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Course Description

Introduction to theories, tools, and standards for information organization and access, including cataloging rules and formats, content analysis, indexing, classification, and fundamentals of information retrieval systems.



Professor of Record

Rachel Ivy Clarke


This is a required course for MSLIS and MSLIS-SM students.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of information-based problems and how information systems address these problems.
  2. Understand the concepts, principles, standards and technologies of information organization.
  3. Understand the human aspects of information organization.
  4. Understand how organized information affects information search/retrieval.
  5. Understand trends in information organization.
  6. Practice basic description of information resources.
  7. Practice standards for bibliographic/metadata data encoding
  8. Practice knowledge organization structures (LCSH, LCC, and Dewey)
  9. Practice use of knowledge structures in indexing and classifying information.
  10. Practice the characteristics of presently available systems.
  11. Practice how different systems components work together.

Course Syllabus

IST 616 Fall 2020 Syllabus

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