LIBR 515


Offered on an irregular basis

MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: LIBR core
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Advisor

GOALS: Understanding how users interact with information systems and organizational structures (thesauri, classification schemes, catalogues, bibliographies, taxonomies, and the like) is central to librarianship and library and information science. Further, understanding how users work, complete tasks, manipulate their given information environment will enhance our ability, as information professionals, to build, maintain, and evaluate organizational structures. This course will provide the basic theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to describe an information ecology and take steps toward creating organizational structures to help work in that environment.


Upon completion of this course students will:

  • demonstrate a familiarity with the literature and theories of information as it is used in organizations and by particular groups of people
  • demonstrate familiarity with translating this knowledge into organizational structures – like controlled vocabularies
  • work toward a practitioner model of research for constructing, maintaining, and evaluating organizational structures


  • Communities of Practice
  • Work Analysis
  • Domain Analysis
  • Knowledge Acquisition and Modeling
  • Statistical Bibliography and Literary Warrant
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Citation Analysis
  • Genre Studies