Snow day – Make-Up Class

As you may remember, today we were supposed to have a discussion-based class. As class is cancelled, I would like to have a virtual class instead that consists of a series of activities. These activities will count toward your participation grade.

1. Short essay.

You will have the opportunity to express your thoughts on the class topics through a short essay where you are asked to address two assigned and one open-ended question.

1. One of the most persistent conundrums in library and information science is the failure to reach consensus on definitions of “data”, “information” and “knowledge.” From what you have learned from the readings, how would you explain these concepts and their relationships to your neighboring classmate? Make use of citations as you see appropriate.

2. Can an antelope be a document? Comment on this question based on the readings and your personal point of view.

3. Open ended: Discuss one or more additional issues raised by the readings that you found particularly thought-provoking.

Submission guidelines: the essay should be no more than 1500 words long. Your name and the course number should be included on the cover page. The assignment should be emailed to prattga@gmail.com by 12am – Wednesday February 2, 2011.

2. Blog Discussion.

Share any of your thoughts from the short essay, even if they are not yet formalized on paper, with the rest of the class via the student discussion blog. Participate in the blog discussion by either opening a discussion thread or commenting on an open thread developed on the topics of the essay. This blog activity will be open until Tuesday February 1, 2011 at 12am.

3. Information System Evaluation Exercise.

Choose an environment familiar to you where information is organized. Some examples may include (but are not limited to) your physical desktop, filing cabinets, bookshelves, a drugstore, or even your closet.

1. Observe and reflect on the environment that you have chosen.
2. Ask the following questions:

• What is being organized?
• How is it organized?
• Why is the information organized in the way that you have observed?
• What does not seem to be organized (if anything)?
• How might the information organization be improved in the environment you are examining?
• Note other observations that you think are important.

This exercise does not require any written deliverable. Just come prepared to discuss your scenario in class next time we meet.

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by Hugh McLeod

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