International and Comparative Librarianship

International and Comparative Librarianship

Comparison of American and foreign library and information systems in terms of national and regional differences in philosophy, objectives, services, and information policies. Evaluation and comparison of collection policies, technical processes, public services, professional training, management, facilities and use of IT. Selected in-depth area studies. International cooperation and major projects in the information fields; contributions of international organizations. Extensive group and class discussion and individual research projects. The syllabus is from Spring 2012. A current syllabus will be posted when available.

Class Name International and Comparative Librarianship
Host School Simmons College
Class Identifier LIS 490
Credit Value 3 Credit Hours
Faculty Claudia Morner
Course Tool (Online) Moodle
Class Description Comparison of American and foreign library and information systems in terms of national and regional differences in philosophy, objectives, services, and information policies. Evaluation and comparison of collection policies, technical processes, public services, professional training, management, facilities and use of IT. Selected in-depth area studies. International cooperation and major projects in the information fields; contributions of international organizations. Extensive group and class discussion and individual research projects. The syllabus is from Spring 2012. A current syllabus will be posted when available.
Class Disclaimer The class uses Moodlerooms and a wiki. There will be no formal lectures, but rather guided readings and active group and class discussions as well as written assignments that are shared with the whole class. The course is divided into 7 modules the first 6 of which are each 2 weeks in duration. The last module is only one week. Please allow 2 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.
Delivery Asynchronous
Start and End Date January 14th, 2013 - April 29th, 2013
Start and End Time
(if synchronous)
Days of Week
(of class meetings, if synchronous)
Last Add Day December 15th, 2012
Residency Start and End Date No Residency
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