Information Update - Spring 2012

New Course Designed and Taught by Librarians

In the spring semester a new course called "The Internet Cultural Revolution" will be offered through the Media and Information Technology Department. The 300-level course, cooperatively conceived by members of the library faculty and Dr. Ben Bishop, associate professor of computing sciences and program director for the Media and Information Technology Program. The first iteration of the course was designed by Professor George Aulisio and will examine various issues and current trends that arose from the Internet and related technologies. Students will be discussing topical questions such as, "Does technology determine the development of society or is technology developed out of society's needs?" "What effect does the Internet have on our varying relationship types?" "Does copyright law still work in a time of file sharing and open access publications?" and "Are we really a global society, or does geography still matter?" Because the course is a survey course and will cover a wide range of topics, some guest lecturers will be invited to share their expertise on specific topics. Bill Wilson, vice president for digital strategy and business development from the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), has tentatively agreed to guest lecture on Internet piracy and its effect on the music industry. Also, Professor Michael Knies, special collections librarian and university archivist, will lecture on how much of our cultural record we will be able to preserve for future generations considering our shift away from hard copies to strictly digital. The readings for the class will be accessible to all majors and will come from an array of subject areas, including psychology, sociology, technology studies, philosophy and law reviews. The course is seminar-style, so discussion during class will be encouraged and students will have the opportunity to explore specific topics of interest in greater depth in the form of discussion essays. Considering the nature of the subject matter, readings and topics discussed will likely change in upcoming semesters, and other members of the library's faculty interested in teaching the course will have the opportunity to take the helm in future semesters.
George Aulisio