IS290-1, Spring '06
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The subjects we will be discussing are complex and not likely fully to be available in any one article or text. The reading list reflects this fact and provides a number of alternative or possible perspectives for each of the topics we will be covering. In some cases (overview of assessment methods) it is possible to identify a single most important work which it is essential that everyone become familiar with, in most others you will want to dip into a variety of works that are listed, grazing, perhaps, rather than intensively digesting.

In addition and more passively, you will want to use RSS feeds to keep up with "the news" as it becomes available. A selection of serial publications, blogs, and news sources is supplied below.

There is no course-reader, nor are there required texts. All of the readings are available on-line.

Assigned and suggested readings are organized by seminar date and topic. Required readings are indicated with an asterisk '*'.

1/18/2006 - Course overview

Practical work of the course will require some working knowledge of assessment techniques/methods and how they are used in the design, assessment, and continued evaluation of academic information services.

For an overview of assessment methods see:

As Covey points out, different methods have very different strengths and weaknesses, and are accordingly fit for different purposes. Good assessment studies often involve the use of multiple methods. To get a feel, you'll want to familiarize yourself with how different techniques are used (well but also poorly) in different studies. Many of the readings for this course rely in some way or another on the use of different assessment techniques. You can quick-start you inquiries by sampling from some of the following:


1/25/2006 - Historic roles

The literature on the changing roles of academic libraries is already long and continually growing.

* Graze through and get a feel for reactions to this topic in some of the following:


2/1/2006 - Care and feeding of collections

"Interesting" trends in library collection management are so new they are difficult to spot in the literature. Since UC seems to be well out in front in this area, the required readings are highly localized. See:
A less parochial more general picture can be obtained from:

2/8/2006 - Search and Public Service

Other relevant readings include:

2/15/06 - Project Discussion Session


2/22/06 - The economics and other dysfunctions of scholarly communication systems

The prolific literature that has grown up around this topic seems sometimes to generate more heat than light.
Every point of view is represented there and it is best not to gravitate toward the one(s) with which you feel most naturally inclined.

In addition…

3/1/2006 - Scholarly Communication in Transition

Selected readings from "Web focus"

In addition, you might want to look at:

3/8/2006 - Primary data as a secondary resource: data archives and their use

More tactical approaches are available from:

3/15/2006 - Cyberinfrastructure / e-Science

The required NSF ("Atkins") report on cyberinfrastructure has helped to set the tone for debate nationally about the nature and level of investment in basic science (that is, in the infrastructure to support it). Follow-on reports (listed below) extend the discussion to the social sciences, and to the arts and humanities respectively and are worth a look.

Other "cyberinfrastructure" reports: Other relevant reading on this topic:

3/22/2006 - Different modalities

An excellent list of useful reports and etc on aspects of this subject is maintained by Educause at "Instructional Technologies". See the Archived Resources in particular from

3/29/2006 - S P R I N G - B R E A K


4/5/2006 - Computer-assisted instruction at UC (guest lecturer)

Readings TBD

4/12/2006 - The qualities of open

  • * Sally Johnstone, Open Educational Resources Serve the World, Educause Quarterly 28:3(2005) from
  • * James Dalziel, "Open Standards versus Open Source in E-Learning", Educause Quarterly, 26:4(2003) from

4/19/2006 - Project Discussion Session 2


4/26/2006 - Digital stewardship at UC. Guest lecture. Report fromn the coal face

Lecturer TBD

5/3/2006 - Strategic Planning for the the Academic Information Environment


Sources of information worth checking regularly

Serials that may be worth watching:
News sources that may be worth watching:
Blogs that may be worth watching