Introduction to Knowledge Organization: Spring 2017


J. Fernando Peña


Long Island University


Spring 2017


This course serves as an introduction to the principles of knowledge organization in a library and information center setting. It emphasizes understanding the function of catalogs of all kinds, indexes, bibliographies and Web browsers, and acquiring the ability to use and interpret these tools effectively. Students will be introduced to bibliographic utilities, online catalogs and indexes, the World Wide Web as a knowledge organization tool, the principles of metadata, and various current standards for organizing knowledge and information, including Dublin Core, MARC formats, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2), Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings, Sears List of Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, and Library of Congress Classification.

Required Textbook:

Miller, Steven J. 2011. Metadata for Digital Collections: A How-To-Do-Manual.

Taylor, Arlene G., and Daniel N. Joudrey. 2009. The Organization of Information. 3rd ed.

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