LIBR 559M - Social Media for Information Professionals

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"...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

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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 (also here)
  • 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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