IS 510 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.

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Textbooks and Course Materials

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