School of Library & Information Science to offer 100% online general education course this fall

LIS 2000: Intro to Information & Society

Social sciences general education course (3 hours)
100% Asynchronous Online
No prerequisite required, no required textbooks

The School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) will offer its first fully online general education course, LIS 2000, this fall. As an asynchronous online course, students will not be required to meet online at a particular time. Rather, students engage with course materials as it fits their schedule. Each week students will view lectures, complete readings, and engage in discussion.

Information holds a critical place in contemporary global society through its creation, dissemination and consumption. In LIS 2000, students will focus on understanding the development of the information society and how information interacts with modern society. They will examine issues such as information access, power, censorship, intellectual property, privacy, democracy, and social networks highlighting their interconnectedness. Additionally, students will discuss how information seeking behavior and consumption changed over the past century and its relationship to the aforementioned topics.

The course structure, assignments, and texts are designed to expand students’ understanding of the role of information within a global society, how society’s engagement with information changed during the past century, and its current challenges.

Rather than requiring a primary textbook, the course will use readings for a variety of sources which will be provided to students online. The secondary text, Everyday Information: The Evolution of Information Seeking in America, will serve as a discussion platform for students to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize the diversity (and complexity) of information uses in society and its global interdependency. In each of its eleven chapters, Everyday Information focuses on the changing nature of a specific information seeking process, such as purchasing a car, use of public information, following sports, and maintaining interpersonal relationships (i.e., social networks). This text is available for free through LSU Libraries as an e-textbook.

LIS 2000 meets the Course Criteria and Learning Competency for General Education Courses in the Social Sciences. Specifically it addresses students’ achievement of the following competency: LSU graduates will demonstrate an understanding of factors associated with global interdependence, including economic, political, cultural, and linguistic factors.

To register for fall 2017, visit --> Registration Services --> Schedule Request. Enter LIS 2000, Section 1, 3 credit hours. 

For further information, contact Dr. Ed Benoit,

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The LSU School of Library & Information Science prepares individuals for positions of responsibility in the field of library and information service and strives to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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