LIS 535 - Advanced Topics in the Organization of Knowledge
An examination of the principles and practice of indexing, abstracting, thesaurus construction, metadata, or other topics relevant to the organization of knowledge.
Objectives and Contents:
- To examine and apply the principles of indexing, abstracting and subject analysis.
- To examine and apply the principles of thesaurus construction and use.
- To examine thesaurus applications in new indexing environments such as subject gateways, portals and digital libraries
- To examine the role of metadata in organizing knowledge
This course explores the theory and practice of three core areas of information work: indexing & abstracting; thesaurus construction; and, the application of thesauri on the Web. The focus for all three areas is the application of principles for effective information retrieval.
A combination of lectures, small group discussions, in-class and computer-based exercises, and computer demonstrations will be used throughout this course. Where possible, guest lectures and/or special presentations will also be included.
LIS 501 and 502 are prerequisites for this course.
Cleveland, Donald B., and Ana D. Cleveland. 2001. Introduction to indexing and abstracting. 3rd ed. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.Optional Text:
Aitchison, Jean, Alan Gilchrist, and David Bawden. 2000. Thesaurus construction and use: A practical manual. 4th ed. London: ASLIB/IMI.