Module 2 Discussion Question
There are different types of information institution such as libraries, archives, museums, information centers, government document centers, patient record management services, etc. Discuss your last experience dealing with an information institutions and the value of services rendered to you by that institution.
- Students must provide their answers (minimum of 300 words) in the “Message” box of the discussion thread (Note: attachments will not be accepted). The discussion posts must be thoughtful, reflective, and supported by assigned readings.
- Initial post should cite minimum THREE (3) articles from the reading list of a module or self-selected journals. Also, students are expected to reply to at least one response made by other students in class in 100-150 words. (Note: No citations to readings are required for responses).
Module 2 Learning Objectives & Overview
By the end of module 2, students will be able to answer the following questions:
- What is a library?
- What is the role and mission of a library?
- What is the value of a library?
- What is the function of a library? What are the professional services and activities of a library?
- What does Library as a place means?
- What different types of libraries exist?
- Important institutions you need to know
Information institutions such as libraries, archives, information centers, museums, documentation centers, and government depositories are critical to the advances of knowledge and the preservation of civilization. By the end of this module students will understand the important role of an information institution, the value of the information institution, understand the function and activities taken by such organizations, and the type of professional services provided.
People working in such institutions have different job titles including librarians, archivists, digital archivists, chief information officers, record analysts, content coordinators, curators, Web designers and developers, document management specialists, project managers, research specialists, senior information specialists, knowledge managers, competitive intelligence specialists, outreach and programming specialists, data analysts, data science experts, health informatics specialists, and so on.
As the field of information continued to expand, the number of institutions dealing with information as their main business will increase. This is largely due to the increased value and importance of information and knowledge. Data, information, and knowledge are considered key competitive factors in today’s knowledge-based economy. We can see that from the increased emphasis on data and the importance of data and information in shaping the decision-making process. Emerging areas such as data science, data analytics, and knowledge management are good examples of the expansion of the information field. Information institutions are organizations where the main business is dealing with the collection, processing, and management of information. Many technology companies see themselves as information institutions. Publishers increasingly see themselves as content management institutions more than printing houses.
The use of social media information in recent years influenced public opinion, gave voice to millions of people around the world, united families created job opportunities, etc. It has given rise to the importance of information in society. Many questions are now being raised about the future of the Internet. Who will control the narrative? What is the role of libraries, archives, and information centers in making sure that access to information as a basic human right is respected?