LIBR 509 (3)

FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC CONTROL

[Cannot be taken by students who have already completed the MLIS Core]

COREQUISITE:

MLIS and Dual students: LIBR 508

PREREQUISITE:

MAS students: Completion of MAS Core

GOAL: Serves as an introduction to issues in organization of information and documents including: analysis of intellectual and physical characteristics of documents; principles and practice in surrogate creation, including standards and selection of metadata elements; theory of classification, including semantic relationships and facet analysis; creation of controlled vocabularies; and display and arrangement. Provides the student with the analytical tools to assess how information is organized in an information system.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic nature and characteristics of documents [1.2]*
  • Describe the basic purposes and processes of authority control [1.1]*
  • Explain core issues in the selection, arrangement, and formation of metadata elements in surrogates [1.2]*
  • Analyze and classify subjects on a conceptual level [1.2, 2.1, 3.1]*
  • Compare different types of classification schemes and controlled vocabularies [1.2, 2.1]*
  • Describe the purposes of bibliographic control and resource discovery [1.2, 2.1]*
  • Describe the general role of resource description and access in the information transfer process, and its particular role in information systems design and operation [1.1, 1.2]*

* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.

CONTENT:

  • Purpose and foundations of cataloguing
  • Description principles, practices and standards
  • Common tools used in cataloguing
  • Evaluation of catalogues and cataloguing work
  • Subject heading work and classification work in the library catalogue
  • MARC encoding of bibliographic descriptions