An overview of issues, perspectives and concerns of importance to information professionals and the discipline of library and information science. An introduction to different information environments; and a consideration of the social, political, economic, cultural, historical, and intellectual contexts of information.
An introduction to the theory and practice of organizing and curating information for optimal access in libraries, archives and other organizations, using appropriate standards and tools for information description, arrangement and classification.
Theory and practice of finding and using basic information sources and question negotiating techniques in information providing contexts, including libraries and information centres. Appropriate and effective ways of providing personal assistance to users in pursuit of information. Introduction to the principles and practices of searching.
This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods. Topics covered include: the research process from finding a researchable question through data gathering and analysis to dissemination of results; qualities of well-designed research; ethical considerations in research; and basic concepts and techniques in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Building on the MLIS core, this course offers a critical perspective on issues involved in managing and working in contemporary information organizations. Students will be introduced to theory and practice in organizational design and culture, strategic planning, financial management, human resources, labour-management relations, policy and ethical challenges, leadership, and communication.