Week 1: Introduction & Overview

  • Introductions and overview of the course/class format, logistics, expectations, collaboration and participation, projects and team experience
  • Envisioning the library of the future by applying existing knowledge to generate new ideas, develop products and services, and improve processes and workflows.
  • Perspective: "Creativeness is the ability to see relationships where none exist." Thomas Disch
  • Landscapes (similarities and differences): Public, school media, academic, special, government, archives & special collections.
  • Defining/Re-defining what libraries are and the role of librarians/information professionals.
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Exercises and Assignments

Hands-on Learning and Discussion in Class

  • In class: Explore Google Apps services and resources available to CUA.edu students and the main CUA 757 site and student area on sites.cybersailors.org.
  • Throughout the semester: Definitions and terminologies, developing our "lingos" list.

Independent Learning

Readings and Resources


  • Engard, Nicole C., Editor (2009). Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data. Information Today, Inc.: New Jersey. Read the introductory and chapters:
    • Introductory Information including Acknowledgments ix; About the Website xi; Foreword by Jenny Levine xiii; and Introduction by Nicole C. Engard xv
    • Chapter 1: What Is a Mashup? by Darlene Fichter
    • Chapter 2: Behind the Scenes: Some Technical Details on Mashups by Bonaria Biancu
    • Chapter 3: Making Your Data Available to Be Mashuped Up by Ross Singer
    • Chapter 4: Mashing Up with Librarian Knowledge by Thomas Brevik