Courses Taught

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Curriculum Development and Instructor of Record, LIS562 Metadata in Theory and Practice

Taught: 2015

Departmental Course Description:
Combines theoretical examination of the design of metadata schema with their practical application in a variety of settings. Hands-on experience in the creation of descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata, along with their application in systems such as OAI harvesting, OpenURL resolution systems, metasearch systems and digital repositories, will help students develop a thorough understanding of current metadata standards as well as such issues as crosswalking, metadata schema, metadata's use in information retrieval and data management applications, and the role of standards bodies in metadata schema development. [Required course for the CAS in Digital Libraries concentration.]

  • Expanded opportunities for students to engage in creation of metadata using multiple schemas
  • Reorganized course objects to meet changing standards of practice with focus on linked open data, data curation, and semantic web technologies
  • Formulated assignments to take advantage of online and distance teaching tools
  • Developed course with a team of faculty and student instructors to create balanced instruction that emphasizes theory and politics as well as the practice of metadata

Instructor of Record, LIS586 Digital Preservation

Taught: 2013-2016

Departmental Course Description:
Examines current problems with and approaches to digital preservation that are fundamental to the long-term accessibility of digital materials. Also examines the range of current research problems, along with emerging methods and tools, and assess a variety of organizational scenarios to plan and implement a preservation plan. Topics will include basic information theory, preservation of complex digital objects; standards and specifications; sustainability and risk assessment; authenticity, integrity, quality control, and certification; and management of preservation activities.

  • Adapted course according the student feedback to include more hands-on activities
  • Updated course to include most recent standard and tool releases, such as ISO 16363 and the use of digital forensic virtual machines
  • Arranged for students to work on real-life tasks, doing preservation for university, private, and non-profit organizations
  • Customized learning activities to be used with distance teaching software

Lead Teaching Assistant and Discussion Leader, LIS502 Information in Society

Taught: 2013-2016

Departmental Course Description:
Explores major issues in the library and information science professions as they involve their communities of users and sponsors. Analyzes specific situations that reflect the professional agenda of these fields, including intellectual freedom, community service, professional ethics, social responsibilities, intellectual property, literacy, historical and international models, the socio-cultural role of libraries and information agencies and professionalism in general, focusing in particular on the interrelationships among these issues. Required M.S. degree core course.

  • Worked as primary liaison between faculty lead, student services, advising staff, and teaching assistants
  • Created and standardized teaching materials
  • Crafted, tested, and revised completely new assignment strand
  • Advised and coached doctoral student teachings assistants for more effective teaching practice
  • Reorganized course to reflect changes in professional opportunities for students, centering the life-cycle of the information object

Guest Lecturer, LIS390RGI Race, Gender, and Information Technology

Taught: 2013

Departmental Course Description:
This course critically examines the ways in which information technologies are both the source and consequence of race and gender relations. Will explore theories of race, gender and technology and apply these to case studies of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Particular attention will be given to globalization, privacy and surveillance, labor, and "digital enclosures".

  • Lectured on video games and digital preservation with a focus on politics of race and gender
  • Taught a week’s worth of courses as sole instructor and assigned all associated readings