INF 180J: Introduction to Information Studies

INF 180J: Introduction to Information Studies

Overview

This course is intended to introduce you, new students in our program, to information studies. We accomplish that goal in several ways. We begin by getting you to know fellow members of your cohort a bit better; these students will likely be your classmates and project team mates many times over in the next two years. In addition, we talk about the school, the program, and the faculty to help ground you in your new environment. We also introduce you to some people here who can help you, including student services staff, career services staff, and upper-level students. To help you understand why this a great time to be in information studies, we will do some readings that give concrete form and shape to how information is transforming the world as we know it. We pay particular attention to how information is a source of power in an effort to reinforce your understanding of the important role that information professionals play in this new and emerging world. Finally, to help you start off with the broadest view possible of what you might do within the field of information studies, we have asked a number of working professionals from a wide range of occupations to talk to you about their careers.