We want our curriculum to address the latest skills and technologies available in the library and information fields.
LIS 2970: Linked Open Data. This course, which is designed for information professionals, introduces linked data technologies and examines the ways in which linked open data is used across several sectors. You will be introduced to the rationale for linked data, principles for linked data element set vocabularies, linked classification vocabularies, data quality and security, the construction of linked data, as well as linked data applications, tools, and projects. Focus will be directed toward critical examination of linked data techniques, debates, and use in a professional setting. In addition, you will attain familiarity with a number of linked data standards.
LIS 2975 / 3970: Gender and the Global Information Technology Sector (Cross-listed with INFSCI 2965, INFSCI 3150, & LIS 3970). The growing trend toward outsourcing, off shoring, and dispersion of work across national boundaries means that students entering the workforce in the twenty-first century must be prepared to deal with a global client base and global colleagues. Part of this preparation includes understanding the gender diversity of colleagues, clients and users with whom you will be working — both virtually and face-to-face — to develop, deploy and use information technology solutions. This course takes a cross-cultural examination of gender as it relates to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields in general, and the information technology field, in particular. Understanding the gender and cultural diversity of both colleagues and users will have ramifications for the way in which work is accomplished, user requirements for technology are understood, and interaction with computer-based tools is accomplished. However, to varying degrees around the world, women are underrepresented in the in STEM, generally, and in the IT field, in particular. They are under represented both in the IT workforce and in the conceptualization of the IT user. Similarly, a dominant model of masculinity is associated with technology development, deployment and use. For these reasons, it is necessary for those working in STEM fields to have an understanding of gender issues in order to have a complete understanding of users, and to work productively with colleagues.