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IS 532 Theory and Practice Data Cleaning

Data cleaning (also: cleansing) is the process of assessing and improving data quality for later analysis and use, and is a crucial part of data curation and analysis. This course identifies data quality issues throughout the data lifecycle, and reviews specific techniques and approaches for checking and improving data quality. Techniques are drawn primarily from the database community, using schema-level and instance-level information, and from different scientific communities, which are developing practical tools for data pre-processing and cleaning.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS532A Thu 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm On-Campus Bertram Ludaescher 70340
    • IS532AO Thu 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Online Bertram Ludaescher 70341
  • Spring 2019

    • IS532A Thu 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm On-Campus Bertram Ludaescher 67443
    • IS532AO Thu 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online Bertram Ludaescher 67444

IS 537 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Information Professions

This course examines how issues of race, gender and sexuality are represented in information professions and will study how they affect, and are affected by, information technologies. Socially constructed (mis)representations (or lack of representations) of race, gender and sexual identity will be critically examined in different settings as they intersect, overlap, and impact the information use, technology practices, and the design of information resources and services in the library and information science and related fields.

  • Summer 2018

    • IS537AO Wed 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Online Nicole Cooke 39695

IS 538 Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management

This course examines two of the most popular practices of business research: Competitive Intelligence (CI) & Knowledge Management (KM). This course provides theoretical foundations and conceptual framework of CI & KM, as students acquire skills in translating research data into actionable intelligence and managing organizations' intellectual capital systematically. This course will introduce concepts of strategic analyses of businesses, and students will also explore key KM technologies widely used in the industry.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS538A Wed 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm On-Campus Yoo-Seong Song 70327
    • IS538AO Wed 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Online Yoo-Seong Song 70328
  • Spring 2019

    • IS538A Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm On-Campus Julia Hart 69225
    • IS538AO Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Online Julia Hart 69226

IS 539 Information Consulting

This course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in providing research services and also introduce the latest trends and innovative approaches in research services. Information professionals are increasingly being challenged to provide not just data but insights and recommendations that are critical for strategic decision making. Using methodologies widely adopted by professional firms and researchers, this course will cover basics of research consulting including framing research problems, developing deliverables, and presenting professionally.

  • Summer 2018

    • IS539AO Wed 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Online Yoo-Seong Song 39646
  • Spring 2019

    • IS539A Wed 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm On-Campus Yoo-Seong Song 67381
    • IS539AO Wed 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Online Yoo-Seong Song 67432

IS 540 Applied Business Research

As an experiential learning class, this course covers advanced techniques of business research with an emphasis on managing real-world client projects. Students will be assigned to teams and work with clients to identify research requirements and construct recommendations. Students will acquire critical skills in creating professional deliverables through client engagements. Students will build professional research portfolios at the conclusion of their projects.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS540A Tue 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm On-Campus Yoo-Seong Song 70329
  • Spring 2019

    • IS540A Tue 4:00 pm - 5:50 pm On-Campus Yoo-Seong Song 67382

IS 542 Data, Statistical Models, and Information

An introduction to statistical and probabilistic models as they pertain to quantifying information, assessing information quality, and principled application of information to decision making, with focus on model selection and gauging model quality. The course reviews relevant results from probability theory, parametric and non-parametric predictive models, as well as extensions of these models for unsupervised learning. Applications of statistical and probabilistic models to tasks in information management (e.g. prediction, ranking, and data reduction) are emphasized.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS542A Tue 9:30 am - 12:20 pm On-Campus Vetle Torvik 68856
    • IS542B Mon 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus David Dubin 68916
    • IS542C Thu 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus David Dubin 70384
  • Spring 2019

    • IS542A Tue 9:30 am - 12:20 pm On-Campus Jill Naiman 67383

IS 543 Sociotechnical Information Systems

The character, success, and costs/benefits of information technologies are socio-technical matters. Because of this, best practice for IT design and integration relies on participants' ability to understand and create for the totality of those settings, including social and technical dimensions. This course provides students with analytic tools for examining socio-technical settings and experience in applying that knowledge in IT modeling, design and management.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS543A Fri 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Peter Darch 68425
    • IS543B Thu 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Peter Darch 68426
    • IS543C Mon 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Jerome McDonough 70385
  • Spring 2019

    • IS543A Tue 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm On-Campus Nicolas LaLone 67384
    • IS543AO Tue 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Online Jerome McDonough 69162
    • IS543B Mon 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus Nicolas LaLone 67631

IS 545 Social Justice in the Information Professions

This course is intended to provide a historic and contemporary overview of social justice and advocacy work in librarianship. The course will be primarily focused on activities in the United States, though international movements and perspectives will be addressed. Topics include: desegregation of libraries and professional associations; recruitment and retention of library workers from traditionally underrepresented populations; library outreach; intellectual freedom; and emerging critical theories and issues in the field.

IS 546 Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

Examines intellectual freedom issues throughout the United States and the world. Approaches intellectual freedom as an ethical issue based in interpretations of the First Amendment and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The course encourages information professionals to view commitment to intellectual freedom as a core professional value and gives students the opportunity to develop skills and strategies needed to navigate censorship controversies in the workplace.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS546AO Tue 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Online Emily Knox 68983

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.

  • Spring 2019

    • IS547AO Tue 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Online Nicole Cooke 67510