The iSchool at the University of Maryland is looking for instructors for one of it’s core MLIS courses, LBSC671 Creating Information Infrastructures. This is an introductory technology and information systems. A brief description and outcomes are listed below and a sample syllabus is attached. The iSchool has opportunities for both online and in-person teaching.
If you are interested please contact Lindsay Sarin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide a copy of your current resume/CV. Instructors must have a master’s degree, but it is not required that it be an MLIS.
LBSC671 Creating Information Infrastructures introduces students to the foundations of acquiring and managing collections, information structures, indexing and discovery systems in Library and Information Studies. The course introduces theoretical concepts, trends, systems, and technologies central to this area of the field and equips students with the skills and conceptual background to create and manage information systems and services. The course is centered on the exploration of library and archival information systems, with students working to create, index, and produce their own objects and descriptive metadata for physical and digital contexts. In order to introduce students to the broad world of information institutions, how they manage resources and provide access for their users the course is broken into four thematic areas:
- Terms of reference: What are information institutions, and in what social context do they exist?
- Get it: What kinds of resources do information institutions manage, and how do they come to have them?
- Find it: How do institutions manage these resources, what conceptual and functional skills are required for this work, and what benefits and limitations exist for each approach (e.g., automated vs. manual)
- Demonstrate mastery of concepts, models and information structures for life-cycle management of information assets by libraries, archives, and schools.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of current methods for acquisition, preservation, management, discovery and delivery of information in physical and digital form.
- Demonstrate proficiency in creating and applying models, schema, representations and encodings for organizing information.
- Demonstrate proficiency in designing and implementing information services that leverage current technologies.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the effects of current trends in information creation, information technology, and information use on methods for acquisition, preservation, organization, management, discovery, and delivery of information.