Welcome to the Global Information Professional

Greetings! This week’s module explores global librarianship and the work LIS professionals are doing all over the world. The guest lecture is created by Jan Holmquist, creator of the library learning program 23 Mobile Things. I have called librarianship the “ultimate service profession” and this modules illustrates that idea on an international level. I recorded a supplemental lecture on some of my participation in the profession around the world. After this, the rest of the modules will explore various aspects of librarianship and serving our communities. This is meant to introduce you to topics covered in depth in future classes.

Action Items:

  • The Literature Review is due Sunday 4/23 by 5pm PT, submitted to Canvas as a Word doc or PDF.
  • Our work moves on to the Literature Review and Research Paper. Please plan your writing time accordingly for the due dates. These assignments require careful attention to detail, synthesis of your research to course content, and finely crafted academic prose.This is to be your most polished, scholarly, and effective writing of the semester.
  • Don’t miss the Literature Review Q & A group – great questions! I’ll be monitoring it all week. You can also site message, IM or email me.

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

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6 thoughts on “Welcome to the Global Information Professional

  1. Profile photo of Adriana Lugo

    This has, by far, been my most favorite module! I’d never heard of a global librarian and it sounds fascinating. Is there a class in our MLIS program that would go deeper into this subject?

    1. Profile photo of Michael StephensMichael Stephens Post author

      @adriana Watch course schedules for classes that look at international perspectives and know that this is an important component for the degree and part of the competencies. that means that many classes will have a globally focused assignment or module. My goal is to someday fit in a blog post in 200 that looks at the global perspectives of a student’s chosen info community. 🙂

  2. Profile photo of Loretta

    I was browsing the other day and stumbled on this link about human libraries. It’s fascinating and a great way to get a better understanding of the experiences different people go through. Also made me think of the article you wrote a few weeks ago about sharing soup and conversation with people.


    And this is the link to the Human Libraries website, where there’s more information about human libraries in multiple countries.

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