LIBR 553 (3) Understanding Information Users in Diverse Environments


MLIS and Dual: Completion of MLIS Core

MAS: completion of MAS Core and permission of iSchool Graduate Advisor


  • Explore and integrate relevant theories, models, and academic/professional research about information seeking and use in diverse environments and/or with specific groups of people.
  • Promote learning and reflection, and an evidence-based orientation to understanding and evaluating user needs.
  • Foster an understanding of the theoretical and applied nature of human information interaction in relation to your future endeavours as information professionals.


Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify, analyze, and assess the information needs and practices of individuals, communities and organizations through research literature, primary source materials, and interactions with a research participant [1.1]*
  • Apply an understanding of human information interaction to how information resources, services and systems are designed, used and evaluated, both within and beyond memory institutions [1.1]*
  • Synthesize the research and professional literature to identify and analyze significant theoretical and practical questions in the area of human information interaction [4.1]*
  • Design and execute a small research project informed by relevant theory, methods, and prior research [4.1, 4.2]*
  • Exemplify principles of ethical conduct in the design and conduct of a research project that involves a human participant [5.1]*
  • Communicate your research project in an oral or poster presentation and journal article-style report [2.1]*

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


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