Special Topics: Information Services in Culturally Diverse Communities

Tu 9:00AM - 11:50AM / 522 Information Sciences Build / CRN 30317

This course will use lectures, discussions, guest presentations, site visits and embedded assignments to build student understanding of an experience working with communities on the development of practical strategies for undertaking community-centric information work with varying levels of institutional support. How might different groups of people represent themselves? Intervene on the historical record on their own behalf? Use data practices to speak back to government institutions? The course will require students to reflect critically and think strategically about their own work and the potential for future projects. This course will engage with organizations that call themselves libraries, archives or initiatives as well as those who do not identify with traditional institutional definitions at all.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
· Understand and articulate different notions of communities
· Identify and discuss relevant legislation, protocols, agreements and ethical requirements related to community engagement both in the long and short term
· Outline a strategy for engaging with a specific community
· Outline a strategy for building and sustaining a community-based project or collection
· Identify funding resources and strategies

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Stacy Wood

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Category B: Disciplines and Intellectual Movements

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