This course explores professional, user-centered strategies for seeking, finding, retrieving, managing, evaluating, and sharing information across an array of traditional and emerging digital platforms, as well as the evolving role of the information professional.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss search in an informed manner, using critical terminology and concepts derived from popular, professional and scholarly literature.
- Demonstrate expertise in use of the search features, structure and syntax used by major online proprietary databases.
- Engage and communicate effectively with users/clients/students to determine and meet their information needs in both face-to-face and digital settings.
- Describe and respond to key concepts in judging search effectiveness and evaluating the credibility, validity and usefulness of content.
- Differentiate among, and assess the value of, emerging genre of search engines and portals, social media and curation platforms in the process of developing a rich and diverse professional search toolkit
- Create and curate guidance and instruction in a variety of forms, including: Web-based search guides and current awareness strategies for targeted clients, organizations or groups of users.
- Demonstrate tactics for keeping up with search tools, data, resources, and strategies in a shifting search environment
- Demonstrate the evolving value and the services of an information professional in the information abundant, DIY search ecosystem.