Teach one section of IST616 – Information Resources: Organization and Access – July 7 – September 27, 2017 online.
Overview This course is one of the five core courses in the MLS program. It is an introductory survey of principles, techniques, and standards used information systems to represent and organize information, especially those implemented in libraries and information centers. Goals of the course are twofold: (1) for those students that will not pursue a concentration in this area, to provide an overview of the topics, and (2) for those students who will concentrate in systems and technical services, to serve as a foundation course. The course covers the fundamental concepts of theory and practice in information organization, storage and retrieval, including an introduction to existing systems and standards. Each topic is covered at the introductory level with the expectation that students who wish to pursue any of the areas will take further coursework.
Course Objective Upon successfully completing this course students will have an introductory understanding of:
the nature of information-based problems and how information systems address these problems
the concepts, principles, standards, and technologies of information organization
the human aspects of information organization
how organized information affects information search/retrieval
trends in information organization
Students will have practical experience learning:
basic description of information resources
standards for bibliographic/metadata data encoding
knowledge organization structures (LCSH, LCC, and Dewey)
Use of knowledge structures in indexing and classifying information
the characteristics of presently available systems
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