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Course Outline (For the Syracuse MOOC I am doing)

Posted by arlekeno on July 22, 2013

Week 1 July 8-14
• Overview and Introduction
o Video: Introduction to the Course 3:49 Minutes
o Video: Introduction to New Librarianship 14:12 Minutes
o Course Discussion Group
• Librarians
o The Mission of Librarians: This module will cover issues of worldview
and the question of an overarching mission for the entire profession.
§ Video: The Importance of Worldview 29:44 Minutes
§ Video: The Mission of Librarians 23:50 Minutes
§ Reading: The mission thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The atlas
of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 14-29
§ Mission Discussion
§ Module Test
o Knowledge Creation: This module covers the basic approach to
knowledge in New Librarianship. By focusing on knowledge, and its
unique human nature, we can better serve our members and community.
§ Video: Introduction to Knowledge 19:02 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge and Conversation 11:02 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge and Language 8:15 Minutes
§ Reading: The knowledge thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 31-64
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Facilitating: This module will walk through the specific means librarians
use to facilitate knowledge creation: access, knowledge/training,
environment, motivation.
§ Video: Introduction 16:35 Minutes
§ Video: Access 8:34 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge/Training 11:38 Minutes
§ Video: Environment 10:14 Minutes
§ Video: Motivation 9:00 Minutes
§ Reading: The facilitation thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 65-82
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
Week 2 July 15-21
o Communities: This module looks at the pressures exerted by communities
on libraries for participation.
§ Video: The Pressure to Participate 34:43 Minutes
§ Video: Community: Environment 23:05 Minutes§ Video Community Assessment 8:16 Minutes
§ Reading: The communities thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 83-115
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Improve Society: This module talks about the basic values librarians carry
into their work with the community. This includes a discussion of
leadership and innovation.
§ Video: Values of Librarianship 18:46 Minutes
§ Video: Leadership and Innovation 22:42 Minutes
§ Reading: The improve society thread in Lankes, R. David
(2011). The atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Librarians: This module introduces the core skills of librarians. This
module is complemented (and updated) in the Salzburg Curriculum
modules that follow.
§ Video: Introduction 11:24 Minutes
§ Readings: The librarians thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 137-185
§ Module Discussion
o Salzburg Curriculum: This module cover a curriculum and set of
competencies developed by the Salzburg Global Seminar on Libraries and
Museums in a Participatory Age. The framing and curricular areas outline
a base set of competencies for librarians.
§ Video: Introduction 2:32 Minutes
§ Video: Framing 4:38 Minutes
§ Video Transformative Social Engagement 4:56 Minutes
§ Video: Technology 5:35 Minutes
§ Video Management for Participation 7:17 Minutes
§ Video: Asset Management 5:24 Minutes
§ Video: Cultural Skills 6:00 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge, Learning, and Innovation 6:04 Minutes
§ Readings: Salzburg Curricular
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
Week 3 July 22-28
• Libraries
o The Mission of Libraries: This module covers the continuity and changes
to the mission of libraries over time.
§ Video: The Mission of Libraries: Expect More Than Books 12:12
Minutes§ Video Mission Statements 10:55 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Why Libraries?: This module covers the primary arguments for supporting
libraries. From economic stimulus, to learning center, to promoters of
democracy, there are many arguments that can be made for the continued
support of libraries of all types.
§ Video: Introduction 5:57 Minutes
§ Video: Collective Buying Agent 9:22 Minutes
§ Video: Economic Stimulus 8:09 Minutes
§ Video: Center of Learning 15:19 Minutes
§ Video: Safety Net 6:25 Minutes
§ Video: Steward of Cultural Heritage 6:26 Minutes
§ Video: Cradle of Democracy 7:30 Minutes
§ Video: Symbol of Community Aspirations 5:50 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Library as Platform: Instead of thinking of the library as a service, or
collection, it is important to think of it as a platform for community
innovation. In some cases it can be a digital platform, in others a physical
platform, but in all cases it serves as an enabling infrastructure for the
community to learn and improve.
§ Video: Library as Platform 15:42 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Grand Challenges of Librarianship: What is the larger societal aim for
library and information science? Do we simply serve our communities
without regard for the larger context of citizenship and the expanding
information marketplace?
§ Video: The Grand Challenges of Library and Information Science
16:14 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
Week 4 July 29-August 4
• Community
o Share Don’t Lend: This module covers the difference between sharing,
where a library facilitates the use of community resources, and lending,
where the library builds a collection to loan to the community.
§ Video: Moving from Sharing to Lending and Back Again 18:25
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Testo Kill the User: This module reflects on the problem with the word and
concept of user. If librarians see community members more as consumers,
they will lessen their effectiveness.
§ Video: Kill the User 16:43 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o The Deficit Model: A discussion of how approaching members and
communities as problem holders, instead of as opportunity builders
hinders new librarianship.
§ Video: The Deficit Model 23:54 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o New Librarianship Criticism: This module provides a brief overview and
links to critiques and criticisms of the Atlas of New Librarianship and
ideas within.
§ Video: Criticisms of the New Librarianship Apprach 5:09 Minutes
§ Readings
• Neutrality and Bias
• 21st Century Library Blog’s Review of the Atlas (pay
attention especially to the
• Lack of Historical Connections
• Progressive Librarians Guild review of the Atlas
• Constructivism and Knowledge
• Lane Wilkenson’s Review of the
• Lane’s take on Constructivism and the
§ Module Discussion


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