Projects / Papers
These are representative samples of the many reports, presentations, and research papers I created for my classes at the University of Pittsburgh.
INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH 1 | LIS 2901
Research on a topic selected by the student and carried out with scheduled reports to a faculty member. Reports of the research may take various forms as determined in advance by the student and faculty member. Faculty member's agreement to sponsor required.
COMMUNITY ARCHIVES | LIS 2231
Communities of all kinds create records, but not all communities have traditionally been represented in institutional archives, nor included in the process of establishing and maintaining archival collections that document their experiences. This course draws from archival scholarship and recent case studies to introduce students to a range of models, including grassroots community archives, community-created archives that have been acquired by formal archival institutions, and partnerships between communities and archivists. Throughout the semester, this course engages with a range of topics relevant to community archives, including participatory and post-custodial archives, outreach and advocacy, grant writing and fundraising, and community-based, collaborative research methods.
IDENTIFYING INFORMATION NEEDS OF KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATIONS | LIS 2021
Student teams focus on inquiry, through experiential learning, by identifying the information needs of the knowledge organization with which the team has been matched. Students are immersed in observing organizational behavior, collaborating in teams, and practicing soft skills necessary for communication and presentation. Team members gather information about the mission and culture of the organization by observing and listening to understand the context of the needs and challenges of the organization.
ARCHIVAL APPRAISAL, DESCRIPTION, AND ACCESS | LIS 2222
This course is organized in three parts and provides students with an introduction to the critical archival responsibilities of archival appraisal, description, and access. In the first section of the course, the course engage with archival appraisal. The archivist's process in determining continuing value affects all other archival functions and impacts individual, organizational, and societal memory. In the second section of this course, students engage with archival descriptive standard and archival management systems, as well as debates and theories in the representation of information. Finally, this course consider strategies for raising the level of access for an archival collection, paying particular attention to the creation of digital exhibits.
IMPLEMENTING SOLUTIONS FOR KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATIONS | LIS 2022
Building on skills students have developed in the pre-requisite course, student teams propose, develop, and implement prototypes of solutions to the information challenges of their knowledge organizations, focusing on implementing a viable product via rapid prototyping, tight feedback loops, and iterative development.
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN | LIS 2640
Instructional design is the systematic planning, creating, delivering, and evaluating instructional activities, products, environments, and modules/courses. Instructional design can be used in face-to-face or digital settings, but typically involves the use of educational technologies to enhance learning. For information professionals, instructional design is a growing area that enables new ways of connecting with and educating the community in a scalable and sustainable manner.
THE INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL IN THE COMMUNITY | LIS 2040
This course provides the context as well as a forum for students to discuss, understand and critique value systems, ethical frameworks and power structures embedded in information technologies, policies, systems and institutions. Emphasizing the importance of design, evaluation and engagement with communities through institutions and technologies ranging from public library systems to start ups, this course foregrounds the role of information professionals as active community members as well as the impact of the information professions on society.
HEALTH CONSUMER RESOURCES AND SERVICES | LIS 2585
Collection development, reference, and educational services in the domain of consumer health resources in print, non-print, and electronic formats. Identification of appropriate and accurate resources for consumer health and family education; policy issues in providing consumer and family health information in different settings; role of public media; and information and referral services to and from healthcare organizations, community agencies, and public libraries.