Knowledge Organization 

Covers basic concepts of knowledge/information organization and subject analysis.  The material includes basic principles and application of descriptive cataloging and classification, authority control and types and forms of catalogs.  Also covered are the use of MARC records and metadata, strategies for user-centered cataloging and classification, principles of abstracting and indexing and the rapidly changing knowledge organization systems.

LIS 653 is a 3-credit required course and does not have a prerequisite.

Course Objectives:

To introduce students to principles, standards, and techniques used to organize both printed and digital information resources in libraries and other information environments including:

  • Bibliographic control and cataloging standards (e.g., AACR2, RDA, ISBD, etc.)
  • Metadata standards and applications (e.g., Dublin Core)
  • Indexing and Classification systems (e.g., LCSH, Dewey, etc.)
  • Vocabulary Control tools
  • Emerging Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) (e.g., ontologies, Linked Open Data, etc.)
  • Social tagging and Library 2.0 applications

The objectives of the course will be achieved through a series of lectures and presentations, including guest speakers; required and optional readings; examination and comparisons of knowledge organization systems; in-class discussions; lab sessions; homework assignments and a final group project.


by Hugh McLeod

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