School of Information Management & Systems.
Previously School of Library & Information Studies
Organization of Information in Collections.
CCN# 42727. Mon & Wed 9-10:30. 202 South Hall.
203A South Hall. Office hours: Mondays 11-Noon & by appt.
(510) 642 3159.
245 Organization of Information in Collections. (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 202 or consent of
and practices for description and organization of bibliographic,
textual, and nontextual
collections. Design, selection, maintenance and evaluation of cataloging,
classification, indexing and thesaurus systems for particular settings.
control. Codes, formats and standards for data representation and transfer.
Why take this course?
Learn by doing!
1. Me and 245.
2. Library catalog.
3. Describe Four Books.
4. Abstracting and Indexing.
5. Subject Access in Pathfinder Catalog.
6. Examine Thesauri.
7. Make a Small Thesaurus.
8. Organize access to an unusual collection
unique online database, and write a users' guide.
Aspects of Naming.
Preferred Forms of Names.
The Dublin Core.
Entry Vocabulary Indexes.
Other assignments relating to: Metadata standards.
critique of organization and access for an area
of interest to you.
tests (Past tests:
database of a personal collection, and Critique,
adjusted for attendance, participation, assignments & exercises. No final.
Handouts are listed in the
Arlene Taylor. The Organization of Information. 2nd edition.
Libraries Unlimited [www.lu.com; 1-800-225-5800], 2003. Paperback
Extended course description:
Standards and practices for organization and
description of bibliographic, textual, and non-textual
collections. Design, selection, maintenance and
evaluation of cataloging, classification, indexing and
thesaurus systems for specific settings. Codes,
formats and standards for representation and transfer of
A continuation and expansion of the introductory core
202 Organization of Information
with emphasis on architectures for
organizing and providing access to textual and
non-textual materials in digital and physical
collections. 245 is designed to complement 240
Principles of Information Retrieval
and 290 Classification and Bibliographical Representation.
245 is a design-oriented course using assignments to
provide theoretical foundations and practical experience
for current practices and
emerging techniques for effective organization of
information content for access and selection.
implementation and evaluation.
Designed for SIMS Masters students
expecting to manage websites, databases, and both digital and physical
information resources. Includes
application of standard cataloging rules and indexing
methods. Scope includes:
1.Systems for organization of paper-based and
digital bibliographic and textual collections of
a. Use and evaluation of classification systems
including those employed in the organization of
bibliographic collections; organization of
abstracting and indexing services.
b. Use and evaluation of standardized codes and
formats for the organization and cataloging of
textual and bibliographic collections.
2. Systems for organization of non-textual
collections of information (objects, images,
ound, numerical and digital formats).
Use and evaluation of systems.
Use and evaluation of standards.
3.Design and evaluation of collections
management systems, including criteria for
Expectations of students:
Attendance, participation, careful writing, timeliness.