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University of Michigan School of Information



632 - Appraisal of Archives

This course examines the archivist's "first responsibility," the appraisal of records in all media for long-term preservation. The responsibility is "first" because appraisal comes first in the sequence of archival functions and thus influences all subsequent archival activities, and its "first" in importance because appraisal determines what tiny silver of the total human documentary production will actually become "archives" and thus part of society's collective memory. The archivist is thereby actively shaping the future's history of our own times.

This course begins with the theoretical foundations of appraisal and the controversial responsibility of assigning cultural value to some documentary artifacts and not others, within a broader context of history and memory. Sessions on the evolution of appraisal thinking, and different appraisal experiences, in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia, follow. With this background, the course will focus on examples from the real world of appraisal strategy and methodology, including electronic records. Attention will be paid to personal and private records as well as government and institutional ones. The class will end by trying to apply the theories and methodologies through group projects to various recording media and functional areas of records creation, these reflecting student interests.

The goal of the course is to provide students through readings and discussion with a thorough knowledge of the basic theories, strategies, and professional practices concerning appraisal and an orientation to doing this job well as working archivists.

634 - Content Management Systems Configuration and Site Building

This course introduces students to the concepts behind content management systems (CMS). By the end of the course, students will be able to install and configure multiple content management platforms. They will also know where and how to seek help online. Finally, they will know how to extend these platforms by incorporating freely accessed code that others have written.

635 - Content Management Systems and Web Frameworks

This course introduces students to the concepts behind customizing Content Management Systems (CMS) and web frameworks. This course is designed to allow a student with some programming knowledge to extend the functionality of a content management system. By the end of the course, students will know how to approach the task of customization in other content management platforms and web frameworks.

639 - Web Archiving

The World Wide Web is the primary delivery mechanism for digital content. Preservation administrators need to be familiar with the tools and appropriate techniques for preservation of information delivered through the "surface" Web (static Web pages, blogs, E-mail discussion lists, etc.) and information that is part of the "deep" Web (e.g. databases, streaming media, and authenticated resources). Once Web content is captured and brought into a preservation environment, preservation administrators are responsible for transforming them into persistent formats and data structures.

643 - Instructional Skills for Information Professionals

Whether creating a tutorial for a new app, leading a workshop about archival materials, hosting a webinar for students or customers, or engaging colleagues in discussions around a provocative article, information professionals are frequently involved in teaching and learning activities. To engage others means moving beyond lecturing or "telling information" and, instead, to think about how you can empower others' learning. You'll learn about learning theories, then get practical strategies to help you plan, execute, reflect upon, and assess learning in multiple modalities: video tutorials, discussion groups, face-to-face workshops, and online webinars. You'll select teaching topics based on the needs, interests, and challenges you will face in future employment so that you can use your projects in your portfolio.

646 - Information Economics

Course provides a strong grounding in the economics of information goods and services. Students analyze strategic issues faced by for-profit and not-for-profit organizations: pricing, bundling, versioning, product differentiation and variety, network externalities, and rights management.

647 - Information Resources and Services

This course introduces the principles and practice of reference and information services and provides practical guidelines for evaluating and using a variety of information sources. The course focuses on providing students with practical experience, but it also covers how research findings related to reference interaction can be translated into practical guidelines and implemented by information professionals in various work settings. The core theme of this course revolves around understanding reference services and sources from a user information needs and seeking perspective rather than from a bibliography- or source-centered viewpoint. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) Demonstrate the ability to conduct effective reference service interviews; (2) Identify and use appropriate reference sources to find answers to reference questions; (3) Apply criteria to be used in evaluating reference sources; (4) Demonstrate knowledge of users? information needs, seeking, and use; (5) Possess familiarity with current problems, trends, and issues in the field of reference and information services.

648 - Evaluation and Research Methods for Health Informatics and Learning Systems

This course provides a foundational introduction to empirical methods, both qualitative, that are applicable to health informatics and learning health systems, and that support both evaluation and research studies. Quantitative methods are introduced with a heavy emphasis on measurement theory and the development of measurement instruments. Each week, as new methods are introduced, they are examined through analysis of published studies, including several classic papers, of applications of information technology applied to health care, population health, and personal health. Students complete two study design exercises a key learning experiences in the course.

649 - Information Visualization

Introduction to information visualization. Topics include data and image models, multidimensional and multivariate data, design principles for visualization, hierarchical, network, textual and collaborative visualization, the visualization pipeline, data processing for visualization, visual representations, visualization system interaction design, and impact of perception. Emphasizes construction of systems using graphics application programming interfaces (APIs) and analysis tools.

650 - Information Retrieval

Information is everywhere. We encounter it in our everyday lives in the form of E-mail, newspapers, television, the Web, and even in conversations with each other. Information is hidden in a variety of media: text, images, sounds, videos. While casual information consumers can simply enjoy its abundance and appreciate the existence of search engines that can help them find what they want, information professionals are responsible for building the underlying technology that search engines use. Building a search engine involves a lot more than indexing some documents -- information retrieval is the study of the interaction between users and large information environments. It covers concepts such as information need, documents and queries, indexing and searching, retrieval evaluation, multimedia and hypertext search, Web search, as well as bibliographical databases. In this course, students go over some classic concepts of information retrieval and then quickly jump to the current state of the art in the field, where crawlers, spiders, and hard-of-hearing personal butlers roam.