LIBR 508 (3) Information Practices in Contemporary Society *

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


MLIS and Dual students: LIBR 509

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

GOAL: This course prepares students from diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds to investigate, analyze and critique the social, political and cultural tensions surrounding contemporary information practices. Students will critically engage with the theoretical approaches, ethical groundings, methodological frameworks and technical skills utilized by information professionals.


Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze information-related problems of a community or organization [1.1]*
  • Frame and articulate information resources, services and systems that can address the information-related problems of a community or organization [1.1]*
  • Describe influences on individual and institutional information practices [1.4]*
  • Assess the implications of a contemporary information issue for an information organization [1.4]*
  • Apply knowledge of information technologies and resources to a real world situation, taking into account the perspectives of institutional and community stakeholders [1.3]*
  • Articulate ideas and concepts in a variety of communication modes including oral, written and multimedia [2.1]*
  • Provide direction and feedback within a team or small group setting [3.1]*
  • Synthesize scholarship from information studies and related fields, along with media accounts [4.1]*
  • Apply knowledge from existing scholarship to real-world information problems [4.1]*
  • Describe principles and ethics of the information professions [5.1]*
  • Critically evaluate the role of the information professions in societies [5.1]*
  • Describe the contributions of the information professions [5.2]*
  • Participate meaningfully in professional development opportunities [5.3]*

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


  • Technology Mediation & Information Ethics
  • Information Infrastructures & the Information Professions
  • Censorship & Intellectual Freedom
  • Intellectual Property: Local Needs and Global Agreements
  • Information Privacy in Contemporary Societies
  • Information & Empowerment: Historically Situated Information Initiatives
  • Personal Information Management: Tools, Practices & Overload
  • Data: Big, Visualized and Analyzed
  • Marketing & Community Outreach
  • Career Planning & Professional Responsibilities
  • Emerging Topics (Cyber Security, Information Rights)
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