Thinking about Fall 2020 Classes? Six Classes to Consider

Now is a great time to plan for fall 2020 classes. Below are six courses to consider that cover information management, health science informatics, information policy and archival reference. 

Information Management

INF 6000 - Introduction to Information Management (CRN 14221)

Open to all students - required for MSIM students!

Have you ever considered information management as a degree or a supplement to your current education? This course provides students with an overview of the current state of information management and includes topics such as human-computer interaction, data science, user experience, information architecture, health informatics, big data, and software development. Whether you have experience with information management or not, you will come away from the course with a better understanding of how to talk about, analyze, and choose technologies that impact you and your organization. We are all affected by technology in some way and this course will provide you with the foundation knowledge to better understand and communicate with others.

INF 7430 - Building Web-based Information Services (CRN 15102) 

This course is designed for students considering positions as web or digital librarians in libraries and information agencies.

Today’s library operations and services are increasingly dependent on online services such as the web services and content management systems. This course focuses on training students on how to set up these web-based online services. The course includes sections on basic functions of server systems, related components of operating systems, file systems, system security, and installation and configuration of server programs.

INF 8410 - Scientometrics (CRN 16205) 

New special topics course for fall 2020!

Scientometrics is the domain in which we examine quantitative aspects of innovation, technology, and science. We will look at the emerging trends involved with scientometrics including bibliometrics, webometrics, and altmetrics. Scientometrics is a multidisciplinary domain with theories and methods used from various viewpoints including economics, business, sociology, and more.

Our readings will address the evolution of scientometrics throughout history starting from the manual count of citations through the evolution of large databases including Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, and others. We will also look at measuring and evaluating websites disseminating scientific materials and the sharing of scientific materials in social media environments like Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook.

We will use new and exciting tools that will allow us to map scientific domains, topics, and citation networks and visualize our findings. You will be introduced to basic statistical measures that can help you understand how to evaluate your findings in the class and how to evaluate information and the reporting of findings throughout your careers in both library science and in information management.

Health Sciences 

INF 7610 - Health Sciences Information Services and Resources (CRN 16204) 

This class is for students interested in Health and Scientific Data Management.

The current events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health crisis have highlighted the critical importance of health sciences information professionals in identifying, organizing and disseminating quality health information. This course provides an overview of the various contexts for health sciences information professionals, and a comprehensive introduction to the skills and resources that define this dynamic and essential professional role.

This course is suitable for anyone who would like to explore a career path as a health sciences librarian or gain knowledge and experience with health sciences resources that can be deployed in multiple contexts. No biomedical or science background is required. If you're interested in: working in a hospital or academic health sciences library, participating in the education of nurses, doctors, pharmacists or allied health professionals, expanding your knowledge-base for work in a public library to include consumer health resources, or bringing biomedical research skills and experience to a legal, government, industry or public health role, consider enrolling in INF7610 this fall. Questions? Feel free to contact the instructor, Marisa Conte, at

Information Policy

What happens to data collected by various mobile apps and wearables? How are companies tracking our interactions with digital devices? Are government surveillance practices compatible with fundamental human rights? We will explore these questions and much more in INF 8000!

INF 8000 - Information Policy (CRN 14220)

This course engages with ethical, policy, and professional issues raised by big data and related technologies. As these technologies generate and collect vast amounts of data about individuals and societies, we will explore the social dimensions and ethical issues raised by Big Data. We will further investigate questions about the benefits and risks to individual privacy and national security. Through lectures, readings, and​discussion of real word scenarios, this course explores contemporary challenges ranging from ethics in big data, to intellectual property issues, cybercrimes, and personal privacy protections in an increasingly networked world. For more information about the course, please contact Dr. Deborah Charbonneau at

Pop-Up Class

Need an additional credit to qualify for financial aid this fall? Check out this one-credit course focuses on archival reference! 

INF 7850 - Issues in Librarianship (CRN 16242)  - Topic: Archival Reference

This course addresses the challenges in relating to researchers, assisting them in understanding what documents and records exist and what does not, as well as designing a reference process with the researcher in mind. There will also be some exposure to conducting a reference interview and how to help a user define what they need.

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