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University of Michigan School of Information



626 - Management of NonProfit Libraries and Information Services

Management of NonProfit Libraries and Information Services --- This course introduces selected theories, principles and techniques of management science and their application to libraries, archives and information services in the non-profit and public sectors. Contemporary information practice demands proactive leadership, regardless of one's formal position. Accordingly, this course will help to prepare students to act as change agents throughout their careers. Students will gain skills in strategic planning, stakeholder management, non-profit financial management, human resources and organizational design for the sector, and change leadership.

627 - Managing Information Technology

Managing Information Technology --- Students will learn the roles and functions that information technology plays in an organization and how to manage these resources to meet the organization's goals. Students will also explore the 4 C's of global work as applied to IT, incorporating critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. The course also examines the processes used in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of technology.

630 - Natural Language Processing: Algorithms and People

Natural Language Processing: Algorithms and People --- This course focuses on how to use machine learning techniques to understand, annotate, and generate the language we see in everyday situations. The techniques learned in this course can be applied to any kind of text and enable turning qualitative evaluation of text in a precise quantitative measurement. Students will learn the linguistics fundamentals of natural language processing (NLP), with specific topics of part of speech tagging, syntax and parsing, lexical semantics, topic models, and machine translation. Additional advanced topics will include sentiment analysis, crowdsourcing, and deep learning for NLP.

631 - Agile Software Development

Agile Software Development --- This course provides an opportunity for students to apply skills in user experience analysis and software requirements gathering, drawing on Agile project management methodologies. These methods introduce students to tools for describing and tracking the work of a project in ways that support team collaboration, client relationship management, and the efficiency and quality of the finished project. Students will learn different agile methodologies and presentation techniques. Students will work on sample projects learning how to prioritize workflows and different client and stakeholder needs.

632 - Appraisal and Collection Development

Appraisal and Collection Development --- Covers concepts and practices collection development in archives and libraries. It provides deeper appreciation of selection practices as foundational to fulfilling institutional mandates and meeting user needs. Students will learn the various models, techniques, ethics, and policy considerations of growing and sustaining collections.

633 - Assessment in Cultural Institutions

Assessment in Cultural Institutions --- Application of research methods in the design and implementation of assessment and evaluation of cultural heritage collections, services, programs, and tools to document and measure effectiveness, meet user needs, and social impact, including recommending actionable and specific steps to respond to study findings.

639 - Web Archiving

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

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.

647 - Information Resources and Services

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

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.