WISE Courses: 2015-2016, Winter Session, Term 1 [September/December]

• Please remember than only 2-5 spaces in total are available in each course for WISE students in the participating institutions. There is no guarantee that there will be space for you in any of these courses.
• You should NOT request a space in a WISE course unless you are reasonably sure you will actually take the course if offered a space. It causes logistical problems to “take up” a space then drop the course at the last minute.
• All courses have the four MLIS Core Courses as required pre-requisites: LIBR 500, LIBR 501, LIBR 502 & LIBR 503 for students in the MLIS and Dual programs. Students in the stand-alone MAS program must have completed the eight MAS Core Courses. Other required pre-requisites are noted in the individual course descriptions. If you are in the MAS program you should ask Mary Sue Stephenson [MLIS Chair] about whether or not you have taken the relevant equivalent courses in the MAS program.
• All SLAIS students are eligible to take relevant WISE courses. MAS students – see below for information on taking a WISE course. MACL, CAS and Ph.D. students should consult with their advisers before requesting spaces in WISE courses.
• Students who wish to take one of the available courses will be registered in LIBR 593: Seminar
• Students may take a maximum of two WISE courses [6 credits] as part of their MLIS, MAS, Dual MAS/MLIS, MACL, CAS or Ph.D. programs
• Students must agree to the course parameters of the host institution including course management tools, grading, and dates of term
• Students must have access to technology necessary for completion of course
• Students must have the technical knowledge to complete course successfully
• Marks given by the program offering the course will be converted to UBC marks using only the WISE Marking Matrix. Please read over this document carefully as it will be the sole source used to convert marks from WISE institutions to UBC marks.
• To request a space in one or more of the WISE courses please follow the registration instructions distributed to all SLAIS students via email on April 20, 2015. Do not attempt to register for a WISE course before April 20, 2015
• Once you have completed course registration at the WISE web site, please send Mary Sue Stephenson a separate e-mail [susie.slais@ubc.ca] for each course giving this information:

  • Your name
  • Your program [MLIS, Dual MAS/MLIS, MAS, MACL, CAS, Ph.D.]
  • Your UBC student number
  • The name, number, and institution of the course you wish to take

If you are requesting a space in two courses please send separate emails for each course

• IMPORTANT- If you are in the stand-alone MAS – before we can send approval to WISE for you to take a course you must have first completed and submitted the Request for Credit for External Courses Form. It must be signed by Rick Kopak as SLAIS Graduate Adviser before the WISE registration process can take place. When you send your request to take a class to Mary Sue Stephenson please indicate that the form has already been submitted and approved. If you forget to tell her or you haven’t completed the approval process it will delay the process of trying to secure a seat for you in one of the WISE courses. Given the small number of seats, it will likely keep you from obtaining one of the seats.
• VERY IMPORTANT: When you take a WISE course you are registered in a SLAIS/UBC course: LIBR 593D or LIBR 593E and all the normal add/drop dates at UBC apply. You are held responsible for dropping ALL relevant courses by the UBC deadlines. If you forget to drop [even if the WISE course has not yet started] you may receive a mark of “F” in the course.

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NOTE: Registration for the 2015 September term WISE courses opens on April 20, 2015. It is possible that additional WISE courses may be added later.

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Information Resources, Services & Technology in an Aging World [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in December 2015]
• Description: This course will focus on collection development, reference, and education services for older adults, and their professional and family caregivers. the course will cover the critical evaluation of materials in print, non-print, and electronic formats, and a discussion of information services provided by healthcare organizations, community agencies, medical center and hospital libraries, public libraries which serve an aging population, and academic libraries serving students in the helping professions. This course is especially appropriate for those interested in working in medical and public libraries, healthcare organizations, community agencies, and academic libraries with students and faculty interested in the helping or service professions, especially in fields that focus on older people.
• Institution: The University of Pittsburgh
• Class Number: LIS 2334
• Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 10
• Course tool: Blackboard
• Faculty: Dr. Ellen Detlefsen
• Start and End Date: 8/31/2015 – 12/19/2015 [course starts in late August and ends in mid-December]
• Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.

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Competitive Intelligence [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in December 2015]
• Description: Competitive and strategic intelligence can support various corporate and organizational objectives and functions. Systematic programs for gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information for decision making. Special attention to the information audit; to tailored selection and analysis of information for given user groups; and assessment of quality and value of information services.
• Institution: Rutgers University
• Class Number: 17:610:535
• Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 2
• Course tool: eCollege
• Faculty: Lilia Pavlovsky
• Start and End Date: 9/1/2015 – 12/22/2015 [course starts in early September and ends in late December]
• Class Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.

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Library Services to Students with Disabilities [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in December 2015]
• Description: The purpose of the course is to increase the level of pre-service librarians’ understanding of the library and information needs of individuals with disabilities.
• Institution: Syracuse University
• Class Number: IST 564
• Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 3
• Course tool: Blackboard
• Faculty: Renee Hill
• Start and End Date: 8/31/2015 – 12/11/2015 [course begins in late August and ends in mid-December
• Class Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.

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Middle East Librarianship [cannot be taken by students completing their degrees in December 2015]
• Description: This course is designed to introduce library science students to the growing field of Middle East Librarianship. It will examine major developments and various aspects of the field. Major topics will include: 1) the history of Middle East collections in North America, 2) collection development, and acquisition concepts as they relate to Middle East publications, 3) selection of Middle East research resources for digitization, 4) provision of reference services, 5) Romanization tables (and cataloging), 6) professional associations with particular focus on Middle East librarianship, and 7) other related topics. Assignments will include course readings, written papers, discussion topics posted on the discussion link in Moodle, Web sites to review and evaluate, as well as a final paper. All assignments will be posted on Moodle using the assignment link.
• Institution: LIS-505I
• Class Number: LIS-505I
• Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 2
• Course tool: Moodle
• Faculty: Shayee Khanaka
• Start and End Date: 9/2/2015 – 12/14/2015 [course starts in late August and end in mid-December]
• Syllabus link: http://www.wiseeducation.org/media/documents/2015/4/Middle_East_Librarianship_Syllabus_14_2.docx
• Class Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.
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Social Informatics [cannot be taken by students completing their degrees in December 2015]
• Description: ‘Social Informatics’ refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization – including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technologies are influenced by social forces and social practices. This graduate seminar is for students interested in the influence of information technology in the human context, including cultural heritage, professional concerns, and social inequities. The course introduces some of the key concepts of social informatics and situates them into the view of varied perspectives including readers, librarians, computer professionals, authors, educators, publishers, editors, and the institutions that support them.
• Institution: LIS-421
• Class Number: 17:610:581
• Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 2
• Course tool: Moodle
• Faculty: Lisa Hussey
• Start and End Date: 9/2/2015 – 12/14/2015 [course starts in early September and ends in mid-December]
• Class Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.