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The Information Ecosystem (LIB296A)

What do Google, TikTok, and library databases all have in common? Information.

It is not news that we are living in an age of information (and misinformation). But how does information work, exactly?

Enroll in The Information Ecosystem (LIB296A) this Spring 2023 semester. In this one-credit hybrid course, students and librarians will work to gain a greater understanding of our roles and responsibilities in creating and consuming information, in navigating the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in the ethical use of information. Course assignments and activities will help you foster enhanced engagement with the core ideas about information and the variation in disciplinary scholarship. We will ask ourselves broad questions about why information is valuable, how it is constructed and commodified, and how it can be used to marginalize or privilege communities of knowledge and practice.

Who Can Take This Course?

All students are welcome. We especially encourage students early in their academic career to take full advantage while at CSUN. Since this is a one-unit course, this would be an easy addition to your schedule.

Why Take This Course?

The digital world in which all of us study, work and live, requires us to gain a greater understanding of our role and responsibility in creating and consuming information, navigating the changing dynamics of the world of information, and using information ethically.

Course Information

Both sections are Online Hybrid (OH) with in-person meetings in UL113 (Lab A), and both use ZERO COST course materials.

Class Number Days Time Instructor
21081 Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am Dr. Eric Garcia
Email: eric.garcia@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-6809
Office: University Library 226
21082 Wednesday 11:00am - 11:50am Dr. Ahmed Alwan
Email: ahmed.alwan@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-6966
Office: University Library 326

View Course Flier (.pdf)