The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee requires a course in
the Organization of Information for all MLIS students. It
also has a concentration in the organization of information
including, of course, cataloging and classification.
I find this discussion quite interesting because of what
seem like different underlying assumptions about what
should be in the graduate curriculum (and, of course, all
of us putting in two cents on behalf of our schools). Are
we assuming that the actual skills of hands-on cataloging
should be central or the conceptual foundations of
organizing information or both? How do indexing, thesauri
and taxonomies, and metadata fit into what is fundamental?
In other words, what body of knowledge should all students
have covered before receiving an accredited masters? While
we certainly don't want to go back to the days of
prescriptive curricula, it might be helpful to discuss what
we, folks who should know, think should be core.
Hope A. Olson, Professor
School of Information Studies
522 Bolton Hall
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Quoting Joseph Tennis <[log in to unmask]>:
> The University of Washington requires all MLIS students
> to take an
> Organization of Information Resources course. We offer
> five "on the
> book" electives, and continuously rotating Special Topics
> Courses in
> information organization.
> In our Masters of Information Management we require a
> Classification, and Taxonomy course. There are also
> electives in
> information organization in that program as well.
> Likewise, our neighbor to the north, the University of
> Columbia, requires a Foundations of Bibliographic Control
> and offers
> four elective courses in information organization.
> Joe Tennis
> University of Washington Information School
> On Sep 15, 2004, at 6:36 AM, Clare Beghtol wrote:
> > The Faculty of Information Studies, University of
> Toronto, has a
> > required cataloguing course called Introduction to
> > Control.
> > --
> > Clare Beghtol
> > Faculty of Information Studies
> > University of Toronto
> > (416) 978-8852 (voice)
> > (416) 971-1399 (fax)