LIBR 502 (3)


[No longer offered as of September 2015]

MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: LIBR 500, LIBR 501
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOALS: 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.


Upon completion of this course students will:

  • understand the basic nature and characteristics of documents
  • be able to identify core issues in the selection, arrangement, and formation of metadata elements in surrogates
  • be able to describe the basic purposes and processes of authority control
  • be able to analyze subjects on a conceptual level
  • be able to recognize and describe different types of classification schemes and controlled vocabularies
  • articulate the purposes of bibliographic control and resource discovery
  • demonstrate an understanding of the general role of resource description and access in the information transfer process, and its particular role in information systems design and operation


  • representation, organization, and control of information
  • bibliographic control
  • documents and works in information systems
  • catalogues and their objectives and functions
  • resource description
  • resource access
  • authority control
  • encoding descriptions
  • interpreting documents for their significant characteristics
  • vocabulary control for information systems
  • subject languages
  • classificatory structures
  • metadata for resource discovery
  • application profiles
  • semantic web