Graduate School of Library and Information Science - The University of Texas


LIS 382L.5: GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

 

Course Schedule

The following schedule is tentative and may be adjusted as we progress through the semester.

Meeting Date Topics

Unit 1:

Introduction to the Study of Government Information
1 WED June 4 Introduction to the course
Introduction to government and information
Tour of government information collection at PCL
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapter 1 and Appendix (pp. 395-405)
Hernon (1996)
OTA (1988), Chapter 1
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapters 1 and 2
Morehead (1999), Chapter 1
McClure (1999)
OTA (1988), Chapter 2
Smith (2002)

Unit 2:

United States Federal Government Information
2 THU June 5 Selected history of federal information activities
Federal Depository Library Program
Finding aids
Tour of government information collection at Public Affairs Library
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapters 2 and 15
Shuler (2001) online
Hernon & Shuler (1996)
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapters 3, 4, and 5
Morehead (1999), Chapters 2, 3, and 4
Barkley (1998) online
Hutto (1996) online
Kram (1998) online
OTA (1988), Chapters 4, 6, and 7
3 TUE June 10 Federal legislative information
Legislative histories
The U.S. Code
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapters 3 and 4 (pp. 68-69, 70-80, 82-83,
and 85-89)
CD-ROM PRA legislative history
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapter 8
Morehead (1999), Chapter 5
4 WED June 11 The Presidency and selected executive branch agencies
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapters 5 (pp. 91-98 and 104-117), 6, and 10
Holden & Hernon (1996)
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapters 9 and 10
Morehead (1999), Chapters 6, 7, and 11
5 THU June 12 Federal judicial information:  the U.S. Supreme, District, and Appeals Courts
Major digital repositories of federal judicial information
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapter 11
Kirtley (1996)
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapter 11
Morehead (1999), Chapter 8
      Assignment due: Identification of research team, federal or state agency, and information initiative (1 p.) GRP
6 TUE June 17 Spatially-referenced information:  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and maps
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapter 14
Cox and Gifford (1997) online
Shuler & Obermeyer (2001) online
    AS: Hernon & Lopez (1996)
Morehead (1999), Chapter 12
      Assignment due:  U.S. Federal information problem set (25%)
7 WED June 18 Sources of statistical data
2000 U.S. Census
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapter 13
Kavaliunas (2000) online
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapter 12
Morehead (1999), Chapter 9

Unit 3:

Texas and Other State Information
8 THU June 19 No class meeting
Tour of UT Law Library
Review of online lesson material:  Texas legislative information
9 TUE June 24 No class meeting
Review of online lesson material:  Texas regulatory information
      Assignment due:  Spatial and statistical information problem set (10%)
10 WED June 25 No class meeting
Tour of Texas Law Library or Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Review of online lesson material:  Texas judicial information

Unit 4:

The United Nations and Other Sources of International Government Information
11 THU June 26 No class meeting
Tour of international document collections at PCL
Review of online lesson material:  United Nations documents
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapter 15
      Assignment due:  Outline or full draft of agency report (GRP)

Unit 5:

Selected Government Information Policy Areas
12 TUE July 1 Information resources management (IRM) and paperwork reduction
    READ: Bertot et al. (1996)
Hernon et al. (2002), Chapter 8
Review Appendix (pp. 395-405) in Hernon et al. (2002)
    AS: Doty (1998)
OMB Circular A-130 (1985, 1994, and 1996)
      Assignment due:  Texas, state, and international information problem set (10%)
13 WED July 2 Federal freedom of information and state open records
Intellectual property
Fees for government information
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapters 7 and 12
Doty (2003)
Relyea (1996a)
Shuler (2002b) online
    AS: Robinson (1998), Chapter 7
Morehead (1999), Chapter 10
The U.S. Freedom of Information Act
Thibodeau (1996)
OTA (1986), Chapter 1 and passim
OTA (1988), Chapter 9
14 THU July 3 E-government
Constitutional conflict among the three branches of government about printing and information dissemination
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapter 16
Relyea (2001a) online
Shuler (2003b) online
    AS: Relyea & Griffith (1996)
Shuler (2002e), online
15 TUE July 8 Surveillance and terror
Privacy
    READ: Hernon et al. (2002), Chapter 9
Relyea (2001b) online
Shuler (2002d) online
    AS: Doty (2001)
Gellman (1996b)
      Assignment due: Report on specific federal or state agency’s information service (five double-spaced pp.)(25%) GRP
16 WED July 9 Course evaluation
Course summary
    READ: OTA (1988), Chapter 11
Shuler (2002a) online
  FRI July 11 Assignment due:  Government information issue paper (five double-spaced pp.) (20%)