Information Studies Minor Courses for
Fall Semester 2014

LIB 3020 Principles of Information Retrieval
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100

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

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

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 CIS3040, COM 3040 and PAF 3040 ).

LIB 3065 Electronic Resources and Research Methods for Writers
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150

This course explores the impact of information research on writing. Students develop proficiency in evaluating, identifying, and using relevant print, electronic, and Internet sources to locate the business, government, biographical, political, social, and statistical information necessary for in-depth journalistic reportage and other forms of research. (Cross-listed with JRN3040).

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.

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 Courses for
Summer Session I (May 28, 2014 - July 10, 2014)

LIB 3040 Information and Society
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100

Two Sections:

  • Mondays,/Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:30pm – 7:29pm. Newman Library Building Room 135;
  • Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays 11:00am – 12:53pm. Newman Library Building Room 320A.

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 CIS3040, COM 3040 and PAF 3040 ).

Both of these courses will be offered as Hybrid sections with a significant amount of online activity using digital platforms.

Information Studies Minor

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  • Contact: Prof. Randy Hensley at 646-312-1609