IS 502 Libraries, Information, and Society

Explores major issues in the library and information science professions as they involve their communities of users and sponsors. Analyzes specific situations that reflect the professional agenda of these fields, including intellectual freedom, community service, professional ethics, social responsibilities, intellectual property, literacy, historical and international models, the socio-cultural role of libraries and information agencies and professionalism in general, focusing in particular on the interrelationships among these issues.

  • Required core course – MS in Library and Information Science

Learning objectives

  • To introduce key issues in the relationship between information organizations (including libraries) and society.
  • To present current controversies and encourage analytical discussion of them.
  • To cultivate professional values in library/information services.
  • To improve critical reading, discussion, and presentation skills.

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Summer 2018

    • IS502AO
      Tue/Thu, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
      Online
      Instructor
      Emily Knox
      CRN
      39555
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502AO2
      Mon/Wed, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
      Online
      Instructor
      Terry Weech
      CRN
      39642
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
  • Fall 2018

    • IS502A
      Mon, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
      Room 109
      On-Campus
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval, Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Kathryn LaBarre
      CRN
      68854
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502B
      Wed, 10:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 12A
      On-Campus
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Kathryn LaBarre
      CRN
      68855
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502C
      Tue, 10:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 242
      On-Campus
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval, Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Bonnie Mak
      CRN
      70383
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502AO
      Tue, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      Online
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructors
      Kyungwon Koh, Alaine Martaus
      CRN
      68961
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502AO2
      Wed, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
      Online
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Kathleen Williams
      CRN
      68962
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
  • Spring 2019

    • IS502A
      Tue, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
      Room 46
      On-Campus
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Terry Weech
      CRN
      67580
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502AO
      Mon, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
      Online
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Melissa Ocepek
      CRN
      67428
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502AO2
      Wed, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      Online
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Kyungwon Koh
      CRN
      67494
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502AO3
      Thu, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Online
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Kathleen Williams
      CRN
      66791
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502B
      Wed, 10:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Bonnie Mak
      CRN
      67581
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS502C
      Thu, 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
      Room 46
      On-Campus
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Terry Weech
      CRN
      67630
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).