School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Fall 2013

LIS 598 Principles and Concepts in Technology Management


AUDIENCE: This workshop is applicable to both the technology savvy and the less technically inclined.  The less technically inclined will increase their capacity to discuss technical needs with library professionals.  Likewise, the technology savvy student will discover ways to translate technology needs for administrators.

DATES OFFERED: October 25-27, 2013 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR:  Robert Zylstra, Librarian, Grant MacEwan University 

Course Goal: The goal of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of library systems administration and management.  The course will focus on information technology management concepts, assessment and evaluation of technologies, staff training and technology competencies in a library context.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Understand and apply concepts of “system administration” as it applies in libraries.
  2. Discuss and articulate current issues of technology deployment as they apply to libraries.
  3. Select and evaluate technology (products and vendors) in a library setting.
  4. Creatively apply current technologies to core library services.
  5. Understand, support and/or contribute to innovation in library service delivery.

LIS 598 The Medium Relays the Message: The Value and Process of Design in Communications


AUDIENCE: Provide students and those in practice with an understanding of the fundamentals of design as they apply in a library setting.  The course will provide insights into the important and emerging techniques of 'infographics' within the context of effective community messaging.

DATES OFFERED: November 22-24, 2013 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR:  Kevin Zak, Sessional Instructor, Visual Communications Design, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta

Course Goal: Whether a student preparing for a career in libraries and anticipating the need for effective communication by way of various mediums (print or electronic), or a practitioner today realizing the power of  ‘infographics’,  and looking for the greatest impact as libraries communicate their messages to individuals, groups and communities that internalize messages in a variety of ways, this course will be of interest as it addresses the techniques of  ‘design thinking’ as a problem solving method.  What are basic design principles?  What is the role of the designer?  What should you consider when choosing a designer for a project?  What would he/she require to be an effective part of a team in creating print and online communication materials?  What design tools are available for small and medium sized organizations, as well as the larger systems who must exploit in-house options?  These and other matters will be addressed.