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This blog is for students enrolled in the Information Management course (MCS*2020) at the University of Guelph. If you’re not in the course, but still find this stuff interesting then “welcome aboard.” Feel free to poke around and stay awhile. Of course, the views represented on this site belong to their respective authors (mostly me!) and do not reflect the views of the U of G – isn’t academic freedom great?

THE COURSE

MCS2020 LogoMost Bachelor of Commerce programs in Canada include a required course in management information systems (MIS for you acronym-lovers). These courses tend to emphasize system thinking at a macro level, and focus on technological advances (IEEE 802.15 Bluetooth standards anyone?). While I don’t have a problem with this content per se, I do wonder how relevant this material is to your average undergraduate student. After all, most of the students I teach won’t end up working in the I.T. departments for major corporations. Besides, by the time they graduate the technology we’re talking about now will be eclipsed by the next best thing…

At Guelph, I decided to take a very literal approach to information management and focus on managing information itself (that’s what happens when you put a librarian in charge of the course). To be sure, we still talk about systems and technology but only to the extent that they can help make informed decisions. A system solution for a Fortune 500 company is vastly different than one for a local family-operated restaurant.

The Information Age is becoming increasingly complex (Don’t think so? Check this out) and textbook answers will no longer suffice. This class is about equipping students to negotiate their own information environment – wherever that happens to be. If we manage to have a little fun along the way then so be it.

THE PROF (M.J. D’Elia)

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I am an academic liaison librarian at the University of Guelph. In this role I deal with information every day. I buy it. I organize it. I filter it. I discard it. I evaluate it. I help other people find it. If information is power, then I am a very powerful man – okay, not really, but I do love my job.

In the summer of 2005 I was asked to teach the Information Management course in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Guelph. After some negotiation between the Library and the Marketing and Consumer Studies department (which may or may not have involved a couple of goats) I was given permission to revamp the course. My experience so far has been incredibly rewarding – each semester the students teach me something new too.

I don’t have an MBA or a PhD, but I’m not completely devoid of business knowledge. I worked as a sales representative for six years for a major soda beverage company (the blue one). More recently, I ran a small e-commerce t-shirt business selling custom designs to the library profession (yes, it’s as nerdy as it sounds).

I also have a MLIS degree from the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University (come to think of it, maybe that’s why I was asked to teach this course…). To learn more about me you’ll just have to keep reading this blog (or come to class!).

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