Previously School of Library & Information Studies
Seminar: Information Access.
3 units. CCN# 19216. Fridays 3-5. 107 South Hall.
Clifford Lynch and
Summaries of presentations.
Weekly mailing list.
The seminar explores selected advanced topics relating to information in
society, especially issues relating to providing and restricting access
to data and records of any kind. These issues include traditional topics
of search, discovery and analysis; stewardship and the role of memory
institutions (archives, libraries and other repositories); the implications
and potential of emerging technology; the design of systems; and the
infrastructure that enables a networked environment.
We address conceptual, historical, and policy analyses as well as attention to economic, political, cultural, and other social pressures.
More generally, the seminar is intended to provide a
forum for advanced students in the School. Anyone interested in these
topics is welcome to join in -- and to talk
about their own work.
Registration on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis is
Prerequisite for course credit: Consent of instructor for students not enrolled
in the School of Information.
Students' Past Topics.
of the Seminar.
Anyone interested in these topics is welcome to attend
whether a student or not. To receive weekly email announcement see
This is a continuation of the previous semesters'
Lynch and Buckland seminars. e.g.
Spring 2020 Schedule.
Taking the Seminar for Credit.
Students wishing to receive credit for the Seminar ordinarily do so for 3 units.
These means that they must undertake an additional seven hours of work per week as well as
participating in the seminar meetings. In the past students have undertaken preliminary designs
for dissertations or Master's degree Final Projects, but other options are possible.
It could be an investigation of some topic relevant to the Seminar but not easily available
elsewhere, or an opportunity to conduct some other small project separate from the intended
dissertation of Final Project.
The advantage to doing work within the Seminar instead of as 299 Individual
Study is that there is a supportive group of seminar participants who usually have
Students wishing to register for credit must submit a brief proposal to
both instructors review and approval. At the end of the Semester they are be scheduled for
each student to present what they have done or found. Some kind of written summary as evidence
their work will be required. During the semester they will be called upon at intervals to
give brief progress reports. Students are
encouraged to register for a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory grade.
Topics have varied widely. To see what kind of projects students have
undertaken in the past, look at the
Students' Topics in Previous Semesters.