WISE Spring 2021


No longer accepting applications. See current offerings here.


  • Nov. 23: Courses posted
  • Nov. 23 – Dec. 3: Students may apply to be WISE participants for Spring 2021 by filling out the WISE course request form 
  • Dec. 3: Form closes
  • Dec. 4: Students notified
WISE classes approved for iSchool students for Spring 2021
Course Information Description
Information Analytics (3 credits)

Course runs Jan. 19 – May 5; synchronous meetings on Tuesday, 3 – 4:15 Pacific Time/6 – 7:15 pm Eastern Time

Host University: UNC Chapel Hill
Instructor: Rajasekar, Arcot
This course introduces analytical techniques to deal with very large data sets. Students will become familiar with predictive modeling, clustering, data mining, and paradigms such as Map Reduce.
Museum Collection Development (3 credits)

Course runs Jan. 29 – May 25

Host University: Queens College
Instructor: Stumm, Carey
This course will cover the essential elements of the management of musuem collections including collection policy, legal and ethical concerns, artifact handling, documentation, information management, preservation, exhibition and access. Museum collections that will be student include collections of art, history, natural history, science and moving image/multimedia. Course topics will be demonstrated through videos, discussions, case-studies, reading, and various activities. Assignments include researching various topics and discussing them in online forums, a research paper about preservation, a museum exhibit evaluation, creating an online collection record through E-Hive, and two exams. Field trip to a museum exhibit is required. Summer 2020 Syllabus
Music Librarianship and Bibliography (2 credits)

Course runs Jan. 25 – March 31; Synchronous class meetings on Thursdays from 2-4 pm Pacific Time

Host University: University of Illinois
Instructor: Johnson, Kristin
Music Librarianship is a unique field, requiring a firm grasp of principles of music and librarianship. This course will cover a number of aspects of music librarianship, including music collections, information literacy, and music technology. Students will explore the current literature on music librarianship and analyze the theoretical aspects of the field through discussions and written assignments. Students will also delve into the practice of music librarianship by meeting music librarians and completing a project for a music library. More
Special Topics-Motivation & Mindfulness in Info Context (3 credits)

Course runs Jan. 19 – May 10

Host University: Rutgers University
Instructor: Reynolds, Rebecca
This course offers a background in the science and psychology of motivation and mindfulness in a range of inquiry contexts, providing theoretical grounding in the psychology and neuroscience literatures, along with pragmatic evidence-based design principles for supporting focused inquiry practices among patrons, clients and co-workers in both online and in-person information-rich settings. Generalizable program evaluation methods will also be addressed through the final project assignment. More
Storytelling for Information Professionals (3 credits)

Course runs Feb. 8 – Apr. 30

Host University: Syracuse University
Instructor: Arnone, Marilyn
Storytelling from oral tradition to information age. Special application in education, library advocacy, business/enterprise, and community engagement. Experiences in various techniques including use of digital tools for story creation. The implications of technological advances such as virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality on the future of storytelling will also be addressed as well as the concept of transmedia storytelling. IST 646 will use a variety of methods to deliver instruction including but not limited to instructor lectures, case studies, videos, podcasts, discussions, guest interviews, and readings. More
Theological Librarianship (2 credits)

Course runs Jan. 25 – May 5; synchronous meetings on Wednesdays, 1-3 Pacific Time/3 – 5 pm Central Time

Host University: University of Illinois
Instructor: Berryhill, Carisse
Provides an overview of the contexts, materials, services, and issues characterizing theological librarianship. Students interact with a number of librarians currently working in the field.


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