Summer 2014 Topics Course Descriptions

Summer 2014 Topics Course Descriptions





Term/Year Offered

Topics: Women's Art Institute

ART 4993
CRN 40401
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Olson/Erickson Summer 2014

A resurgence of activity and discussion around the issue of women and art has galvanized artists to ask some new questions. This innovative and rigorous course focuses on issues and art that arise through the combination of open studio work, intense individual tutoring, inspiring conversation and critiques, and presentations from guest artists, critics and art historians. This intensive four-week studio program is designed for individuals who have mastered basic skills and now wish to pursue deeper levels of understanding and expression in their work. Disciplines explored include painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, digital art, installation and performance.

Students will be assigned a preliminary assignment and are expected to produce a major portfolio of work by the end of the course for class critique.

Enrollment by application only.

Topics: Advanced Database Management

LIS 7963
CRN 40623
Mon-Thur 6pm-9pm McKoskey Summer 2014

This course is an introduction to the design and implementation of Internet-accessible databases. We will explore different web site and database designs for client-server interaction. PHP, JavaScript, and MySQL will be used for labs, assignments, and project work.

Prerequisite: LIS 7510 or equivalent experience required, LIS 7530 preferred.

Topics: Content Creation

LIS 7963
CRN 40640
Mon-Wed 6pm-9pm Molaro Summer 2014

This course is intended as an introduction to DIY culture and the maker movement. It focuses on developing creativity and learning through play and tinkering.  This is a hands-on course in experiential learning. Students will explore both physical and digital content creation including: music production, video production, 3D printing, computing, laser and vinyl cutting, and other tools.  Emphasis will be placed on the implications of the maker movement in libraries and the library’s role in STEM education.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: LIS 7010, 7040.

Topics: Whole Person Librarianship

LIS 7963
CRN 40641
Sat 12pm-5pm Zettervall/Nienow Summer 2014
“I may not be a social worker, but I know how to find one for you.” Would you feel confident saying this to a library patron? Do you wonder what social workers do and why you should know? Social workers and contemporary American librarians share a common grounding in the great populist movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and our work continues to overlap today in outreach to diverse and at-risk populations. Whole Person Librarianship builds on the social worker’s call to serve the “whole person” by seeing patrons as experts on their own experiences within the full context of their lives. In this class, you will begin to learn what social work can teach librarians about embedding social justice in our professional ethics, and you will have the opportunity to offer practical assistance to connect Minnesota libraries with social work resources. No prerequisites.

Topics: Leading Virtual Teams

ORLD 6993
CRN 40636


Thur 6pm-9pm

Fri 6pm-8:30pm

​Sat 9am-4pm

Bailey/Lamb Summer 2014

This advanced course focuses on successful development and leadership of virtual teams and will have a global/multi-cultural component. The course includes three in-person sessions; all other sessions will be virtual. As ORLD 6993 Leading Virtual Teams builds on existing team content, successful completion of ORLD 6750
Leading Teams and Projects is recommended but not required. Learning outcomes include:

• Identifying the keys to effective virtual teams

• Acquiring cultural acumen to maximize global team effectiveness

• Applying virtual team tips, tools and best practices to resolve participants’ real-world virtual team challenges.

Other outcomes include increased intercultural communication skills and skill development with multiple virtual tools.

Prerequisite: ORLD 6750 (Recommended but not required)