iSchool Institute Summer Courses


University of Toronto’s iSchool Institute‚Äôs Fall 2011 schedule is now available:

Project Management for Information Managers Wed. 6 Jul 2011 – Fri. 8 Jul 2011 in Ottawa — Only 2 spots left!

3 days (18 hours) – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Instructor: Jane Neath

Fee: $625.00

Cert: IM or stand-alone

In the changing world of the information professional, the ability to effectively and efficiently manage projects is an essential skill. Project Management software can help, but knowledge of the fundamentals of the planning, estimating, monitoring and reporting tools, what they are and how to apply them, is essential.

In team-based project-oriented environments, more critical than knowing how to use tools, is knowing how to lead project teams over whom the project manager has no formal authority or control. Knowing one’s own management style, how to read others’ and adapt one’s behaviour to the needs of others in different stages of team development are valued yet often underdeveloped competencies for today’s information and technology professionals.

In this 3-day workshop, team leaders and managers apply proven project management techniques to an actual project. You leave the workshop with a project plan and pragmatic information that will be immediately, readily and easily applicable to your job.

“Jane is very knowledgeable which made her use of examples more relevant. Excellent job!”

“Gave me good ideas of adding IM requirements to new projects.”


July courses in TORONTO

Setting the Management Framework for Information Management

Fri. 22 Jul 2011 – Sat. 23

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The Doubling Digital Universe: Info Profession’s Time to Blossom


If you look on the left side of this post, you’ll see a little a counter incrementing at a rapid rate. IDC is highlighting its latest 2011 Digital Universe Study with the World Information Growth Ticker. Look at those numbers whirling by! That’s a live look at how information doubles every 2 years. Doubles.

And yet the investment in structures, staffing & security isn’t keeping pace. IDC has been studying digital information for years; you can either read the paper or view the videos on the site — pick one & do it. We are in the information profession, and we need to be aware of these considerations for the information sector. Librarians in the public and academic sector take note: this isn’t just about “organizational information” — often seen as the domain of records managers, knowledge managers, CIO’s, IT and information managers. This is about information – and as the lines blur between information containers, publishers, creators, curators, “published” content, “unpublished” content – you name it — the roles, responsibilities and considerations of all those in the information profession also blur – or blossom, depending on your perspective. For Jane & I? It’s a time for the profession to blossom.

Here’s an excerpt from the study’s Call to Action:

“Since 2007, IDC’s Digital Universe Study has highlighted the mismatch between the rapid growth of the digital universe and the very slow growth of staff and investment to manage it. This year, the study highlights an additional issue that

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iSchool Institute: Fall Course Lineup


iSchool Institute: Web & Classroom Courses — new Certificate on Intelligence Analysis; new courses on Human Factors, Wirearchy, etc.

The iSchool Institute at the Faculty is Information (was Professional Learning Centre) is ready for another busy semester ahead. We are now on Twitter – follow us @ischoolinst.We also have a Facebook page – join us there. Watch and listen to our instructors on YouTube or on our new website:

Our fall 2010 courses are now available and registration is open. The following listing includes iSchool Institute courses offered in Toronto in September. For our full offering, online courses and face-to-face courses offered in Ottawa visit our website:

We are pleased to announce that in the fall we will be offering 9 new courses: one new online course (Rebecca Jones will be teaching a 6-weeks online course Engaging Adult Learners: Strategies for Information Professionals and 8 new face-to-face courses in Toronto – we will circulate a separate listing of all new courses.

In April 2010 the iSchool Institute started its monthly series of free public lectures and specialized workshops with the same invited speaker. We have a full fall schedule available on our website (check our events calendar). The series starts on September 22.

September 2010 courses – Toronto

Information Management Fundamentals

Fri. 10 Sep 2010 OR Fri. 24 Sep 2010 1 Day (6 hours) – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Instructor: Deirdre Grimes Fee: $250.00 Cert: IM or stand-alone

Information Management (IM) is the discipline of

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