School of Information Management & Systems. Spring 2001.
Previously School of Library & Information Studies
296a-4 Documents in Society.
2 credit. CCN# 42757. Tues 2-3:30 p.m.
107 South Hall.
Niels Windfeld Lund, Temporarily South Hall 203A.
Office hours: Fridays 1-2 and by appt.
203A South Hall. (510) 642 3159.
Office hours: Mondays 11 - Noon and by appt.
The seminar will take a critical view on the role
documents (letters, books, photography, film, digital
files, etc.) play in society: differing roles, differing
contexts, differing technology. A historically-informed,
analytical, and comparative examination of theories
and practices relating to the roles of documents in
human life. The seminar will be in three sections:
1. Concepts in legal, educational, science, mass
media, and bibliographical traditions;
2. Models for the analysis and representation of
the production, organization, and use of
3. Empirical types of documents defined by topic
(e.g. agriculture, fashion, history), medium
(computer, book, film) or genre (e.g. novels,
Why take this course?
Schedule will list assignments and handouts.
1. Me, Documents, and Society.
Background: Prof Niels Windfeld Lund is Professor at the
Institute for Documentation Studies at the University of Tromsoe
in Norway and has been researching the ways in which documents (very broadly
defined) are produced, organized and used in society.
He will be on research leave at SIMS during the
the Spring semester. The seminar is a vehicle for him to share and
develop his ideas, which will be presented in a forthcoming book entitled
Document: An Introduction to Documentation Science.