Information Studies Minor Courses: Fall 2015

LIB 3010 Special Topics—Future Shock: Information Change and Anxiety
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Tue/Thu 10:45am – 12:00pm

This course will examine the relationship of information to the future. Through history, visionaries in different fields have reacted with a mix of anxiety or optimism to rapid changes in information and technology. By extrapolating from current trends, these visionaries—science fiction writers, media theorists, philosophers, and those in the visual and film arts—have predicted the future in many different ways. Through evaluation of selected works, students will develop critical abilities to envision trends and concepts, while developing their abilities to access and use information. The course will also examine the role of information in forming these future visions. The course will be structured around fiction, theory, and visual media that deal with rapid change and visions of the future.

LIB 3020 Principles of Information Retrieval
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Mon/Wed 10:45am – 12:00pm

This course teaches the theoretical and practical principles of information retrieval in an online environment. Students will learn the necessary skills to become expert-level searchers. Techniques and concepts for formulating effective search strategies for a range of information needs and formats will be examined. Students will have opportunities for hands-on practice and experimenting with a variety of online systems and explore current and emerging challenges in information retrieval.

LIB 3030 Archives, Documents, and Hidden History
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Tue/Thu 10:45am – 12:00pm

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of archival research. By exploring the variety and nature of primary source materials both real and virtual, students will have the opportunity to study and interpret historical, social, and cultural issues.

LIB 3040 Information and Society
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Four sections: Wed/Fri 9:30am – 10:45am OR Mon/Wed 10:45am – 12:00pm OR Mon/Wed 4:10pm – 5:25pm OR Tue/Thu 2:30pm – 3:45pm

This course examines the nature, production, value, and uses of information in historical perspective; the latest development in information technology; the ways information is produced and disseminated and how they affect business, politics, media, science, arts and culture; the growth of the "information society;" and major information policy issues. (Cross-listed with CIS 3040, COM 3040, and PAF 3040)

LIB 4900 Social Informatics: Studies in the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Information
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150 and two 3000-level LIB courses, or permission of the department
Thu 6:05pm – 9:00pm

This course serves as the capstone course for students who have completed two 3000-level courses chosen from the course listings for the minor in information studies. Social informatics can be defined as the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of information from social and organizational perspectives. In this course, students will analyze systems of information in context to gain insight into the basic principles of social informatics, as well as relevant social and moral issues. This course satisfies the capstone requirement of the information studies minor.

Information Studies Minor