Helene C. Williams
Introduction to innovation and specialized topics in information resources, services, and collections. Prerequisite: LIS 500, LIS 520.
How has technology changed the way research is done in the humanities? What are the humanities, anyway, and what do its scholars need beyond primary texts? Is the world of humanities reference irrelevant, or is there still a need for the dedication, skill, and insight that well-trained librarians can provide? We'll tackle these issues and others while analyzing information problems and resources in the humanities, covering the fields of philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, language, and literature. 3 credits. Graded.
Student learning goals
Familiarity with resources (online and print) in the humanities disciplines.
Information-seeking skills in locating humanities information and research.
Evaluation and synthesizing skills in providing users with the best information to suit their needs in the humanities.
Knowledge and understanding of research and usage habits in the humanities.
Skills to cope with the change and growth of humanities research tools.
General method of instruction
Lecture/discussion, with time for hands-on discovery of the resources/tools.
Prerequisites: 500, 520.
Class assignments and grading
Short-answer assignments covering the different disciplines. Two larger assignments which are essay-based (6-8 pages) with supplemental documentation.