Teaching

Human Information Interactions (INLS 500)

Students examine cognitive, affective, social, and organizational/institutional approaches to understanding interactions between people and information. Emphasis is placed on the role of information professionals and information systems as mediators.  Students are encouraged to analyze current events and situations, and to apply concepts, models and theories to their own information practice.

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Information Ethics (INLS 584)

The intention of this course is to introduce students to the variety of ethical issues they will need to address as information professionals. After a brief overview of moral theories and their application to ethical issues, as well as ethical codes of conduct for the information professions, the class will focus on particular issues that are most salient to information professionals, such as societal implications of information creation and use, information/data as intellectual property, privacy, access to information/censorship, access to information technology, effects of computerization on the work environment (job displacement, deskilling, ergonomic issues, electronic monitoring), effects of computer-mediated communication on understandings of identity and relationships, and effects of computerization on democracy and government.

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Local Contexts and Information Behavior (INLS 690-230)

This course is designed to help students develop a better understanding of information needs, seeking, and sharing in local and community settings. Students in this course will become familiar with ILS literature focusing on face-to-face interactions in a variety of community settings, as they plan a project designed to support or improve information seeking or sharing in a local, place-based community. Students will leave the course with tools for the following:

  • Identifying actors/stakeholders within a local community
  • Understanding how information needs/behaviors occur in local contexts
  • Exploring different practical and theoretical perspectives on information behaviors in local communities and contexts
  • Reasoning through implications for programming and services in the chosen local setting/organization/population

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Master’s Paper Proposal Development (INLS 781)

During this course, each student will develop a proposal for the work to be completed during the following semester, in the master’s paper/project (INLS 992). It is assumed that class members have taken the prerequisite course, INLS 581. This is a 1.5 credit course.

Research Methods (INLS 581)

An introduction to research methods used in information and library science, exploring the design, interpretation, analysis and application of published research.

Amelia Gibson is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research interests center on health information behavior, and local communities and places as information systems. She is particularly interested in the effects of place and community on the information worlds, information behavior, information needs, and information access of various populations. She earned her Ph.D. and MLIS from Florida State University, and her AB from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.