IS 200 Information in Society

Preparation for the Discussion Groups in Week Six, Nov 6


  • Think about how the information world was different when you were younger (from technologies pre-cellphone to libraries without online catalogs to small community bookstores).  Try to think about how information institutions and professions might be much different 15 years in the future.
  • What concepts, ideas, traditions, socio-political stands are widespread within the information professions?  Which of these are important enough to carry through massive institutional and technological changes?    Are these the core of what it means to be an information professional?

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    Extra question only if you have time:

  • What does it mean to be a professional?  What role should professional organizations play in maintaining the core of a profession?

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