. Read and React (10%)
  2. Participation in discussions (30%)
  3. Virtual Seminar (25%)
  4. Technology comparison (25%)
  5. Reflective paper (10%)
All assignments are due by 11:55pm on the due date and must be submitted in eClass unless otherwise specified. Extensions will only be granted in special situations in advance of an assignment’s due date. Late assignments will be assessed a penalty of 10% of the assignment value per day (i.e., if the assignment value is 30 marks, the late penalty is 3 mark per day). To conserve paper, please use formats of 1.5 spacing, 11 font, title and student information on first page of text, no blank sheets, and bibliography continued on last page of text.
Grades are calculated in accordance with the SLIS Grading Procedure.
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 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 & Equity
The 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 Specialized Support and Disability Services.

Required Text / Readings
Weekly readings will be assigned by the instructor.

Tentative Timetable
Week

Introduction to the course and to eClass

Basics of computers, computer networks and the Internet

Overview of LIS technologies

Integrated Library Systems

Information Retrieval Systems and alternative discovery applications

Institutional Repositories

No class – Reading week

Digital objects, digitization, and digital libraries

Archiving and preservation technologies and initiatives

Social computing and social media

Technological Protection Measures and Digital Rights Management

Web technologies and markup languages

Database technology

____________________________________________________________________________

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