Welcome to Community Informatics

Greetings! This week’s module introduces you to the field of community informatics.  We will discuss what we mean by informatics and community informatics, identify the stakeholders in community informatics, and explore the relationship between library and information science and community informatics. This module was created by Dr. Chris Hagar for INFO 200.

Be sure to view this short video on the upcoming formal assignments. 

Action Items:

  • An important part of the rest of the assignments is describing your communityWe can work on our community descriptions here. Please join in!
  • Do you have a question about the Literature Review?  Please join this group!
  • Our work will continue over the next few weeks as you write the literature review, and move on to the Research Paper. Please plan your writing time accordingly. These assignments require careful attention to detail, synthesis of your research to course content, and finely crafted academic prose.

Due this Week:

  • Blog Post #5: Report on an ethical or legal issue pertaining to your information community.  Use your research and the modules on ethical issues and intellectual freedom as resources to define and reflect on the issue. Due 4/16
  • Be sure to read over the Reflection Blogging helper page for Blog Post #5:

Blog Post #5: Report on an ethical or legal issue pertaining to your information community. Use your research and the modules on ethical issues and intellectual freedom as resources to define and reflect on the issue.

What ethical issues does your community face when sharing, creating or accessing information?

How can libraries and information professionals meet these needs or deal with these issues?

Utilize your own research and the module resources (Garnar, etc) to share your thoughts on this topic.

Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.

Upcoming Assignments:

Grading Reminder:

Grading will be based on 100 possible points.

  • All assignments are due on Sundays and must be turned in by 5 p.m.
  • Late submissions will be reduced by 20% of the total points possible for that assignment.
  • If life circumstances require students to request an extension, please do so several days before the assignment is due or as soon as possible.
  • Communication and interaction throughout the semester via the course site is expected and required.
  • No incompletes are given for this section of INFO 200

(Photo: Taksim Square, Istanbul when I was there to speak at Turkish Library Week.)

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