- Ms Jacqueline Patricia Urwin (College Librarian - Durham University)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Examination||50%|
|Semester Assessment||3,000 - 3,500 word essay||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
* consider the implications of the expanding `information society'
* give an account of the development of the main types of libraries/information services in the UK
* discuss libraries in a socio-economic and political context
* recognise the significance of information in an international context
- distinguish the related issues of intellectual freedom and freedom of information
- discuss the ethical, legal, and social factors affecting the flow of information
- discuss the nature of information flow between a government and its citizens
* identify areas of `information deprivation?
Constantly we are being told that ours is an `information age? and that we are living in an `information society?, but what exactly do these terms mean? How has society, at local, national, and international level, changed as a result of the advent of computers and the impact of information and communications technology (ICT)? The aim of this module is to discuss these issues and many others; issues which are relevant to us all, not just as members of the information profession, but also as private citizens.
This module is at CQFW Level 6