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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 2024 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 UL251, and both use ZERO COST course materials.

Class Number Days Time Location Instructor
20089 Tuesday 1:00pm to 1:50pm Online/UL251 Dr. Eric Garcia
Email: eric.garcia@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-6809
Office: University Library 226
20090 Tuesday 2:00pm to 2:50pm Online/UL251 Dr. Eric Garcia
Email: eric.garcia@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-6809
Office: University Library 226
20597 Wednesday 11:00am to 11:50am Online/UL251 Dr. Ahmed Alwan
Email: ahmed.alwan@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-6966
Office: University Library 326
20615 Wednesday 1:00pm to 1:50pm Online/UL251 Dr. Ahmed Alwan
Email: ahmed.alwan@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-6966
Office: University Library 326

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