ALA Competency 3:
Organization of Recorded Knowledge & Information

3A. The principles involved in the organization and representation of recorded knowledge and information.

3B. The developmental, descriptive, and evaluative skills needed to organize recorded knowledge and information resources.

3C. The systems of cataloging, metadata, indexing, and classification standards and methods used to organize recorded knowledge and information.

Information Organization Project

The Information Organization Project (IOP) is one of the degree's more infamous projects. Tasked with creating an information system for a specific user base, students spend the entire semester updating, changing, and justifying their actions in the best interest of the user. The project incorporated many aspects of information and library science including research, cataloging, troubleshooting, and overall system analysis. The assignment was helpful in integrating educational knowledge and seeing how it applies to real-world scenarios.

INFO5200 - Introduction to Information Organization | Summer 2020
Project Description:The Information Organization Project (IOP) is developed in four stages during the semester. The assignment provides the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge gained in this course including technical writing, research, user/demographic insight, and database creation. The IOP brings together all aspects of organizing a particular collection of information objects for a specific set of users, including hands-on experience with appropriate database software. The deliverable for this assignment is a written report in the form of a technical manual that describes the organization system and its implementation in a specific database management system (DBMS).
ALA Competencies: 1I, IJ, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 5A, 5B, 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E

Research Paper

Controlled vocabularies (CVs) are important tools in the cataloging and retrieving of information. There are four types of CVs: lists, synonym rings, taxonomies, and thesauri. The purpose of CVs is to organize information so that similar and relevant content can be indexed according to a set standard, which in turn makes the content easier to find during retrieval. CVs help in limiting and defining information so that indexers can consistently input data. Created before digital content, CVs face challenges that emerged with advancing technology. A major challenge of CVs involves users who search for content by keyword. Without an understanding of the methodology behind CVs, users may abandon a search that did not yield the expected results. The timeliness of additions and corrections to CVs is also a challenge when users expect correct and accurate data updates promptly.

INFO 5200 - Introduction to Information Organization | Summer 2020
Project Description: 750-1000 word research paper on a topic that is drawn from class. The assignment gives practice in using library databases for research purposes, gives exposure to relevant professional literature, and gives practice in citing professionally.
ALA Competencies: 1I, 1J, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 6A, 6B, 6C

Darwin Core Metadata Presentation

Darwin Core, abbreviated DwC, is a metadata scheme intended to facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by providing identifiers, labels, and definitions. Darwin Core is primarily based on the observation, specimen, and samples of taxa, or taxonomic groups of any ranks, such as species, family, or class.

INFO 5223 - Metadata I | Summer 2021
Project Description: Research your assigned topic using available print and online resources. The research will result in a live online presentation that is clear, well-structured and well-organized, facts and assertions supported by evidence, proper citation, analytical, etc.
ALA Competencies: 1J, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 5B, 5C, 6A, 6B

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