IS 501 Information Organization and Access

Emphasizes information organization and access in settings and systems of different kinds. Traces the information transfer process from the generation of knowledge through its storage and use in both print and non-print formats. Consideration will be given to the creation of information systems: the principles and practice of selection and preservation, methods of organizing information for retrieval and display, the operation of organizations that provide information services, and the information service needs of various user communities.

Learning objectives

  • To provide a foundation for further study in library and information science, including an appreciation for forms of systematic research in LIS.
  • To introduce central concepts, theories, principles, research issues, and people associated with the practice and study of information organization and access.
  • To advance a common set of ideas that help to define the profession's orientation toward problems of information organization and access. 

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Spring 2020

    • IS501A
      Tue/Thu, 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
      Room 46
      On-Campus
      Required core course for MS/LIS students. For approval to take this course, go to https://go.ischool.illinois.edu/IS_501_Approval
      Instructor
      Karen Wickett
      CRN
      67597
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501AO
      Tue, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
      Online
      Required core course for MS/LIS students. For approval to take this course, go to https://go.ischool.illinois.edu/IS_501_Approval
      Instructor
      Vetle Torvik
      CRN
      67599
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
  • Fall 2019

    • IS501A1
      Thu, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Instructors
      David Dubin, Emily Knox
      CRN
      68849
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501AO2
      Mon, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      Online
      All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructors
      Kathryn LaBarre, Sharon Comstock, DeAnza Williams
      CRN
      68959
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501AO3
      Tue, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Online
      All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructors
      Inkyung Choi, RaShauna Wright
      CRN
      68969
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501AO
      Wed, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Online
      All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructors
      Inkyung Choi, Ruohua Han, J Downie
      CRN
      68958
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501B1
      Thu, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 46
      On-Campus
      Instructors
      Qingxiao Zheng, Melissa Ocepek
      CRN
      68850
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501C1
      Thu, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 46
      On-Campus
      Instructors
      Jamillah Gabriel, Karen Wickett
      CRN
      68853
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501D1
      Thu, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      On-Campus
      CRN
      72252
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
  • Spring 2019

    • IS501A
      Tue, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructors
      David Dubin, Jodi Schneider
      CRN
      67597
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501AO
      Wed, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
      Online
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Linda Smith
      CRN
      67599
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS501AO2
      Thu, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
      Online
      Required core course for MS/LIS students.
      Instructor
      Linda Smith
      CRN
      67600
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).