LIBR 506 (3) Human Information Interaction *


[Cannot be taken by students who have already completed the MLIS Core]


MLIS and Dual students: LIBR 508, LIBR 509

Core courses in the MLIS program can only be taken by students registered in the MLIS program.

Goal: The goal of this course is to ground students in the area of human information interaction. This foundations course is essential for understanding information users and communities, and will be utilized by students during their program of study and into their professional lives to develop, evaluate, and improve upon information systems, organizations, and services.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify, analyze, and assess the information needs of diverse individuals, communities and organizations, and consider how to respond to those needs through the design, provision and assessment of information resources, services and systems. [1.1]*
  • Apply knowledge of information technologies and resources to the information needs and interactions of a real-world information client. [1.3]*
  • Reflect in a critical and informed manner on individual and institutional information practices. [1.4]*
  • Articulate ideas and concepts fluently and thoughtfully in oral and written communications. [2.1]*
  • Assess, select, and employ communication and instructional tools based on an understanding of diverse communicative goals and audiences. [2.2]*
  • Demonstrate leadership, initiative, and effective collaboration within team and small group settings. [3.1]*
  • Synthesize and apply the research and professional literature to identify and analyze significant theoretical and practical questions in the area of information seeking, behavior and use. [4.1]*

* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.


  • Overview of human information interaction;
  • Constructs, models, theories, and approaches in human information interaction;
  • Information needs;
  • Information sources and channels;
  • Strategies for interacting with information (e.g., browsing, searching, encountering)
  • Database and online searching;
  • Information needs, behaviors and seeking of individuals, groups, organizations and communities;
  • Assessment and evaluation of information needs, seeking and use;
  • Human information interaction and the design of services, programs and systems
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