Course Materials

652 INFORMATION SERVICES AND RESOURCES
Syllabus

This course covers reference in real and virtual environments. The course introduces the selection and evaluation of resources in all formats, the development of searching techniques, strategies for user-centered service, matching user needs to resources, and the provision of information services in changing technological environments. Six hours of field observation are required.
Offered Fall and Spring

613 GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SOURCES
Syllabus

Publications of federal and certain state and local governments and their selection, acquisition, use and administration are discussed. Practical exercises in printed tools and electronic databases are required.
Offered Fall

631 ACADEMIC LIBRARIES AND SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS
Syllabus

Universities and scholarly communities concern themselves with the consumption and production of knowledge and the cycle of knowledge creation, which are essential to the survival of the scholarly community. Therefore, this course provides a survey of scholarly communication, past and present, with a particular emphasis on the changes in scholarly communication over the past ten years. We examine the interaction between society, technology and scholarly communication, including the theory and practice of knowledge exchange in academic and research environments. In addition, we study how  trends and developments in publishing and interaction are affecting changes in scholarly communications.
Offered Fall

611 INFORMATION POLICY
Syllabus

The course provides an overview and discussion of the range and scope of information policies as they affect the information society today, including freedom of information, intellectual property, privacy, and government policies. We examine and try to understand how tensions between conflicting laws and policies are resolved on a legal and pragmatic level. The course is concerned primarily with access to and dissemination of information. Course reading relies on both primary and secondary materials, and includes statutes, case law, law reviews, scholarly journal articles, books and popular press.
Offered Spring

619 INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SOURCES
Syllabus

This course teaches students how to access electronic and print publications of information produced by international non-governmental organizations and foreign governments. It covers the United National system, the European Union, the World Bank, World Trade Organization, British parliamentary documents and more. The course emphasizes the place and importance of international documents to the global economy and to international collaborative research and instructs students on access to and bibliographic control of these materials.
Offered Spring

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent Study is an opportunity for students to work on a in-depth research project on a area of inquiry that is not covered by courses. Independent studies must be prearranged with professor. The outcome of an independent study is a 5,000-10,000 word publishable quality research paper.

Past Independent Studies

Roman, Angel. “The Pura Belpre Papers: Telling the Storyteller’s Story” Summer II 2009
Krishnaswami, Julie Graves. “A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: An Explanation and Example” Summer II 2008
Dames, David. “Legal Citation Reform: What Stopped it? Should it be Revived?” Summer II 2007
Stempler, Amy. “A Research Guide for New York Jewish Studies” Summer II 2007
Caldwell-Kane, Mary. “A Historical and Contemporary Examination of the Ramapo Moutain Indian Reference Collection” Spring 2007


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