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Helene C. Williams
LIS 529
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Information Resources, Services, and Collections

Introduction to innovation and specialized topics in information resources, services, and collections. Prerequisite: LIS 500, LIS 520.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Helene C. Williams
Date: 05/05/2010