LIS 672 - CRN 88644 (Spring 2012)
Final version of this syllabus will be distributed in class
|Instructor:||Luz. M. Quiroga, Assistant Professor|
|Class Meetings:||Thursday 9 am - 11:40 am, at LIS Hamilton 3G|
LIS672 Spring 2012
|Office hours:||After class or by appointment|
|Office location/Phone:||POST 305E; phone: 956-9988|
HL 2J; phone 956-5838
This course addresses the following objectives of the LIS Program, as stated in their mission and goals. This course enables students to:
SLO 1: Understand, apply and articulate the history, philosophy, principles and ethics of library and information science and the related professions.
1a) Apply LIS theory and principles to diverse information contexts
1b) Demonstrate understanding of the historical context of information services and systems
1c) Develop and apply critical thinking skills in preparation for professional practice
Projects addressing real world needs and applying principles of selection, organization and management of information; use of systems analysis methods; short assignments on current status of library systems
SLO 2: Develop, administrate, assess, and advocate for information services by exercising principled communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
2b) Work effectively in teams
2c) Develop, manage, and assess information services for specific users and communities
Community-based group projects
SLO 3: Organize, create, archive, preserve, retrieve, manage, evaluate, and disseminate information resources in a variety of formats.
3b) Organize, create, archive and manage collections of information resources following professional standards
Short assignments on library systems standards and protocols
SLO 4: Evaluate and use the latest information technologies, research findings and methods.
4a) Evaluate systems and technologies in terms of quality, functionality, cost-effectiveness and adherence to professional standards
4b) Integrate emerging technologies into professional practice
Course projects, special topic research on emerging technologies relevant to libraries and information centers
SLO 5: Engage in projects and assignments dealing with multicultural communities and representing diverse points of view.
5a) Communicate and collaborate with diverse colleagues, information seekers and community stakeholders
5b) Demonstrate understanding of the social, cultural, political, and economic context of information services and systems
- Understand the basic functions and configuration of computer systems; types of computers; and peripheral equipment used in library applications.
- Be able to distinguish the types of software used in libraries and understand their functions.
- Understand the role and importance of standards and protocols in IT library applications.
- Understand the main objectives and approaches to the automation of the various functions in the library.
- Be able to participate in the process of specification, selection, and procurement of an integrated library system (ILS) and digital content management systems.
- Be able to participate in the planning, development and management of new library systems based on emerging technologists, e.g. web 2.0 / social networking.
- Be able to understand information technologies changes and how they apply to libraries and information centers.
- Be able to plan and participate in a retrospective conversion process.
Early in the semester students will choose a special topic on IT in Libraries for Information centers; students will also work in a term project; working in groups for the special topic and / or term project is encouraged
disCourse Class Website: Students will use disCourse as the website for the class including conducting online discussions of their term and special topic projects. They will also participate in other online forums relevant to the course coverage.
- Kochtanek,Thomas R.and Joseph R. Matthews (2002). Library Information Systems: From Library Automation to Distributed Information Access Solutions. Libraries Unlimited. Copies of the first two chapter will be available.
- Courtney, Nancy, ed. (2007). Library 2.0 and Beyond: Innovative Technologies and Tomorrow's User. Libraries Unlimited.
- Bilal, Dania (2002). Automating Media Centers and Small Libraries. 2d d. Libraries Unlimited.
- Boss, Richard W. (1997). The Library Administrator's Automation Handbook. Medford, NJ : Information Today
- Capron, H.L. and J. A. Johnson (2003). Computers: Tools for the Information Age. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall.
- Cibbarelli, Pamela (2006). Directory of Library Automation Software. Systems, and Services (2006-2207). Medford, NJ : Information Today.
- Cohn, John M., Ann L. Kelsey, and Keith Michael Fiels (1997). Planning For Automation: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians, 2nd ed. Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
- Cooper, M.D. (1995). Design of Library Automation Systems. New York: Wiley.
- Ingersoll, Patricia and John Culshaw (2004). Managing Information Technology. A handbook for systems librarians. Libraries Unlimited.
- Lesk, Michael (2004). Understanding Digital Libraries, Second Edition. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
- Matthews, Joseph R. (2004). Technology Planning. Preparing and updating a Library Technology Plan. Libraries Unlimited.
- Osborne, Larry N. (2000). System Analysis for Librarians and Information Professionals. 2nd ed. Englewood, Co: Libraries Unlimited.
- Taylor, Arlene G. and Joudrey, Daniel N. (2008). The Organization of Information . 3rd ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2009. (Library and Information Science Text Series)
- Wilson, Thomas C. (1998) The Systems Librarian: Designing Roles, Designing Skills. Chicago: American Library Association.
- Witten, Ian H., David Bainbridge and, David M. Nichols. How to Build a Digital Library. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann, 2010
- Examine the hardware configuration of an automated system used in a media center or small library.
- Explore a LAN's hardware and software requirements in a media center or small library. Evaluate performance and capacity of the LAN with respect to its existing and future applications.
- Compare and contrast three OPACS. Hawaii' Voyager may be one of the three; instructions for accessing others will be distributed in class.
- Compare and contrast three circulation modules. You can include Macintosh, Windows or Unix systems.
Each team has to be ready to spend at least two hours per week working in the project. The client will have to be willing to meet with the students frequently to facilitate their data collection and to discuss their ongoing and updated proposals. Hopefully the client will be actively involved as part of the team.
The project work can be the basis for a presentation in professional conferences. This has been the case in several previous projects where students and instructor have presented their work in SLA, HLA, HERA and ASIST meetings; this a very valuable component of students portfolios.
Examples of course projects that students can undertake:
- The integrated library system (ILS) is the backbone of many library services. Therefore, in previous semesters the usual project has been a preliminary plan for automating a library of your choice. This is still a main option this semester. In this case, the report should include sections describing the library and its environment, functions to be automated, preliminary (broad) specifications, alternatives and recommendations (including specific vendors), physical considerations, files needed and their creation, milestones (including a rough timetable), and a short list of useful publications. It should be assumed that the document will be presented to upper management and/or a funding body. While factual correctness and appropriateness are the major determinate of grades, appearance and presentation (e.g. diagrams, indexes, fonts used, etc.) will also be important. In average, between 15 and 25 pages (including appendix) will be needed to document the work done.
- There are other options for
the term project to accommodate emerging technologies and media as well
the diversity of students professionals goals and interests. Example of
projects that students can undertake are:
- Emerging technologies used in libraries, e.g. web 2.0, blogs, wikies, e-books, e-texting, mobile devices, Second Life
- Study of the work carried out by system librarians, which might include an analysis of required competencies versus education and training offerings.
- Digital collections: specifications for the creation and management of digital objects, collections, libraries and repositories
- Evaluation of a current automated system
- Evaluation of a library website
- IT to support information community networking
- Evaluation of open source software for library applications
Note: The course project report is due last day of classes, when it will be presented to the class and to the mentor / client. A revised copy, including feedback received from instructor, classmates, client / mentor is due May 10. The document will be ready to be uploaded to ScholarSpace, the UH Institutional repository.
- Work space: This class has a work space in disCourse at
- File sharing: dropbox or similar system.
- If you have not used disCourse before, please apply for an account (see option below the disCourse login box); in the application form, write that you will be using the workspace for LIS 672 Spring 2012 / Instructor Luz M. Quiroga
- In the course work space you can find details and discussions of weekly activities and assignments. You will have a space for your group project and special topic planning and follow up.
- Online conference services such as Skype are useful for group interaction.
- Instructor e-mail: Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please start the message subject with "lis672: ".
- Face to face, online (skype) or phone meetings can be set by appointment.
|Class attendance, constructive participation,online discussions, quizzes, minor assignments, exercises, leadership||15%|
|Special Topic - presentation and paper||10%|
|Revised copy of Special topic (ScholarSpace format)||5%|
|Web 2.0 / Library 2.0 - presentation and paper||10%|
|In progress project reports and documentation (team) (3 reports)||9%|
|Individual journals (3 journals)||3%|
|Course project Presentation (team)||3%|
|Course project report and poster (team)||5%|
|Revised copy of course project report and poster (team; ScholarSpace format)||5%|
|Intra-team and client evaluations||5%|
|100 + outstanding work: A+||100-94 A||93-90 A-|
|89-97 B+||86-83 B||82-80 B-|
|79-77 C+||76-73 C||72-70 C-|
|69-67 D+||66-63 D||62-60 D-|
With a valid excuse: a fair deadline will be negotiated.