Organization of Information

UNC School of Information and Library Science, INLS 520, Spring 2016

Who’s Teaching It

Ryan Shaw

When & Where It Is

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:45 PM

Manning 307

What It Is

The course catalog describes this course as follows:

Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemas, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.”

To organize information is to describe, arrange, group and relate things, with the aim of helping people find, select and better understand those things. Organizers of information have developed various tools to achieve this: the structures, schemas, and languages referenced in the description above. The specific tools vary with the domain of application and technological change, but the basic principles underlying these tools remain the same. These principles are the focus of this course. While we will cover some specific implementations and technologies in order to illustrate these principals, the emphasis will be on conceptual understanding rather than mastery of specific tools.

There is one required textbook for this class: The Discipline of Organizing, edited by Robert J. Glushko, 3rd ed. O‚ÄôReilly, 2015. You can use either the Professional Edition or the Core Concepts Edition, but in either case it should be the 2015 3rd edition.

Is That All?

Nope! You should probably check out the guidelines.