WISE Fall 2021


No longer accepting applications. See current offerings here.


  • June 30: Courses posted
  • June 30 – July 7: Students may apply to be WISE participants for Fall 2021 by filling out the WISE course request form 
  • July 7: Form closes (end of day)
  • July 9: Students notified
WISE classes approved for iSchool students for Fall 2021
Course Information Description
Business Information Sources & Services (3 credits)

Course runs Sept. 1 – Dec. 19, 2021. Course is asynchronous.

Host University: Simmons
Instructor: Schuller, Linda
A survey of print and electronic information sources as well as coverage of basic business concepts is provided. It will include sources basic to business, finance, trade, company and industry reference and be both national and international in scope. The objective will be to familiarize students with source material, including government sources and statistics, industry and trade literature, used for business research. Attention will also be paid to the information needs of business people and researchers as well as the issues and concerns associated with business information gathering and research.
Information Policy (4 credits)

Course runs Aug. 23 – Dec. 8, 2021. Course meets online on Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 12:55 PM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM – 2:55 PM Central Time

Host University: University of Illinois
Instructor: Kritikos, Katie
This seminar introduces information policy for information professionals through the analysis of concepts and issues in four main areas: ensuring access to information; ensuring diversity of information; preventing harmful information; and controlling access to information. Topics can include privacy, scholarly communication, trigger warnings, social media, Library 2.0, the right to be forgotten, and more. The course covers information policy in U.S. and global contexts; the policy process and stakeholders; how individual policies influence information creation and access; and how librarians and other information professionals participate in policy development. Deliverables: Class Participation (10%); Hot Topic Presentation (20%); Weekly Reflection Posts (30%); Policy Analysis Paper (40%).
Indigenous Information Perspectives (3 credits)

Course runs Nov. 8, 2021 – Feb. 20, 2022. Students will register for the course in the Fall but credit will not be awarded until the course ends in Feb. Course is asynchronous.

Host University: Victoria University of Wellington
Instructor: Lilley, Spencer
The aim of this course is to critically examine the changing role of information in Indigenous societies and how traditional knowledge has been transformed through the impact of new technologies. Students will develop an appreciation for the range of Indigenous perspectives on information-related topics in GLAMR institutions including: intellectual property; data sovereignty; repatriation; knowledge; knowledge organisation and access; research methodologies and digitisation of cultural heritage, which will be analysed using an Indigenous lens.


See general information about taking WISE classes. For further questions, contact Alison Johnson.