LIBR 518

CLASSIFICATION THEORY

PREREQUISITES:
MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of the MLIS core
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

GOALS: The recent explosion in the number of and variation of information services underline the need for effective methods for representing and organizing information in an effective way. In addition, the construction and use of practical and efficient systems for organization and representation of documents is dependent on a comprehensive understanding–not only of the technical side of such systems–but also of human perception, cognition, and language use. The course will give the basic theoretical and philosophical knowledge necessary to understand, create, and analyze classificatory structures.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course students will:

  • articulate the theories and principles on which classificatory structures are built
  • based on these principles establish evaluation methodologies of classificatory structures
  • gain an appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of classification work
  • contribute to the practical and scholarly discussion of classification in LIS

CONTENT:

  • Category theory
  • Concepts and Concept Theory
  • Relationships in Classificatory Structures
  • Coding Texts and Establishing Concepts
  • Formal Systems
  • Revision, Evolution, and Ontogeny of Systems
  • Act of / Defining Characteristics of Classification
  • Scientific Classification
  • Old and New Classificatory Structures in Information Systems