INF 384C - Organizing and Providing Access to Information

Spring 2002
Unique ID: 45050
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Travis, Irene
Room: SZB 468
Days:  Wed
Time: W 9:00-12:00 noon

Introduction to general principles and features of organizing and providing access to information, including varieties and numbers of information-bearing objects, different traditions of practice, user concerns, metadata and metadata formats, document representation and description, subject access, and information system features and evaluation.

The main purpose of the course is to provide a foundation for understanding the basic issues involved in providing access control for “Information Entities: (IEs) such that

· Students will understand the major likenesses and differences among such different traditions of practice in IE control and access as library cataloging, indexing and abstracting, archival enterprise, records management, museum management, bibliography, and to a lesser extent, web information activity and IE database construction;
· Students will have a theoretical basis upon which to expand their knowledge and expertise in the specific provisions and practices of one or more of those same traditions.

The course will attempt wherever possible to follow a “learning by exploration” mode, focusing on student discovery of issues, ideas, and practices. The primary means will be exercises designed to encourage students to identify essential issues and assess the questions and potential answers that such identified issues yield. Class attendance and participation will therefore be important.

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