I teach in the areas of community engagement/community informatics, archives/special collections, and the social foundations of library and information studies/science.
My Teaching Statement is available online.
LIS 502 Libraries, Information and Society
This course explores major issues in the library and information science professions as they involve their communities of users and sponsors. Analyzes specific situations that reflect the professional agenda of these fields, including intellectual freedom, community service, professional ethics, social responsibilities, intellectual property, literacy, historical and international models, the socio-cultural role of libraries and information agencies and professionalism in general, focusing in particular on the interrelationships among these issues. Required M.S. degree core course. syllabus
LIS 518 Community Informatics
A survey of key concepts in an emerging field that
studies how local, historical communities are using
information and communications technologies. Covers key
principles for work in the non-profit/public sector as
people harness new technologies and media as
individuals, students, families, community
organizations, and so on. Overarching ideas prepare both
professionals and researchers to understand and master
this environment, whatever their technology background.
Especially useful for those interested in public or
community libraries, youth services, social work,
education, and anyone interested in working with or
studying underserved communities. The required course
for the community informatics specialization. syllabus
LIS 590 Digital Public History: An Introduction
Prepares students to develop critical thinking skills about, and innovative ways to implement and advocate for, collaborations among institutions and diverse publics around the construction of public histories. The National Council on Public History defines public history as collaborations "to make the past useful to the public." This course focuses on how such collaborations develop, and what role librarians, archivists, museum professionals, academics and others can, do and may play in this changing terrain. [Elective for Graduate Certificate in Special Collections]. syllabus
LIS-S 604: Digital Heritage Resource Management (taught at Indiana University / Purdue University - Indianapolis)
A survey of digital heritage information systems, with a focus on digital heritage information managed by library and information professionals. Course topics include: users of digital heritage information, including genealogists; information tools and resources for genealogy and local/personal heritage; acquiring, organizing and providing access to digital heritage information; digital community archives and identity; copyright concerns relating to digital heritage information; and the preservation of digital heritage information. A hands-on module in this course will involve students creating a very small digital heritage information system. No advanced technology knowledge or coding skills required to take this course. syllabus
LIS590CA Community Archives: Documenting Heritage and Identity / LIS581 Administration and Use of Archival Materials
In 2008 and 2009 I assisted instructor Anke Voss on two archival education courses at the University of Illinois. For LIS581, I helped her develop a hands-on service learning module of the course focused on placing students in a distressed museum archives. For LIS590CA, I helped her develop this new course. For more information on my roles assisting in the teaching of these courses please see the LIS581 module website.