Pratt SILS Courses:
LIS 653 Knowledge Organization
This is an introductory course to key concepts, systems, and tools to organize, provide access to and share information resources. The course covers basic principles and applications of descriptive cataloging, classification, and indexing for physical and electronic resources. Also covered are metadata, thesauri and emerging knowledge organization systems including folksonomies and linked data. The course provides the foundation for further studies in library, archive, and museum cataloging, reference, information retrieval, database management, and information architecture. LIS 653 is a 3-credit required course and does not have a pre-requisite.
This course examines principles and practices for enhancing access to cultural heritage materials and making digital content easier to find and use. The course provides an opportunity to explore, analyze, and evaluate the state of the art and emerging trends in description and access of digital heritage collections in Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs). Students will become familiar with the most current methods for the representation of cultural heritage material for dissemination and discovery. They will also survey key international and national digital heritage projects and initiatives and review innovative applications. The goals of the course are to introduce students to the range of theoretical and practical issues related to heritage data organization as well as to the major challenges that the LAM community faces, including data exchange, integration, and interoperability. This is a 3-credit course. Pre-requisites: LIS 653—Knowledge Organization.
LIS 608 Human Information Behavior
Human Information Behavior (HIB) focuses on the information needs of people, the strategies they use to find information, and what they do with it once they’ve found it. Understanding the user’s perspective is key to developing or enhancing information systems that improve access and increase information literacy. This course offers an introduction to foundational concepts, established theories, and emerging paradigms within the field of HIB. Students will be exposed to the models and research methods used to analyze how people seek, discover, share, and use information in different contexts. Students will have the opportunity to investigate issues of information behavior by conducting actual empirical studies.
This semester, LIS 608: Human Information Behavior and LIS 630: Research Methods classes will work on a research project supported by the ALA Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant, 2013. “E-reading in the Academy: Investigating Adoption and Use of E-books in Academic Libraries.” The project will focus on investigating the usability and adoption of e-books in the context of changing reading practices in academia. Students from both classes will be involved in various aspects of research planning, data collection and analysis. As a result, students will gain practical experience in conducting an empirical user study in a real-world context. LIS 608 is a 3-credit course and does not have a pre-requisite.