IS 547 Information Services for Diverse Populations

This course is designed to prepare future information professionals to develop and provide inclusive services to underrepresented populations, and to analyze and evaluate services to ensure equality of access to information in a range of institutional settings. Through readings, discussion, guest lectures, and site visits, students will explore diversity issues that impact information services and develop skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and services for addressing these issues. Specific diversity issues include race and ethnicity; education; language; literacy; disability; gender and sexual orientation; social class; national origin; physical, psychological, and learning ability; and age.

Learning objectives

  • Understand philosophical aspects of diversity in institutional settings.
  • Understand the development of cultural competencies.
  • Understand diversity issues in the acquisition, cataloging, and classification of materials, and diversity issues in reference work, library instruction, and other library programs.

Recent syllabus

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).