LIBR 534 course syllabus outline 2015 2016

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LIBR 534 course syllabus outline 2015 2016

  1. 1. LIBR 534: Health Information Sources and Services – Course syllabus (3 units) Program: Masterof Library and Information Studies (MLIS) Year: 2015-2016, WinterSession,Term I Course Schedule: Wednesday evenings,6-9pm Location: Buchanan Room B304 Instructor: Dean Giustini Office location: SLAISAdjunctOffice Office phone: 604-875-4505 Office hours: Tuesdays& Thursdays5-7pm E-mail address: dean.giustini@ubc.ca SLAISStudentPortal: http://connect.ubc.ca Course wiki: HLWIKI International:http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca Course goal: Thisgoal of thiscourse is to provide studentswithastrongfoundationinhealthscienceslibrarianship. Course objectives: Upon completionof thiscourse studentswill be able to:  Design& implementlibrary servicesforclinicians,researchers (basicandclinical),healthstudents, patientsandconsumersingovernment,industryandinthe healthsystem  Discusshealthcare in Canadaas a settingforprovisionof library andinformationservices  Deliverreference servicesusingprint&e-resourceswhilemeeting users’ informationneeds  Effectivelysearch bibliographicdatabases(e.g. PubMed,OvidSP,EMBASE,CINAHL,EBSCO)  Undertake end-userinstruction,andlibrarian-mediatedservices  Discussaspectsof technical & publicservices,andresource sharing inhealthlibraries  Analyze healthinformationneeds,information-seekingbehavioursof healthprofessionals, transferof researchintopractice (e.g.knowledge translation); describe relevantnational andinternational initiatives,andresources thatsupporthealthlibrarians Course Topics:  Reference servicesforconsumers,patients,healthprofessionals,otherusergroups  Searchingbiomedical databases&usingvariousinterfaces,andsearchtools  Controlledvocabularies;sourcesof information;electronicaccess;greyliterature  End-users &instructional servicesinhealthlibraries  Technologiesusedinhealthlibraries(e.g.blogs,handhelds,wikis)  Consumerhealth,complementary&alternativemedicine(CAM)  Entrepreneurialopportunitiesforhealthlibrariansinhealthresearch  Managementof hospital,medical &healthlibrariesinatime of massive change Prerequisites:LIBR500, 501, 502 & 503 forstudentsinthe MLIS andDual programs.MAS core forstudentsin the stand-alone MASprogram.
  2. 2. Format:  In additionto weekly readingsandassignments,several teachingstrategieswillbe used i.e.,lectures, discussions,smallgroupwork,Blackboard,guestlectures  Some lectureswill explore differentusesforandsourcesof informationdependingonusergroups. Discussionwill includepractical approachesforprovidingclientandorganizationalsupportandpersonal professionaldevelopment  Discussion&readings: studentswill be assignedreadingsforclassdiscussion.  Searchingexercises: some orpartof classesfromweekIIItoVIIIwill require hands-onsearching.The resultingdiscussionwill helpstudentstolearnhow tosearch majorbiomedical databases,andto reinforce theirsearchskills  Assignments:providestudentswithopportunitiestodevelopandreinforce theirunderstanding (letthe instructorknowif there issomethingspecificthatyouwouldlike toexplore inanyof the assignments)  Viewsfromthe field: nearthe endof term, there will be aclass forinvitedspeakerssharingtheirviews of the field  Listserv:Usedto centralize informationassociatedwiththe course,andencourage exploration  Course wiki:HLWIKIInt’l http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca Course Assignments:Due datesand Weightinrelationtofinal course mark.You only needtoinclude a descriptive name,the weightof the assignmentandthe due date. Assignments Due Weight Classparticipation Classattendance &participation all termfrom September9th to November25th 10% Historyof medicine abstract& citation 16 Sept2015 (6pm) 5% (pass/redo) Medical libraries inthe news… abstract & citation 23 Sept2015 (6pm) 5% Reference questions (10) 7 Oct 2015 (6pm) 20% Searchquestions (2setsof 3) 21 Oct 2015 | 28 Oct 2015 (6pm) 30% Term Paper(1500-2000 words) Start of lastclass 30% Attendance:The calendarstates:“Regularattendance isexpectedof studentsinall theirclasses(including lectures,laboratories,tutorials,seminars,etc.).Studentswhoneglecttheiracademicworkand assignmentsmay be excludedfromthe final examinations.Studentswhoare unavoidablyabsentbecauseof illnessordisability shouldreporttotheirinstructorson returnto classes.” Evaluation: All assignmentswill be markedusingthe evaluativecriteriagivenonthe SLAISwebsite.Assignments will notbe acceptedlate unlesspriorarrangementsare made withme.Considerationwill be giventolegitimate emergencies.If anextensionisgranted,alate penaltymaybe imposedatmydiscretion;thiswillbe discussed whenyourequestanextension. Written& SpokenEnglishRequirement: Writtenandspokenworkmayreceive alowermarkif it is,inthe opinionof the instructor,deficientinEnglish. Access & Diversity: Access& Diversityworkswiththe Universitytocreate aninclusive livingandlearning environmentinwhichall studentscanthrive. The Universityaccommodatesstudentswithdisabilitieswhohave
  3. 3. registeredwiththe AccessandDiversityunit: [http://www.students.ubc.ca/access/drc.cfm].Youmustregister withthe DisabilityResource Centre tobe grantedspecial accommodationsforanyon-goingconditions. ReligiousAccommodation:The Universityaccommodatesstudentswhose religiousobligationsconflictwith attendance,submittingassignments,orcompletingscheduledtestsandexaminations.Please letyourinstructor knowinadvance,preferablyinthe firstweekof class,if youwill require anyaccommodationonthese grounds. Studentswhoplantobe absentforvarsityathletics,familyobligations,orothersimilarcommitments,cannot assume theywill be accommodated,andshoulddiscusstheir commitmentswiththe instructorbefore the course drop date.UBC policyonReligiousHolidays: http://www.universitycounsel.ubc.ca/policies/policy65.pdf . Academic Integrity The Facultyof Arts considersplagiarismtobe the mostseriousacademicoffence thatastudentcancommit. Regardlessof whetherornot itwas committedintentionally,plagiarismhasseriousacademicconsequencesand can resultinexpulsionfromthe university.Plagiarisminvolvesthe improperuse of somebodyelse'swordsor ideasinone'swork. It isyour responsibilitytomake sure youfullyunderstandwhatplagiarismis.Manystudentswhothinkthey understandplagiarismdoinfactcommitwhatUBC calls"recklessplagiarism."Below isanexcerptonreckless plagiarismfromUBC Facultyof Arts' leaflet,"PlagiarismAvoided:TakingResponsibilityforYourWork," (http://www.arts.ubc.ca/arts-students/plagiarism-avoided.html). "The bulkof plagiarismfallsintothiscategory.Recklessplagiarismisoftenthe resultof carelessresearch,poor time management,andalack of confidence inyourownabilitytothinkcritically.Examplesof recklessplagiarism include:  Takingphrases,sentences,paragraphs,orstatistical findingsfromavarietyof sourcesandpiecingthem togetherintoanessay(piecemeal plagiarism);  Takingthe words of anotherauthorand failingtonote clearlythattheyare notyour own.Inother words, youhave not put a directquotationwithinquotationmarks;  Usingstatistical findingswithoutacknowledgingyoursource;  Takinganotherauthor'sidea,withoutyourowncritical analysis,andfailingtoacknowledgethatthisideais not yours;  Paraphrasing(i.e.rewordingorrearrangingwordssothat yourworkresembles,butdoesnotcopy,the original) withoutacknowledgingyoursource;  Usingfootnotesormaterial quotedinothersourcesasif theywere the resultsof yourown research;and  Submittingapiece of workwithinaccurate textreferences,sloppyfootnotes,orincompletesource (bibliographic) information." Bear inmindthisisonlyone example of plagiarism.Before preparingwrittenassignments, studentsare encouragedtofamiliarizethemselveswiththe followingsource onplagiarism: the AcademicIntegrityResource Centre http://help.library.ubc.ca/researching/academic-integrity.Additionalinformationisavailable onthe SAIS StudentPortal http://connect.ubc.ca.
  4. 4. If after readingthese materialsyoustill are unsure abouthow toproperlyuse sourcesinyourwork,please ask me for clarification. Studentsare heldresponsibleforknowingandfollowingall Universityregulationsregarding academicdishonesty.If astudentdoesnotknow how to properlycite a source or whatconstitutesproperuse of a source it isthe student'spersonal responsibilitytoobtainthe neededinformationandtoapplyitwithin Universityguidelinesandpolicies.If evidence of academicdishonestyisfoundinacourse assignment,previously submittedworkinthiscourse maybe reviewedforpossible academicdishonestyandgradesmodifiedas appropriate.UBCpolicyrequiresthatall suspectedcasesof academicdishonestymustbe forwardedtothe Deanfor possible action.

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