LIBR 559M - Social Media for Information Professionals

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This online course is for MLIS students (information professionals, librarians and archivists) continent-wide in 2015
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See also Current awareness | LIBR 559M - Social Media for Information Professionals, 2016 | Social media aggregators | Social media portal | Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Information Professionals

"...i-Schools prepare a wide range of information professionals including information architect, data analyst, database administrator, web developer, ontologist, usability engineer,
social media strategist, data curator, chief information officer, and of course librarian, archivist, and museum curator..."
— Information Professionals 2050

What is social media anyway? "...Social media or web 2.0 is the use of digital media, including internet and mobile, for collaborating with others in new information channels and self-organizing communities. Typical elements of a social media service include the ability to: 1) create a personal profile 2) “friend” or follow other members to subscribe to their activity streams 3) create content in the form of text, photos, audio, or video and 4) share, tag, rate, comment on or vote on content created by other members. Blogs, forums, wikis, social networking sites, microblogging sites, social bookmarking sites, social voting sites, social review sites and virtual worlds are all example of web 2.0 sites. So are social sites built around photos, audio, videos, presentations, music, and games... "

Syllabus & modules 2015

2015 blogs & projects

Previous classes



This course examines social media (i.e. blogs, bookmarking, mashups, wikis, social networking sites), its concomitant trends (i.e. web 2.0, library 2.0) and how web 2.0 principles can be applied to the delivery of information services in the digital age.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of using social media in information-based organizations
  • Apply social media to manage emerging challenges in information provision
  • Discuss social media as a set of tools to raise awareness and promote services
  • Identify the pros/cons of using social software
  • Reflect critically on use of social media; trends and tools.
  • Position tools in a larger (macro) global and sociocultural context for collaborative learning and education in the digital age.


  • Overview of social or participatory media
  • Hands-on use of social software tools
  • Library 2.0 information 'best' practices
  • Digital liaison, outreach, resource-sharing
  • Group collaboration and sharing in social networks
  • Learning environments
  • Pros/cons of social media


  • ARST / LIBR 500, LIBR 501, LIBR 502 and LIBR 503


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