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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LIS 7690, Information Technology, People and Society

Are you still considering or debating courses for Spring 2017? I encourage you to take LIS 7690, Information Technology, People and Society for Spring 2017.

This course critically examines IT and its relationship to people, work and society. It covers a series of perspectives, empirical studies and issues about social aspects of IT and digital resources. Along the way, you will learn how IT interacts with social forces and social practices, and how seeing IT as merely  “a tool” simplifies the complexity of IT. I believe that future information professionals need to understand the social nature of information technology (IT) and digital resources, as information environments become increasingly digital.

You’d find this course to be interesting and useful. In fact, students’ feedback of this course has been very positive. The key aspects of this course are as follows:

  • Social aspects of information technology (social informatics)
  • Information technology (IT) is not value neutral
  • A few perspectives about technology/IT; IT, work & organizations ;IT & inequality; IT & collaboration; IT & community & empowerment; digital lives; Big Data & data reuse; IT & unintended consequences; IT & privacy; copyright of digital information and library relevant issues
  • Information professional issues as well as general issues for each topic
Who should take this course?
  • Students whose potential career involves dealing with information technologies or digital information 
I plan to revise my syllabus during the break.  For further information, please visit my website and take a look at the course syllabus for Spring 2015 at  or send me email at

Hope you’re finishing your semester well.
Sook Lim