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Welcome to the School of Library and Information Studies!

New Course: Data Stewardship

In Fall 2018, SLIS is offering a special topics course in Data Stewardship. The course will be online and is for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Data is being produced at an unprecedented rate, in fact data exists in many forms and within many contexts; it is being used to shape and re-shape the world. Whether it is produced by people using a social media site, customers of a bank through online transactions, a company tracking customer purchases, a library capturing the circulation records of users, or by academic faculty engaged in research, information professionals play a vital role as ethical data stewards by organizing, curating, preserving, storing, proving access to, and repurposing data for varying purposes.

In the Data Stewardship class students will:

 be introduced to the many forms of data and how it is produced in our everyday activities

 learn the stages of the data life cycle (capturing, organizing, ingesting, cleaning, storing, retrieving, transforming and re-using) and software and skills associated with each stage,

 explore the complex issues of ethics surrounding data by engaging in conversations about the ethics of capturing, organizing, using, and re-using data.


OU SLIS at Upcoming Conferences

OU SLIS will have booths at the following conferences in Fall 2018. Please stop by and see us!

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries Annual Conference. Springfield, IL September 13-15, 2018

Oklahoma Museum Association Conference. Edmond, OK. September 19-21, 2018

The 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. Albuquerque, NM September 26-30 , 2018

International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM). Prior Lake, MN. October 8-11,  2018

SLIS does not have a booth at this year's Society of American Archivists' Annual Meeting, but we do have several graduate students attending and presenting!

SLIS Has A New Look!

SLIS has undergone the first stage of a three year project to renovate the look of the space. In this stage new carpeting was installed in the SLIS main office area (for the first time since Director Bob Swisher in the 1980s!), file cabinets and furniture were removed, and matching desks and bookcases replaced the old furniture.

The new layout showcases the Festival of Books for Young People, a collection started in 1980 by Professor Mildred Laughlin. The Festival of Books collection includes newly released children's and young adults literature. This is a non-circulating preview collection for Oklahoma students, librarians, teachers, and residents before the collection is passed along to the OU Libraries every year to add to their children's collection.

Also started by Dr. Laughlin is the bienniel Festival of Books Event by the Oklahoma Library Association. The next event will be on October 26, 2018 at the Stillwater Public Library.