School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 598 Cultural Memory

Course Outline
Winter 2015, Online

Instructor: Dr. Michael McNally
Phone: 780 492-3934
Office: 3-03 Rutherford South
Office Hours: Please feel free to contact me by email to set up a phone or Skype call

Calendar Description:

A critical examination of the roles and responsibilities of cultural memory organizations in digital, knowledge economies. Students will develop an understanding of the role of information professionals as practiced in libraries, archives, and museums.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

1. Understand the challenges libraries, archives and museums face in preserving and making accessible cultural memory

2. Advocate on behalf of cultural memory organizations 

3. Contribute to local, regional and national discussions on cultural memory

Measureable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

1. Drawing on discussions, readings and an assignment, students will be able to contrast the process of personal and collective memory.

2. Through readings, discussions and a multimedia poster, students will be able to construct visual representations that that assess the role of a specific cultural memory organization plays in preserving and making accessible cultural memory.

3. After completing a term paper, participating in discussions and completing readings, students will be able to critically examine a specific challenge facing cultural memory organizations and related policies, agreements and solutions.

Individual and collective memory, cultural memory and historical narrative, national memory and forgetting, indigenous cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, theories of the information society, cultural memory organizations (libraries, archives and museums), Library and Archives Canada, legal frameworks, information overabundance, preservation and stewardship, digitization, orphan works, politicization of cultural memory.

Lectures, readings, group and class discussions, assignments, and guest speakers.

Course Relationships:
Pre-requisite: 501

Required Texts:
There is no required textbook for the class.

While there is no required textbook for the class, weekly readings are required. Readings are drawn from recent monographs and periodicals in the field and are available electronically through University of Alberta Libraries, or for download through the course Moodle site in accordance with the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act.

A list of the weekly readings is contained in the course syllabus.

Assignments & Weighting:
The course grade will be based on the following assignments:

Memory comparison assignment – 15% – Due Feb. 1
Group Interactive Multimedia Poster – 20% - Due Mar. 22
Term paper (45%)
Paper outline/preliminary bibliography (10%) – Feb. 15
Final paper (35%) – Due Apr. 12
Class participation – 20%

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 & 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.

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.