Welcome! This site was created as an educational project to fulfill the course requirements of LIS 600: Capping Exercise, the final course taken toward the MLIS degree requirements at the School of Library and Information Studies, at the University of Alberta. The site and its content reflects some of my efforts as a student in the program.

The purpose of the project is to have the student to explore and reflect on what they have learned during the course of the program, and to practice some of their technical skills, particularly web-publishing. This web version was generated in March of 2009, during the final term of my MLIS program. The capping exercise also includes a brief reflective paper, presented to student's supervisor. That portion of the project is not included here.

The following essay was originally created in the Fall of 2007 as a major assignment for the course LIS 501: Foundations of Library and Information Studies. This assignment encouraged the student to explore various themes and issues of interest to contemporary LIS professionals. My chosen topic focussed on the connections between intellectual freedom and social responsibility, and was generated based in my limited experience at the time of writing. Since that time, the work itself has undergone revisions and permutations, as has my understanding of the material, topics, and themes discussed. So goes the learning process, ever-growing.

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As the author, I license this work with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Canada license. Final copyright is held by the author.

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Richard Hayman completed his MLIS degree in 2009 (University of Alberta). He also holds an MA in comparative literature (Universtiy of Alberta) and an Combined Honours BA in comparative literature and philosophy (McMaster). His current research interests include the connections between human rights and information and communication tools for information access and management, the open source and open access movements, digital environments and the Internet, and LIS ethics and values.