In this class we'll look at people as components of information systems, not just as their designers and users. Along with the basics of information retrieval systems and other ICTs, we'll cover issues like the global information infrastructure, information technology literacy, informal information systems, how values are expressed through technology design, why people don't use good systems, and why good systems go bad.
For the final project, you'll model the information behavior of a group or population of interest to you, trace their formal and informal information sources, pathways and behaviors, and recommend improvements that align with their social and technological worlds.
Rich Gazan, P.h.D
Associate Professor, Information and Computer Science, Library and Information Science
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (808) 956-5094
Office: HL 002A