School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 535 Outline

 Advanced Topics in the Organization of Knowledge


Course Outline

Fall 2013
Tuesdays, 9:00 - 11:50 am
Rutherford South 3-01


Dr. Ali Shiri
Office: 3-09
Phone: (780) 492 5315

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Calendar Description:

An examination of the principles and practice of indexing, abstracting, thesaurus construction, metadata, or other topics relevant to the organization of knowledge.

Objectives and Contents:

  • To examine and apply the principles of indexing, abstracting and subject analysis.
  • To examine and apply the principles of thesaurus construction and use.
  • To examine thesaurus applications in new indexing environments such as subject gateways, portals and digital libraries
  • To examine the role of metadata in organizing knowledge

This course explores the theory and practice of three core areas of information work: indexing & abstracting; thesaurus construction; and, the application of thesauri on the Web. The focus for all three areas is the application of principles for effective information retrieval.


A combination of lectures, small group discussions, in-class and computer-based exercises, and computer demonstrations will be used throughout this course.  Where possible, guest lectures and/or special presentations will also be included.

Course Relationships: 

LIS 501 and 502 are prerequisites for this course.


Required Text:

 Cleveland, Donald B., and Ana D. Cleveland. 2001. Introduction to indexing and abstracting. 3rd ed. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Optional Text:

 Aitchison, Jean, Alan Gilchrist, and David Bawden. 2000. Thesaurus construction and use: A practical manual. 4th ed. London: ASLIB/IMI.


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