LIS-S 525 Government Information
- Prerequisite(s): LIS-S 500, LIS-S 507
- Delivery: Online
- Semesters offered: Summer (Check the schedule to confirm.)
Survey of government information dissemination in all formats and at all levels of government. Consideration of government information policy. Primary emphasis given to U.S. government information but with some consideration given to state and local publications in the United States, and those of international organizations. You and your patrons are sifting through the materials needed to write a paper, create a report, or publish an article. Do you automatically consider a Government Information source? Maybe not. But you should! The Government Publishing Office is the largest publisher in the world, and produces data and information on every topic imaginable. In this course, you review the standard sources for historical Government Information, familiarize ourselves with the current resources (many of them online), and leave time for unique and interesting government documents that may surprise you with their quirkiness.
Program Learning Goals Supported
Instructors map their courses to specific LIS Program Goals. Mapped program goals drive the design of each course and what students can expect to generally learn.
- Connect Core Values and Professional Ethics to Practice
- Facilitate Engagement in the Information Ecosystem
Instructors develop learning outcomes for their courses. Students can expect to be able to achieve the learning outcomes for a given course after successfully completing the course.
- Analyze and address government information requests.
- Identify the types of questions that government information sources can address.
- Apply specialized government information research techniques including census research, government statistical research, and legislative history.
- Locate and use U.S. federal government information sources from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches.
- Apply best practices in the discovery of government information sources.
- Evaluate and compare competing government information products and services.
- Apply statistical datasets and geographic information systems to solve problems.
- Compare the approaches of international government agencies related to information sources and access.
- Cite government publications correctly.
Policies and Procedures
Please be aware of the following linked policies and procedures. Note that in individual courses instructors will have stipulations specific to their course.