LIBR 517

DOCUMENT AND SUBJECT ANALYSIS

PREREQUISITES:
MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of the core, recommended prerequisite LIBR 511
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

GOALS: Representation and organization of documents, information, knowledge, and resources is a central aspect of librarianship and library and information science. Organizational structures such as thesauri, classification systems, taxonomy, bibliographies, and catalogs are prepared to give access not only to the documents themselves but also to their intellectual content – the information or knowledge that is derived from the documents. The recent explosion in the number of and variation of information services underline the need for effective methods for representation and access to the documents, information, knowledge, and resources based on their subject matter. This course is a survey of different approaches, techniques, and methods for representing the subject matter of documents.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course students will:

  • demonstrate their familiarity with the process of document and subject analysis
  • demonstrate their familiarity with the literature of document and subject analysis
  • formulate a strategy for examining documents and ascribing subject matter to them
  • demonstrate their familiarity with various methods and techniques of document interpretation
  • argue for a particular interpretation of a document
  • demonstrate their familiarity with various methods and techniques of document representation
  • be able to represent that document with in a controlled vocabulary
  • demonstrate their familiarity with evaluation techniques for interpretation and representation of documents

CONTENT:

  • Fieldwork on Subject Analysis
  • Users of Subject Systems
  • Models of Subject Analysis Work
  • Theories and Methods Interpreting Documents for Information Systems
  • Determining the Subject Matter of a Document
  • Representing Subject in a Controlled Vocabulary
  • Universal Systems of Classification
  • Special Systems of Classification
  • Work done by the Classification Research Group
  • Brian Deer Classification
  • Subject Analysis of Fiction
  • Subject Analysis of Images
  • Translation of Subject Analysis into Subject Headings and Classification
  • Evidence in Document Analysis and Subject Analysis
  • Concepts and categories
  • Determining Subject Access Points
  • Empirical Studies of Document and Subject Analysis
  • Theoretical Studies of Document and Subject Analysis
  • Information Behavior and Document and Subject Analysis
  • Evaluation of Document and Subject Analysis
  • Abstracting
  • Tools for Analysis – codes for classifiers, authority files, etc.