Spring 2012

IST 620 – Advanced Topics in Information Innovation

Professor Anthony Rotolo

Social media technologies such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other online communities have caused a shift toward “social business” across many sectors. Organizations are working to understand how best to address the expectations of information users — their customers — and to apply social media toward organizational goals.  This may include leveraging the two-way nature of social media to better understand customers and constituent groups, enhance information exchange among employees, enhance reputation or authority on an area of expertise or even increase organizational efficiency. This course was taught as an “projects” course, meaning the majority of learning took place around a single, semester-long project working with a real-world organization to develop and implement a social media initiative. 

IST 635 – Collection Development and Access

Professor Rebecca Shaffer-Mannion

Advanced investigation of collection building, acquisition, and maintenance in libraries and information centers; user and collection analysis, collection development policies, digital resource acquisition and licensing, consortium collaboration, and ethical issues.

IST 667 – Information Technology in Libraries and Information Centers

Instructor Beverly Choltco-Devlin

Introduction to computerized technology and its applications in libraries and information centers; management issues of the automation processes; and new directions in the use of technology in information-based settings.

Fall 2011

IST 600 – Effective Search Techniques (1 credit hour)

Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl

With the amount of content that is available, locating needed information can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, yet it doesn’t need to be that way. This class focused on selecting and using information resources including Internet search engines, online databases, and social media sites.

IST 618 – Information Policy

Professor Lee McKnight

Public policy issues of the digital environment, including freedom of expression, intellectual property, economic regulations, privacy, security, access, standards, and dissemination of public information. Application of economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis. As a final project for this course, there was a group paper on a topic of our choice. My group of other LIS students chose to write about the policy implications of e-book lending. You can read our analysis in my portfolio.

IST 686 – Enterprise Social Media

Professor Anthony Rotolo

Introduction to the use and management of social media technology with an organization, including strategies for use in an enterprise organization, creation of original content and exploration of policy concerns. Our class worked together with to create a social media strategy guide.

IST 971 – Internship in Information Studies (150 hours)

Professor Kenneth Lavender
Fayetteville Free Library Director Susan Considine

Half of this internship (75 hours) was spent interning on the reference desk. This involved shadowing the librarians and offering reference services. I was also involved in a project with the Director of Virtual and Innovation Services who is in charge of the reference and nonfiction collections. I assisted in evaluating the current reference collection and making recommendations for weeding and ordering. I was also involved in standardizing the cataloging of the reference collection.

The other half of the internship was spent creating a collection of early literacy kits for babies. I also observed and led Storytime events for children from 0-4 years old.

You can follow the progress of my internship by reading my blog entries chronicling my experiences.

Spring 2011

IST 613 – Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment

Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl

On a regular basis, librarians must understand their user base, plan their services based upon the needs of users, market their services to those users, and assess the success of those services. The goal of this class was to focus on those activities as applied to the core functions of the library, focusing on the development of print and electronic library collections, systems, and public services.

The course included a semester long project pairing four-student teams with a library or librarian who had an idea for a new product or service. The student teams learned about the product or service from the host librarian and then wrote a literature review, project plan, marketing plan, and assessment plan. My team was paired with Barbara Grimes, head librarian at the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY IT) to plan a learning commons at Cayan Library. Our literature review is available in my portfolio.

IST614 – Management Principles for Information Professionals

Professor Steve Sawyer

This course provided an introduction to the profession, practice, and perspective of managing, with a focus on its application to organizations, services and processes found in the information field.

IST 616 – Information Resources: Organization and Access

Professor Barbara Kwasnik

An online introductory survey of principles, techniques, and standards used in information systems, especially those implemented in libraries and information centers. The course covered the fundamental concepts of theory and practice in information organization, storage and retrieval, including an introduction to existing systems and standards.

One of the assignments for this class was to write a powerpoint presentation parsing a classification scheme. I chose to parse the ATypI Typeface Classification system.

Fall 2010

IST 511 – Introduction to Library and Information Professions

Professor R. David Lankes

IST 511 is the “gateway,” or introductory course for the MSLIS program. Librarianship is a field that is rapidly evolving, and this course offers an introduction to established structures and practices in the field as well as the directions in which we are moving in the 21st century. This course surveys the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues that affect information service professionals and organizations and prepares students for their graduate work.

The course ended with a poster session. My group presented on Copyright, First Sale, and Fair Use as they relate to libraries. Please see my portfolio for a collection of print and online resources relating to these topics compiled by my group.

IST 600 – International Librarianship

Instructors Min-Chun Ku and Sarah Webb

A seminar style course, designed to give students an understanding of issues in international librarianship. Class projects included leading a class discussion and writing a grant proposal.

IST 601 – Introduction to Information and Information Environments

Professors Martha Garcia-Murillo, Ian MacInnes, David Dischiave, and R. David Lankes

A broad overview of the field and an orientation to the School of Information Studies. Describes the past, present, and future of information studies.

IST 605 – Information Resources: Users and Services

Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl

Every type of library provides reference services, no matter if the library serves a school, a town, a college or a corporation. The service itself may be provided by a librarian in a library or embedded into a project team. This course focused on the concepts, principles, and techniques of reference and user services. The course included information on reference resources, resource evaluation, delivery methods, information literacy, and user instruction.