LIBR 548H (3)


Offered on an irregular basis; web-delivery


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of SLAIS Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: The goal of this course is to introduce students to contemporary research and theory related to the design, development, implementation, and use of information systems in geographically-based communities. Students will develop a grounding in the community informatics perspective and the theories that inform community informatics research and practice.


By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • State in their own terms a community informatics perspective related to information system design, development, implementation, and use for geographically-based communities.
  • Describe how social science theory informs community informatics research and practice.
  • Provide examples of how technological changes have influenced information use in geographically-based communities.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of Canadian community perspectives (e.g., francophone, indigenous, aboriginal, and First Nations, various immigrant groups)
  • Articulate how differences in community norms, practices, and perspectives can influence adoption and adaptation of information systems.
  • Create recommendations for information professionals preparing to work in a geographically-based community setting.


  • Diversity in access and use of information systems by region and sectors of the population
  • Use of information systems for information dissemination and distributed knowledge
  • Social capital and social networks
  • e-learning in the community
  • Co-evolution of technology and practice
  • Cultural differences in attitudes to and use of technology
  • Analysis, design and evaluation of community information systems.