Semester Two Subjects

Organisation of Information: Cataloguing & Metadata.

This specialist module for library and information professionals examines the ways in which information professionals describe and create access to information resources. Students will be introduced to traditional cataloguing principles for bibliographic control, as well as to modern metadata standards – and they will explore how the two approaches relate to each other. Students will also investigate methods for representing the subjects of information resources, from library classification schemes to folksonomies created from user-supplied data. In addition, students will be required to attain some familiarity with a number of library standards as examples for the application of a particular approach, e.g., AACR2.

Research Methods II

This module continues from Research Methods I (RM I). Whereas RM I served as an introduction to the research process in information and library science – the formation of a research agenda – Research Methods II will have the students delve into conducting actual research with data gathered from the world in which we live. This will be accomplished through project work combining both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Professional Issues in Information & Library Careers

Information and library professionals must grapple on a daily basis with the challenges of their organizational contexts and the shifting landscape of our information society. The need to manage resources, people, projects, and collections effectively in the face of a range of internal and external forces and conditions requires information professionals to be attentive both to their own practice and the environments within which they operate. This module combines theoretical constructs and real-world examples to prepare students for library and information careers by examining the core of professional practice; the problems and issues that information professionals need to solve; and the competencies and skills necessary to address them.

Digital Libraries

This module will examine the concept of digital libraries and examines the technical, managerial and human issues associated with the concept of digital libraries. Topics will include the evolution of digital libraries; their social, technical, and spatial dimensions; the creation and management of digital resources, including digitization; and digital library services, use, and users. Students will be asked to think creatively, work collaboratively, and contribute to the state of the art in digital library development and research.

Weaving the Web: The Internet & Society

This module covers Internet technical infrastructure and applications (e.g., tcp/ip, nameservers, telnet, ftp, electronic mail); growth in access and use of the Internet; description of the World Wide Web, its development and related technological changes, and current developments in social computing and Web 2.0. It provides a framework for understanding Internet-driven changes in information publication, dissemination and access. The social challenge of the Internet is discussed from a technical perspective: digital exclusion and political participation, pornography, censorship and content control, privacy and encryption, digital identity and authentication.

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