School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Winter 2014

LIS 598 PROJECT MANAGEMENT *CANCELLED*

COURSE OUTLINE

AUDIENCE: This workshop will be of interest to those in all types of information organizations

DATES OFFERED: January 17-19, 2014 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR: Geoff Harder. Brief Bio - Geoff is Digital Initiatives Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries where he is the project manager for several large digital library and digitization projects. Geoff is a graduate of the SLIS program and holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the School of Business at the U of A.  He has worked on a wide variety of projects for both the library and other organizations.

COURSE GOALS: To provide students with an overview of project management as it relates to projects undertaken in today's libraries, archives and information/IT sectors. This course will provide an introduction to project management theory and practice, with an emphasis on the practical skills required to work successfully within a team-based environment.

OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  1. Discuss the basic phases or stages of project management understanding how each phase impacts the overall project outcome
  2. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of project teams and PM strategies for working effectively to accomplish goals
  3. Discuss the types of projects libraries and information professionals regularly undertake and how project management is used (or misused) in the modern workplace
  4. Plan a project from start to finish, utilizing working knowledge of project planning, execution and post-project assessment

LIS 598 SYSTEMATIC REVIEW SEARCHING

COURSE OUTLINE

AUDIENCE: This workshop will be of interest to those in all types of information organizations

DATES OFFERED: February 7-9, 2014 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Slater. Brief Bio - Linda is the Public Services Manager at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta.

COURSE GOALS: To provide students with an understanding of the systematic review process as it has evolved in the health sciences and to impart the skills necessary to execute the high level of searching required as part of the systematic review methodology.

OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the different types of review literature
  2. Describe the importance of systematic reviews/meta-analyses for clinical decision-making
  3. Describe the process of producing a systematic review/meta-analysis based on the Cochrane model with particular emphasis on the literature search
  4. Describe the role of the librarian on a systematic review team
  5. Describe the components of a search protocol for a systematic review and create a basic protocol on a sample topic
  6. Create and execute a comprehensive search strategy suitable for a systematic review/meta-analysis.
  7. Be familiar with PRESS as a tool for peer-reviewing search strategies.

 

LIS 598 MANAGING VENDOR RELATIONS

AUDIENCE: This workshop will be of interest to those in all types of information organizations

DATES OFFERED: February 28 - March 2, 2014 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Merrill Distad. Brief Bio - Merrill is Former Associate University Librarian (Research & Special Collections Services) & University Archivist, University of Alberta.

COURSE GOALS: This course explores the business connections between librarians and the various vendors who provide the multi-billion dollar information resources and services that are essential to library operations. Through lectures and assignments, elements of this partnership will be explored to give participants (students and those in practice) a thorough understanding of the relationship as well as the job market potential for graduates. Course content includes such elements as the economics behind various library businesses, pricing models, the competitive process, licensing, negotiating, post contract service & support, and ethics.

OBJECTIVES: By the end of the course participants should be:

  1. familiar with institutional standards for procurement of goods and services;
  2. able to undertake research for the evaluation and selection of vendors;
  3. able to draft RFI and RFP specifications for the tendering of purchasing or licensing contracts;
  4. able to apply this knowledge to collection development, including acquisitions by firm order, blanket order, standing order, subscription, and/or approval plans;
  5. familiar with the advantages and challenges of library consortiae;
  6. able to enter licensing agreements for the provision of electronic resources;
  7. able to negotiate contracts for materials processing (e.g., shelf-ready cataloguing);
  8. …for the purchase of IT hardware and software;
  9. …for the planning, construction, renovation, and maintenance of physical facilities and infrastructure, etc.;
  10. familiar with evaluation, quality control, and financial accounting and oversight.