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LIBR 559M: Social Media for Information Professionals – Course Syllabus (3)

Program: Master of Library and Information Studies
Year: 2011 Summer Session:   July 11th – August 19th, 2011
Location: Vista Online Learning System
Instructor: Dean Giustini, Adjunct Instructor
Office location: I use e-mail, Google Talk and Wimba for office hours. My virtual office hours are 6 to 9pm Pacific Standard Time every Monday
Office phone: Dean (604) 875-4505
E-mail address: dean.giustini@ubc.ca
Course wiki: http://hlwiki.ca

Course Goal: This course examines social media (i.e. blogs, bookmarking, mashups, wikis, and social networking sites), its concomitant trends (i.e. web 2.0, library 2.0) and how web 2.0 principles can be applied to the delivery of information services in the digital age.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of using social media in information-based organizations
  • Apply social media to manage emerging challenges in information provision
  • Discuss social media as tools to raise awareness and promote services
  • Identify the pros/cons of using social media
  • Reflect critically on use of social media; evaluate trends and tools
  • Position tools in a larger (macro) global and sociocultural context for collaborative learning and education in the digital age.

Sample topics in LIBR559M:

  • The affordances of social media; best practices
  • Social software in information-based organizations (i.e. library 2.0, archives 2.0)
  • Using social media to connect with user communities
  • Group collaboration and sharing in knowledge-based organizations
  • Social software as part of personal learning and immersive environments
  • Pros/cons of social media; digital reputation and identity management; privacy and security in online communities; legal issues; copyright

Prerequisites: ARST/LIBR 500, LIBR 501, LIBR 502 and LIBR 503 for students in the MLIS sand Dual programs.  NAS Core for students in the MAS program.

Format of the course: One module every two weeks. Final presentations during last week of term

Required and Recommended Reading: Readings are assigned weekly

Course Assignments, Due dates and Weight in relation to final course mark:


Due Date


Class participation

Throughout term


Online journal / blog

Throughout term


Group paper I

29 July 2011


Final group presentation II

August 15-19th 2011


Course Schedule:



Lab Topics


11 July 2011 (Module I)

Getting started - Affordance

Create your blog, form groups & define your glossary term




RSS tools, readers, Flickr.com


18 July 2011  (Module II)


What is ‘social media’?
The 2.0 suffix & phenomenon




Surveillance and safety in social spaces


25 July 2011  (Module III)


Tools & types of collaboration




Group entries for class wiki

Due July 29th

1 August 2011  (Module IV)


Remix, mashups, scavenger hunt




Explore & create knowledge objects


8 August 2011 (Module V)


Critiquing aggregators




Web 2.0 vs. 3.0 trends


15 August 2011 (Module VI)


Mobile & immersive environments in archives, libraries, museums




Prepare for final presentations


Final week August 15-19th

Group presentations


Final project

Attendance: The calendar states: “Regular attendance is expected of students in all their classes (including lectures, laboratories, tutorials, seminars, etc.)”. As LIBR559M is a web-based and delivered course, you are required to check into the Vista platform at least three times a week. Ideally, you will want to check-in once daily. Students who are unavoidably absent from Vista because of illness or disability should confer with their instructor about their participation so that an arrangement can be made.

Evaluation: All assignments will be marked using the evaluative criteria given on the SLAIS web site.

Written & Spoken English Requirement: Written and spoken work may receive a lower mark if it is, in the opinion of the instructor, deficient in English.

Access & Diversity: Access & Diversity works with the University to create an inclusive living and learning environment in which all students can thrive. The University accommodates students with disabilities who have registered with the Access and Diversity unit: [http://www.students.ubc.ca/access/drc.cfm]. You must register with the Disability Resource Centre to be granted special accommodations for any on-going conditions.

Religious Accommodation: The University accommodates students whose religious obligations conflict with attendance, submitting assignments, or completing scheduled tests and examinations. Please let your instructor know in advance, preferably in the first week of class, if you will require any accommodation on these grounds. Students who plan to be absent for varsity athletics, family obligations, or other similar commitments, cannot assume they will be accommodated, and should discuss their commitments with the instructor before the course drop date. UBC policy on Religious Holidays: http://www.universitycounsel.ubc.ca/policies/policy65.pdf .

Academic Dishonesty: Please review the UBC Calendar Academic regulations for the University policy on cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty: http://www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=3,54,111,959 . Also visit and review the contents of these two resources: Academic Integrity Resource Centre: http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/get-study-help/academic-integrity/  and Plagiarism Avoided: Taking Responsibility For Your Work: http://www.arts.ubc.ca/arts-students/plagiarism-avoided.html for useful information on avoiding plagiarism and on correct documentation practice. Students are held responsible for knowing and following all University regulations regarding academic dishonesty. If a student does not know how to properly cite a source or what constitutes proper use of a source it is the student's personal responsibility to obtain the needed information and to apply it within University guidelines and policies. If evidence of academic dishonesty is found in a course assignment, previously submitted work in this course may be reviewed for possible academic dishonesty and grades modified as appropriate. UBC policy requires that all suspected cases of academic dishonesty must be forwarded to the Dean for possible action.



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