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Introduction to
LIS 386.13
Information Technologies and the Information Professions

Information Technologies and the Information Professions (LIS 386.13) is intended to allow students to accomplish a number of goals. The course description notes that students will become acquainted with:

         The history of and meanings ascribed to computing and telecommunications, especially from the perspective of technology studies

         The roles of IT in the history of the information professions

         Information application skills, including advanced HTML, use of the TCP/IP protocol suite, fundamentals of information architecture, and introduction to the use of multiple operating systems, e.g., Mac, Windows, and Linux as well as other "flavors" of UNIX.

In addition to these goals, the course provides the participants with experience in Web-based interaction and learning. All of the course materials are available on the World-Wide Web, and all interaction and learning will take place using the Web. Students will have the opportunity to use some of the most powerful and commonly used Internet and Web tools, such as email, coding and display of Web pages, UNIX commands, cryptography, and other applications.

This course was new to the GSLIS master's curriculum in Fall 2000, serving as the second of two foundation courses in the new curriculum for the degree of Master of Science in Information Studies. In this Summer 2001 offering of the course, we will continue to build on the experience of the first two semesters of offering it; and we will continue to welcome your comments and guidance on how we can improve the course this summer term and in later semesters.

As with every course, your active engagement with the material, your participation in shared learning, and your contribution to the class as a whole are essential. There are additional emotional and cognitive burdens associated with taking a course online, such as increased anxiety, feelings of alienation, logistical complications, and technical difficulties. From the outset, you will need to recognize, and to make allowances for, the fact that you will be experiencing these burdens. The burdens, however, are accompanied by (and, we hope, more than offset by) significant advantages: e.g., working at one's own pace, choosing the times one devotes to the course, access to course materials 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and so on.

Please be assured that the LIS 386.13 Instructional Team--the instructor, the TA, and the staff of the GSLIS Information Technology Laboratory--are committed to your individual and group success. We will do everything in our power to help you make the most of your experience in the course this semester.

On behalf of the LIS 386.13 Team, I welcome you to the course.

Ronald E. Wyllys

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