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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LIS 502 - Organization of Knowledge and Information

LIS 502 - Organization of Knowledge and Information

Course Outline  --   Course Outline
Calendar Description:
An introduction to the organization of knowledge and information focusing on theory and principles for application in a variety of settings. Required course
Objectives and Contents:
  • To provide students with an understanding of concepts of knowledge, information and its transmission.
  • To provide students with an understanding of analytical principles for the organization of the intellectual content of information records.
  • To acquaint students with methods of creating and providing access to records.
This course surveys theory, principles and applications of organization of information. The structure of the course begins with theoretical background of knowledge, information and communication. The course covers principles of organizing information as established in the literature of information storage and retrieval and examines specific applications of these principles in the field of LIS and closely related areas. Theory and practice are addressed together. Management and automation issues are integrated into each topic as appropriate. Attention to different library and information contexts is stressed. The course is an introductory course for understanding principles and surveying applications, NOT a skills acquisition course.
Instruction will combine lecture, discussion and application in class. Students will prepare for and follow up on ideas presented in class through readings and exercises.
Course relationships: 
Pre- or co-requisite: LIS 501. This course is a pre-requisite for LIS 517, LIS 526, LIS 531, LIS 532, LIS 534, LIS 535.
Required Texts:
Taylor, Arlene G. and Daniel N. Joudrev. (2009) The Organization of Information. Third Edition. Libraries Unlimited. Additional readings will be provided as well.

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