Course Title: Issues in Information Resources: Electronic Books 012
This class is offered in two sections: one online and one face-to-face. THIS IS THE FULL SYLLABUS FOR BOTH ONLINE AND FACE-TO-FACE SECTIONS. Be sure you register in the section you want.
The ONLINE SECTION is 588-012.
THE FACE-TO-FACE SECTION is 588-002.
The two differences in the two sections are the way you attend lectures and the way discussion is conducted.
Students in the UA Campus-based section, 588-002, will attend lectures on Wednesday, from 3:30-6, in a UA classroom to be announced. They are expected to contribute actively (at least 5 or more substantive contributions each week)'
Online students may either attend the Monday sessions VIRTUALLY, through Elluminate, or view the recorded Elluminate lecture sometime during the week at their convenience. However they view the lecture, they must also answer five of the student questions each week in the D2L forum. They must also read ALL the replys to the questions, so that they experience the material they would if they were in a classroom.
PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolling in the campus-based session MUST attend classes on Wednesday, from 3:30-6 Regular attendance is necessary to pass the class. You cannot substitute viewing the lecture for attending face-to-face.
ABOUT 588, Both sections
Library Journal calls ebooks "the new normal." While they are correct in that e-books are overtaking print books in sales and are now becoming accepted at a fast pace by consumers, in fact there is nothing "normal" about the e-book publishing environment that is emerging. By that I mean that ebooks are stimulating changes in the publishing industry that go beyond format. We are in the middle of nothing less than a remaking of the way that our society authors, publishes, prices, distributes and gains access to books. And the books themselves are changing as authors and publishers experiment with what it means to "enhance" an ebook.
In this class, we will explore the ebook publishing world and its implication for libraries.
Who Should Take this Class?
In my humble opinion, [:-) this class is essential for anyone who plans to work with books, work with people who read books, or anyone who wants to read books, now and in the future. And it is especially important for librarians to understand the changes that are taking place so that they can influence them, Now, I will get down off my soap box.
I welcome all students who would like to join me in exploring the exciting and chaotic world of ebooks.