Creating an LIS course on social software

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This entry is an overview to a directed study project under Dr. Mary Sue Stephenson. The project was a review of the library and information science literature in social media, social software and educational technologies as a basis for the development of a new course entitled LIBR 559M - Social Media for Information Professionals for the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. The project began in the summer of 2008 and went live in September 2009. The literature review was completed in early 2009, the outline of the course was written and as of June 2009, topics for the class were finalized, Vista was selected as the content management system and six modules were written.

Information plays a key role in every part of society and the life of the individuals. Knowledge about the creation, management, finding and sharing of digital information in this era is more important than ever in every library and information worker’s context. The goal in designing a social media course is to give students an opportunity to explore social media ecologies, specifically the roles of key scholars, information, technology and social structures used by people and to discover new ways that information is shared for personal reasons, organizationally and for social inclusion. The course will provide an overview of selected Web 2.0 technologies. Social media immersion is a key part of this course.

Course overview - tools, social processes, the future

The term social media refers to a range of web-based tools and applications that people use to socialize and network in the 21st century. Social media is central to the rise of web 2.0 -- a set of trends that positions the web as a highly-social, interactive space, one that facilitates communication, networked communities and collaboration. Web 2.0 is often described as a social, participatory, grassroots, global community, attributes that are critical to collaborative work and learning in the information age. This course explores the use of social media technologies as channels of conversation (and information) as well as how web 2.0's underlying principles change the way people communicate and interact in the digital age. Of particular interest is how librarians and archivists use social media to connect with constituencies, engage in discussion (and debate) and how they use tools to improve on their delivery of innovative services and programmes. (Examples include: blogs, wikis, RSS, social networking, social tagging, Second Life and Library 2.0, etc). Near the end of the course, time is allocated to discuss some of the instructor's nascent ideas about the future of social software, in areas such as online performance and reputation management, over-technicization of our work and conducting research (i.e. evidence-based web 2.0) to support the application of social media. Developing web 2.0 strategies and policies for librarians and archivists within their organizations will also be introduced as an emerging or future planning and management tool for information professionals.

Course name, duration and delivery

Brainstorming - objectives

  • Use, evaluate and/or critique blogs, wikis, social networking sites and social tagging tools;
  • Discuss how various social software tools are used to deliver and improve library and information services;
  • Discuss how social software can solve information problems and build best practices;
  • Discuss major web 2.0 themes and role in strategic planning
  • Evaluate tools and web 2.0 issues within the context of different learning organizations;
  • Position tools in a larger (macro) global and sociocultural context for collaborative learning and education in the digital age

Key stakeholders

1001 Web 2.0 Tools

LIS courses & labs

Other social software courses

Key articles

see a full list here: LIBR 559M - Course Resources


See also Monographs about social media for information professionals

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