INFO 531

Aotearoa New Zealand: Information Resources, Tools, Issues

An in-depth examination of the structures, institutions, resources, and tools for New Zealand studies within an historical and contemporary framework of research, access, and preservation in the cultural heritage sector and digital humanities.

Taught by the School of Information Management, part of the Faculty of Commerce

This course is not offered in 2015.

15 points

Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
Restrictions
None

Course description

An in-depth examination of the structures, institutions, resources, and tools for New Zealand studies within an historical and contemporary framework of research, access, and preservation in the cultural heritage sector and digital humanities.

Learning objectives

At the end of the INFO 531 course, students should be:

1 Give an overview of the development, structure, and use of tools for access, control, and preservation of resources across a range of topics in Aotearoa New Zealand studies.

2 Analyse the distinctive patterns of Aotearoa New Zealand resources in GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) institutions and the challenges and opportunities these pose for information professionals and the research community alike.

3 Identify and critically evaluate significant issues in the Aotearoa New Zealand studies research and information landscape.

4 Conceptualise, plan, and construct a digital resource on a topic in Aotearoa New Zealand studies relevant to a specific user community.

Prescribed texts and recommended reading

G. A. Wood, Studying New Zealand: A Guide to Sources. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 1999.

Penny Griffith, Ross Harvey & Keith Maslen, Book & Print in New Zealand. A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa, Wellington. Victoria University Press, 1997.

This work is now out-of-print, although copies are available on 3-day loan from the University Library. The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre has created an electronic, searchable version, which is now available in Web and e-book formats. The Web version is at

http://www.nzetc.org/etexts/GriBook

Recommended reading

In addition to the prescribed texts, you should read Ringer, J. B. (1991). Undertaking further research. In An introduction to New Zealand Government. Christchurch: Hazard Press.