Classification and Bibliographical Representation
An in-depth introduction to the theory and practice of subject classification systems, representation of intellectual responsibility, and document representation. 245 (Organization of Information in Collections) is broadly concerned with the representation of objects, metadata, and indexing across all fields MIMS students are likely to be concerned with and is a suitable course for all MIMS students. The challenge in 245 is to achieve breadth. This experimental Special Topics offering, meeting just one class hour a week, is intended to supplement 245 with a more detailed treatment of classification systems and of principles of bibliographic description and cataloging as applied to objects of any kind. This more advanced treatment is intended for students who want go beyond 245 and is needed by those who want an option on bibliographic or library work.
Approach: There is a required textbook, Wynar's Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 9th ed., by Arlene Taylor (Libraries Unlimited, 2000). We will work through the textbook week by week, with discussion and exercises. I have a copy of the textbook in my office in case anyone wants to look at it. Also, I will place a copy of an older edition (1992), which is out-dated but can give you a sense of what will be covered, in the Computing Lab.