New MLS Specialization: Community Analytics & Policy

New MLS Specialization: Community Analytics & Policy

In Fall 2015, the iSchool will launch a new specialization within the MLS program: Community Analytics & Policy (CAP) that focuses on the intersection of analytics, policy, and data. More specifically, this new specialization will focus on the nature of open data and information; the ability of the public to be informed about local issues through open government and data; the ways in which information professionals can serve as key community-based intermediaries between governments, the public, and local issues; the curation and management of digital assets, particularly datasets; the ability to create and foster data-driven communities of practice; and the role of the political process and information policy in shaping the development of community data.

Libraries and information organizations play an important role at the intersections of government, civic organizations, neighborhoods, and the public – thus making them critical elements of community information and data ecosystems. This specialization focuses the skills, tools, and processes that librarians and information professionals need to serve as community-based data stewards, hackers, navigators, and facilitators to promote civic engagement at the community level.

More information about the CAP specialization is available at ter.ps/cap, or contact Specialization Director John Bertot (jbertot@umd.edu).